LibreOffice 3.6.4 RC1

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 3.6.4 RC1 | 205 MB (Open Source)
View: LibreOffice Website | Release Notes

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ArialBlue said,
Shouldn't apps like these die off in favor of Google Docs and Skydrive Web Apps?
Serious Question.
Well, most people don't really understand the concept of web apps or they are more comfortable with desktop apps. I know almost everything you can do on a computer can be done on the web nowadays, but I always find desktop apps to be easier to use or have more functions.

Sorry, but using web apps just isn't my thing. There is a huge amount of people who will not bend to the need to be on the web for everything. Most people who bend to the market are doing so because of advertizing; they think it is something they have to do because if they don't if there will be away to do their work.

sanctified said,
Waiting for 4.0 with the new GUI for all platforms.

Sure they are working on new UI? For linux world "new UI" usually comes to new iconset. At least it's what they talking about at the moment. And there has been no yet any sane UI mockup.

Pam14160 said,

Agreed. Would like to see the ribbon

Oh no, not the Ribbon. If that comes as the UI I hope they give a choice to shift to classic.

Indian-Art said,
Oh no, not the Ribbon. If that comes as the UI I hope they give a choice to shift to classic.

It's not neccessary to be ribbon, yet ribbon is very good. But current Libre UI is plainly ugly and entirely unusable. Kingsoft Office for Android is a good example on how pure toolbar design could be nice and handy. Yet on PC Kingsoft just ripped off MS Office.

coth said,

It's not neccessary to be ribbon, yet ribbon is very good. But current Libre UI is plainly ugly and entirely unusable. Kingsoft Office for Android is a good example on how pure toolbar design could be nice and handy. Yet on PC Kingsoft just ripped off MS Office.

I'm not sure if you are aware that in LO you can customize the toolbar quite a bit. You can choose icons. You can remove or add icons for example I have removed the Navigator icon but added the strike-through icon. There are different icon styles you can chose from like "Human" or "Tango" among others. I know several people who prefer the current UI over Ribbon.

Indian-Art said,
I'm not sure if you are aware that in LO you can customize the toolbar quite a bit. You can choose icons. You can remove or add icons for example I have removed the Navigator icon but added the strike-through icon. There are different icon styles you can chose from like "Human" or "Tango" among others. I know several people who prefer the current UI over Ribbon.

UI is not just about icons. How long will it take until open source understand it...?