LIBREOFFICE has announced two new versions of the firm's popular open source office suite.
LibreOffice 5.2 'Fresh' has been unveiled, but the company has also released LibreOffice 5.1.5 'Still' aimed at enterprise-class deployments and what The Document Foundation refers to as "more conservative" office suite users.
Key to LibreOffice 5.2 is the ability to grade documents to the Transglobal Secure Collaboration Programme standard. In other words, you can write something and mark it as 'top secret' which is, let's face it, way cool.
The idea is that you can mark from the outset the direct impact that leaking or sharing a document will have on your business, from 'minor embarrassment' up to 'long-term brand damage'.
Also new is improved support for Microsoft Office .docx files and legacy Word for DOS documents.
“LibreOffice 5.2 is a significant step forward for free software on the desktop, and will soon be available as a full-featured cloud office suite,” said Michael Meeks, a director at The Document Foundation and a leading developer of LibreOffice Online.
“The tight integration between desktop and cloud will provide enterprises a value added experience, with the best of both platforms always available to all users.”
These rollouts make LibreOffice 5.x well and truly benchmarked as 'arrived' as the standard, following the release of 5.0 this time last year.
Meanwhile, a single toolbar has been added across Writer and Calc to help users focus better on content and make regularly used features easier to find.
Other additions include new drawing tools, print to file support, two-factor authentication in Google Drive storage, and a dedicated Save as Template button.
Specific to Calc, there's a dropdown menu for currencies, and a range of new tooltips to describe some of the newer functions as you type.
Impress now has descriptions of the transition and animation effects as well as the effects themselves, and a new Slide Background panel in the properties sidebar lets you manipulate the size or orientation of a slide more easily.
LibreOffice is particularly pleased with its current stability. Coverity Scan suggests it has a score of 0.00 for open issues in its seven million-plus lines of source code.
The UK government confirmed in October that it will move towards LibreOffice as part of a bid to reduce IT costs by migrating to open source. µ
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