Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LibreOffice 3.5.0 is Out

LibreOffice 3.5.0 is now officially out after it has been announced by The Document Foundation. It has a codename of "the best free office suite ever" after LinuxQuestions Forum announced the pool result that mentioned LibreOffice won the Office Suite of The Year.

This new major release is a culmination of 16 months from more than 80 developers around the world and fixed a lot of bugs along with implementing new features such as:
- a new built-in Grammar checker for English and several other languages
- improved typographical features, for professional looking documents
- an interactive word count window, which updates in real time
- a new header, footer and page break user interface
Impress / Draw
- an improved importer of custom shapes and Smart Art from PPT/PPTX
- a feature for embedding multimedia/colour palettes into ODF documents
- a new display switch for the presenter’s console
- new line ends for improved diagrams
- Microsoft Visio import filter
- support for up to 10,000 sheets
- a new multi-line input area
- new Calc functions conforming to the ODF OpenFormula specifications
- better performances when importing files from other office suites
- multiple selections in autofilter
- unlimited number of rules for conditional formatting
- a new integrated PostgreSQL native driver

One of the new features that i like most is the old feature that has been enabled again: online update checking which tells us about new version available. Unfortunately, LibreOffice is not yet designed to have delta updates just like Firefox.

Here's the infographics about LibreOffice 3.5.0 release: