LibreOffice 6.4 first release in its 10th anniversary year

The LibreOffice team is hard at work for their 6.4 release version that is scheduled to be released by the end of January.

Although LibreOffice 6.4 isn’t a release with big significant changes, it is, however, their first release in 2020, which will mark their 10th anniversary.

OpenOffice derivative

LibreOffice found its origin from the OpenOffice project, formerly known as Star Office by Sun Microsystems. Its initial purpose was to create an open-source office suite to compete with Microsofts widely used Office suite.

After Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, some OpenOffice contributors weren’t happy with Oracle’s tight involvement in the project because their purpose was to make the project commercial.

In September 2010 The Document Foundation was announced, formed by this group of OpenOffice contributors who were unhappy with Oracle’s vision, with their fork of OpenOffice and LibreOffice was officially born.

Oracle decided the OpenOffice project wasn’t viable enough as a commercial project after a few months The Document Foundation was founded and transferred the project to Apache, the company behind OpenOffice till this day.

Faster development

LibreOffice has proven itself by an active and faster release schedule than OpenOffice, this resulted in a wide adoption by users not only in the Linux world but also on the Mac and Windows platform. Most Linux distros began swapping OpenOffice for LibreOffice as their default office suite.

A year-long celebration

Although LibreOffice’s market share didn’t exactly throw Microsoft Office from its thrown, and this goal will be harder now Microsoft is more open towards Linux and will most likely make their Office suite available for us, the project has established itself in the Open-source world fast the past decade, having won a lot of hearts of Open-source users around the world.

The project can be proud of its achievements and their planned year-long celebration for 2020 is proof of their pride in their accomplishments.

LibreOffice 6.4 features

Back to LibreOffice 6.4, that’s going to be released by the end of January, this release will be shipped with the usual, small features, improvements and bug fixes but it will also contain some new features.

Amongst those new features are the option to put in a QR code in any document. The Generate QR Code feature lets you enter a hyperlink (or any text) and generate a QR code with four options for complexity. Low complexity is better for long URLs while high has better error correction if there are errors in reading.

Another great feature is called full sheet previews. This is for spreadsheets and lets you specify that you want an entire sheet on one page in PDF export. In effect this is a “shrink to fit” option that is handy if you are frustrated to find that your spreadsheet has been broken into separate pages, ruining its appearance. If your sheet is hundreds of rows long though, it will be rendered unreadable, so use with caution.

When you select all the rows in a table in a word processor document and then choose Cut, should it cut all the text but leave the table? Or cut the table? LibreOffice used to do the former but now does the latter. In Word, it would do the former, unless you specifically “select table”. The new LibreOffice behaviour is probably what the user expects, but it is a tricky issue, particularly since if you select online one row and choose Cut, it only cuts the text, not the row. Table-editing controls have also been added to the Writer sidebar.

There are improvements incompatibility with Microsoft Office formats. Endnotes can now be shown on the last page of text as opposed to on a separate page, and SmartArt is more likely to import and export correctly, as are gradient backgrounds in PowerPoint.

LibreOffice is going to reach the respectable project age of ten years old and it still is going strong.

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