LibreOffice 4.3.0 Beta 2

LibreOffice

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 4.3.0 Beta 2 | 213 MB (Open Source)
View: LibreOffice Website | Release Notes

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A lot of the issues both on MS and Libre/Open/Google Docs are in the past.
As long as your using the current version of Open/Libre Office or Office 2013.

Short History Version

ISO Standard - if approved, company gives up exclusive / royalty control over the format. Anyone can make software that works with the ISO standard. Adobe opened up a version of PDF a while back, which is why you see Office 2013 having some ability to edit PDF files now. Open Document Format is also ISO standard.

Microsoft submitted it's new format to the ISO standards organization, so anyone can use it. However the version they submitted to ISO and was not the default for Office 2007, or 2010. This made it more challenging for Open/Libre office.

Open/Libre Office (and Google Docs) where using the draft (not final) version 1.2 Open Document Format, and since it was draft, Office 2007, and 2010 did support it, only versions 1.0 and 1.1.

The above conditions made it a bit interesting keeping correct compatibility. You could change the default setting in Office 2010 to the be the version that is an ISO standard, but it's not on by default.

Office 2013, by default, uses the office format it's submitted to the ISO standards board and fully supports Open Document Format 1.2 (no longer in draft).

Open / Libre Office is also using Open Document Format 1.2 (non-draft) and with more documents from office confirming.

LibreOffice 4.3 has some bold new changes. waiting eagerly for the final! :)

niks2456 I don't know what you are talking about, we had no problem using different versions of LO on different computers. In fact, they work well even on different OS like Windows & Linux.

On the contrary, I have come across reports where some people have had problems with "older or newer version of MS Office ( like from 2007 , 2010 or 2013 )".

Indian-Art said,
LibreOffice 4.3 has some bold new changes. waiting eagerly for the final! :)

niks2456 I don't know what you are talking about, we had no problem using different versions of LO on different computers. In fact, they work well even on different OS like Windows & Linux.

On the contrary, I have come across reports where some people have had problems with "older or newer version of MS Office ( like from 2007 , 2010 or 2013 )".

I second this entire comment: We use this at work and have had no problems at all.

Will these open source office suites ever finish development ? How come these cannot still read files properly ? If you create and files in older or newer version of MS Office ( like from 2007 , 2010 or 2013 ) it reads without any problems .