Bit of a time-saver: LibreOffice emits 6.3 with new features, loading and UI boosts

Fixed security issue but LibreLogo was still installed by default on Windows

  Three of the applications in LibreOffice: Impress, Writer and Calc

Three of the applications in LibreOffice: Impress, Writer and Calc [19659004] The Foundation document has made some adjustments to improve file loading and save time in its word processor and spreadsheet programs in the latest version of LibreOffice, 6.3.

The open source office suite for Windows, macOS and Linux, which consists of a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, layout tool and database administrator, started in 2011 as an OpenOffice fork Oracle (now Apache OpenOffice). The origins of the project date back to the 80s, when it was a commercial office suite called Star Office.

The foundation now presents a major new release every six months. The previous version, 6.2, was launched in February 2019.

This version corrects the security issue whereby documents could automatically execute arbitrary system commands automatically when opened, thanks to a component called LibreLogo and its interaction with Python . LibreLogo, intended for teaching programming, is still included by default in Windows, although most users do not use it.

  Loading and saving documents is improved in Writer and Calc, sometimes dramatically

Loading and saving documents is improved in Writer and Calc, sometimes dramatically

The most notable improvement in 6.3 is with the Loading / saving performance in Writer and Calc. The team focused on documents known to be slow, identified the reasons and fixed them. Examples are large documents, documents with many bookmarks and tables, and Calc files that make extensive use of VLOOKUP functions.

Document scanning now works in 64-bit LibreOffice on Windows, thanks to a re-implementation of the TWAIN module. [19659005] A new writing function in Writer, Calc and Impress works by exporting the document to LibreOffice Draw. In Draw, a writing toolbar allows you to draw rectangles on sensitive bits, before exporting the result as PDF. It works, although it remains confusing that the Composition Toolbar has buttons for Export and export directly as PDF. If you choose the latter, the wording is only cosmetic, as it is intended to review the writing with colleagues. Tagging this "PDF not deleted" could have been safer, especially since errors in this area can be expensive.

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The LibreOffice team has been working on the user interface, and there is now a disconcerting number of options for menus and toolbars. You can select the standard toolbar, the single toolbar, the sidebar, the tabs, the compact tabs, the grouped clusters and the individual contextual ones. You can also combine several options, such as choosing UI with tabs, reminiscent of the Microsoft Office ribbon toolbar, and then adding the traditional drop-down menu bar at the top.

Interoperability is improved with Microsoft Office formats, and you can now export template documents (.dotx and .xltx), import and export PowerPoint SmartArt and import graphics using Word DrawingML.

A FOURIER function has been added to Calc.

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LibreOffice plays an important role in providing a high-quality office suite for Linux and as an alternative to Microsoft Office Now There are also browser-based options, including the Google G Suite, but if you prefer the freedom to work locally with open source software, LibreOffice is for you.

The suite lacks brightness compared to Microsoft Office. For example, there are problems with interleading of fonts at times, although these are less obvious when printed, and if you change the size of the application in Windows, the repainting of the window is less smooth and you can see that the black rectangles flash in the screen. Given the budget available to Microsoft compared to that of the community-driven LibreOffice team, this is not surprising.

However, these are small points when considering the rich features offered, and version 6.3 has some small but valuable improvements. ®

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