LibreOffice

LibreOffice

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 165 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.5.4
File Size:
214.52MB
Date Added:
May 30, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
285,000
Downloads Last Week:
1,261
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

When it comes to creating documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations, MS Office is the suite that comes to mind. But let's face it: Office is a pricey piece of software. Thankfully, there are cheaper alternatives out there, but they don't always live up to their promise. LibreOffice offers up a free alternative, and we found it on par with its more popular competitor.

LibreOffice opens with a main menu that let us select which application we wanted to use: Base, Calc, Draw, Impress, Math, and Writer. Each application's interface will look very familiar to you if you've used MS Office products. We started with LibreOffice Writer, the suite's word-processing application. We typed up a document and formatted it without any issues. The application saves documents as .odt files by default, which cannot be opened by MS Word. But to solve any compatibility issues, it does allow you to save it as a .doc file. We proceeded to check out Calc and Impress, the suite's spreadsheet and presentation programs. Like Writer, each program introduced a familiar interface. We were able to bypass the default .ods and .odp file types to MS file types and open them without any issues. And the Math and Draw applications were just icing on top of the cake of this capable suite of tools. Should you need it, each application includes a link that takes you to the Web site for support.

LibreOffice installs and uninstalls cleanly. Its tools work just as well as their pricey competitor's, and it's free. What else can we say? We highly recommend the program.

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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 165 votes

    • 5 star: 77
    • 4 star: 49
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 13
  • Current Version:

    3.8

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5 stars

    "Best free office suite to be found!"

    September 06, 2014   |   By pickycustomer

    Version: LibreOffice 4.3.1

    Pros

    More stable than Apache OpenOffice.
    In some ways even outperforms Microsoft Office.
    Perfect for home, school and business.

    Cons

    Java Runtime Environment required for power users.
    JRE not needed for the mass majority of users.

    Summary

    LibreOffice (LO) has become my go-to for an office suite. LO not only uses the international standard .odt, etc. format(s) but will save and work with a multitude of other formats including Microsoft formats. In fact MS has started being able to use the international standards. The only "minor" issue is working with extremely huge .doc, etc. formats LO may not be able to maintain the integrity of a MS format. But LO probably will be able to do just that. I have read many reviews written by "real" experts and they all have the same conclusion; LibreOffice is a very flexibile, capable office suite which in many ways outperforms even Microsoft Office. Don't take my word for it, download and start using LibreOffice and see for yourself how powerful LO really is. If you have an older MS document which MS Office will no longer open you will find LO will.

    Not only do I use LibreOffice, I highly recommend it. You can't go wrong. And best of all it's free!

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  • 2 stars

    "Usually works okay but there are quite a few glitches!"

    September 04, 2014   |   By penelopesue

    Version: LibreOffice 4.3.1

    Pros

    It's free big bonus.

    Cons

    Almost all the time when I copy and paste it places the text in boxes!? Do not understand why it does this but each time I download it does pretty much the same thing. One time I downloaded a 3.5 version and it worked fine but the repair buys at best buy geek squad totally wiped my computer and I had to download again - now nothing but problems.

    Summary

    When I downloaded this version 4.3.1 it stated that the size was 214 MB however after installing it shows 475 MB ***! I just do not understand this at all over double the amount!

    Updated on Sep 4, 2014

    It states when you download this version 4.3.1 that it is 214 MB but when it is installed it shows 474 MB ***! These should be tested more thoroughly before releasing!

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  • 5 stars

    "Very Good for 95% of the features in Microsoft Office"

    September 03, 2014   |   By cateye217

    Version: LibreOffice 4.3.1

    Pros

    This is a great suite for meat and potatoes users--nothing fancy just the basics from the Microsoft products

    Cons

    Don't expect every feature that's in Microsoft Office to be here

    Summary

    Solid product--great for most of what the average Microsoft Office user needs----not for power users....

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  • 5 stars

    "Useful product, superficial review by Download.com"

    September 03, 2014   |   By ben_myers

    Version: LibreOffice 4.3.1

    Pros

    Let's be specific. The menu interface of LibreOffice is like Office 2003 or earlier, not the newer ribbon interface, yet another Microsoft change-for-change's-sake. The INSTALLATION default is to save documents in ODT formats, but you can change the save default to either Microsoft old without-the-x format or new with-the-x XML. That's what I did. No problemo.

    Cons

    I do not author extremely complicated documents, spreadsheets and the like. But in the 3-4 years of using LibreOffice and its father, OpenOffice, I have not come across a Microsoft-produced document file that it cannot handle. The acid test came some time ago in the form of a colleague's PowerPoint pitch with fades, fancy backgrounds and all the other glitz, shown without a hitch to a large audience.

    Summary

    No need to pay even more $$ to Microsoft. LibreOffice is the office suite I use on my laptop. It may soon replace Microsoft Office on my deskside tower.

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