Up to 100% performance improvements thanks to the efforts of a diverse and growing developer and QA community
Berlin, May 30, 2012 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.5.4, the fifth version of the free office suite’s 3.5 family. LibreOffice 3.5.4 offers significant performance improvements over the previous versions of the product, which are the combined result of the many code optimizations executed during the last months and the bug and regression chasing activity performed regularly by volunteers and developers. As a result, LibreOffice 3.5.4 is the fastest version of the best free office suite ever, with up to 100% performance gains when opening large files (depending on operating system, hardware configuration and file contents).
The Document Foundation suggests all users to upgrade from previous versions to LibreOffice 3.5.4.
LibreOffice 3.5.4 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.
Change logs are available at http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.4/RC1 and http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.4/RC2.
The worldwide LibreOffice Conference will take place in Berlin, Germany, from October 17th to 19th, 2012. Details on the program and a call for papers will be available soon at http://conference.libreoffice.org.
we are pleased to announce that the next LibreOffice Hackfest, the event where developers from all over the world gather to work on the code, discuss and have a good time, will take place
in Munich, Germany
For the second time already, the LiMux project team of the city of Munich invited us, and we are proud and honoured to be their guests.
More details on the agenda, the venue and travel information will be published over time.
Looking forward to meeting you there!
And for those attending LinuxTag in Berlin this week, LibreOffice and TDF will have a booth there, and in Friday’s office track, several exciting talks will be held by members of our community.
This is another reminder to cast your vote for the Hackfest, since we would like to fix and announce the date soon.
The available options are listed in this poll: http://www.doodle.com/sz6eehwtn57f765a
Without doubt you are very much interested in the latest news for LibreOffice and the new and improved functions that will be in the next version!
Now, this is your chance to both get to know these and to help the developers working on all this!
You can simply download the latest nightly build, and install it on your computer. It will be placed beside your current LibreOffice. (Or you may want to do a custom parallel installation.) Look at the features of your desire or that you work with most, and give some feedback. Simple as that.
Found something worth a bug-report? Then this page will help you. There also is a list with the people that are there to help you helping! For that list and for general information in LibreOffice QA, look here (warning: it’s a lot ;-) ).
Now… features and functions added or worked on recently are:
- The file picker now has a list of bookmarks, 2012-04-02, commit message / info, related issue: –.
- Added Presentationsize 16:9 Widescreen, 2012-04-18, commit message / info, related issue: 42986.
- Add a “Save cell formulas” checkbox to the CSV Export panel, 2012-04-21, commit message / info, related issue: 45664.
- Proper sort SelectionTree control of Custom Setup with a custom action for all languages, 2012-04-24, commit message / info, related issue: 46355.
- Border width in Calc and Writer tables, lots of ongoing fixes…
- RTF import improvements, lots of ongoing fixes…
- Install only one language on Windows during silent install, 2012-04-25, commit message / info, related issue: 40481.
- Enable insertion of OLE objects into external applications, 2012-04-26, commit message / info, related issue: 47944.
- Paragraph and lists: don’t overwrite numbering properties with paragraph properties, 2012-04-26, commit message / info, related issue: –.
- Make detection of certificate folder ui-configurable, 2012-04-27, commit message / info, related issue: 39825.
- Ruler: implemented new design, 2012-04-27, commit message / info, related mail on the list.
- Cleaned up command line arguments, behaviour has been changed slightly, 2012-05-02, commit message / info, related issue: –.
- Autoformat in tables saving more information, such as column width, margins, text orientation, 2012-05-03, commit message / info, related issue: 31005.
- Wiki-publisher: media-wiki export was broken (testing highly appreciated to add fix to 3.5 branch!), 2012-05-09, commit message / info, related issue: 46509.
This is the first post in what we expect will be a long series. We hope it’s useful and look forward to feedback, results and suggestions!
The Document Foundation announces a Certification Program
to foster the provision of professional services around LibreOffice
Berlin, May 7, 2012 – The Document Foundation announces the Certification Program, to foster the provision of professional services around LibreOffice and help the growth of the ecosystem of the world’s best free office suite. The program is outlined on the following page: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification.
“The Certification Program will recognize the competence of individuals capable of developing and supporting LibreOffice, provide integration services around the suite, offer training and maintenance, and migrating enterprises deployments from proprietary to free software”, comments Italo Vignoli, Member of the Board of Directors of The Document Foundation. “TDF Certification is an opportunity for sponsors, TDF members and third parties, to build a business around LibreOffice, to help companies of any kind and size to get the most out of the best free office suite ever”.
The Certification Program will be overseen by the Board of Directors, through a Certification Committee coordinated by Italo Vignoli and composed by 10 people: Olivier Hallot and Charles Schulz for the Board of Directors; Sophie Gautier and Cor Nouws for the Membership Committee; Stephan Bergmann, Jan Holesovsky, Tim Janik and Björn Michaelsen for the developer’s community; Lothar Becker and Jacqueline Rahemipour for third parties.
The first certified developers and third parties will be announced in May during LinuxTag (Berlin, May 23-26), when the Certification Committee will meet for the first time. After the meeting, TDF will announce the roadmap for certification, including pre-requisites for third parties not involved in the project, and the first dates for trainings and exams.
There is currently a discussion going on about removing our Facebook group in favor of a regular page. If you want to join the discussion, we look forward to your comments!
Record number of new contributors + 10 Google Summer of Code projects
Berlin, May 2, 2012 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.5.3, the fourth version of the 3.5 family. LibreOffice 3.5.3 provides additional stability to corporate and individual users of the best free office suite ever.
“In April 2012, 34 new developers contributed code to The Document Foundation, the largest number since January 2011 [Source: http://www.ohloh.net]. Eight of them have already committed more than once, thanks to the help of an extremely welcoming community, where old developers spend a portion of their time mentoring new ones to bring them up to speed,” comments Norbert Thiebaud, a volunteer developer active since September 28, 2010. “In less than two years, we have been able to build an authentically diverse community, where full time and volunteer developers coexist and help each other, as it should happen in every free software project.”
Ten of the new developers are Google Summer of Code 2012 students, who will work at developing the following features:
- Calc performance improvements;
- Lightproof improvements;
- collaborative spreadsheet editing using Telepathy;
- a Microsoft Publisher import filter;
- a signed PDF export;
- a smartphone remote control;
- a new UI for picking templates;
- a Java based GUI for an Android viewer;
- an improved Impress SVG export filter;
- tooling for more and better tests.
LibreOffice 3.5.3 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.
Change logs are available at http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.3/RC1 and http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.3/RC2.