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2013/07/25

LibreOffice 4.1: a landmark for interoperability

Filed under: Announcements — italovignoli @ 12:05

The office suite features a large number of improvements which bring compatibility with proprietary and legacy file formats to the next level

Berlin, July 25, 2013 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.1, not only the best but also the most interoperable free office suite ever. LibreOffice 4.1 features a large number of improvements in the area of document compatibility, which increases the opportunities of sharing knowledge with users of proprietary software while retaining the original layout and contents.

Interoperability is a key asset for LibreOffice, which is the de facto standard for migrations to free office suites since early 2012. Numerous improvements have been made to Microsoft OOXML import and export filters, as well as to legacy Microsoft Office and RTF file filters. Most of these improvements derive from the fundamental activity of certified developers backing migration projects, based on a professional support agreement.

Instrumental for interoperability are also new features such as font embedding in Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw – which helps in retaining the visual aspect when fonts used to produce the document are not installed on the target PC – and import and export functions new in Excel 2013 for ODF OpenFormula compatibility.

In addition to interoperability, LibreOffice 4.1 offers a very large number of new features and improvements also in other areas of the suite, which are listed here: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/4-1-new-features-and-fixes.

LibreOffice 4.1 is also importing some AOO features, including the Symphony sidebar, which is considered experimental. LibreOffice developers are working at the integration with the widget layout technique (which will make it dynamically resizeable and consistent with the behaviour of LibreOffice dialog windows).

LibreOffice 4.1 arrives at the end of a significant development process, which has just been outlined on the foundation blog: http://wp.me/p1byPE-q0. Feature wise, the summary is here: https://www.libreoffice.org/features/why-libreoffice/.

In just two months, on September 25, 2013, the LibreOffice community will gather in Italy at the Third LibreOffice Conference, hosted by the Department of Computer Science of Milan State University. More information on the conference web site at the following address: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2013/en. The Call for Paper is open until Sunday, August 4.

Downloading LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.1 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions for LibreOffice are available from the following link: http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center.

Changelogs are available at https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.0/RC1 (changed in 4.1.0.1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.0/RC2 (changed in 4.1.0.2) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.0/RC3 (changed in 4.1.0.3) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.0/RC4 (changed in 4.1.0.4).

Support The Document Foundation

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money collected will be used to grow the infrastructure, and support marketing activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at global and local level.

73 Comments

  1. I believe it’s “Apache OpenOffice,” not “AOO.”

    Comment by Lubomir Rintel — 2013/07/25 @ 12:44

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  6. […] A fost lansată suita de programe de birou LibreOffice 4.1 (liberă și gratuită, poate înlocui cu succes Microsoft Office), cu numeroase îmbunătățiri privind interoperabilitatea documentelor http://blog.documentfoundation.org/2013/07/25/libreoffice-4-1-interoperability […]

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  20. i can’t find the dekstop integration

    Comment by Erwin — 2013/07/25 @ 17:47

  21. […] the Symphony sidebar, which is considered experimental,” the Document Foundation said in the LibreOffice 4.1 announcement. “LibreOffice developers are working at the integration with the widget layout technique […]

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  22. 1 bug found: no way to fill a shape with a gradient

    Comment by youchaib — 2013/07/25 @ 19:36

  23. 1 bug found in the writer : no way to fill a shape with a gradient

    Comment by youchaib — 2013/07/25 @ 19:39

  24. If it can be of any use, I translated in french this post (and the one before “Getting close to LibreOffice 4.1) on my blog : http://newguess.blogspot.fr/2013/07/libreoffice-41-une-avancee-majeure-vers.html

    Comment by Sylvain Nugues — 2013/07/25 @ 19:40

    • Merci, I will send the links to the French community.

      Comment by italovignoli — 2013/07/25 @ 20:08

      • Glad I could help :)

        Comment by Sylvain Nugues — 2013/07/26 @ 11:25

  25. Also Apache OpenOffice 4.0.0 is out – http://www.openoffice.org/development/releases/4.0.0.html and even Android version – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andropenoffice
    I hope all features in AOO are also in LO :) Also a lot of people would like to see Android version of LibreOffice. Also online version with opportunity to install it onto own server (also hosting server) would be very appreciated.

    Comment by Edmund Laugasson — 2013/07/25 @ 21:43

    • AndrOpenOffice is an independent port of AOO, and is not related to that project.

