10 things to look forward to in LibreOffice 3.5

A new release candidate offers an early look at the free productivity software's next major update.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, LibreOffice

Numerous new spelling dictionaries have been added in LibreOffice 3.5 for languages including Arabic, Bulgarian, Scottish Gaelic, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Telugu. Locale data including date formats have also been refined for many regions of the world.

4. A More Capable Writer

Changes to the Writer word-processing module in LibreOffice 3.5 include a better interface for handling headers and footers, improved page break indicators, and numerous tweaks affecting word counts, layout, grammar checking, and printing. Auto-generated tables of contents now contain hyperlinks to the relevant pages by default, and comments are now supported for export and import with Office Open XML (.docx) documents. Positioning has also been refined for printing labels.

5. A Heavier-Duty Calc

LibreOffice 3.5's Calc spreadsheet module, meanwhile, now supports up to 10000 sheets and boasts faster performance for many operations, according to the software's release notes. Many new functions have been added in accordance with the ODF 1.2 specification, and a new multiline input bar gives users greater flexibility.

6. Richer Presentation Tools

In version 3.5, LibreOffice's Impress and Draw modules can now better handle elliptical paths, custom animations, embedded palettes, and custom-shape imports, among other features.

7. More Math Symbols

Also new in LibreOffice 3.5 are symbols for game theory and "does not exist" as well as support for the export and import of Math formulas in .docx documents.

8. A PostgreSQL Native Driver

A beta-quality but reportedly still reliable PostgreSQL native driver has been integrated in the Base module of LibreOffice 3.5, with further improvements coming in the next version of the software.

9. New Filters

An import filter for MS Visio documents has been added to LibreOffice 3.5, and various tweaks have been made to the importing of .rtf and .docx files.

10. Lots and Lots of Bug Fixes

Last but certainly not least, numerous bug fixes have already been made in LibreOffice 3.5, and more are surely on the way as a result of this past weekend's bug hunt.


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