LibreOffice: Advent Tip #7

odf-guidance.odt - LibreOffice Writer_003LibreOffice Writer was born – as StarWriter – to produce lengthy documents, such as thesis and relations, and as such offers a number of specific features in this area. Two of the most important are Templates and Styles, which facilitate the creation of good looking documents, and make it easier to reproduce a standard document once the layout – including Styles – has been defined and consolidated.…

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #6

AutoText_001LibreOffice offers an AutoText feature which can be accessed from the menu Edit > AutoText, which opens a simple dialog windows. The example shown in the image on the left is the well known Lorem Ipsum pseudo Latin blurb, which can be used to mimic a document layout, but the feature offers a number of pre-defined standard strings (for instance: 1st Reminder, 2nd Reminder, etcetera), plus several Business Cards layouts, plus a number of template elements (for instance: Header Brochure, Header Newsletter, etcetera).…

TDF Freelance Job Opening (#201510-02) – Documentation Lead

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a

Documentation Lead

to start work as soon as possible. The role, which is scheduled for 20 hours a week, includes amongst other items:

  • Mentor and train new members of the documentation project: how we do things, how to use the tools, and writing style as needed
  • Guide and coordinate work: what needs to be done when, set priorities
  • Set standards and templates
  • Maintain Contributors Guide, which includes Style Guide
  • Improve and enhance the online help, including building and mentoring a community to work on it
  • Research, write and edit, as needed to fill gaps when volunteers contributions are lacking
  • Publish chapters and full books
  • Identify requirements for books and formats (ODT, PDF, ePub, HTML, other)
  • Develop a vision, a plan and a strategy for documentation, to include things like version tracking, workflow, scheduling and recruitment
  • Identify other forms of documentation that we should do, either in addition to, or instead of, the user guide books we’ve been producing
  • Liaise and coordinate with marketing, translation, other user support, Help

The role requires the following:

  • Experience using LibreOffice and other open source tools (such as GIMP)
  • Experience in interacting with the LibreOffice community or another large open source project
  • Working closely with our volunteer community on tooling, processes and means of collaboration
  • Project management skills
  • Technical writing and/or editing to know what’s involved, what’s realistic etc.

The road to LibreOffice 5.0

LibreOffice 5.0 will be announced next Wednesday – August 5, 2015 – at noon UTC. It is our tenth major release, and the first of the third stage of LibreOffice development. To show the impressive amount of new features added to LibreOffice since version 3.3, released in January 2011, we have compiled a summary of all previous announcements.…

Behind the scenes at TDF: Localization and Native-Language Projects

Sophie Gautier has been a member of the project since its beginning, and then a founding member of The Document Foundation and LibreOffice. She is extremely active in the Francophone and international community, and is a staff member of The Document Foundation. She takes care of the French translation of LibreOffice (interface and help), is a member of LibreOffice certification committee and is a leading member of the quality assurance project.

LibreOffice 4.4, the most beautiful LibreOffice ever

  • The user interface has been improved in a significant way
  • Interoperability with OOXML file formats has been extended
  • Improved source code quality based on Coverity Scan analysis

Berlin, January 29, 2015 – The Document Foundation is pleased to announce LibreOffice 4.4, the ninth major release of the free office suite, with a significant number of design and user experience improvements.…