Five good reasons to download LibreOffice 3.5

Targeting power users, this new release of the open source office productivity suite is built to be 'cleaner, leaner, and more feature-rich'

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Open Source, LibreOffice

LibreOffice 3.5's spreadsheet module supports up to 10,000 sheets, and it includes a new, multi-line input area. Functions have been added to conform to ODF OpenFormula specifications, and the software performs better when importing files from other office suites, the Document Foundation says. Also new in this module are multiple selections in autofilter and an unlimited number of rules for conditional formatting.

4. A Beefier Base

Most notable in the software's database module, meanwhile, is a new, integrated PostgreSQL native driver.

5. A More Powerful Package

LibreOffice has also been considerably slimmed-down, as I've noted before, and this new release is the first in the project's history to include an online update checker that informs users when a new version of the suite is available. The infographic above summarizes numerous other new improvements in the software.

Of course, there's also a wide array of extensions available to add extra muscle to the software, which offers all the advantages associated with being free and open source as well.

For what it's worth, the Document Foundation recommends that corporate users deploy LibreOffice with the backing of professional support, and it plans to provide a list of certified organizations providing such professional services in the near future.

In the meantime, I use LibreOffice every day for my writing, and I'll be downloading version 3.5 on my own computer. Please share your impressions in the comments if you decide to check it out for yourself.


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