LibreOffice, the off shoot of the OpenOffice program run by The Document Doundation, is now in Version 3.5.0 Final. The program is a multi-platform office suite that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database, presentation creator, a drawing program, and a mathematical function writer.
LibreOffice was originally created in order to remove control of the OpenOffice Project by major corporations and based on progress made this year, the LibreOffice Suite is progressing at a steady pace.
Some items for users who will be upgrading to the latest version:
- This release is bit-for-bit identical to the 3.5.0 Release Candidate 3, so you don’t need to download or reinstall if you have that version already. Note that therefore, the about box states “LibreOffice 3.5.0 RC3”.
- The distribution for Windows is an international build, so you can choose the user interface language that you prefer. Help content is available via an online service, or alternatively as a separate install.
- For Windows users that have LibreOffice prior to version 3.4.5 installed, either uninstall that beforehand, or upgrade to 3.4.5. Otherwise, the upgrade to 3.5.0 may fail.
- For Windows users that have OpenOffice.org installed, we advise uninstalling that beforehand, because it registers the same file type associations.
- If you run Windows 2000, you may require this update before being able to install LibreOffice.
- If you run Linux, the GCJ Java variant has known issues with LibreOffice, we advise to e.g. use OpenJDK instead.
- LibreOffice contains all the security fixes from OpenOffice.org in 3.3.0, and perhaps more as a side-effect of the code clean-ups.
- On Mac, slideshows may look incomplete – as a workaround, navigate to LibreOffice->Preferences->View, and disable hardware acceleration
LibreOffice 3.5.0 is completely free and is available from the LibreOffice website at: