Review of Judoom

Screenshot of Judoom in Windows 8
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Judoom is a free word processor with a smooth and easy to use interface that resembles Microsoft Word. However, unlike MS Word, you can download Judoom right now, in seconds, absolutely free.

While common features and formatting options are present, Judoom lacks in other areas when compared to similar word processors.

Pros

  • Documents open in separate tabs
  • Ribbon menu style
  • Supports all the essential formatting functions
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No spell check
  • Some common word processor features aren't included

Description

  • Judoom works with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
  • Popular file formats can be used, such as DOCX, ODT, and RTF. Also supported are DOC and TXT files.
  • Unlike some free word processors, Judoom can not only open MS Word files (DOCX and DOC) but also save to them. This means you can completely avoid using Word if you don't want to pay for it, but still open and edit Word files given to you by someone else, or even create your own and share them just like you can Word documents.
  • Using the Print Preview option, you can export the document to a number of image file formats like PNG, JPG, TIFF, and GIF; you can even convert the document to PDF. In a similar menu, you can export the image or PDF to your email program to quickly send the document in an email message.
  • A side panel lets you browse through documents on your computer in a tree view, which is much like how Windows Explorer looks.
  • You can keep track of two projects at once from the side panel to see all the documents they contain and easily open files from either.
  • In addition to basic formatting, you can double underline and strikethrough text as well as list things by bullets, numbers, and multilevel items.
  • Judoom lets you add tables, images, and symbols.
  • It's easy to change the margins, orientation, document size, number of columns, and line numbering options from the toolbar.
  • You can use this free Microsoft Word alternative to change a document's background color. You can do this while editing or wait for the Print Preview page to add color there.
  • The menu can be minimized to provide a greater area for writing. You can do that by double-clicking or double-tapping one of the menu items, like Home or Word Processor.

My Thoughts on Judoom

If you've ever used Microsoft Word, you'll notice how similar the design is to Judoom. It's so easy to find menu items because of the ribbon style, and the program as a whole provides an intuitive feel.

I'm glad some of the more popular document file formats are allowed so you don't need to convert the documents to another format before using them in Judoom. Some word processors use special file types that only work in that program, but Judoom works even with MS Word and OpenOffice word files.

Some word processors let you check for spelling errors, which is great. Others will do it but not automatically, so you have to run the tool manually to see where you made mistakes. Judoom, however, not only doesn't support automatic spell check, it doesn't even include a manual spell check option!

This is, by far, the biggest turn off for me. It's often very helpful to review a document for spelling mistakes before sending it in to a teacher, printing it off, emailing it as a resume, etc. There are really important reasons for having spell check, so it's too bad you don't get that with this free word processor.

Something else most word processors have that Judoom is missing, is the ability to add headers, footers, and page numbers. The strange thing is that if the document you open already has headers and footers, Judoom can edit them no problem, but you can't add them to a new, blank document.

Though rather insignificant, another downfall with this program is that the Ctrl+P shortcut doesn't work to open the print dialog box. Personally, I use this hotkey a lot, so it was rather obvious that it was missing when I tried it. There might be other common keyboard shortcuts missing, too, but I haven't verified any others.

Aside from these few disadvantages, I think Judoom is a pretty good word processor. There are, however, a few others I recommend before this one; you can see them ranked here.