LibreOffice

LibreOffice

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
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Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 170 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.4.3
  • Total Downloads:
    362,085
  • Date Added:
    May 08, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    213.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,782
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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LibreOffice is a free suite of apps for creating text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more, which you can then save in Microsoft Office formats. With LibreOffice, you get nearly all the functionality of paid word processing and other programs without the hefty price tag.

Pros

Familiar interface: In LibreOffice, each program's interface will be familiar to anyone who's used Microsoft Office. Whether you're creating a presentation, a document, or a spreadsheet, you'll be able to quickly find the tools and features you're looking for, grouped just as you'd expect them to be.

Additional programs: In addition to the three core programs (Writer, Calc, and Impress), LibreOffice offers apps for drawing, math formulas, and databases. There is even a Database Wizard to guide you through the process of creating a new database.

Easy sharing: While the default file format for this program is ODT, you can save documents in several other formats. That includes Microsoft Office file formats, making it easy to share LibreOffice files with others. You can also open Microsoft Office files.

Cons

Convoluted help: LibreOffice's Help File contains very little information. There is also a Discussion page, presumably for users to exchange information and ask questions, but that is completely blank and doesn't allow you to enter anything.

Java Runtime Environment requirement: LibreOffice requires the latest version of Java Runtime Environment for certain features, including creating a new database. Without this extra installation, you won't be able to take full advantage of all program features.

Bottom Line

LibreOffice is a good alternative to Microsoft Word or other paid word processing programs and office suites. Its apps are accessible and organized in a familiar way, and the suite includes a few bonus apps. Power users will have to install Java Runtime Environment to get the most out of the program, but casual users can likely skip this step and just enjoy the basic functions of word processing, spreadsheet creation and management, and presentation construction -- all for free.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"FLAWLESS & Seamless in Execution & use."

March 05, 2015  |  By Casmige

 |  Version: LibreOffice 4.3.5.2

Pros

Complete suite of easy to work with modules & yes, I gladly & graciously PayPal a healthy donation for every one I down-load & install.

Cons

None except perhaps that OfficeLibre does not have a comparable Adobe type products as well.....not necessarily for free but at least at a reasonable price.

Summary

Tired of the MS Crap?? Get this Complete Kit-&-Caboodle!

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3 stars

"Too Big, Arrogant and Inflexible - No customization!"

January 07, 2015  |  By Amayzingone

 |  Version: LibreOffice 4.3.5.2

Pros

Has ALMOST everything most uses would need - in fact far too much!

Cons

Unlike its close cousin, Apache Office, this Libre Office suite is very presumptuous and bull-headed:
Libre Office displays the height of arrogance as it does NOT allow you any level of customization or selection of required applications on installation. You cant even customize or make changes after the installation. You are stuck with the entire suite of programs - all 480MB. Like it or lump it. Very annoying!
Also takes for ever to install and uninstall due to its cumbersome nature.
Give me the customizable Apache Office suite over the arrogant inflexible Libre Office any time!
None of these suites include a built-in scheduler or email application.

Summary

Power office users that want the lot might prefer Libre Office. However if your requirements of an office suite are fairly basic (like 90% of users) then you are far better off with the new WPS Office Free Suite (45MB installation file) which provides you with a nice word processor, spreadsheet and presentation package which allows you to open and save MS Office documents right up to MS Office 2010. For more sophistication Apache Office (130MB) at almost half the size of Libre Office (220MB) offers all that Libre Office does however with the option to customize and select exactly which applications you want installed on your computer and hence keep the installed package to a minimum size. Hence Apache Office is much more closely aligned with the Microsoft Office installer.

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5 stars

"Does anything my company needs to"

January 04, 2015  |  By titusc

 |  Version: LibreOffice 4.3.5.2

Pros

We are using writer and calc at least for five years now, on four computers in our office. We open docs sent by others in doc, docx, xls or xlsx format and, for what we are using these files, everything is absolutely ok. When we need to send files to ohters in doc or xls formats, we do that. Our documents are simple, docs containing tables but nothing else fancier. So - as far as writer and calc, everything is brilliant for our needs.

Cons

Base seems to be the abandoned child of this suite. Access is the only part of the Office suite we could not replace. With Access we have the problem of not being able to get the 2010 version, more appropriate for what we are using it for.

Summary

Very good as a word and excel replacement for everybody that performs usual everyday tasks. Base far from Access.

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5 stars

"Just like Mic Word"

December 06, 2014

 |  Version: LibreOffice 4.3.4.1

Pros

Easy to Use
Looks good
Convert files to docx, apple, etc.

Cons

Not default docx file

Summary

WOW>> I downloaded this as a temporary to use while I got a new Microsoft word. Now that I have both, I find myself using this more often than the genuine Microsoft word 2013. this is so much faster, and boots up extremely fast, its easy to use.
This is like a Honda Civic as Microsoft Word is like a BMW 3series
practicality, reliability vs looks and name.

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5 stars

"The Best Free Office Suite IMHO"

November 02, 2014  |  By Indian_art

 |  Version: LibreOffice 4.3.3.2

Pros

* Feature-Packed
* Fast & 'light-weight'
* Secure
* Few minutes & a few clicks to install
* High degree of Customization (can change skin/theme, background colors)
* FREE & all updates & upgrades for life
* Giants like AMD, Intel, IBM, Red Hat, Canonical, Google, etc contribute to it
* Constantly getting better
* Easy PDF Export
* World-wide presence (languages, online support community)
* I find it better (more value) than MS Office
* Integrates well with Dragon Assistant (Voice Dictation)

Cons

* Very poor marketing because so many people haven't even heard of it & that's a shame because they are missing out on a great product & the altruistic philosophy of FOSS

Summary

Totally worth your time.
Will 'repay' your effort & time spent installing in weeks, I think.
Needs our support (Word-of -Mouth &/or donations)

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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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5 stars

"Fantastic! Best Free Office Suite!"

June 26, 2014  |  By pickycustomer

 |  Version: LibreOffice 4.2.5.2

Pros

Flexible and versatile.
Perfect for home, school and office.

Cons

Java Runtime Environment (JRE) needed to be "fully functional".

Summary

After Apache OpenOffice (AOO) was crashing almost constantly I began searching for a new free office suite. Once I started using LibreOffice (LO) crashes were a thing of the past. LO is more stable than AOO and saves projects to Microsoft formats better than AOO. LO uses the "odf" format as native but will handle a multitude of other formats. If you have an older MS Office document that MS Office will no longer open you will find LO will probably open it fine. Power users will need to install JRE. The vast majority of people will not need JRE.

I conducted a massive research effort before deciding on LO. The research paid off. I read reviews from "real" experts and each of them had very few negative comments about LO. The experts work daily writing, creating power point presentations and using spreadsheets. Experts know what they are talking about.
People who write negative reviews generally are searching for something to nitpick about. Or don't know how to use the software.

Not only do I use LibreOffice, I highly recommend it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.4.3
This is the third bugfix release from the 4.4 branch of LibreOffice which contains new features and program enhancements. As such, the version is stable and is suitable for all users. This version may contain a few annoying bugs which will be fixed in the next bugfix versions to come.
General
Publisher The Document Foundation
Publisher web site http://www.documentfoundation.org/
Release Date May 07, 2015
Date Added May 08, 2015
Version 4.4.3
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Office Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 213.99MB
File Name LibreOffice_4.4.3_Win_x86.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 362,085
Downloads Last Week 1,782
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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