      Comment by italovignoli — 2013/07/25 @ 21:48

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  37. In order to have way more people actually enjoy these improvements, please make updates work from the “update available” thing, instead of the manual download+run

    Comment by stelt — 2013/07/26 @ 09:19

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  44. Reblogged this on lunaticamenteoscuro and commented:
    Libreoffice 4.1 es ahora más compatible que nunca.

    Comment by Aarón — 2013/07/26 @ 22:06

  45. Excellent job… CONGRATULATIONS, FOLKS!

    With this release, LibreOffice starts to have its own face.

    The new utilities in Writer and Draw – the modules that preferably I use – are formidable.

    And welcome are the adjustments made to the interface, especially in Draw.

    The inclusion of the Lotus Symphony Gallery will allow to the users to give more elegance to their written works: The png image format allows to create high quality graphics documents – PDF, for example – at minimum cost in bits.

    It seems to me remarkable that LibreOffice developers openly admit have been used AOO program lines. I hope AOO’s friends recognize what they have taken from LibreOffice.

    And it is time, I think, that the mental denial of the presence of LibreOffice in some repositories of free / shareware is finished: I know two sites – fans of the extinct OpenOffice – whose counters objectively do not consider LibreOffice downloads made there .

    Comment by DrakoDrakkonis — 2013/07/27 @ 02:34

  46. There was a time when open source was focused on the needs of the user and used announcements to truly inform. Over the years, there has been an increasing tendency to go down the user-despising road taken by commercial products. One of the clearest sign of that is the use of cheap advertizing language, self-flattery, and hackneyed formulations like “take X a new level”.

    Comment by Michael Eriksson — 2013/07/27 @ 09:13

    • No, you are wrong. Open source never was more about users than it is now.

      There were times when users were more techy, and there existed some IT culture, because most computer users were .. kind of society with common interests. And those users were much more inclined to help developers, if only reporting bugs, but also by providing patches. Then the guys who made programs to fulfill _their_own_ itch (or need), had more help then shoutings like “your program sucks”. Then there was no need to promote the programs, because the society highly informed in the computing needed only facts.

      Besides, the users didn’t expect those programs to ideally fulfill their needs; instead, they were competent enough to overcome their shortcomings and combine different tools to make their own ideal tool.

      Now it’s a little different. Users feel it as granted that the open-source project developers have some unpaid debt to them. And they have spirit to “demand” something from people who devote their free time to provide useful tools for free. On the other side, those developers want to feel pride for their work, and thus they need to know that their programs are considered useful; besides, they sometimes want to eat, and dare to dream to make living by doing useful things (e.g., providing paid support to those who need it). So the promotion is only natural here.

      If you feel irritated by marketing spirit of messages of the project’s primary marketing man (whose first priority must be PR), just don’t read this blog. Or even better, simply invent a time machine, and enjoy the good old days.

      Comment by mikekaganski — 2013/07/27 @ 12:06

    • Do you know names of Cor Nouws, Julien Nabet, Joel Madero, Marcos Souza?

      They spend hundred hours helping users to make a meaningful bug reports, triaging those reports and bibisect them; they fix some bugs that bother users like me… They are not well-known devs like Michael Meeks, or Miklos Vajna, who are, of course, key figures, but their every day work is essential to success of the project. And they do deserve some words of gratitude. That’s all that they can get for their work.

      What Italo does is recognition of their importance; these posts, among other things, let those people realize what do they work for, and what is the goal; what has been achieved thank to them. And the fact that there are so many people like them, that the project becomes home for those different people who don’t know each other, but work together to make things better, is the clear evidence of good work of team makers like Italo.

      Comment by mikekaganski — 2013/07/27 @ 12:50

      • Responding on the comments made by mikekaganski and other positive contributors: as a very private person who never comments anywhere on the internet but who uses libreoffice with great confidence and happiness I can only say that the people who make negative comments are invited to make their own office suite. If you are able to make negative comments that easy it won’t be that difficult for you to become a developer. Just take the source code and change, repair, etc. what you don’t like or approve off. He, maybe you’re even able to develop your own suite from the ground up instead off forking it. I use only a few standard programs on my pc. I pay for them when they are paid versions. I make a donation when they are great-but-free versions. I would even double my donation for libreoffice if the developers would include a black icon set to bring the suite up to par. Maybe that icon set will come soon, maybe never. In the meantime I enjoy using libreoffice with great trust and confidence. Thanks to all the developers and (positive) contributors for their hard work and dedication.

