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LibreOffice

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Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.2.3
  • Total Downloads:
    487,298
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 22, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    212.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    99
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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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1 stars

"WON'T COMPLETE INSTALLATION - ERROR 1335 (FILE CORRUPT)"

November 03, 2016  |  By cj167

2016-11-03 08:27:15  |  By cj167

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.2.2

Pros

NO Pros, given the fact that it couldn't even complete installation.

Cons

Cannot install. Installation wizard shows error message:

"Error 1335. The cabinet file 'libreoffice1.cab' required for installation is corrput and cannot be used. This could indicate a network error, an error reading from the CD-ROM, or a problem with the package."

Summary

I'm assuming there's a "problem with this package" (downloaded from download.cnet.com, btw), because I KNOW it's not a network error and it is NOT "the CD-ROM" obviously... Shame, I was really looking forward to use this app, because imho Microsoft Office is way too expensive and there aren't other options for PC... Sad.

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5 stars

"Complete open source office suite"

November 01, 2016  |  By liverpool_computers

2016-11-01 16:37:08  |  By liverpool_computers

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.2.2

Pros

* Full featured office software
* Opens and saves huge range of file formats
* Opensource (free but not adware)

Cons

* Large download size
* Not the most modern interface (can aslo be a pro)

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5 stars

"Fantastic option to MS Office"

June 28, 2016  |  By whatisname

2016-06-28 07:44:36  |  By whatisname

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.1.4

Pros

Just about as good as Office and it's free.

Cons

Niggle not being able to email direct with Windows Live Mail, have to save and insert the file as an attachment from within Live Mail.

Summary

Other than that I have used it for 10 years plus under its different guises with NO problems.

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1 stars

"One serious flaw..."

March 22, 2016  |  By 1ph1ph1ph

2016-03-22 08:10:13  |  By 1ph1ph1ph

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.1.1

Pros

It works like an absolute charm on every front. By far the most complete alternative to Microsoft. So why the low score?...

Cons

...Libre Writer has a huge flaw that turns a potential five star review now into a one star. The flaw is this - at random times and for apparently no reason whatsoever, Libre Office will remove large tracts of text and do the same to the back up files also. Libre Office are aware of this and I've recently discovered a way to recover the text by converting it into HTML, jumping through fiery hoops and somersaulting off a cliff into a pit of snakes. Seriously though...why should I? It should just work. I've lost countless hours to this flaw in rewrites; including a university assignment which cut off my bibliography and a 64 page economic report that was turned into a 15 page report which I then had to spend Christmas rewriting.

Summary

Until the above flaw is solved, there's really no point bothering. Stick with Open Office instead.

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4 stars

"It's competitors SUCK!"

December 08, 2015  |  By ganerd

2015-12-08 01:51:39  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.0.3

Pros

I have been using FREE OPEN-SOURCED Like OpenOffice, LibreOffice,.PhotoScape, Gimp, etc successfully for almost 30 years! I have ZERO conversion probs for MS products ... AND it is free!
It is also, open-sourced (code available to ANY programmer for inspection), therefore FAR more secure than other office suites!

Cons

Only one ... I wish they would make a Windows 7-10 PC apps. I have to manually add it to the start menu and manually associate the MS file type to be opened by LibreOffice :(

Summary

From the start of the free open-sourced, products,companies like MS has tried to destroy them :( At one time they we trying to legally HALT FREE Wikipedia :(
Other valuable free programs I use problem-free on Windows 10 Is GIMP, PhotoScape & VLC. also, since the BIG DEAL with Justice Department as a settlement they installed Hooks for NSA:( NEVER use MS products without an off-brand, preferably free open-sourced FIREWALL!

