LibreOffice's Calc spreadsheet module now boasts faster performance as well as improved compatibility with Excel spreadsheets, the project's developers say. Pivot Table -- the new name of DataPilot -- now offers support for unlimited numbers of fields and named ranges as data source.
2. UI Improvements
The user interface for Writer, Impress and Draw has been improved with many new features, and several cosmetic changes have been applied to the Linux version, in particular, such as a better text-rendering engine and an improved GTK+ theme integration.
3. Support for Unity
4. Linux Performance
LibreOffice 3.4 now offers smoother startup on Linux with a splash screen that appears before starting to read all the application's data. The result is "a faster time to splash and cleaner code," the project notes.
5. A Smaller Windows Installer
The Windows installer download has been decreased in size by more than 30MB thanks to better compression schemes.
6. Parallel Installations on Linux
LibreOffice 3.4 can be installed in parallel with version 3.3 on Linux, the project team notes. The user configuration is shared, however, so both versions cannot be started at the same time.
7. Better Code
For developers, several thousand lines of German comments in the code have been translated into English and more than 5000 lines of dead code have been removed from Writer, Calc and Impress.
A complete list of new features and fixes is available on the LibreOffice Web site.
LibreOffice 3.4.0 should not be implemented in a corporate environment, the Document Foundation says. Rather, the best releases for such deployments start from x.x.1. Still, this new release is an exciting snapshot of all we can look forward to in this winning productivity software suite.