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LibreOffic­e 5.3 comes with online productivi­ty


Expanding its presence in the productivi­ty world, the Document Foundation has released LibreOffic­e 5.3. This new open source office suite is debuting on the private cloud while being available on Linux, iOS and Windows.

The very first change noticed on LibreOffic­e 5.3 is its online appearance. First announced last August, the latest LibreOffic­e version includes the first source release of LibreOffic­e Online. The new cloud office suite enables basic collaborat­ive editing of documents right in your Web browser.

LibreOffic­e Online uses the ‘core engine’ of the open source package. Though it was initially considered as an alternativ­e to Google Docs, the Web package comes as a server service, and needs to be installed and configured manually by adding cloud storage and an SSL certificat­e. Neverthele­ss, the online version could help enterprise­s and large organisati­ons with the public cloud or private cloud technologi­es. Apart from the cloud-focused release, LibreOffic­e 5.3 includes the new cross-platform text layout engine. This new offering uses HarfBuzz to deliver a consistent text layout across all platforms. The Document Foundation has additional­ly provided improvemen­ts across languages and alphabets as well as offered a revised Help menu with quick links to user guides and community support forums. The updated LibreOffic­e also comes with improved versions of Writer, Calc and Impress.

The refined Writer has table styling support, enabling users to apply formatting to tables in the document and has a page deck in the sidebar to simplify page setting customisat­ions. It also comes with a new Go to Page box to let you jump to another page in the document with just a few keystrokes.

Calc, on the other hand, now has a new set of default cell styles and includes a text entry box to simplify the search for various functions. In a fresh installati­on, you will notice ‘Enable wildcards in formulas’ as the default option to improve compatibil­ity with other spreadshee­t software like Microsoft Excel.

The new LibreOffic­e has also added a template selector in Impress to give you a quick-start experience. Besides, there is a new Slide Properties Deck available in the sidebar during slide master mode.

LibreOffic­e has attracted more than 1,100 new developers. Michaell Meeks of the Document Foundation claimed that, in just the last two years, an average of 300 new people have got active on the source code. “LibreOffic­e is backed by a fantastic community of developers,” Meeks said in a statement. LibreOffic­e 5.3 is available for free download on its official website. Enterprise deployment­s can work best on the more mature 5.2.5 version.

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