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LibreOffice 4.1: All About Interoperability

29 July 2013 803 views One Comment

For years and years, NeoOffice was my backup productivity suite — iWork doesn’t open/edit everything — but they started charging for it. Now, LibreOffice fills that space very well and the latest update underscores why.

“Interoperability is a key asset for LibreOffice, which is the de facto standard for migrations to free office suites since early 2012,” writes the Document Foundation’s Italo Vignoli. “Numerous improvements have been made to Microsoft OOXML import and export filters, as well as to legacy Microsoft Office and RTF file filters.”

LibreOffice 4.1 (download)
— This release is bit-for-bit identical to the 4.1.0 Release Candidate 4, so you don’t need to download or reinstall if you have that version already
— LibreOffice 4.x drops a few long-deprecated features, including support for legacy binary StarOffice files, export to legacy Word and Excel (version 6.0/95), and legacy ODMA document management
— Some menu entries have changed or added. If you miss something, that may be due to the use of customised menu settings from your previous LibreOffice installation
— This version still contains a few annoying bugs, as listed here. Specifically, for Debian/Ubuntu users, make sure that you completely uninstall your distribution version of LibreOffice prior to the 4.1.0 install

The current version of LibreOffice is also available for PowerPC Macs — hurray for Low-End Macs!

And, if you want LibreOffice, be sure to download Torrent, which shares the load and likely will be faster — I got a consistent 1MB with the download in about two-and-a-half minutes (183MB).

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