LibreOffice 3.6.0 Beta 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 3.6.0 Beta 2 | 202 MB (Open Source)
View: LibreOffice Website | Release Notes

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Hi

No its not just the ribben interface.

Its kind of hard to explain but I just don't feel LibreOffice or any other Free Office suit that I have used looks very modern.

I guess I am just picky or even crazy lol

gate1975mlm said,
Hi

No its not just the ribben interface.

Its kind of hard to explain but I just don't feel LibreOffice or any other Free Office suit that I have used looks very modern.

I guess I am just picky or even crazy lol


I am agree with you, it would be great if they implement Citrus UI in next major version but i don't know how it's going to look on non gnome desktop, and ribbon is out of question because this is cross platform software and ribbon needs .net framework newer version, but they can implement tabbed interface.

Most of the business users i know of don't really care one bit for the ribbon interface in Office 2007-2010. If you think LibreOffice looks old, than what defines old looking. Anything without a ribbon interface.

I would love to find a complete office suit that resembles Office 2010 in looks and performance but for free. But so far I have not been able to find anything that comes close. LibreOffice like Openoffice before it is very ugly and feels old like it was created for Windows XP and the interface feels kind of sluggish. I like software that is pretty and looks like it was created with Windows 7 in mind. Also I am not a huge user of Office suits in General which is the main reason why I have no real need to pay lots of money for one. However I like to have all my software bases covered just in case I ever need to edit or open a word or powerpoint document.

You guys have any good recommendations for a good performing modern looking Office Suit that's also Free or very cheap and also from a company that releases update often?

There are lots of wonderful Free or nicely priced software for other things but when it comes to Office Suits there seems to be a shortage.

Edited by gate1975mlm, Jun 22 2012, 4:49pm :

Seems to me you are just convinced that it's Microsoft Office or nothing else. I've used both OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice for years and had little to complain about. Yes, neither are fully compatible with the newer versions of Microsoft Office (although LibreOffice has come a long way in the past year) but their interface is actually more familiar to the majority of users who were familar with older versions of Microsoft Office. Or you could download the latest version of IBM Lotus Symphony (which was based upon OpenOffice) but I would warn you that there hasn't been a lot of updates to that program (as a matter of fact I noticed that they announced the release of Apache OpenOffice on their Lotus Symphony page...)

Also, there are plenty of other alternatives to Microsoft Office that are available for a low cost - Softmaker Office 2012, Ashampoo Office 2012 and Kingsoft Office Standard 2012 are available for under $100 and Kingsoft even has an alternative interface that is more similar to the ribbon interface of Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 (since you mentioned that you were looking for a interface that looks like it was designed for Windows 7...) - plus these programs are supposed to be more compatible with the newer document formats in MS Office 2007 & 2010. Plus you can find free versions of Softmaker Office 2008 and Kingsoft Office 2012 (although the free version of Kingosoft Office doesn't offer the alternative interface).

By the way, you can buy the Home & Student version of Microsoft Office for around $100 on Amazon.com.

gate1975mlm said,
I would love to find a complete office suit that resembles Office 2010 in looks and performance but for free. But so far I have not been able to find anything that comes close. LibreOffice like Openoffice before it is very ugly and feels old like it was created for Windows XP and the interface feels kind of sluggish. I like software that is pretty and looks like it was created with Windows 7 in mind. Also I am not a huge user of Office suits in General which is the main reason why I have no real need to pay lots of money for one. However I like to have all my software bases covered just in case I ever need to edit or open a word or powerpoint document.

You guys have any good recommendations for a good performing modern looking Office Suit that's also Free or very cheap and also from a company that releases update often?

There are lots of wonderful Free or nicely priced software for other things but when it comes to Office Suits there seems to be a shortage.

Kingsoft Office was posted yesterday, it does what you seek.