What's new in the free LibreOffice suite

Prepare to Jump

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© Lead Image © Robert Collins, Unsplash.com

Article from Issue 207/2018

LibreOffice 5.4 is the last major release before the big jump to version 6. In addition to a number of updates, you can now sign Writer documents with OpenPGP.

Every six months, The Document Foundation publishes a new release of LibreOffice [1]. The versions in the fresh branch offer experimental features aimed at users who want to test brand new functions, whereas the still versions are for those who value reliability [2].

The new fresh version 5.4, the last in the 5.x series before the big jump to version 6.0, is scheduled for early 2018. It comes with new toolbars, improved palettes and filters, and OpenPGP support for signing Writer documents. A test team looked at the new LibreOffice under Debian 9.0 (Stretch, 64-bit).

LibreOffice developers have continued to modernize the appearance of the Office programs. In particular, the cleaned-up default color palette immediately stands out (Figure 1). Instead of colorfully mixed hues, the palette now follows the RYB (red, yellow, blue) color model reduced to 120 tones. A new palette for chart colors (not yet compiled and available as chart-palettes) is also included.


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