Document Foundation Freshens Up LibreOffice

Document Foundation Freshens Up LibreOffice

By David Jones

Sep 5, 2017 12:32 PM PT

The Document Foundation last week announced that it was rolling out LibreOffice 5.4.1 Fresh, the first minor upgrade to its LibreOffice 5.4 open source suite of productivity apps introduced earlier this summer. It also announced LibreOffice 5.3.6 Still, representing the sixth release of its LibreOffice 5.3 family originally introduced in January.

LibreOffice 5.4.1, which represents the “bleeding edge” in terms of features, targets technology enthusiasts and early adopters, the foundation said. LibreOffice 5.3.6 targets more conservative users and is geared toward deployment within enterprises.

LibreOffice 5.4.1 includes compatibility improvements, as well as about 100 bug and regression fixes, according to the foundation. Version 5.3.6 contains about 50 bug and regression fixes.

Among the improved features, the upgrade to 5.3 includes a cross-platform text layout engine, which allows consistent text layout across various operating systems, Matthias Eckermann, director of Suse Linux Enterprise product management, told LinuxInsider.

The upgraded version of 5.4 has improved input filters for EMF (Enhanced MetaFile, an image format used for printing in Windows), plus vector image format. Thus far, the upgrades have been well received, according to the foundation.

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