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LibreOffice 4.0

By February 10, 2013

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The Document Foundation has released version 4.0 of LibreOffice with major new features and improvements. Highlights include compatibility with the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard and better support Microsoft Office file formats.

LibreOffice is a branch from OpenOffice, which was acquired by Oracle through Sun Microsystems, and then passed on the Apache Software Foundation. It has been an Open Source project, which made it possible for other organizations to use it as a starting point for the development of alternative office suites such LibreOffice.

Like OpenOffice, LibreOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. The package includes applications for writing text documents (Writer), similar to Microsoft Word, a program for writing and performing presentations (Impress), similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, a spreadsheet program (Calc), similar to Microsoft Excel, a database program (Base), which is similar to Microsoft Access, and a drawing application (Draw). There are also extension packages and a Math package for constructing formulas and equations.

Developers have added a number of features that are unique to LibreOffice, which includes the option to import SVG vector graphics files, a title page formatting tool in Writer, improved cell management in Calc, and the ability to import Microsoft Works and Lotus Word Pro documents.

The complete list of new features and download links can be found on the project web site.

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February 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm
(1) George Merchantt says:

Have use LibreOffice and the earlier version, Opensource, for many years. It has been iteresting to see the vast improments along the way. The suite of programs have served me well, ad I am a trully satisfied consumer.

My only suggestion would be for the makers of this suite (and others in the linux community) spend more on advertising. Ther products are certainly worthy and the price is perfect. Free is very hard to beat. Obviously, no money in makes it hard to buy much of anything.

So donate!

Ron Merch

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