29 Jan 2019
LibreOffice monthly recap: January 2019
Here’s our regular summary of events and updates in the last month!
- For much of January, the community was busy preparing for the release of LibreOffice 6.2, which is due in early February. There are many new features in this release, thanks to our volunteers and certified developers, including the NotebookBar. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a quick look at how it works:
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- We talked to the LibreOffice Design Community about their preparations for this release. While the NotebookBar is the biggest update, there have been many other changes, such as improvements to the Karasa Jaga and Elementary icon themes. Here’s the latter:
- Meanwhile, the Localisation Community also gave us updates on LibreOffice 6.2, while Xisco Fauli from the QA (quality assurance) project talked about plans for after the release, and how anyone can get involved and help to make LibreOffice rock-solid.
- In terms of documentation, Roman Kuznetsov (aka Kompilainenn) announced his new Conditional Formatting Guide for LibreOffice Calc. With conditional formatting, you can change the appearance of cells in a spreadsheet depending on their contents – so it’s very useful to make data more readable and easier on the eyes. Thanks to Roman for his great work!
- Our C++ workshops continued with a look at set and maps. Most of LibreOffice’s source code is written in C++, so if you’re interested in the language but want some help, join us! In our workshops, we examine a specific topic and then get together on IRC for a joint discussion. You can put questions to experienced LibreOffice C++ coders – so keep watching this blog for details about the next one!
- As part of our regular Community Member Monday series, we talked to Mohamed Trabelsi, Jim Raykowski, José Gatica, Andika Triwidada and Pierre-Yves Samyn about their passion for LibreOffice and what they do in the project. Many contributors to LibreOffice started off as regular end users, but now help with translations, user support, design, marketing and other topics – come and join them!
The problem I most have is finding the documentation to deal some of the more confusing tasks. Setting up bibliographies, deleting page numbers placed by hand, etc. I might be able to help with some of this. I use the program mostly to write and study medical issues.