Taming LibreOffice

Resources for intermediate and advanced users

What is LibreOffice?

9 April 2012

LibreOffice is a suite of programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, and vector drawings. It is free to download, use, and distribute. It is available in many languages and runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

LibreOffice’s native file formats are OpenDocument (*.ODT, *.ODS, *.ODP, etc.), but it can open and save to many other formats, including Microsoft Office formats (*.DOC, *.XLS, *.PPT, etc.).

To download LibreOffice, go to the LibreOffice website.

LibreOffice is a project of the not-for-profit organization, The Document Foundation.

A short introduction to the software is Introducing LibreOffice (PDF). For more detail, get the full book Getting Started with LibreOffice (see links in lefthand sidebar).

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LibreOffice on the Mac App store, at last!

19 June 2015

Collabora announced on 18 June 2015:

The world’s most popular Open Source Office Suite is now available on OS X via one-step install following Collabora Productivity’s launch today of two new apps in the Mac App Store. End-users can get LibreOffice on OS X with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional professional support, for the first time.

For US$10 LibreOffice-from-Collabora provides the enterprise-hardened productivity suite for business and public sector, including three years of maintenance updates.

You can get it here.

For those who don’t want or need the enterprise-level product, you can get LibreOffice Vanilla free here.

Collabora also announced:

The LibreOffice Vanilla app is almost identical to the latest copy of LibreOffice Fresh by Document Foundation contributors. It comes fresh from them, to you, after packaging by Collabora, and distribution by Apple.

LibreOffice for Mac will continue to be available for free download directly from the LibreOffice website, along with versions for Windows and Linux.

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LibreOffice 4.3 Draw Guide Published

27 January 2015

Draw 4.3 Guide coverThe Documentation Team has published the LibreOffice 4.3 Draw Guide.

Free PDFs can be downloaded from The Document Foundation’s wiki.

Printed copies can be purchased here. (Published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc.)

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LibreOffice 4.2 Writer Guide published

5 October 2014

Writer Guide front coverThe Documentation Team has published the LibreOffice 4.2 Writer Guide.

Free PDFs can be downloaded from The Document Foundation’s wiki.

Printed copies can be purchased here. (Published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc.)

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LibreOffice 4.2 Impress Guide Published

29 August 2014

Impress 4.2 Guide front coverThe Documentation Team has published the LibreOffice 4.2 Impress Guide, covering the presentations (slide shows) component.

Free PDFs of individual chapters and the full book can be downloaded from The Document Foundation’s wiki.

Printed copies can be purchased here. (Published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc.)

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LibreOffice 4.2 Getting Started Guide published

24 June 2014

LibreOffice 4.2 Getting Started GuideThe Documentation Team has published the LibreOffice 4.2 Getting Started Guide.

Free PDFs of individual chapters and the full book can be downloaded from The Document Foundation’s wiki.

Printed copies can be purchased here. (Published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc.)

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LibreOffice Impress Remote for iPhone/iPad

4 February 2014

LibreOffice Impress Remote for iPhone and iPad is now available in the iTunes store.

It joins the Impress Remote for Android released in January last year and available through the Google Play store.

The app allows you to use a smartphone, iPad, or tablet to remotely manage the LibreOffice Impress presentation running on a laptop, by showing a miniature of the slides on the screen and allowing you to navigate back and forth by sweeping right and left with your fingers. You can also see the presenter’s notes.

For more information on the LibreOffice Impress Remote for iPhone and iPad, see this blog post.

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LibreOffice 4.2 is an important release; here’s why

4 February 2014

Charles-H. Schulz has written a post examining why LibreOffice 4.2 matters more than you think. He gives three main reasons:

  1. This is a major code overhaul, including a brand new engine for Calc.
  2. It is more Enterprise-ready than many others. The post provides examples.
  3. It’s not about success. It’s about what comes next. The amount of code clean-up, refactoring, write up, the inclusion of new features and the continued growth of contributors between the moment the Document Foundation released LibreOffice 4.0 and the 4.2 is truly amazing. The 4.0 was a major accomplishment, but this time we did even more.

Please make any comments on the original post on Charles’s blog.

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LibreOffice 4.2 released

4 February 2014

On 30 January 2014, The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 4.2, a new major release targeted to early adopters. It features a large number of performance and interoperability improvements targeted to users of all kinds, but particularly appealing for power and enterprise users.

For more information about this release, see this blog post.

All new and improved features of LibreOffice 4.2 are summarized on this web page.

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LibreOffice 4.1 Calc Guide published

30 November 2013

Calc Guide 4.1The Documentation Team has published the LibreOffice 4.1 Calc Guide.

Free PDFs of individual chapters and the full book can be downloaded from The Document Foundation’s wiki.

Printed copies can be purchased here. (Published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc.)

This completes a full set of books for LibreOffice 4.0 – 4.1.
See this page or the LibreOffice wiki for a list of books with links to ODT, PDF, and printed copies.

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LibreOffice 4.1 Draw Guide published

27 November 2013

Draw Guide v4.1The Documentation Team has published the LibreOffice 4.1 Draw Guide.

Free PDFs of individual chapters and the full book can be downloaded from The Document Foundation’s wiki.

Printed copies can be purchased here. (Published by Friends of OpenDocument Inc.)

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