LibreOffice 5.4, a new version of the popular cross-platform open source Office suite, has been released on July 28, 2017 to the public.
The new version, which is the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, improves Microsoft Office compatibility, new features in all modules, and better PDF rendering for imported PDF documents.
The new version can be downloaded already from the official project website. Update checks in LibreOffice, which you can run with a click on Help > Check for Updates, don’t pick up the new LibreOffice 5.4 release yet. It is only a matter of time though before they do.
Users on Windows and Mac devices need to know that LibreOffice 5.4 is the last version of the Office suite for some older versions of the operating systems.
It is the last version that supports Windows XP and Windows Vista, and Max Os X version 10.8.
LibreOffice 5.4 has been released for all supported operating systems — Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux — and for the cloud.
The most important changes of the new LibreOffice release are:
- General — Use OpenPGP under Linux to sign ODF documents.
- General — Support for ECDSA keys on Linux and Mac OS X.
- General — Signature status of a document is shown with colored infobars.
- General — Improved import of EMF+ vector images.
- General — Improved rendering quality of imported PDF documents.
- General — New standard color palette based on RYB color model.
- Writer — The RTF filter supports all custom document properties.
- Writer — Exporting of bullet and number lists improved when using copy and paste.
- Writer — Custom watermark insertion via Format > Watermarks.
- Writer — AutoCorrect options for strikeout and italic markup.
- Calc — Calculate with precision as shown works with fraction format, several subformats, engineering notation and thousands divisors.
- Calc — CSV export settings are remembered.
- Calc — Option to change the priority of conditional formatting rules.
- Calc — New cell commands: comments, delete all comments, show or hide all comments.
- Calc — Use of absolute sheet references instead of relative references while building formulas, selecting a cell or range on another sheet with the pointer.
- Calc — New Cell Protection toggle through Edit > Protection.
- Calc — Four new Sheet protection options: insert columns or rows, delete columns or rows.
- Impress & Draw — Duplicate Dialog box (Shift-F3)
- Impress — Ctrl-M to insert a new slide.
- Chart — New Pivot Charts feature.
- Online — Performance improvements.
- Online — Responsive design of the document iframe, and read-only mode.
- Online — Number of rows in calc increated to 10000.
Plus a lot more. You can check out the LibreOffice 5.4 full changelog here.
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