The Document Foundation Blog

2011/06/03

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.4.0

Filed under: Announcements — italovignoli @ 10:00

The new release offers several new features but is focused on contributors

The Internet, June 3rd, 2011 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.4.0, a major release of the free office suite for personal productivity developed by a community of sponsored and volunteer developers, and supported worldwide by local communities of volunteers. LibreOffice 3.4.0 is the second major release of the suite since the announcement of The Document Foundation in September 2010 and incorporates the contributions of over 120 developers (six times as many as the first beta released on the launch date).

The majority of these contributors have started to hack LibreOffice code less than eight months ago, and this is an incredible achievement if one recalls that the OOo project has attracted a lower number of contributors in ten years. “We care for our developers, and it shows”, comments Italo Vignoli, a Steering Committee member and a spokesperson for TDF. “Our core developers have invented the mechanism of the easy hacks, which makes it simple and enjoyable for volunteer contributors to get to know LibreOffice code challenging their development skills with basic or elementary tasks”.

“Once they have completed the first easy hacks, contributors are ready to scale to more difficult tasks”, says Michael Meeks, a senior developer working for SUSE. “We spend quite a lot of time mentoring new contributors, in order to increase the number of people working on bug fixing, patches and features. This is soon going to be reflected in the quality of the software and the number of new features of future releases”.

LibreOffice 3.4.0 offers several new features for Calc, with faster performances and an improved compatibility with Excel spreadsheets, and Pivot Table – the new name of DataPilot – with support for unlimited numbers of fields and named range as data source. The user interface of Writer, Impress and Draw has been improved with many new features, and several cosmetic changes have been applied to the Linux version, with a better text rendering engine and an improved GTK+ theme integration. Code wise, several thousand lines of German comments have been translated into English, and over 5.000 lines of dead code have been removed from Writer, Calc and Impress.

The first release of the 3.4 series, LibreOffice 3.4.0, is targeted to community members and power users, and should not be implemented in a corporate environment. The Document Foundation has explained that following its time based release schedule – the best strategy for a distributed and cooperative development environment – the best releases for such deployments start from x.x.1. Because of this, LibreOffice 3.3.x is going to be maintained for several months to come, until the end of calendar year 2011, for the most conservative users.

LibreOffice 3.4 can be downloaded from http://www.libreoffice.org/download. A complete list of new features and fixes is available online at the following address: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/3-4-new-features-and-fixes/. Screenshots of the new features can be downloaded from this page.

60 Comments

  1. Are you going to do something to make it look like not-crap on KDE?

    Comment by Anonymous — 2011/06/03 @ 12:08

    • Yeah, you should really fix the looks in KDE. It looks like an archaic Winddows 3.1 app and not like a modern kDE app.

      Comment by Amanda — 2011/06/03 @ 15:49

      • There is no ‘should’ with OSS, if the writers don’t feel like it’s a priority AND no one wants to provide the patch, it won’t get done

        Comment by kim — 2011/06/04 @ 12:02

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  4. Why aren’t the links in this document clickable? it’s 2011 and we’re not doing these basic things right.

    thanks all.

    Comment by Christopher Thomas — 2011/06/03 @ 13:53

  5. Sorry for the missing clickable link. They have been edited now, and are as they should have been from scratch. When I have written the post, I was using an unstable connection (USB key, in the middle of nowhere in the Italian countryside), and I haven’t been able to edit it properly. Sometimes, volunteers have their days off, and some glitches might happen (anyway, the wine I was tasting when I’ve posted was just great: Vernaccia di San Gimignano from Teruzzi & Puthod, highly suggested).

    Comment by italovignoli — 2011/06/03 @ 14:14

  6. Whats new in LibreOffice 3.4.0 ….

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  12. Wow. I had no luck getting any of the 3.4 betas to install, but the final release works great.

    Good to see the needed cleanup and some really nice improvements.

    Great work–congratulations and thanks!

    Comment by Joe — 2011/06/03 @ 16:05

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  15. Hope draw is significantly improved… really hope to replace visio with it. The last draw version wasn’t there by far.

    Comment by John — 2011/06/03 @ 23:01

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  19. Já estou baixando agora o LibreOffice para realizar os primeiros testes e postar logo em seguida minhas opiniões.

    Um abraço.

    Comment by Júlia Cristiane Schultz-Pereira — 2011/06/04 @ 01:55

  20. Já estou baixando agora o LibreOffice para realizar os primeiros testes e postar logo em seguida minhas opiniões. Acompanhem http://www.brofficeparaleigos.org

    Um abraço.

    Comment by Júlia Cristiane Schultz-Pereira — 2011/06/04 @ 01:55

  21. […] 感谢笨兔兔的投递 在LibreOffice 3.4 版本中,改进了‘Calc’,更加适合Excel文件兼容性。同时,WriterImpressDraw的界面也有改进提升,GTK+主题移植更加友好。具体变化记录察看官方介绍。 […]

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  27. i think i will give it a try some of these new features caught my attention!

    Comment by cypherb0g — 2011/06/04 @ 15:12

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  31. At last the expected version 3.4.0

    A good work, no doubt, but …

    Why do I still see the entry menu
    with icons of OO.o if Libre Office already has the ones’ own …?

    Comment by DrakoDrakkonis — 2011/06/05 @ 00:36

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  34. Hola, he encontrado que LibreOffice 3.4.0 tiene problemas para imprimir los bordes de las tablas.

    Hallo, I’ve found that LibreOffice 3.4.0 has problems to print borders of tables.

    Comment by Juan Antonio — 2011/06/06 @ 12:09

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  38. […] Foundation (TDF), qui assure le développement de LibreOffice (la fork d’OpenOffice.org), annonce sur son site la disponibilité de la version 3.4.0 de la suite bureautique. Elle comporte plusieurs […]

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  39. hey, what happened to the Classic icon GUI theme?

    only Galaxy, Tango, Oxygen and Hi Contrast are available….

    the good old Classic theme is no longer available?

    was it a mistake or was it done intentionally?

    Comment by Tommy — 2011/06/08 @ 05:03

  40. […] OpenOffice.org) и 2 с Oracle. Для сравнения, в подготовке LibreOffice 3.4 приняли участие 120 разработчиков, общий размер сообщества оценивается […]

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  44. […] pour Windows, Mac et Linux (32 et 64 bits). Celle-ci corrige essentiellement les bugs de LibreOffice 3.4.0, diffusée début juin, et qui apportait, elle, un certain nombre d’améliorations (meilleure […]

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  46. compatibility with MS word is worse compared to openoffice 3.3 :-(. I had to go back.

    Comment by Michal Smolak — 2011/07/28 @ 15:53

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  49. Thanks for an excellent effort.
    Insert special characters works, BUT when LO brings from OO a file (a book manuscript in Spanish and English, in my case) ALL the special characters, accents, diereses, tildes DISAPPEAR, and erratically when a laboriously repaired document is retrieved after been saved, the special characters have also AGAIN disappear. This is a very important feature, especially in Europe! Please check it!
    Thanks.
    I don’t know if this is the correct blog for bug reports, is the closest I could find. Please redirect it to the proper blog. I’ll be grateful if you tell me the proper blog after you redirect this message
    Thanks again,
    Jose

    Comment by Dr Jose Alonso — 2012/02/07 @ 03:49

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