        Comment by a very private person who never comments anywhere on the internet — 2013/07/27 @ 16:42

    • @mikekaganski

      No, you are wrong—but let us try to keep out of the school yard.

      I concede that a major reason why open source used to be more about the users is the simple fact that there was a large overlap between the sets of developers and users of a given product. This, incidentally, was the biggest strength of open source compared to commercial software in my opinion—not “a thousand eyes”, “the bazaar” (as contrasted to the “cathedral”), or other more commonly cited aspects.

      What we increasingly see is “by the user, for the user” being replaced with a quasi-commercial and highly detrimental attitude, where market share becomes more important than the true interests of the users. At the same time, some of the problems of commercial software has infected open source too, including feature bloat and a patronizing attitude towards users. Notably, the Unix philosophy that once did so much good is increasingly forgotten.

      “Users feel it as granted that the open […]”

      Of course, that it is risk you take, when you focus on the broad masses who would be just as happy, if a little poorer, if they used MS Office.

      “If you feel irritated by marketing spirit of messages of the project’s
      primary marketing man (whose first priority must be PR), just don’t read
      this blog. Or even better, simply invent a time machine, and enjoy the good
      old days.”

      I could turn this around: If you (respectively, your PR guy) do not want your words or methods questioned, do not publish them on a blog with a comment function.

      More importantly, the underlying problems, of which such marketing is a symptom, will not go away because I duck the message.

      @mikekaganski 2

      I do not know who Cor Nouws, Julien Nabet, Joel Madero, Marcos Souza are—and that it is entirely irrelevant to my point. Neither do I know who Michael Meeks or Miklos Vajna are.

      (I do, however, know quite a few other names, inkluding Donald Knuth (TeX) and Leslie Lamport (LaTeX).)

      The contributions of these people can easily be acknowledged without the use of advertizing language and methods, which serve the purpose of leading poor thinkers into making decisions they would otherwise not have made. (I stress that I have no objections whatsoever to a factual and informative message concerning e.g. a new version or release—even be it very different in form and content from tech-centered release notes.)

      @a very private person

      I _am_ a developer (and more lately an IT consultant): Writing software has been my occupation for almost fifteen years. (And I would not be foolish enough to even try to write an office suit single-handedly.)

      I do not need an office suite (except to the degree my current project requires one—and then it is almost always a mandatory MS Office in the first place).
      The private needs I have in the area are better covered by LaTeX, Roff, and HTML. In fact, if irrelevant to this particular discussion, I consider the entire WYSIWYG concept to be flawed through its failure to separate content and presentation of content in an appropriate manner, and have found that I, personally, tend to be more productive and less annoyed with tools that base on a markup language (or a similar paradigm).

      Comment by Michael Eriksson — 2013/07/27 @ 18:30

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  50. hi,
    LO don´t accept Opera in the latest version ? Have a look at !
    i ´tried to download Handbooks . . .

    Comment by anno — 2013/07/28 @ 21:35

  51. Looks like a rock-solid release. Thank you very much for giving us an option to be able to use an office software other than MS Office.

    Comment by Osman — 2013/07/29 @ 10:37

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  53. AOO, RTF, OOXML, ODF … WTF?

    Comment by James Willard — 2013/07/29 @ 21:40

  54. I am using LibreOffice in PortableApps. After upgrade Symantec Enterprise detected some files as infected. Not even this time. Every time this happens with Symantec. Last time when upgraded 4.0.2I got the same issue. Then, I submitted report for False Positive so they fix the issue in their next update. For this Libre can contact them to solve these issues.

    Comment by cyberwani — 2013/08/01 @ 09:08

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  57. Openoffice 4.0 has right slide bar really usefull, can Libreoffice next level add this feature ?

    Comment by Bui Duc Tien — 2013/08/05 @ 07:22

    • The sidebar has already been integrated in LibreOffice 4.1, but is still considered experimental and as such must be activated by the user selecting Options > Advanced.

      Comment by italovignoli — 2013/08/05 @ 15:35

  58. Finding the sidebar very useful — a great feature!

    Richard

    Comment by Richard Wright — 2013/08/13 @ 19:50

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