LibreOffice 7.3.3 is the latest offering from Document Foundation. This version brings a lot of bug fixes over the previous version, offering more stability. The new update helps it work better with Microsoft Office and other Office suites. If you have used LibreOffice earlier then it is a good time to upgrade. It also gives us more reason and a good time to switch from Office suites like OpenOffice or MS Office.
This blog is about discussing the changes brought by LibreOffice 7.3.
It is all about the freedom of using, copying, studying, and contributing to the open-source environment. It is not about using a free version or an alternate of MS Office. When you start using LibreOffice you have the sense of freedom from the hold big corporation have on the consumer.
I have written about the history of LibreOffice and how it compares with OpenOffice, another open-source office suite.
If you are interested in how it compares with MS Office and if you should switch to it?
LibreOffice 7.3: The big changes
The new update is all about interoperability, i.e., making LibreOffice more compatible with Microsoft Office and other Office suites. Here are the more significant updates.
Add hyperlinks to Shape
You can now add hyperlinks to a Shape. Earlier when you added a hyperlink to shape in other document formats like .doc or .docx, and if the file was opened in Libre Writer, the hyperlink will not appear. This was fixed in this version as you are now able to add hyperlinks to shapes and even view it on Writer if saved on another Office document.
Tracking changes on Writer
All text changes are now tracked and marked in Green and strikethrough to show the changes made. This will definitely help to review more easily. This also includes tracking changes to paragraph styles.
Just like tracking text moves, changes to tables are now easily visible. You can now track changes when rows or columns are inserted or deleted in a table created on Libre Writer. Visualize the changes as different colors are assigned like, row insertion is shown in cyan and deletion in pink.
- Opening large Excel files, especially macro-enabled and files with large charts, are now much faster.
- Some lookup functions and filtering have improved and work much faster in the latest version of LibreOffice.
- Ability to insert large chats quickly.
- PDF export speed has improved in large and complex documents.
- Performance improvement where large number of users can share and work on LibreOffice files.
Other improvements in Calc
- To improve visibility the selected cells or cell where the cursor is now uses system’s highlight color instead of the default font color.
- Color filter is now supported in the Standard Filter dialog.
- Filtering operations like ‘contains’ now work better with numeric data.
You can now generate one-dimensional barcodes, earlier you could only generate QR codes. Go To, Insert > Object > QR and Barcode.
- Borderline width has been standardized across LibreOffice.
- More users can use and share LibreOffice at the same time.
- Improvements in doc & docx import/export filter.
- “Widescreen” screen size is used in Draw to make it more compatible with PPT.
- The mark signifying incorrect spelling/grammar has improved for it to be displayed in large screens and when zoomed.
- New language and locales settings. Example, English (Israel) has been added. A couple of other languages were added, Klingon & Interslavic.
- LibreOffice 7.3.0 now needs at least macOS 10.12.
For detailed information, you can read the release notes.
How to install LibreOffice 7.3.3
Click here to download it from the official website of LibreOffice.
Choose the Operating System you have, from Windows/Mac/Linux, and select the version to download. The latest version is 7.3.0, however, you can also download versions 7.2.7 & 7.1.8 also, which are slightly older. Caution, version 7.1.8 is no longer tested or updated hence you may want to avoid older versions.
Pre-release version 7.3.1 is also available if you want.
You can install it on any of the below Operating Systems
- Linux x64 (deb & rpm)
- Mac OS X
- Windows x86_64 (Win 7 or above)
Installation is very easy, just follow the prompt-based installation guide to install Libre Office. You may choose the type of features you need with the ‘Custom’ install or just try the ‘Recommended’.