Powerfull LibreOffice 4.1

Review: LibreOffice 4.1

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While the when popular OpenOffice has actually wasted away for the past few years, the LibreOffice suite that spun off in 2011 has actually been steadily enhancing– although with a mix of under-the-hood bug repairs, enhanced compatibility with Microsoft Office files and incremental features as opposed to any really huge developments.

LibreOffice 4.1 continues this trend, with helpful brand-new features however no significant modifications. So how does the open source suite, which was launched in July, stack up?

Like OpenOffice, LibreOffice is complimentary and consists of the same programs: Writer, Calc, Impress for presentations, the Base data source, Draw and the math formula editor. However if you are sending out staff the download link it’s worth understanding that clicking it also opens a web page that makes an unashamed request for contributions to The File Foundation.

Unlike the single installer for OpenOffice or Microsoft Office 2013, the download is in 2 different files that need to be transferred in order if you desire the embedded aid. That makes it a slightly less polished installation procedure than for OpenOffice, but The File Foundation has actually digitally signed the files so that, unlike with OpenOffice, it doesn’t set off security precautions on Windows and Mac OS.

Another oddity is that the Windows release is a generic ‘worldwide develop’. The English variation sets up not only the UK and United States user interface languages, but likewise the South African variation, plus French and Spanish dictionaries (you can save area by removing them throughout installation). You could likewise wish to avoid the QuickStart element which pre-loads much of LibreOffice as soon as Windows starts, despite the fact that it’s set up by default, it’s not enabled unless you decide to turn it on.

LibreOffice 4.1 photo album screenshot

When you’ve set up LibreOffice 4.1 it looks quite like OpenOffice 4.0 with different icons. It likewise has generally the very same functions, with some additionals.

The user interface is firmly in the menus and toolbars era, although the toolbar icons in LibreOffice are larger and slightly much easier to make out than in OpenOffice. Lots of dialogue boxes are also larger with much better layouts, except for the Discover & Replace discussion, which looks cramped compared with the OpenOffice Writer Find & Replace. Nevertheless, if you simply wish to discover a word you can make use of the search bar that opens at the bottom of your file in all the LibreOffice applications. Likewise, you can now select whether you just want to discover words with the best case (Office as opposed to office, for instance).

LibreOffice 4.1 offers comparable connected to templates and extensions on its beginning page as OpenOffice 4.0, and they are similarly puzzling for unskilled users. The website focuses on telling you the best ways to upload design templates rather than ways to discover and download them, and the template area is not as well created as the OpenOffice site.

One of brand-new features– the sidebar – might look familiar from older variations of Microsoft or OpenOffice 4.0. It mirrors the fact that the Document Foundation that preserves LibreOffice has the ability to include code from OpenOffice to repair bugs, remove unused features or improve performance.

LibreOffice 4.1 sidebar screenshot

The sidebar is marked as an ‘experimental’ feature that you need to enable in the innovative options. If you do not, you’ll still see a sidebar that works slightly differently from OpenOffice: rather of an odd list of icons, it reveals all the readily available panes in collapsible areas. In this mode the Gallery is a large pane at the top of the window and the Navigator, Styles and Format open as panes you can move or dock at the side of the display, where they sit on top of the sidebar instead of opening inside it. This leaves you with small panes that don’t show very much.

If you enable the sidebar it ends up being complete height, as in OpenOffice, and you get the same obscure list of icons, but it still doesn’t expose all the properties you can get by right-clicking on an item. The new clipart in the Gallery that comes from OpenOffice is most likely more useful.

Similarly, LibreOffice takes advantage of the Workplace file format compatibility enhancements to handle graphical bullets correctly, on top of its own enhancements such as importing even more Excel functions.

LibreOffice 4.1 Word compatibility screenshot

File compatibility still is not really the exact same in the 2 suites – or ideal, specifically on longer, more complex Office documents with complex page layouts. In one of our test files, neither program got page layouts quite right, with images lined up incorrectly or put on the wrong side of the page.

OpenOffice Author did a little better than LibreOffice Writer, but just LibreOffice Author can open ink composed with a stylus in Microsoft Word– although even then it doesn’t render the ink as smooth lines.

LibreOffice 4.1 file formats screenshot

One big advantage over OpenOffice 4.0 is that when you save a file in LibreOffice 4.1 you can choose the XML Workplace formats along with the older binary variations and the ODF formats. That makes it more likely that you’ll discover a format you can show people.

If you are switching from very old variations of Office, LibreOffice 4.1 no more exports to version 6 Word and Excel file formats. That benefits security as these older binary formats can bring viruses and don’t support newer features. And if you’ve files in senior Mac word processing formats, like Microsoft Word for Mac 5.1, you can now open those in Writer, although LibreOffice no longer runs on PowerPC Macs.

In addition, if you are moving files between equipments or sharing with people who work elsewhere, you can now embed typefaces in LibreOffice documents when you save them.

Performance is normally slightly better in LibreOffice 4.1 than OpenOffice 4.0, although both can be sluggish when opening or browsing with huge documents.

LibreOffice 4.1 also has some useful new functions of its own. If you wish to turn a set of images into an Impress discussion, you can insert them as a ‘image album’. You need to pick images one at a time in the dialog box and you don’t get a preview, but you can choose as many images as you want to include and have them put one, two or four to a slide.

LibreOffice 4.1 Install screenshot

It’s a shame Impress doesn’t also get Author’s brand-new choice to rotate images by right-clicking. You can only opt to rotate 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise, but it’s much faster than needing to right-click on the image in Impress and explore a discussion box.

Also, LibreOffice 4.1 hasn’t matched all the enhancements seen in OpenOffice 4.0. For instance, it gets the brand-new choice of color gradients, however still has the old rather random color scheme as opposed to the more rational brand-new design. Disparities like this are down to the various groups dealing with the two projects, and they are annoying for the user.

Neither LibreOffice nor OpenOffice matches Microsoft Workplace 2013 for features, but if you don’t want to pay for Workplace or you simply cannot get made use of to the ribbon user interface (although you can personalize it now), which of the 2 free suites should you pick?


LibreOffice 4.1 is, as the numbering suggests, a point release. Certainly it’s not as huge an update from LibreOffice 4.0 as OpenOffice 4.0 is from its predecessor. But then LibreOffice 4.0 had currently enhanced on both OpenOffice and its own initial release, including functions such as much better support for importing PivotTables and even more master pages in Impress.

LibreOffice 4.1 likewise has several new features that put it ahead of OpenOffice 4.0, while lacking only small features like the brand-new color palette. Add to that the dedication from The File Foundation to six-monthly releases as opposed to the ‘when it prepares’ approach of Apache OpenOffice, and you are most likely getting more from LibreOffice, now and in the future.

With the continuing concerns with Office file compatibility, you’ll probably have to keep both suites around in case you get files that develop problems. Provided the sluggish pace of improvements in both suites, it’s a shame the two projects cannot set aside their philosophical distinctions and incorporate to provide all their users all their features.

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