LibreOffice

LibreOffice

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 165 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.3.2
File Size:
214.49MB
Date Added:
September 26, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
294,475
Downloads Last Week:
1,557
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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

    "Great Office Suite"

    June 22, 2014   |   By war622

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.4.2

    Pros

    JUst used it a few times and it seems to be as good or better than Microsoft Office

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet

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  • 4 stars

    "Free word processor and productivity suite."

    June 16, 2014   |   By eviestar

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.4.2

    Pros

    Free, works fine

    Cons

    Requires JRE from Java.
    Hard to get used to.

    Summary

    It's a little hard to get used to. I'm not used to using Office, I am switching from Works. Others say this LibreOffice is just like the newer Microsoft Office programs. The word processor is what I really wanted the most and I can use it for just fine. The database part looks very different from Works and I don't know if I'll get it figured out. Well worth the download just for the word processor though, it seems to have all the features and then some and then some more. Customizable, lots of choices of buttons to put on the toolbars too. Very nice especially for the price. Draw is fun. The rest I probably won't use. Everyone should use this just to show Microsoft that they can't keep raising prices and still have us buy from them. BTW, I tried Kingsoft too and I personally like LibreOffice better. Kingsoft didn't seem to have a database. Libre has programs for word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, math formula, and database. Very complete suite.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fantastic! Best free open source office suite!"

    May 26, 2014   |   By pickycustomer

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.4.2

    Pros

    Does everything I need from an office suite!
    Great for home or office!
    More stable than Apache OpenOffice (AOO).
    Skinable using Firefox themes.

    Cons

    Java Runtime Environment(JRE)needed for power users.
    LibreOffice is working to do away with JRE dependency.

    Summary

    If you need an office suite that is not only compatible with MS Office and can save to the international standard "odf" format LibreOffice (LO) is perfect. LO has a larger download size which has stability fixes absent in AOO. I also found fewer formatting issue when saving to MS Office "doc and docx" than AOO. Unless you are a power user JRE is "not" needed. LO opens to a sleek and clean GUI in which the user can select everything from "writer" to "calc" to "impress/presentation" not to mention "base" and "draw" (note some of these require JRE to be "fully" functional). For the most part LO offers a very capable MS Office alternative. For home, school or business users will find LibreOffice Free a great addition to their computer arsenal.

    When Apache OpenOffice started crashing a lot I began looking for something else. I found my stability issues solved as soon as I started using LibreOffice. I have yet to see LO crash during or after creating a project. Another reason I started using LibreOffice is I'm not sure where AOO is going as far as total project stability. From openoffice(dot)org to Oracle to Sun and now to Apache who knows what's going on with OpenOffice? When LO forked from AOO "The Document Foundation" gave LibreOffice the stability OpenOffice lacks. Although they both use the same "basic code" LibreOffice has a solid development base to continue production of this wonderful "free" office suite.

    Not only do I use LibreOffice, I also highly recommend it!

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  • 5 stars

    "Great Office Suite!"

    May 25, 2014   |   By Lloyd_Hayes

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.4.2

    Pros

    This has all of the whistles and tools found in nearly any other office suite.
    Compatible with MS-Office files, along with a host of other files types.
    Reads and writes Acrobat PDF files. (Can also write PDF files which are more compatible to LibreOffice for editing.)
    Files can be password protected.
    LibreOffice and OpenOffice share software files and plug-ins.
    It also integrates nicely with Dragon Naturally Speaking.
    There are a ton of templates and plug-ins available.
    It's updated often.
    It's free with no stings attached. (Although donations are accepted.)
    It's also bug and ad free. (Note: If the CNET downloader is used (And I am not sure if it is used), the downloader will have some adware options.)

    Cons

    Importing PDF files is not 100% accurate with a few styles of PDF files.
    There are better Drawing Programs then the one included in this office suite. (Inkscape comes to mind here.)

    Summary

    I've used OpenOffice for years. Then a few years ago, I also started using LibreOffice. The two suites seem to use many of the same programs and plug-ins when they run. However, each of them does have a few different features. I have both OpenOffice and LibreOffice on my computers anymore, but I usually use LibreOffice 95% of the time. I consider these office suites better then any of the office software coming from Microsoft, or any other office suite maker.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great free alternative to Microsoft Office"

    May 22, 2014   |   By lynjs

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.4.2

    Pros

    It is easy to use and even better Microsoft Office. All you need is right there. If you need shapes, you can do so. Anything you need to do is right there.

    Cons

    I had some trouble downloading the update from the program itself. But I eventually downloaded it from Download.com and it works just as good.

    Summary

    It is a perfect alternative to the pay versions that do the same thing. It is worth the donation if one isn't financially strapped.

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