This format is used as the color palette format for a variety of operating system image editors. It is used to store font templates in text and graphic editors. It allows you to change color intensity and transparency levels.
The ABW file format is the default document format for the AbiWord word processing software and the format is based on XML. The ABW file format allows for advanced document layouts, rich text formatting, lists, tables, images and footnotes. ABW files are similar in nature to Microsoft Word DOC files, however, unlike Microsoft Word files, the AbiWord program can run on almost any computer operating system.