LibreOffice 3.4.2

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can also get involved!

Features:

Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice. Use it for everything, from dashing off a quick letter to producing an entire book with tables of contents, embedded illustrations, bibliographies and diagrams. The while-you-type auto-completion, auto-formatting and automatic spelling checking make difficult tasks easy (but are easy to disable if you prefer). Writer is powerful enough to tackle desktop publishing tasks such as creating multi-column newsletters and brochures. The only limit is your imagination.

Calc tames your numbers and helps with difficult decisions when you're weighing the alternatives. Analyze your data with Calc and then use it to present your final output. Charts and analysis tools help bring transparency to your conclusions. A fully-integrated help system makes easier work of entering complex formulas. Add data from external databases such as SQL or Oracle, then sort and filter them to produce statistical analyses. Use the graphing functions to display large number of 2D and 3D graphics from 13 categories, including line, area, bar, pie, X-Y, and net – with the dozens of variations available, you're sure to find one that suits your project.

Impress is the fastest and easiest way to create effective multimedia presentations. Stunning animation and sensational special effects help you convince your audience. Create presentations that look even more professional than the standard presentations you commonly see at work. Get your collegues' and bosses' attention by creating something a little bit different.

Draw lets you build diagrams and sketches from scratch. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not try something simple with box and line diagrams? Or else go further and easily build dynamic 3D illustrations and special effects. It's as simple or as powerful as you want it to be.

Base is the database front-end of the LibreOffice suite. With Base, you can seamlessly integrate into your existing database structures. Based on imported and linked tables and queries from MySQL, PostgreSQL or Microsoft Access and many other data sources, you can build powerful databases containing forms, reports, views and queries. Full integration is possible with the in-built HSQL database.

Math is a simple equation editor that lets you lay-out and display your mathematical, chemical, electrical or scientific equations quickly in standard written notation. Even the most-complex calculations can be understandable when displayed correctly. E=mc2.

LibreOffice also comes configured with a PDF file creator, meaning you can distribute documents that you're sure can be opened and read by users of almost any computing device or operating system.

Download: LibreOffice 3.4.2 (for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows)
Download: Mirror @ Brothersoft
View: Release Notes | LibreOffice Website

Thanks Copernic for the news tip; view the forum discussion on LibreOffice here.

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Nothing like that, I'm actually very "tech savy" and the ribbon really makes the things less cluttered, cannot go back to office 2003.

At the risk of having everyone shout "shame on you" at me I really wish they would look at some type of ribbon style interface.....................OK you can all start shouting at me now :-)

It's still flagged as
"Safe for production use by most users and enterprises." (from site)
and still links to 3.3.3 Final as the stable main one.

This is great... sadly, it is not recognized by the public at large. They don't need to pay MS money, this one works just fine for normal people

Tpiom said,
This is great... sadly, it is not recognized by the public at large. They don't need to pay MS money, this one works just fine for normal people

Who are normal people? Never really understood that statement.

Pam14160 said,

Who are normal people? Never really understood that statement.

good question.. I think they mean (and this by no means an endorsement of people that make generalization) that people that PAY$$ for products from MS are NOT normal.. and that the "average" or normal user can use this product just fine, without paying $$$ to big corporate america..

Still, this product isn't anywhere NEAR useful... it does basic stuff, but not the typical advanced things that Word / Excel does.

It's still missing a good Database tool... so yeah this is a good product for your low budget, simple user, but not people that KNOW how to use MS Office.

rijp said,

good question.. I think they mean (and this by no means an endorsement of people that make generalization) that people that PAY$$ for products from MS are NOT normal.. and that the "average" or normal user can use this product just fine, without paying $$$ to big corporate america..

Still, this product isn't anywhere NEAR useful... it does basic stuff, but not the typical advanced things that Word / Excel does.

It's still missing a good Database tool... so yeah this is a good product for your low budget, simple user, but not people that KNOW how to use MS Office.

First paragraph: I guess...?

Second paragraph: Basic stuff? What do you mean by "typical advanced stuff"? Any specific features?

Third paragraph: I still prefer this over MS office, partially because of the interface but also because it's open source, it's free and it supports several people (running Linux distros).


But by "normal people" I meant people who aren't into this tech industry hat much, like the average Joe. They buy their computers and software in their local tech store or on the internet where LibreOffice struggles as it's not really profitable for them (the stores) to take it.

Thanks, but was this not posted on the 30th by Copernic? In the forum yes, but still posted! You are effectively being beaten to the punch by your own website! : - (

Neobond said,
It was officially released today 1 August

OK, all good! Was not trying to get too heavy, just thought that I would point it out! : -)