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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:

    3.6 stars

    out of 7 votes

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

    "It's OK but it needs work"

    May 7, 2013  |   By JaneWhig

    Version: LibreOffice 4.0.2

    Pros

    Easy to use and save documents. Very similar to Open Office

    Cons

    Closes without warning so name that file immediately and save, save SAVE as you work. I set mine to auto save every minute.

    Also, for some reason now it is not saving recent files to to "Today" folder but rather a "no date" folder. Can't figure out how to fix it and neither can the IT guy.

    Summary

    Again, it's a free program so you get what you pay for...so to speak. It's good enough but I miss Open Office. And I can't figure out how to fix the file storage issue.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Plain Jane Menu Look"

    May 4, 2013  |   By micklail

    Version: LibreOffice 4.0.2

    Pros

    Free. Does pretty well with just plain documents.

    Cons

    Huge program to install. Takes almost 700 MB. That's ridiculous.

    I don't know what they have done to the menu bars, but the need to undo it. They just look "plain". Openoffice has them beat hands down on looks. And when it comes to what one likes about a program, looks play a big part.

    Summary

    OpenOffice and LibreOffice are almost the same program. That said, I will continue to put OpenOffice on the computers I work on. People like "pretty". At this time, OpenOffice just looks better. And with the upcoming release of OpenOffice 4, I see no reason to stay with an ugly menu bar.

    And don't start on how I can change the way it looks. I tried it and it doesn't work worth crap. This ugly look is the work of lazy developers.

    For MY computers, I still use M.S. Office XP and SoftMaker Office 2012. I got SoftMaker 2012 from Ashampoo for $12. Its fast and does everythign I need it to do. It has opened and saved everything in .doc and .docx (as well as the Excel formats) flawlessly. I do not use Powerpoint so I could not tell you anything about that.

    As for the freebies: Its OpenOffice all the way. LibreOffice is just ugly. And ugly counts.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very frustrating and almost deleted my final paper."

    April 18, 2013  |   By NEMESISD9

    Version: LibreOffice 4.0.2

    Pros

    The program is free and allows some Microsoft Word emulation.

    Cons

    If you ask LibreOffice to do anything special it will screw up. It crashes all the time, and the last time I almost lost my end of term paper.

    Summary

    I cannot trust an unreliable product, and this is one.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great, just like Open Office"

    April 12, 2013  |   By banjodan

    Version: LibreOffice 4.0.2

    Pros

    works extremely well
    free
    my unenlightend friends say they don't have any problems using my Libre Office documents in Microsoft Office

    Cons

    None that I can find so far

    Summary

    No reason not to try this one. You just might come to use it instead of that M$ Office gold-plated software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A Good and Free Substitue for Microsoft Word!"

    April 11, 2013  |   By rdg

    Version: LibreOffice 4.0.2

    Pros

    This derives from Open Office. A little buggy, but getting better.

    Cons

    I spotted a bug in QuickStarter. It took a couple of months for it to be fixed.

    Summary

    A great alternative to Word. Also, LibreOffice can save documents as Word documents so that users of Word can read and even modify them.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Complete office suite."

    April 11, 2013  |   By GCG1000

    Version: LibreOffice 4.0.2

    Pros

    Comprehensive of functions with an excellent GUI that easy to learn for any Word or Office user. Includes app of the essential apps needed in a professional office suite.

    Cons

    None at this time

    Summary

    Excellent suite, FREE and deserving of a try-out.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent piece of open software"

    April 4, 2013  |   By 3biq

    Version: LibreOffice 4.0.2

    Pros

    - nice clean interface similiar to that of pre-ribbon MS Office
    - open source with large community means source is open and there is almost zero risk of hidden backdoors, vulnerabilities of other nasty piece of code
    - complete set of office software, feature rich
    - full fledged office solution for household or small office at no cost
    - this is a real a deal, not some crampy ad-backed semi-functional office suite from unknown developer, but mature, lean and stable product started as a fork of Open Office, now being developed completely on its own with most of the unnecessary original and java code being cleaned out

    Cons

    - more customizable UI with skinning support (color themes with full iconpacks, personas are nice patch, but not a solution)
    - some of the menus and dialogs are too cluttered, which is a stopper when you are not familiar with program and want to do something quickly and naturally
    - missing optional autosave feature to save full backups of opened files at given period. there is an autorecovery feature, which recovers files after crash automatically and is probably best for normal consumer, but I would trust more full backups being created in specified directory or at the same directory with bak extension.

    Summary

    For me, this is the best office software. I love the change in speed and stability with version 4 and I love how the suite changes for better. For me, Open Office at its time was an example of least progressing software development ever, now Libre Office got it right finally. Never had any problems with it either in work or at home. It has many features you dont get even with paid software. I'm recommending it to everyone.

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