LibreOffice 4.3.0 released for download


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

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I find the screenshots on their site kind of cute. Just look at those eye-candy-rounded corners. It feels like using W7 again.

Boy there seems to always be at least one individual that has to say this will bring about the death of MS Office. . .Ha, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, ha, . . .some people. . .

Pam14160 said,
Boy there seems to always be at least one individual that has to say this will bring about the death of MS Office. . .Ha, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, ha, . . .some people. . .

to be honest, in Europe alone, there's a huge following of this product. so it is alot bigger(popular) than most understand. can it unseat MSFT? not head on all at once but in a piece by piece way, it is chipping away at MSFT. who can beat free?

General notes on features and enhancements contained in this release. For a detailed list please check our complete release notes here.

Raise limit of characters in paragraphs
Moved Navigation buttons
Increase/decrease font size buttons
DrawingML import/export
Import/Export nested comments
Proportion image scaling
Solarized blue for Non-printing characters
Relative text frame anchoring improvements
Vertical alignment for text frames
Printing comments in margins
Format all comments
Unicode-compliant soft hyphen handling

Smarter highlighting of cell in a formula
Number selected rows and columns in status bar
Start cell edit with content of cell above
User selectable text conversion models
Pivot Table layout improvement
Formula engine
Enable CoinMP solver
Statistics Wizard (alternative to Excel's Add-in "Analysis ToolPak")
Random number generation

Draw and Impress
Number of Pages
Fit slide to window
Slide Pane selected/unselected slides with mouse over
3D models

VCL (GUI Toolkit)

Options / General
CUPS, fax machines and spadmin

Improved PDF import
Improved OOXML support
New import filters

Refreshed Tango icons
Native background rendering on OSX
Color pickers improvements
Start Center improvements
Initial HiDpi support
Progressbar for DOCX documents

New languages/locales in language list
New languages/locales with locale date
Adding a new language tag

Scripting / Base
Acces2Base new version

API changes
OSL macro clean up
C++ UNO language binding and URE libraries
UNO API changes
Removing XInitialization from a service implementations

Platform Compatibility

One of the biggest issue with Libreoffice is that I faced on Windows 8 was it associated all the image extensions to itself making default photo viewer. This resulted in Windows default photo viewer unable to how photos! I hope they have fixed this issue.

Shiranui said,
With this new version, Microsoft Office is doomed.

In what way? I've never used OpenOffice or KingstonOffice where it was even slightly comparable to Microsoft Office.

WildWayz said,
In what way? I've never used OpenOffice or KingstonOffice where it was even slightly comparable to Microsoft Office.

What's KingstonOffice? Never heard of it.