TDF Announces LibreOffice 3.5

Feb 16, 2012

The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 3.5, the third major release of what they call “the best free office suite ever.”

LibreOffice 3.5 is the result of the combined effort of full-time and volunteer hackers, coordinated by the Engineering Steering Committee. According to the announcement, during the past 16 months, an average of 80 developers each month have provided more than 30,000 code commits and a long list of new features. LibreOffice 3.5 is the first release in which the contribution of local communities and associations, such as ALTA in Brazil, has been acknowledged.

New features include: reintroduction and improvement of online update checking, multiline input bar, improved font hinting for high-quality docs, new import filter for Microsoft Visio drawings, and a new filter for PostgreSQL databases.

The Document Foundation (TDF) invites power users to install LibreOffice 3.5 and suggests that more conservative users stick with the LibreOffice 3.4 branch. Corporate users are strongly advised to deploy LibreOffice with the backing of professional support from a company able to assist with migration, end-user training, support, and maintenance. TDF will soon provide a list of certified organizations providing these services.

LibreOffice 3.5 is available from http://www.libreoffice.org/download. The new features and the improvements are described in the infographic.

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