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LibreOffice

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.4
  • Total Downloads:
    427,453
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    210.66MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,064
  • 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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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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3 stars

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

January 07, 2015  |  By Amayzingone

2015-01-07 00:26:57  |  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

2015-01-04 05:04:01  |  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

2014-12-06 17:20:35

 |  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

2014-11-02 07:37:50  |  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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What's new in version 5.0.4
This is the fourth bugfix release of the 5.0.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 December 17, 2015
Date Added December 18, 2015
Version 5.0.4
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Office Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 210.66MB
File Name LibreOffice_5.0.4_Win_x86.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 427,453
Downloads Last Week 2,064
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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