Early availability of LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1

The Document Foundation announces the earlier than planned release of LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1, to solve issues which have popped up after the launch of LibreOffice 6.0. In addition, the new release has been leveraged to integrate a security patch.

Although members of the LibreOffice core development team were attending FOSDEM in Brussels to talk about LibreOffice and meet the FOSS community, they have immediately reacted to QA reports and provided the necessary patches. This confirms the level of responsiveness achieved by LibreOffice project.

All LibreOffice users are therefore strongly invited to update to the new versions:

Power users, early adopters and technology enthusiasts should update from the recently installed LibreOffice 6.0 to LibreOffice 6.0.1,
All individual users and organizations of any size should update from any other version of LibreOffice to LibreOffice 5.4.5.

Organizations should deploy LibreOffice with the backing of certified developers, migrators and trainers (an updated list is available at https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.4.5 bug and regression fixes are described here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.5/RC1 while LibreOffice 6.0.1 bug and regression fixes are described here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.0.1/RC1

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1 are immediately available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and fund the presence of volunteers at events, where they can meet with other free software advocates.

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added LTS versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0: power, simplicity, security and interoperability from desktop to cloud

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0, a major release and a dramatically improved free office suite, which celebrates the 7th anniversary of the availability of the very first version of LibreOffice. Today LibreOffice is more powerful, simple and secure, and offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.

LibreOffice 6.0 is immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. The new major release adds a large number of significant new features to the core engine and to individual modules (Writer, Calc and Impress/Draw), with the objective of providing users with the best in terms of personal productivity.

A video summarizing the top new features of LibreOffice 6.0 is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHBve8v13VY.

Power

The Notebookbar, although still an experimental feature, has been enriched with two new variants: Grouped Bar Full for Writer, Calc and Impress, and Tabbed Compact for Writer. The Special Characters dialog has been reworked, with the addition of lists for Recent and Favorite characters, along with a Search field. The Customize dialog has also been redesigned, and is now more modern and intuitive.

In Writer, a Form menu has been added, making it easier to access one of the most powerful – and often unknown – LibreOffice features: the ability to design forms, and create standards-compliant PDF forms. The Find toolbar has been enhanced with a drop-down list of search types, to speed up navigation. A new default table style has been added, together with a new collection of table styles to reflect evolving visual trends.

The Mail Merge function has been improved, and it is now possible to use either a Writer document or an XLSX file as data source.

In Calc, ODF 1.2-compliant functions SEARCHB, FINDB and REPLACEB have been added, to improve support for the ISO standard format. Also, a cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) can be now exported in PNG or JPG format.

In Impress, the default slide size has been switched to 16:9, to support the most recent form factors of screens and projectors. As a consequence, 10 new Impress templates have been added, and a couple of old templates have been updated.

Simplicity

The old WikiHelp has been replaced by the new Help Online system, with attractive web pages that can also be displayed on mobile devices. In general, LibreOffice Help has been updated both in terms of contents and code, with other improvements due all along the life of the LibreOffice 6 family.

User dictionaries now allow automatic affixation or compounding. This is a general spell checking improvement in LibreOffice which can speed up work for Writer users. Instead of manually handling several forms of a new word in a language with rich morphology or compounding, the Hunspell spell checker can automatically recognize a new word with affixes or compounds, based on a “Grammar By” model.

Security

OpenPGP keys can be used to sign ODF documents on all desktop operating systems, with experimental support for OpenPGP-based encryption. To enable this feature, users will have to install the specific GPG software for their operating systems.

Document classification has also been improved, and allows multiple policies (which are now exported to OOXML files). In Writer, marking and signing are now supported at paragraph level.

Interoperability

OOXML interoperability has been improved in several areas: import of SmartArt and import/export of ActiveX controls, support of embedded text documents and spreadsheets, export of embedded videos to PPTX, export of cross-references to DOCX, export of MailMerge fields to DOCX, and improvements to the PPTX filter to prevent the creation of broken files.

New filters for exporting Writer documents to ePub and importing QuarkXPress files have also been added, together with an improved filter for importing EMF+ (Enhanced Metafile Format Plus) files as used by Microsoft Office documents. Some improvements have also been added to the ODF export filter, making it easier for other ODF readers to display visuals.

LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service, and should be installed and configured by adding cloud storage and an SSL certificate. It might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud services offered by ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations.

New features introduced with LibreOffice 6.0 aim to align the functionality of the desktop and cloud versions, especially in areas where users expect similar behavior. For instance, a Save As feature has been added, while the amount of rows managed by Calc has been increased to half a million. In addition, a Find and Replace dialog and spell checking support have been added to Writer, Calc and Impress.

Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/. Background on LibreOffice Online: https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/scDjtQPATAzpeyE.

LibreOffice Viewer for Android

The upcoming release of LibreOffice Viewer for Android will be able to create new documents, will offer a tab-based toolbar with formatting options, and will let users add pictures either from the camera or from a file stored locally or in the cloud. In addition, the Calc user interface will be improved with column headers, while Impress will offer a presentation mode. The release is planned during the first quarter of 2018.

Enterprise deployments

LibreOffice 6.0 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users.
For enterprise class deployments, TDF maintains the more mature 5.4 family – now at 5.4.4 – which should always be supported by certified professionals (a list is available here: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and trainings, based on best practices by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice is deployed by large organizations in every continent. A list of the most significant migrations announced in the media is available on TDF wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/LibreOffice_Migrations.

Availability of LibreOffice 6.0

LibreOffice 6.0 is immediately available from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Minimum requirements for proprietary operating systems are Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Apple macOS 10.9.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate.

LibreOffice 6.0 is built with document conversion libraries from the Document Liberation Project: https://www.documentliberation.org.

LibreOffice 5.4.4 available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.4.4, the fourth minor release of LibreOffice 5.4 family, one month before the major announcement of LibreOffice 6.0. Although it still represents the bleeding edge in term of features, conservative users and enterprises can start the update process from their current LibreOffice 5.3 implementation.

TDF suggests to conservative users and enterprises to deploy LibreOffice with the backing of certified developers, migrators and trainers (an updated list is available at https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/). This is extremely important for the growth of the LibreOffice ecosystem.

LibreOffice 5.4.4 includes over 80 bug and regression fixes. Technical details about the release can be found in the change logs: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.4/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.4/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.4.4 is immediately available for download at the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and fund the presence of volunteers at events like FOSDEM, where they can meet with free software advocates coming from all of Europe.

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added LTS versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4.3

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.4.3, the third minor release of LibreOffice 5.4 family. LibreOffice 5.4.3 continues to represent the bleeding edge in term of features, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts and early adopters.

TDF suggests to conservative users and enterprises to deploy LibreOffice 5.3.7 with the backing of certified professionals (an updated list is available at https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.4.3 includes approximately 50 bug and regression fixes. Technical details about the release can be found in the changelogs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.3/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.3/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.4.3 is immediately available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the Month of LibreOffice, which has last week and will be active until the end of November (https://blog.documentfoundation.org/).

Several companies sitting on TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added LTS versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice 5.3.7 available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.3.7, the seventh and last minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at enterprises, government bodies and individual users in production environments.

TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in production environments with the backing of professional support by certified developers, migrators and trainers (a list is available at: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.3.7 includes around fifty bug fixes. Technical details can be found here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.7/RC1 and here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.7/RC2.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.3.7 is immediately available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the Month of LibreOffice, which has started yesterday and will be active until the end of November (https://blog.documentfoundation.org/).

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added LTS versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4.2

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.4.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 5.4 family, which was originally announced in early August. LibreOffice 5.4.2 continues to represent the bleeding edge in terms of features, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts and early adopters.

TDF suggests that conservative users and enterprises deploy LibreOffice 5.3.6 with the backing of certified professionals (an updated list is available at: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.4.2 includes over 100 bug and regression fixes. Technical details about the release can be found in the change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.2/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.2/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice
LibreOffice 5.4.2 is immediately available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the LibreOffice Conference, which is taking place next week in Rome (https://conference.libreoffice.org).

Several companies sitting on TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice community celebrates 7th anniversary

Results of survey amongst desktop users confirm project’s momentum

Today, the LibreOffice community celebrates the 7th anniversary of the leading free office suite, adopted by millions of users in every continent. Since 2010, there have been 14 major releases and dozens of minor ones, fulfilling the personal productivity needs of both individuals and enterprises, on Linux, macOS and Windows.

LibreOffice deployments are supported by certified developers and professionals (list available at: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/). Many are employed by companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/), who provide either value-added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for development, migrations and training.

LibreOffice is available in over 100 native languages, and as such is contributing to the preservation of native cultural heritages, as in the case – for instance – of the Guarani language in South America, and the Venitian language in Northern Italy. All localizations are managed by local volunteers.

LibreOffice is also a reference implementation of the Open Document Format (ODF) ISO standard for office documents, which today represents the only choice in the market for true interoperability.

LibreOffice’s leadership amongst office suites has been recently confirmed by the survey of Ubuntu users for desktop productivity software, with 85.52% of the votes. The closest competitors were Google Docs with 4.29%, WPS Office with 3.22% and Apache OpenOffice with 1.96%.

The Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Default Desktop Applications Survey produced over 15,000 responses in total, with over 6,400 for the office suite category. LibreOffice received the largest margin of preference of the entire survey. Results are available here: http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2017/09/results-of-ubuntu-desktop-applications.html (video and slides).

Download LibreOffice

Current versions of LibreOffice are available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the LibreOffice Conference, with the next one taking place in October in Rome (https://conference.libreoffice.org).

LibreOffice 5.3.5 available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.3.5, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at enterprises and individual users in production environments.

TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organisations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.3.5 includes a number of bug fixes along with improvements to the help content. Technical details about the release can be found in the change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.5/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.5/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.3.5 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the LibreOffice Conference, with the next one taking place in October in Rome (http://conference.libreoffice.org).

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice 5.4 released with new features for Writer, Calc and Impress

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4, the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. LibreOffice 5.4 adds significant new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility.

Shorter, sweeter documents make interoperability easier

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, LibreOffice developers have focused on file simplicity as the ultimate document interoperability sophistication. This makes ODF and OOXML files written by the free office suite more robust and easier to exchange with other users than the same documents generated by other office suites.

Thanks to the efforts of developers, the XML description of a new document written by LibreOffice is 50% smaller in the case of ODF (ODT), and around 90% smaller in the case of OOXML (DOCX), in comparison with the same document generated by the leading proprietary office suite. Additional details in the file simplicity backgrounder: https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/5Oe8guDN0XSS7h8.

LibreOffice 5.4 highlights

A new standard colour palette has been included, based on the RYB colour model.
File format compatibility has been improved, with better support for EMF vector images. This helps when you’re importing detailed diagrams from other office software.
Imported PDF files are rendered with much better quality, also when inserted into a document, while exported PDF files – from Writer and Impress – support embedded videos (and linked videos if opened with Acrobat Reader).
LibreOffice 5.4 supports OpenPGP keys for signing ODF documents on Linux. If you already use GPG/PGP for signing emails, it ensures the authenticity of your ODF documents regardless of the mode of transport or storage.

WRITER

In Writer, you can now import AutoText from Microsoft Word DOTM templates.
When you’re exporting or pasting numbered and bulleted lists as plain text, their full structure is preserved.
In the Format menu, you can now create custom watermarks for your documents.
New context menu items have been added for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes and styles.

CALC

Calc now includes support for pivot charts, which use data from pivot tables. When the table is updated, the chart is automatically updated as well.
Comments are now easier to manage, with menu commands to show, hide and delete all comments.
When applying conditional formatting to cells, you can now easily change the priority of rules with up and down buttons.
Extra sheet protection options have been added, to optionally allow insertion or deletion of rows and columns.
Lastly, when you’re exporting in CSV format, your settings are remembered for the next export operation.

IMPRESS

In Impress, when you’re duplicating an object, you can now specify fractional angles. In addition, your settings are saved for the next duplication operation.

ONLINE

Finally, LibreOffice Online has been improved as well. Performance is better, while the layout adapts responsively to mobile devices. In addition, a read-only mode has been added.
A list of the most significant new features is presented in a short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBNWOWJul4w). A page with a description of new features – and links to relevant resources – is available on the wiki at https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.4.

LibreOffice 5.4 has also been improved “under the hood,” thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers. This translates into an open source office suite which is easier to develop, maintain and debug. Although this is not visible to users, it is extremely important for enterprise deployments.

LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service and should be installed and configured by adding a cloud storage and an SSL certificate. It might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud of ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations. Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/. Background document providing the positioning of LibreOffice Online: https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/uSdCYL2TgPa3yUI.

Enterprise deployments

LibreOffice 5.4 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. For enterprise class deployments, TDF maintains the more mature 5.3 family – to be updated very soon with the announcement of the 5.3.5 release – which should always be supported by certified professionals (http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is deployed by large organizations in every continent. A list of the most significant migrations announced in the media is available on TDF wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/LibreOffice_Migrations.

Availability of LibreOffice 5.4

LibreOffice 5.4 is immediately available from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://www.libreoffice.org/donate.

LibreOffice 5.4 is built with document conversion libraries from the Document Liberation Project: http://www.documentliberation.org.

LibreOffice 5.3.4 immediately available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents.

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.4/RC1 (fixed in RC1).

For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.2.7, with the backing of professional support by certified professionals (updated list available at http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

Technology enthusiasts and early adopters looking for bleeding edge features can start evaluating the next major release by installing LibreOffice 5.4 RC1, which is available here: http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/pre-releases/.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.3.4 is immediately available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/. Flatpak and Snap versions are also available from the same link.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.