Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:40

New version of LibreOffice released

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Sixteen months after it was set up, the The Document Foundation has released version 3.5 of LibreOffice.

The office suite is a fork of the free office suite OpenOffice.org; the project forked when those interested in its development felt that Oracle, which had gained ownership of OpenOffice.org through its purchase of Sun Microsystems, was not moving things along.

Oracle later donated OpenOffice.org to the Apache Software Foundation.

Version 3.5 of LibreOffice is the third major release by TDF. A media release said that over the last 16 months, an average of 80 developers each month had provided 30,000 code commits.

There are plenty of useful features that have been included in the new release; some old features have been spruced up and improved.

The word processor has a new grammar checker for English and several other languages, better types for creation of documents that look more professional, an interactive word count window that updates in real time, and a new interface for headers, footers and page breaks.

The presentation program has an improved means of importing custom shapes and Smart Art from PowerPoint, a means of embedding multimedia or colour palettes into ODF documents, a display switch for the presenter's console, and an import filter for Microsoft Visio files.

The spreadsheet now has support for up to 10,000 sheets, a new multi-line input area, more compatibility when importing files from other office suites, and unlimited rules for conditional formatting.

The database includes a new integrated PostgreSQL native driver.

Also included is an online update checker that will let a user know when a new version is possible.

LibreOffice 3.5 can be downloaded here.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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