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3 stars

"Poor interface; bad performance; great functionality."

March 16, 2011  |  By ThomasHarte

2011-03-16 17:55:33  |  By ThomasHarte

 |  Version: LibreOffice 3.3


Decent support for office tasks and Office files, for free. And it's been 'Cocoa native' (for speed, not looks) for a few years.


Takes a very long time to start and to load documents, and the interface is almost hostile. It's like Office before the ribbon, but without everything being where you've learnt it to be from years of using Office before the ribbon.


I'm never quite sure whether this or IBM Lotus Symphony (which comes from a similar source tree in many respects) is the better free office suite, but either one should allow you to become productive without spending any money. The difference between them and commercial products like Pages is obvious, but forgivable.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.3
  • General Features
    • Load and Save ODF documents in flat XML to make external XSLT processing easier*
    • Load and Save ODF documents in flat XML
    • Make license information accessible via the Help menu*
    • Make license information accessible via the Help menu
    • Made on-line Help available on-line, via the WikiHelp*
    • Made Help available on-line via WikiHelp
    • Added "Experimental" mode, to allow users to test out as-yet-unfinished features*
    • Bundled Linux "Libertine G" and Linux "Biolinum G" fonts
    • Bundled Linux "Biolinum G" and "Libertine G" (shown) fonts
    • Added the LibreColors to the palette*
    • Implement import of alpha channel for RGBA .tiffs
    • Show all appropiate formats by default on "Save As"
    • Use radio buttons widgets to clarify complex menu option intentions*
    • Radio buttons clarify complex menu option intentions
    • Add option to enable saving of documents with non-visible changes
    • Added Quickstarter for Unix builds (enabled only in distro builds)*
    • Fix synthetic small caps resizing factor to improve look and interoperability*
  • Writer Features and Fixes
    • New easy-to-use dialog box for creating and managing title pages*
    • New easy-to-use dialog box for title pages
    • Lotus Word Pro import filter*
    • Lotus Word Pro import filter
    • SVG import into Writer*
    • SVG import into Writer
    • Vastly improved RTF export fixing many critical data-loss bugs
    • AutoCorrections match case of the words that AutoCorrect replaces*
    • Ability to turn off number recognition in Writer
    • Import of MS Works documents*
    • Import of MS Works documents
    • Navigator lets you unfold one heading as usual in a tree view*
    • Navigator lets you unfold one heading as usual in a tree view
    • Many Wordperfect import improvements*
  • Calc Features and Fixes
    • More-familiar default key bindings*
    • Tab during auto-complete commits current selection and moves to the next cell
    • Shift-Tab cycles through auto-complete selections
    • Jumping to and from references in formula cells via Ctrl-[ and Ctrl-]
    • Use Ctrl-Shift-D to launch selection list in LibreOffice
    • New "Compatibility" options page to configure UI interactions*
    • New "Compatibility" options page for UI interactions
    • Improved ergonomics:
    • Tolbar icon for toggling sheet grids in Calc
    • Support for 3 different formula syntaxes: Calc A1, Excel A1 and Excel R1C1*
    • Find and replace skips those cells that are filtered out, avoiding unexpected changes to data that you cannot see*
    • Copying a range highlights the range being copied. It also allows you to paste it by hitting Enter key. Hitting Esc removes the range highlight*
    • Cell cursor stays at the original cell during range selection
    • New, more compatible border types*
    • Added dotted / dashed borders in Calc
    • Faster Excel, DBF and ODS import*
    • Improved Excel interoperability
    • Possibility to use English formula names in other locales
    • Distributed alignment - allows one to specify 'distributed' horizontal alignment and 'justified' and 'distributed' vertical alignments within cells. This is most useful in CJK locales
    • Configurable argument and array separators in formula expressions
    • External reference works within OFFSET function
    • Protecting sheet provides two additional sheet protection options, to optionally limit cursor placement in protected and unprotected areas
    • Automatic decimals digits for "General" format in Calc
    • New options for CSV (Comma-Separated Value) importation in Calc
  • Impress/Draw Features and Fixes
    • PPTX chart import feature
    • Bundled* Presenter Console extension, and made it default to the laptop's screen instead of the projector under Linux
    • Fix randomization problems in "Dissolve" transition*
    • Improved slide layout handling in Impress
    • Import SVG pictures into Draw and edit them interactively*
    • Import SVG pictures into Draw and edit them interactively
  • Math Features and Fixes
    • Default to just printing the formula itself in Math
    • Malformed Maths brackets fixed in presentation mode
    • Interactive in-document formula editing (when in experimental mode)*
    • Interactive in-document properties handling
    • New Math command: "nospace"
  • Base Features and Fixes
  • Added display properties to control shapes
  • Manual setting for primary key support for databases
  • Support of Read-Only database registration
  • Productivity Enhancements
    • New custom document properties handling
    • New custom document properties handling
    • Embedding of standard PDF fonts
    • New "Narrow" font family
    • New "Narrow" font family
    • Increased document protection in Writer and Calc
    • Insert drawing objects in charts
    • Hierarchical axis labels for charts
    • Hierarchical axis labels for charts
  • Usability and Interface
    • Common search toolbar
    • New easier-to-use print interface
    • New easier-to-use print interface
    • Easier navigation in Writer documents
    • Easier navigation in Writer documents
    • More options for changing case
    • Redesign of thesaurus
    • Resetting of text to the default language in Writer
    • Text rendering of form controls in Writer
    • Improved defaults for charts
    • Adaptation to marked selection for filter area in Calc
    • Sort dialog box for DataPilot in Calc
    • Sort dialog box for DataPilot in Calc
    • Display custom names for DataPilot fields, items and totals in Calc
  • Developer Features and Extensibility
    • Grid control enhancements
    • New MetaData node for database
    • Extending database drivers using extensions
    • UNO APIs to for size and movement protection of notes
    • Allow addition of drawing documents to gallery via the UNO API
  • General
    Publisher The Document Foundation
    Publisher web site
    Release Date January 25, 2011
    Date Added January 25, 2011
    Version 3.3
    Category Business Software
    Subcategory Office Suites
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 192.4MB
    File Name LibreOffice_5.0.4_MacOS_x86-64.dmg
    Total Downloads 50,480
    Downloads Last Week 208
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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