I rarely use a word processor: if I can’t write plain text in a text editor (strangely optimized for editing text), something’s gone weird in my world.
I can’t always avoid word processors, however. Occasionally I really need to read (or even edit) text saved from a word processor in something other than plain text. Usually my first task is to extract the relevant text from that format into something I might actually want to use.
AbiWord is my underappreciated aid. Not only is it quick and fast (especially in startup time), but it has one stunningly useful command line option:
--to=format. That’s right. From the command line, you can convert a document in whatever evil, proprietary format AbiWord supports into something useful, without splash screens or menu popups or even taking your hand off of the keyboard to move a mouse.
As a word processor, it’s fairly nice too–doing exactly what I need to do on those rare occasions when I really really need a word processor.
Thanks to the AbiWord developers and everyone who’s contributed to the project!