LibreOffice 4.3.0 Beta 1


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!


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 4.3.0 Beta 1 | 211 MB (Open Source)
View: LibreOffice Website | Release Notes

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I have been using this at work for about a year and love it. It works great. Saved us many dollars as we have 10 workstations and plan to open another (architectural paint store) in the near future. My donation was a pittance compared to what I would have paid for Office and it's licences.
Wikileaks next report: "NSA reveals through spying on Neowin,people generally don't like most UI's".

How many dollars did it save? $13/user/month for Office 365 small business? Does everything 'just work' all the time? Really not trying to be an ahole, I just think the pricing argument is weak unless you are based in a country where people make $10 per hour, but if it costs you 15-20 minutes of an employees time per month it's not really relevant.

Well. That would be $13 x 10 =$130 per month compared to $0 a month. That's $1560/year we can use towards safer and better equipment. And yes it works. I/we have not any problems and we use it everyday. Mainly excel and word or calc and writer for the correct wording police. We live in a country where the owners of a business can make a choice to pay for a product or donate to an organization that makes a great free product. Thanks.

Obry said,
Yeah the UI is really aesthetically unpleasant to work with at this point.

I tend to ignore the interface,and just concentrate on what I'm working on. :)

I would think they have higher priority things to take care of than the UI. Perhaps with time, more volunteers could help with the UI.
Note that this only forked form OO.o four years ago.