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LibreOffice 5.4 Adds More New Features, Improves Office File Format Compatibility (betanews.com) 111

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.4. Again, it's on time, arriving six months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3. From a report: LibreOffice 5.4 is "the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family," and like other point releases is a major one, adding features across all components and incrementally improving compatibility with Microsoft Office document formats. Highlights include a new standard color palette based on the RYB (Red Yellow Blue) color model. File format compatibility improvements include better support for EMF vector images and higher quality rendering of imported PDF files (with support for embedding video in exported PDFs from Writer and Impress). Also added is OpenPGP key support for signing ODF documents in Linux. LibreOffice Writer adds new context menu items for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes and styles. Users can now import AutoText entries from Microsoft Word .dotm templates. The full structure of bulleted and numbered lists is now preserved when pasted as plain text, and users gain the ability to create custom watermarks for their documents via the Format menu.
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LibreOffice 5.4 Adds More New Features, Improves Office File Format Compatibility

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  • by Chris Katko ( 2923353 ) on Saturday July 29, 2017 @10:46AM (#54904023)

    ...stop crashing my file explorer in Windows 7 with their crappy API hooks.

  • by nowsharing ( 2732637 ) on Saturday July 29, 2017 @11:16AM (#54904183)
    You can get a 64-bit version of LibreOffice, but you have to select it at the download page. On my system it starts much faster and handles large documents perfectly.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Dear LibreOffice,

    Please add the following feature: fixing bugs. Every bug I ever reported is designated "enhancement request." There it sits, for years, decades, centuries, while new features, like emoji creation submodules, aperitif selection menus, and lace curtains are added.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's document paradigm is a "paragraph". In TeX/LaTeX you can structure a document in chapters and sections and subsections. Doesn't work in Libre. In Libre everything is a friggin paragraph. When you try to create a proper document with Libre, it makes you fuss around with low level details that aren't needed in in more intelligent document systems.

    Libre is OK for memos and a short articles.

    • I must have missed something here. When did LO start being touted as a competitor to LaTeX? Was it about the same time it started being criticized for not having a thesaurus?
  • by peterofoz ( 1038508 ) on Saturday July 29, 2017 @12:30PM (#54904641) Homepage Journal
    I've been using LIbreOffice and previously OpenOffice for over 5 years now for writing requirements and system documentation. One of the features that is seriously confusing and frustrating is how outline numbering and heading numbering works (or doesn't). Near as I can figure there are 2 subsystems/modules to handle numbering: one for bullet/list numbering, and the other for headings, and they don't play well together.
  • LibreOffice, after these many years, still has many problems. Here is an example of a very basic one: at least on macOS, it does not properly render text, leaving unevenly-spaced characters within some words—one letter will appear e.g. too far to the right, colliding with the character to the right, while leaving a too-large space to the left. It is ugly and impedes reading.

    The Writer component, continues to be essentially worthless for technical writing. Its rendering of inline math leaves giant whit

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