Version 6.2.2 includes a number of bug and regression fixes for the 6.2 version which was released last month. A statement from the Foundation said it represented the bleeding edge in terms of features for open source office suites, and should not be used in production environments.
Users wanting a more mature version were advised to download LibreOffice 6.1.5, which includes some months of back-ported fixes.
In version 6.2, LibreOffice introduced NotebookBar, a new approach to the user interface which is claimed to provide user experience options for all users and use all screen sizes in the best way possible.
The Tabbed variant aims to provide a familiar interface for users coming from proprietary office suites and is supposed to be used primarily without the sidebar, while the Grouped one allows to access “first-level” functions with one click and “second-level” functions with a maximum of two clicks.
The design community has also made substantial changes and improvements to icon themes, in particular Elementary and Karasa Jaga.
New and improved features:
- The help system offers faster filtering of index keywords, highlighting search terms as they are typed and displaying results based on the selected module.
- Context menus have been tidied up, to be more consistent across the different components in the suite.
- Change tracking performances have been dramatically improved, especially in large documents.
- In Writer, it is now possible to copy spreadsheet data into tables instead of just inserting them as objects.
- In Calc, it is now possible to do multivariate regression analysis using the regression tool. In addition, many more statistical measures are now available in the analysis output, and the new REGEX function has been added, to match text against a regular expression and optionally replace it.
- In Impress & Draw, the motion path of animations can now be modified by dragging its control points. In addition, a couple of text-related drawing styles have been added, as well as a Format Table submenu in Draw.
- LibreOffice Online, the cloud-based version of the suite, includes many improvements too. On mobile devices, the user interface has been simplified, with better responsiveness and updates to the on-screen keyboard.
There are versions of LibreOffice for Windows, the Mac and Linux.