Softpedia Editor's Review for LibreOffice
Free and open-source app suite that features a word-processor (Writer), presentations and graphics tools (Impress and Draw), a spreadsheet app (Calc) along with database, mathematical (Math) and other useful office tools
Written by George Popescu on October 10th, 2013
LibreOffice is the first app that should come to your mind if you want a free word processor, slideshow maker, spreadsheet, database manager and basic vector drawing creator.
LibreOffice is a free and open-source application suite that offers a word-processor (Writer), presentations and graphics applications (Impress and Draw), a spreadsheet app (Calc) along with database, mathematical (Math) and other useful tools.
LibreOffice is easy-to-install and comes in a 183MB DMG file. The installation process requires a simple drag and drop action of the app from the mounted disk image to your Mac's Applications folder.
LibreOffice is full-featured and offers a wide variety of features that will help you get your work done. However, the user-interface is outdated and could use some improvements.
The support for the latest Microsoft Office formats in addition to its native ODT format along with the cost of the app makes LibreOffice the ideal solution for students and organizations that require the use of open formats and open-source apps.
In addition, LibreOffice is capable of opening legacy documents create by old Windows and MS-DOS applications. The graphics module also helps you open vector graphics in Visio or CorelDraw formats.
From LibreOffice's main window you will be able to choose between six different office management tools such as: Text document, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing Database and Formula.
If you are familiar with Microsoft Office or Apple's iWork you will be able to recognize most functions and features. Writer is the equivalent to Microsoft Word and Apple's Pages, Calc is synonymous with Excel and Numbers while Impress is similar to Keynote and PowerPoint.
LibreOffice handles pretty well all documents with simple formatting, although you will encounter some compatibility issues with documents with more complex formatting and graphics.
As we tried to work with various documents created using other applications, LibreOffice crashed unexpectedly especially when trying to open a document, format the text or change an option.
LibreOffice is not a better alternative to Microsoft Office or Apple's iWork, but it might be the ideal solution for users who need a free solution or have to work with odd formats or legacy documents.
- 512 MB RAM
- Up to 1.5 GB available hard disk space
- 1024 x 768 graphic device with 256 colors (higher resolution recommended)
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- CID#736943 clamp no of ttc entries to physical max [Caolán McNamara]
- bnc#779620 DOCX import: try harder to convert floating tables to text frames [Miklos Vajna]
- bnc#828390 export subscript text. [Muthu Subramanian]
- cp#1000015 DOCX export: fix not-well-formed XML on redline end + hyperlink [Miklos Vajna]
- cp#1000016 DOCX/RTF import: fix RemoveLastParagraph() on Windows [Miklos Vajna]
- fdo#33798 In certain partial installation scenarios just one "module" gets installed [Andras Timar]
- fdo#38592 Extra parameters added to ceiling function when saving and opening xlsx [Eike Rathke]
- fdo#41169 All hotkeys are language dependent, don't work in non-Latin keyboard layout. [Caolán McNamara]
- fdo#46410 EDITING: Alphabetical index with concordance file [Andras Timar]
- fdo#51639 'SOFFICE.EXE --VERSION' starts LibO Start Center instead showing version [Andras Timar]
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