InfoWorld Compares OpenOffice 4.0 to LibreOffice 4.1

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2013 - 04:28 PM |
Tagged: OpenOffice, LibreOffice

A steaming hot cup of "Shut the Java Up" with your virtual paper.

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Alternatives to Microsoft Office exist and can be better solutions for some users. Google Docs receives a lot of attention for its free and compatible nature but, although it can be used offline, leaves room purely offline solutions. To say the least, I use it as a word processor only rarely. My day-to-day writing is done within LibreOffice despite the handful of bugs and, albeit increasingly rare, crash to desktops.

There was a time where it would crash three times per news post; now, it only crashes once every week or two.

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InfoWorld kept an eye on OpenOffice, the project which dawned LibreOffice after the Sun-set, as it reached its own 4.0 milestone. OpenOffice, now owned by Apache, is also working toward isolating and eradicating Java from its code. Both projects have been advancing steadily toward similar goals with C++ not being the least common detail. The reviewer, for what a numerical score is worth, decided that both projects are still identically rated across all categories.

In the end he seems to believe the two programs are separated by release ideology: OpenOffice is often more polished where LibreOffice is polished more often. In either case, both are free, so feel... free... to try them out if you are browsing for an office suite.

Source: InfoWorld

The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice 4.1

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2013 - 04:47 AM |
Tagged: office suite, libreoffice 4.1, LibreOffice, document foundation

The Document Foundation recently released the latest version of the open source LibreOffice office software suite: version 4.1. LibreOffice 4.1 includes approximately 3,000 bug fixes along with several new features and compatibility improvements for interoperability with Microsoft Office.

Version 4.1 makes a few positive steps forward towards supporting Microsoft Office formats. The developers have improved the Microsoft OOXML import and export filters as well as support for Microsoft Office and Microsoft RTF file formats. OpenFormula tweaks have further bolstered the Excel 2013 import/export functions.

In addition, users can now take advantage of asynchronous word counts, which delay word counting until the document itself has been loaded which will speed up load times for lengthy documents. Also in the large document support category, LibreOffice 4.1 supports the importing of hefty HTML documents with more than 64,000 table cells.

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As far as big new features, LibreOffice 4.1 includes an experimental version of OpenOffice's Symphony sidebar which allows the loading of widgets and places many text formatting options in the sidebar in addition to the traditional icons above the document. Another major change is the ability to embed fonts into documents which will ensure that the document will look the same way it does for you on another system even if the font(s) you used in the document are not installed on the recipient's system. The font embedding functionality works in the Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw applications. Further, the LibreOffice Impress program can now use groups of photos (photo albums) to create slideshows. LibreOffice Chart, well, charts can be exported as vector graphics now, as well. Finally, images used within Writer documents can be rotated in 90-degree increments.

With the multitude of new features, bug fixes, and tweaks, it is only natural that some features would end up being cut, and the latest aspect to be removed from LibreOffice 4.1 is support for PowerPC-powered Macs running OS X. Version 4.1 has an impressively long list of bug fixes and changes which are worth checking out if you are interested in all the nitty gritty details since version 4.0.

LibreOffice 4.1 (205MB) can be downloaded from the links below:

AMD, HSA, LibreOffice and you

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2013 - 09:07 AM |
Tagged: hsa, amd, LibreOffice

Need an excuse to give the 'boss' on why you need to buy a new AMD CPU or GPU?  Check out The Register for a reason custom made for you; accelerated LibreOffice performance which will help you when working on spreadsheets.  AMD will be working with the designers at the (slightly more successful) competitor to OpenOffice to allow the newest versions to be HSA compliant.  This is perhaps not a huge win as many people do not work with office documents which will greatly benefit from GPU acceleration but it does serve to show the acceptance the industry has to the HSA as LibreOffice joins applications such as Open C, C++ AMP, Java and Python in supporting HSA features.

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"It is great to work on LibreOffice with The Document Foundation to expose the raw power of AMD GPUs and APUs, initially to spreadsheet users," said Manju Hegde, VP of heterogeneous solutions at AMD, in a statement."

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Source: The Register