What is LibreOffice?

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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2016 LibreOffice Conference

In 2016, LibreOffice Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Information Technology at Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, and organized by OpenAlt, from September 7 to 9.

Details of Call for Papers, open until July 15, 2016, are available at:

Registration for the conference is open at:

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LibreOffice 5.1.3 released

The Document Foundation (TDF) announced LibreOffice 5.1.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family, supporting Google Drive remote connectivity on GNU/Linux and MacOS X.

LibreOffice 5.1.3 is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters
and power users. For more conservative users, and for enterprise
deployments, TDF suggests the “still” version: LibreOffice 5.0.6.

LibreOffice 5.1.3 is available for download from http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/.

Posted in New LO releases

New book: Designing with LibreOffice

Designing with LibreOfficeBruce Byfield’s much-anticipated book, Designing with LibreOffice has been published by Friends of OpenDocument, Inc. Read about it here or jump straight to the download/buy page to get a free PDF or buy a printed copy.

Carla Schroder, Author of The Linux Cookbook, The Linux Network Cookbook, and The Book of Audacity, says this about the book:

“Designing With LibreOffice” teaches everything you need to know about document production: chapters, footnotes, citations, indexes, outlines, cross-references, incorporating images and spreadsheets, and controlling the appearance of your documents. It is well-organized and contains abundant examples, and is suitable for beginners to wizened old pros, who will probably discover things about LibreOffice that they didn’t know.

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Getting Started with LibreOffice 5.0 published

Cover_501_gs200pxThe LibreOffice Documentation Team has published Getting Started with LibreOffice 5.0.

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 on the Mac App store, at last!

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.

Posted in Collabora, Installation, New LO releases


My Books

Self-Publishing using LibreOffice Writer, December 2012, ISBN 978-1921320293.

LibreOffice Books

Designing with LibreOffice, by Bruce Byfield, March 2016. Buy print copy or download free PDF here

Books by the LibreOffice Documentation team:

Get free downloadable books (PDF, ODT) from the LibreOffice wiki.

Printed copies (for sale)

Version 5.x

Getting Started 5.0, March 2016.

Version 4.x

Getting Started 4.2, June 2014.

Impress 4.2 Guide, August 2013.

Writer 4.2 Guide, October 2013.

Draw 4.3 Guide, January 2015.

Getting Started 4.0, February 2013.

Writer 4.0 Guide, June 2013.

Math 4.0 Guide, July 2013.

Base 4.0 Handbook, July 2013.

Impress 4.0 Guide, July 2013.

Draw 4.1 Guide, November 2013.

Calc 4.1 Guide, November  2013.

Version 3.x

Getting Started 3.5, September 2012.

Writer 3.6 Guide, January 2013.

Impress 3.5 Guide, May 2012.

Draw 3.5 Guide, October 2012.

Math 3.5 Guide, June 2012.

Base 3.6 Handbook, June 2012.

Calc 3.4 Guide, July 2012.


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