Thursday, 1 September 2011

LibreOffice 3.4

I have featured OpenOffice.org on this blog a few times in the past. It is a free office suite featuring a word processor, a spreadsheet program, and a presentation maker. Until recently the software was produced by Oracle Corporation, but fears that they would cease to support the project or stop it being open-source resulted in many of the programmers setting up their own project: LibreOffice.

LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice.org (now produced by Apache Software Foundation), so users of the latter will make an easy transition to the former. The application names have been carried over: Writer is the word processor; Calc for spreadsheets; Impress for presentations; and so on. Furthermore, the look and feel of the packages has changed little.

Version 3.4 of LibreOffice offers many improvements on version 3.3. There is much better memory management and less of a reliance on Java. Calc is more compatible with Microsoft Excel. But the most improved application is Impress, which flies along compared to the old version.

The continuing development of LibreOffice seems assured, whereas OpenOffice,org appears to be in limbo. For that reason LibreOffice is now my office suite of choice and I would recommend users of OpenOffice.org switch over to its latest version.

16 comments:

need computer help said...

OpenOffice, LibreOffice, IBM Symphony Lotus are just few of the free office productivity suites in existence today. They can be as good as Microsoft Office although there can be glitches arising from time to time.

Stepterix said...

I don't know of any software that never has problems. Thanks for the comment.

fireplace designs said...

has anyone tried this one and does it work neatly like open office?

POS Software said...

since 2007 i am a openoffice user, for my reports spreadsheet. maybe because of drag and placed features where in excel i hardly do that.

Stepterix said...

fireplace: LibreOffice is essentially OpenOffice

Van Mackay Computer Solutions said...

Well written post I never used Libreoffice only OpenOffice. Another opensource office suit is KOffice

Ryan - RMC Tech said...

Never heard of this! A lot of people on the net (I'm researching it now) are saying it's basically another open office. I'm gonna try it!

Adam Fields said...

Nice find. We've been recommending Open Office this whole time at http://vitalcomputerrepair.com but we'll be looking into LibreOffice. Clients are most concerned with absolutely compatibility with Microsoft Office.

personal savings said...

It's a commendable blog. Keep writing

Stepterix said...

Thank you all for the comments. I have found a few minor incompatability issues with Microsoft Office, mainly regarding formatting of word processed documents. I believe that the LibreOffice team are working on these.

Error 1310 said...

Hi...

Nice post and i thing it must have some tried version which is basically for check and then peoples can accept this.
Thanks for sharing

Bob Esponja said...

Seems to me that LibreOffice is a mirror of OpenOffice.

Kevin Grieves said...

Bob: It would be better to say that LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice. It is being developed separately from the same code base.

I recently found out that IBM are taking a role in developing OpenOffice, having used it as the basis for their Symphony office suite.

Ramon Andrews said...

A great article discussing LibreOffice. Those who use such will surely find this post helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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