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The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.5

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  1. Cristian_25H

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    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.5, the third major release of "the best free office suite ever", which shows to end users the improvements derived from the development strategy adopted since September 2010. LibreOffice 3.5 derives from the combined effort of full time hackers - the largest group of experienced OOo code developers - and volunteer hackers, coordinated by the Engineering Steering Committee.

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    During 16 months, an average of 80 developers each month have provided a total of over thirty thousand code commits, introducing new and interesting features:

    Writer

    - a new built-in Grammar checker for English and several other languages
    - improved typographical features, for professional looking documents
    - an interactive word count window, which updates in real time
    - a new header, footer and page break user interface

    Impress / Draw

    - an improved importer of custom shapes and Smart Art from PPT/PPTX
    - a feature for embedding multimedia/colour palettes into ODF documents
    - a new display switch for the presenter's console
    - new line ends for improved diagrams
    - Microsoft Visio import filter

    Calc

    - support for up to 10,000 sheets
    - a new multi-line input area
    - new Calc functions conforming to the ODF OpenFormula specifications
    - better performances when importing files from other office suites
    - multiple selections in autofilter
    - unlimited number of rules for conditional formatting

    Base

    - a new integrated PostgreSQL native driver

    In addition, for the first time in the history of LibreOffice, we will be enabling the online update checker, which informs users when a new version of the suite is available.

    "We inherited a 15 years old code base, where features were not implemented and bugs were not solved in order to avoid creating problems, and this - with time - was the origin of a large technical debt," says Caolán McNamara, a senior RedHat developer who is one of the founders and directors of TDF. "We had two options: a conservative strategy, which would immediately please all users, leaving the code basically unchanged, and our more aggressive feature development and code renovation path, which has created some stability problems in the short term but is rapidly leading to a completely new and substantially improved free office suite: LibreOffice 3.5, the best free office suite ever."

    "In sixteen months, we have achieved incredible results - comments Michael Meeks, a SUSE Distinguished Engineer, who is also a founder and director at TDF - with nearly three hundred entirely new developers to the project, attracted by the copyleft license, the lack of copyright assignment and a welcoming environment. In addition to the visible features, they've translated tens of thousands of German comments, removed thousands of unused or obsolete methods - sometimes whole libraries - and grown a suite of automated tests. Although we still have a long way to go, users - who have sometimes complained for the stability of the software, as they were not aware of the technical debt we were fighting with – can now benefit from a substantially cleaner, leaner and more feature rich LibreOffice 3.5."

    LibreOffice 3.5 is the first release where the contribution of local communities and associations, such as ALTA in Brazil, has been acknowledged. In addition, TDF tried to recognize those volunteers - where we could easily identify them – who put so much into the 3.5 release, with a "hacking" or "bug hunting" hero badge presented the same day of the announcement. TDF is encouraging the development of a global, open and diverse ecosystem where companies, associations, local communities and volunteers share the common objective of developing the best free office suite ever.

    The Document Foundation invites power users to install LibreOffice 3.5, and more conservative users to stick with LibreOffice 3.4 branch. Corporate users are strongly advised to deploy LibreOffice with the backing of professional support, from a company able to assist with migration, end user training, support and maintenance. The Document Foundation will soon provide a list of certified organizations providing these professional services.

    LibreOffice 3.5 is available from: http://www.libreoffice.org/download
     
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  2. InnocentCriminal

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    Highly recommend Libre Office.
     
  3. Static~Charge

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    OpenOffice is withering away from neglect (self-inflicted neglect, at that).
     
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    LibreOffice IS OpenOffice. I remember reading Openoffice was bought and those who made it came out with LibreOffice after. it's my personal choice for sure,
     
  5. Static~Charge

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    No, it is not. LibreOffice is a fork of the OpenOffice code, and developers are adding features to LibreOffice that can't be ported to OpenOffice due to licensing restrictions (see here for the details). LibreOffice is a much-improved superset of OpenOffice.
     
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    seriously dude?

    What people always thought of as OpenOffice, is now LibreOffice, is what i meant. OpenOffice still exists, but it sucks - and the people that made it good are now putting that work into LibreOffice.

    i thought my point was pretty clear, sorry to have offended you.
     
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    You didn't offend me. I found your post to be a bit confusing, so I tried to clarify it. Oracle bought Sun Microsystems and then virtually ignored OpenOffice. People tried to submit bug fixes and improvements, and nothing happened to them. Enough developers got so pissed off about it that they forked the code and formed The Document Foundation. LibreOffice was born.

    OpenOffice and LibreOffice are similar in many ways, but they are no longer the same product. They share a code base, but they are already diverging. Like you said, the best stuff is going into LibreOffice. OpenOffice isn't even worth considering anymore.
     
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    Progress ?

    The page said you can't upgrade to v5 from 4.45 so download v 5 and it doesn't
    install on a win 7 64 8mB ram.
    http://tpucdn.com/forums/images/smilies/mad.gif
    if it won't install, it is a waste of time.......


    Still using OO 3.....works fine for me.........
     
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    Start a new thread if you want help with it. Don't say "waste of time" etc (bad attitude, man). while crapping in another thread please. We are most willing to assist you further.
     
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    What are you talking about? There is no version 5 of LibreOffice, nor is there a version 4.45. Do you mean versions 3.5 and 3.45?

    And did you actually read the release notes? This is what it says:

    • 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.
    In other words, you can upgrade from 3.45 to 3.5; you can't upgrade from an earlier version.

    I had no problem installing it on multiple Windows 7 x64 machines.

    Like Chevalr1c said: if you want help with it, post a message in the forums. Or keep using what you have.
     
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    DUH I DIDN'T WANT TO START A FLAME WAR.........just relating my experience. BTW I did install
    3.4.5 WIN 86 ( forgive the typo ) a while back and found a lot of "broken" features and bugs.
    So I have been using OO.3xx for a long time now and was disappointed with Libra Office. Period.

    Thomas VanHorn Second generation off the cabbage boat from the Netherlands. But my poor immigrant parents taught me to respect others and be kind to fools. Must be a Dutch thing !
     
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    No one ever accused you of starting a flame war. The only thing we wished to make clear is that not a complaint/install issues thread, but rather a news thread. We just like it to remain on topic, that is all.
    By the way Static~Change only wanted to be sure about what you meant, so that he could more easily understand/help you. His post were not meant as critics.
     
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    Anyways, so what is the main difference between this and the latest release of Open Office? Do they support word/excel 2010 files yet?? If not......
     
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    AFAIK those files work, but like with previous releases there may be some interoperability issues. I don't know precisely though, because I am usually exchanging with folks using MS Office 2007.
     
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