Undaunted by OpenOffice.org going to the Apache Foundation, The Document Foundation has kept their promise by releasing a new version of LibreOffice. The new release – LibreOffice 3.4 – has a lot of improvements which easily makes it by far the best open-source office application suite available.
Unity Integration: Users of Ubuntu 11.04 will be glad that LibreOffice 3.4 finally supports the global menu. In the earlier release, LibreOffice stood out glaringly as the only default application which does not follow the system settings.
Improvements in Calc: Calc, the spreadsheet application in LibreOffice, has recieved a major update in this release. Calc now has better compatibility with Microsoft Exel documents. It also supports unlimited numbers of fields and named range as data source now.
Faster startup: The LibreOffice codes has been cleaned up and the application data are read after the LibreOffice splash screen. These changes give this version of LibreOffice a faster and smoother startup.
Less memory consumption: An issue with the font cache which resulted in memory leaks has been fixed. Text encoding conversions which are not used frequently have also been moved to a separate library. This two changes will result in LibreOffice 3.4 consuming less than the earlier version.
User Interface updates: There are some updates in the user interface of LibreOffice. While, there are no drastic changes, LibreOffice now has tighter integration with the Gtk+ theme – making it look like a native application. The text rendering has also been improved to make the text appear like that in the rest of the system. For non-Ubuntu users, an option for hiding the toolbar has been added.
LibreOffice is available for Linux (Debian & RPM), Windows and Mac OS X. To download, it click on the link given below.
Ubuntu users who prefer to download from the repository should wait as it is not available yet. If you want to install it manually, you can follow the instructions given here.