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5 stars

"The best office suite for most users"

October 26, 2015  |  By Hlder Pereira

2015-10-26 06:44:55  |  By Hlder Pereira

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.0.2

Pros

LibreOffice stands in the shoulders of giants and it is the flagship moniker of a rock solid productivity software code base that started 30 years ago, with StarOffice and shifted 15 years ago to OpenOffice.org with an open-source development model.
I am a long time user of OpenOffice.org and now LibreOffice, and used it from high school to college work, with great satisfaction.
LibreOffice is composed of a word processing programme, Writer, a spreadsheet dubbed Calc, a presentation programme - Impress- and even a database and image editor. All you need is covered, these programmes are packed with advanced features, whether you're making a simple holiday schedule or a college degree dissertation.
LibreOffice 5 user interface is a fusion of old and new paradigms. The more classic top down menus and customizable toolbars are still present, along with a new and very handy side-panel, used for quicker access to tools such as text formatting, document navigation or mathematical formulas.

Cons

In a Microsoft Office world, LibreOffice compatibility with those formats is not 100% accurate.

Summary

LibreOffice is feature rich and flawless when working on your documents on its native file format -ODF- or the legacy StarOffice's. LibreOffice is successful to a certain degree with a myriad of foreign formats such as Apple iWork, legacy Microsoft Works or Microsoft Office legacy and current OOXML.
LibreOffice contains word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database or drawing software that will not leave you wanting.
LibreOffice like its ancestor, OpenOffice.org, is and will always be free as in free of charge and an open-source endeavour.

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5 stars

"USED to use Open Office :("

October 12, 2015  |  By ganerd

2015-10-12 14:47:15  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.0.2

Pros

A good substitute for MSWORD!

Cons

Is not fully windows compatible Win 7, 8 or 10. allowing scroll function through touch-screen.
ALSO does NOT open all it claims to open, like epub, and ALL pdfs are deformed.

Summary

Since my favorite OOffice has not undated in over 5 years, I had to swap to Libra!

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5 stars

"Best Free Office Suite You Can Get! Period!"

September 25, 2015  |  By pickycustomer

2015-09-25 12:38:32  |  By pickycustomer

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.0.1

Pros

Does everything I need to do and then some.
Even power users recommend LibreOffice.

Cons

Haven't found any.

Summary

As soon as Microsoft released Win10 I was wondering how long it would be for The Document Foundation to release LibreOffice v5.0. I didn't have to wait very long at all. It was worth the "short" wait. The GUI is sleek and looks great but it's what's under the hood that makes LO really shine. Improved document handling and formatting. As if LO needed to improve working with .doc and .docx formats, which it didn't, the TDF did it just to prove they could. I'm not a power user but I have found LO has gotten better in everything including working with even more and different formats. Even power users recommend LibreOffice. Don't believe me just search the web.

When the TDF forked from OpenOffice the first thing they did was clean out the useless code (about a million lines). Then they got down to business making LibreOffice better with each release. First v3.0 then to v4.0 and now v5.0 and I have yet to find anything to complain about. The TDF has set a target of two hundred million users by the end of the decade. With OpenOffice stagnating and only gets downloads via name recognition many experts are now pushing LibreOffice. Does anyone remember the last major release of OO? I know it's been well over a year now. With LO having a very active developer base with frequent releases it's a no-brainer as to why more homes, businesses and even whole counties are moving to LibreOffice. If you want something stale go with OpenOffice. If you want something that is up-to-date and works great go with LibreOffice. Not only do I use LibreOffice I highly recommend it to everybody I can. With each "major" release I also donate to The Document Foundation. That my friends is how much I like LibreOffice.

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5 stars

"The office that stays free and Outstanding"

August 11, 2015  |  By twoarrow

2015-08-11 07:35:42  |  By twoarrow

 |  Version: LibreOffice 5.0

Pros

I tried and used other free office suites but then as they improved and made new versions, they started wanting paid for them. It got harder if not impossible to find and download the free versions. I went back to Libre and glad I did. They constantly improve and its free. Its worth sending them a donation for what they give you.

Cons

I've used Libre for a while and honestly can't find any cons.

Summary

Don't know why anyone would buy MS office when you have Libre.

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5 stars

"FLAWLESS & Seamless in Execution & use."

March 05, 2015  |  By Casmige

2015-03-05 12:50:41  |  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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.2.3
This is the third bugfix release of the 5.2.x 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 November 03, 2016
Date Added November 22, 2016
Version 5.2.3
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Office Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 212.91MB
File Name LibreOffice_5.2.3_Win_x86.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 487,298
Downloads Last Week 99
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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