THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION has announced a major upgrade to the Libreoffice productivity suite.
Libreoffice 4.3 boasts a range of improvements including a fix for a longstanding bug in the Open Office architecture from which it is derived.
Up to now, paragraphs having more than 65,000 characters have caused stability problems in productivity suites based on the Open Office code base, however this flaw has now been repaired so people can waffle on to their heart's content without stopping for breath - or another paragraph.
Additional support has been added for a number of legacy file formats including Clarisworks, Clarisresolve, Macworks and Superpaint for Mac, as well as MS Works spreadsheets and databases for Windows.
Improvements in interoperability standards for OOXML Strict, OOXML graphics formats and nested OOXML embedding have also been added, while the commenting system has been upgraded to allow input and output of comments, along with commenting within the document margin, and nesting.
3D models can now be supported within Impress for Windows and Linux users, with support for .kmz and Collada.
"The Libreoffice project shows that a large free software community can live and thrive without the patronage of a software vendor, to liberate PC desktops", said Thorsten Behrens, chairman of The Document Foundation.
"Today, you can't own a better office suite than Libreoffice, in terms of features, interoperability, support for document standards and independence. After many years, Libreoffice brings the control of the PC desktop back into the hands of the users."
Libreoffice 4.3 is available now for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Version 4.3 continues the deeper Windows integration introduced in 4.2. µ