LibreOffice introduction

LibreOffice is one of the most feature-rich office suites on the market. It has most of the capabilities that Microsoft Office has, and it several that the popular suite does not.

It has versions that have the same applications and features, regardless of the operating system. These are Windows, Mac, and most Linux distros.

Applications

Writer

The open-source word processor is simple enough for anyone to use. It also has advanced features for book publishers, Web developers, and office professionals in various fields.

Calc

The open-source word processor is simple enough for anyone to use. It also has advanced features for book publishers, Web developers, and office professionals in various fields.

Impress

The open-source word processor is simple enough for anyone to use. It also has advanced features for book publishers, Web developers, and office professionals in various fields.

Installing

LibreOffice can be downloaded from its Website. the page has the two latest versions. They can be installed on Windows, Mac, and Linux distros. There are other ways to obtain LibreOffice.

Windows and Mac

The Windows and Mac versions of the software can only be obtained through the Website. Windows users, who are still running XP, can download 5.4 or earlier. The latest version of the LibreOffice is available for 7, 8, or 10.

Here, LibreOffice StartCenter is shown in Mac OS. Those who use 10.10 Yosemite and later can install the latest version. This version is available on Windows 7 and later.

There is a second way to install LibreOffice on a Mac, through the Mac App Store. This version is released by Collabora Office and called LibreOffice Vanilla.

It costs $30 and can be updated through the app store. Collabora Office makes an office suite based on LibreOffice.

linux distros

Another way to obtain the office suite is through an operating system’s package manager. Most Linux distributions come with LibreOffice pre-installed. If they do not, they will typically have the applications in their package manager, a software program used to install and uninstall other software applications. However, the latest version of LibreOffice may not be available through one of these.

The latest versions may need to be installed by using the Terminal in Linux, a program that allows users to use the Linux distro’s command line. This Web page shows how to install it.

History

Since starting with version OpenOffice 3.3.0, The Document Foundation has released several updates and versions of the office suite. The organization’s goal is to release a new version every six months.

LibreOffice was first released in January 2011, several months after The Document Foundation was announced. It was based on OpenOffice 3.3 and patches and build software from Novell Go-oo.

Click here to learn more about LibreOffice’s history.


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