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2014/01/30

LibreOffice 4.2: focusing on performance and interoperability, and improving the integration with Microsoft Windows

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 12:00

Berlin, January 30, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2, a new major release targeted to early adopters and another significant step forward for the best free office suite ever. LibreOffice 4.2 features a large number of performance and interoperability improvements targeted to users of all kinds, but particularly appealing for power and enterprise users. In addition, it is better integrated with Microsoft Windows.

Calc has gone through the largest code refactoring ever, giving major performance wins for big data (especially when calculating cell values, and importing large and complex XLSX spreadsheets), while an optional new formula interpreter enables massively parallel calculation of formula cells using the GPU via OpenCL. The latter works best with a Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) such as the new AMD Kaveri APU.

Round-trip interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, particularly for DOCX, as well as legacy RTF, has also improved considerably. Also, new import filters for Abiword documents and Apple Keynote presentations have been added.

LibreOffice 4.2 offers two Windows specific improvements for business users: a simplified custom install dialog to avoid potential mistakes, and the ability to centrally manage and lock-down the configuration with Group Policy Objects via Active Directory. All users benefit from better integration with Windows 7 and 8, with thumbnails of open documents now grouped by application and a list of recent documents, both showing on the task bar.

Power users on all platforms will like the flexibility of the Expert Configuration window, which has been added to the Advanced Options tab. This feature can be easily turned off, for large deployments and basic users.

LibreOffice 4.2 offers a new Start screen, with a cleaner layout that makes better use of the available space – even on small screens – and shows a preview of the last documents.

On the mobile side, LibreOffice now supports an Impress Remote Control for iOS – in addition to the already available Impress Remote Control for Android – which allows visual management of presentation delivery on the laptop using the screen of an iPhone or iPad. The app is currently waiting for review from Apple, and will be announced as soon as it is available on iTunes Store.
LibreOffice 4.2 is the first open source suite to ship a new Windows (IAccessible2 based) accessibility feature developed by IBM. This is considered experimental for this release, but will replace legacy Java based accessibility in the next major release.

The LibreOffice User Interface continues to undergo significant cleanup with 70% of our dialogs now refreshed and many distributed UI tweaks. This release also includes a beautiful new “flat” icon theme – Sifr – and an updated set of default document styles.

All new and improved features of LibreOffice 4.2, including those not listed here, are summarized in this webpage: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/4-2-new-features-and-fixes/.

Meet the community

In early February, the LibreOffice community will gather at FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels, where developers will present at the Open Document Editors DevRoom the latest and greatest technologies integrated by LibreOffice, and other volunteers will meet free software advocates at the LibreOffice booth.

In early March, The Document Foundation will exhibit at CeBIT in Hannover to showcase LibreOffice 4.2: Hall 6, Booth H14.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.2 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.

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.

Thanks to the efforts of several native language projects and volunteers, this press release is also available in Arabic, Dutch, French, Galitian, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish and Turkish from this page: http://blog.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice-4-2/. We will add other languages in the future.

42 Comments

  1. as already commented on G+: hi, installed the new version but directly afterwards Norton suggests that unicodedata.pyd (Suspicious.Cloud.7.F) c:\program files (x86)\libreoffice 4\program\python-core-3.3.3\lib\unicodedata.pyd
    is malicious software..
    the same as: Kategorie: _decimal.pyd (Suspicious.Cloud.7.F) c:\program files (x86)\libreoffice 4\program\python-core-3.3.3\lib\_decimal.pyd

    can you contact Norton about this?

    And Windows gave me an error with the creation of the link on the desktop.

    Comment by Marc Kaulisch — 2014/01/30 @ 12:42

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  6. What about DMaths integration like PDF Import already is? Currently entering math formulas with LibreOffice Math is real pain – especially when you are math teacher and need to enter a lot of complex formulas quickly and often. More reading at http://www.dmaths.org/ – I even propose to dramatically improve LibreOffice Math and integrate DMaths into LibreOffice and take most out for our math teachers!

    Besides – why is at http://www.libreoffice.org/default/ on the image written “12:00 LO410 …” written – this “LO410″ means LibreOffice 4.1.0 but already 4.2.0 “has landed” :) I propose to create some kind of script, which will watch the correct version and will change this automatically – so you do not need to do it yourself.

    Comment by Edmund Laugasson — 2014/01/30 @ 14:29

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  11. New feature preview feature in LibreOffice 4.2 : Firebird SQL connector for LibreOffice Base (Andrzej Hunt). When creating a new Database, select Firebird Embedded in the drop down menu (you have to first enable the Experimental features in Tools ▸Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ Advanced).

    Here is the history of Firebird -> Libo integration (idea ,code ,bugs, blog posts)

    http://en.libreofficeforum.org/node/6062

    Comment by Adrian Marius Popa — 2014/01/30 @ 15:44

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  26. In Version 4.2 Draw can not start an Libre Office 4.2 crashes on windows 8 64Bit

    Comment by Blubb — 2014/01/31 @ 06:53

    • Something is wrong with Draw, it crashes also under windows 7 64Bit.

      Comment by inkantis — 2014/01/31 @ 21:48

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  31. To enable the new Sifr icons, go to LibreOffice–>Tools–>Options–>View

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  37. Draw 4.2.0.4 freezes or crashes my machine in Xubuntu 12.10 64bit. Perhaps the same problem experienced by the 64bit Windows users.

    Had to go back to the last release.

    Comment by David — 2014/02/05 @ 23:13

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