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LibreOffice

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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 User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 152 votes

    • 5 star: 68
    • 4 star: 47
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 12
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 10 votes

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

    "Fantastic free office suite"

    July 26, 2012  |   By jafu3457

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    It works across all platforms. I use Windows 7, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu. By saving aliases of my key documents to Dropbox, I can work on my docs while on any of my computers and everything stays in sync. I can't even dream of doing that in MS Office. And free? can't beat it.

    Cons

    Updating the program requires a large download and complete re-installation. I don't understand why updates aren't incremental.

    Summary

    This isn't a skimpy knockoff. It's a full featured program that will do just about anything you need it to. If you're looking for an office suite that works on any computer regardless of the OS, this is it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "after fixing java it works great"

    July 17, 2012  |   By ygavryli

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    It starts fast, works well with doc, xls and html files, needles to say with own file formats. After deleting old updates to java it does not crash at all. The issue with java was identified by one of the LO team. Thanks a lot!

    Cons

    Now I find none.

    Summary

    Thanks guys for such a good product!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "not even close to a good substitute for MS word"

    July 9, 2012  |   By digginJB

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    free (not counting the value of time)

    Cons

    painfully difficult to work with existing .doc files' formatting

    Summary

    not really worth the time

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Useless for .docx ok for old Word docs"

    June 30, 2012  |   By Hey_888

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    It's free and it can open many documents

    Cons

    It can NOT open most documents in Office 2007+ formats.

    Summary

    Download the original Microsoft Office if you have to run Office 2007, 2010 files.

    I've uninstalled it as it useless to me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worked Great the fizzled"

    June 22, 2012  |   By rainingdown

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    Great software with plenty of capabilities

    Cons

    Had 3.3, and now I can't update it. 3.3 stopped opening documents when I double clicked on the file itself. Uninstalled 3.3 and now 3.5.4 won't open after downloading and installing it. Even after all the programs are uninstalled I still have soffice.bin running in the back ground.

    Summary

    Good program, just wish I could get it to work again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "small file quick download"

    June 22, 2012  |   By cybervibin

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    portable
    samll file
    awesome

    Cons

    none i guesss!

    Summary

    go for it !!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great Office Suite but needs improvement."

    June 9, 2012  |   By CNETproductions

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    -Fast
    -No charge
    -Lots of features

    Cons

    -Takes a lot of memory
    - Same as OpenOffice

    Summary

    LibreOffice is the 1# free office suite for me.For users who want a office suite at no charge, I'll recommend LibreOffice. But if you are willing to spend a bit of money, go for a different Office suite.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's Just Open Office"

    June 3, 2012  |   By raywigton

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    Does everything Open Office can do and maybe more.

    Cons

    The only thing wrong here is that it conflicts with my loyalty to Open Office, but it comes from some of the same great people.

    Summary

    As you know Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems and because they have a record of putting a price tag on free software, the Open Office program was perhaps in danger. As a result, some of the people jumped ship and formed the Document Foundation. They are behind the LibreOffice software which is nothing more than an exact duplicate of Open Office down to the executable commands. If you are using Open Office, you (and I) may have to move to LibreOffice someday but for right now all that Libre has done is improve at a faster pace than Open Office from which they stole everything that wasn't nailed down. The Apache Software Foundation appears to be the new owner of Open Office so users will have to choose between them. I'm guessing that Oracle intended to charge for the program but had to "donate" it to Apache after Libre was created.

    The Libre software takes over your Open Office documents, assigning itself as default even when Open Office is the default program on your computer. The software is installed for almost everything regardless of your opting not to install some features. It felt like having something viral running on my computer as it exercised the kind of control that I hadn't felt since getting rid of Norton antivirus. On the other side of the argument, if I had deleted Open Office, I would have had it back again, just looking a little different on the execution but doing everything that I needed and then some. For right now, I'm trashing Libre and keeping Open Office, you will have to make your own choice - and how great it is to have two FREE office suites to choose from. Both are better than Microsoft for the simple fact that they can run Microsoft programs but Microsoft with their 'greater than thou' attitude won't run anything else. Best regards,

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quickly leaving OpenOffice behind"

    June 2, 2012  |   By ics-service

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    This release offers performance gains of as much as 100% over the previous version.

    Better compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007/2010 files than OpenOffice.

    LibreOffice came out of a split from OpenOffice in Sept 2010 where most of the developers came to LibreOffice and has the support of SUSE, RedHat, Canonical (Ubuntu) and Intel. The LibreOffice project has a lot of momentum and development is progressing faster. Because of licensing, the LibreOffice project can take any code that the OpenOffice project releases and use it under the LGPL, the reverse is not true and OpenOffice can't take fixes and features from LibreOffice and use it.

    This chart ( http://people.gnome.org/~michael/images/2012-04-25-ooo-comparison.png ) shows the features both OpenOffice and LibreOffice have added since the split. It also seems to indicate LibreOffice has at least 10 times more developers working on it.

    Cons

    Not 100% compatible with Microsoft Office but is more than 90% compatible and more compatible than OpenOffice.

    Summary

    It seems OpenOffice is being left in the dust.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does exactly what I want it to do!"

    June 1, 2012  |   By gbarneshk

    Version: LibreOffice 3.5.4

    Pros

    Free, easy to use, comprehensive and multi-platform (I have it installed on both Windows and Linux).

    Cons

    Not sure there are any - would love to see it an online version similar to Google docs.

    Summary

    Upgraded OpenOffice and my database layout was messed up. Not with Libre office which worked perfectly.

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