Who doesn’t love working with opens source software? It’s free. It’s community driven. It’s versatile. There’s a lot you can do to extend the functionality of your productivity suite which you just can’t do with Microsoft Office.
You may have used Apache OpenOffice (and, of course, Able2Extract 8 to convert PDFs to its native formats!), but have you ever tried LibreOffice? Chances are you’ve heard about it in the news lately: LibreOffice 4.0 was just recently released.
Based on Open Office, LibreOffice is an open source productivity suite that lets you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The core applications of the suite generate and support the Open Document Format, meaning that LibreOffice also makes use of Writer, Calc, and Impress file formats. Thus, with the latest release, new functionalities and features are added to those core apps.
So what’s new in LibreOffice 4.0? Here’s a quick glance at the updated features for Writer, Calc and Impress, which might get you switching over to the updated suite.
- Customize your GUI with a Firefox Persona and implement it via Tools> Options> Personalization
- New templates manager. Interface now allows non-native template filesGraphics can be resized and recompressed (though not in Writer yet)
- Improved quality of displaying images in document
- Enable attaching comments to document text ranges
- Ink annotations from DOCX and RTF documents can be imported
- Support for importing and exporting native RTF math expressions
- Impress Android Remote app for Linux allows users to control a presentation over Bluetooth
- Linux users get Improved Mulitmedia previews. Applies to embedded video, as well
- Improvements in Sidebar pane
- Improved performance of ODS document import
- Better ODS load times with spreadsheets containing lots of formulas
- Individual charts can be exported as images (PNG, JPG)
- New conditional formats and functions
These are just a few of the many tweaks and enhancements of LibreOffice 4.0. Most tweaks are under the hood, so you’ll have to really get in and use the suite to see how they can come in handy for you.
Try it out and share your thoughts with us: Is LibreOffice better than Apache OpenOffice?