LibreOffice

LibreOffice

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 161 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.3.0.4
File Size:
212.78MB
Date Added:
July 30, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
282,836
Downloads Last Week:
1,322
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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    4.0

    out of 161 votes

    • 5 star: 74
    • 4 star: 49
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 13
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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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  • 5 stars

    "Good all rounder, ideal for Word & Excel refugees."

    May 19, 2014   |   By cedricgannet

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.4.2

    Pros

    Does what it says on the tin.
    Free & open source.
    Easy install, doesn't upset or overload a worn out XP desktop.
    No happy paper-clip.

    Cons

    Can be slow with large spreadsheets & graphics.
    Workspace not always that intuitive.
    Doesn't always work perfectly with MSOffice files, especially formatting etc.

    Summary

    When Office 97 had been out of support too long and not seeing any improvements in later versions moved to Open Office. Moved to Libre Office when Apache seemed to be losing the plot. Libre Office irritates me most days but I use Writer and Calc intensively. When I get annoyed I just have to think back my experiences with the various versions of MS Office and the sodding paper-clip and I realise how lucky I am.

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  • 1 stars

    "Bye Bye LibreOffice I tried but you failed."

    May 05, 2014   |   By AgentBadgerUK

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.3

    Pros

    Its free and fast to load on my mac.

    Cons

    I've had some major issues with LibreOffice 4.1.5.3 on my mac. I am trying to move away from Microsoft Office so put up with them for a while but now its hopeless and this software has to go for good.

    - First issue, word docs, docx with lots of photos in keeps loosing images when I save, not sure what happens just left with a photo place holder.

    - Second Issue, sometimes when I save and send a docx to other people they cannot open, I have to re-save sometimes in .doc

    - Third issue, I have had problems on the last two documents I am working on that when I save the file and try and reopen it all but the 1st or 2nd page are simply gone. Cannot find or get back. This is despite the documents being old and worked on for sometime. In one case over 10 pages lost and could not be replaced.

    Lost hours of work as a result. Have bought mac pages now in desperation.

    Summary

    Its free but cost me $100's in my time wasted with what would seem basic essentials. E.g. not loosing my pages of text and images I've inserted.

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME

    WAIT FOR MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS BEFORE CONSIDERING USING

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  • 4 stars

    "Next best thing to windows"

    April 25, 2014   |   By con747

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.3

    Pros

    It does almost as much as windows so if you can live without that extra little bit you can't go wrong with it.

    Cons

    Not to many.

    Summary

    As a free alternative to a highly over priced product you have to take your hat off to the people behind it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Ridiculous program"

    March 06, 2014   |   By hikerbiker

    Version: LibreOffice 4.2.1

    Pros

    Free is about the only pro I can think of.

    Cons

    This program is so counterintuitive, it's ridiculous. Want to set up a document with multiple pages? Nope. Want to select all so you can copy and paste? Nope. Want to step and repeat an element? Nope. Want to add an additional page to your document? It puts it above the page you're working on and not after, where you would think it would go. Just spend the money and get InDesign.

    Summary

    Horrendous program, horrible written and designed. Even if it's free, the developers should be ashamed of themselves.

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