The Document Foundation has announced the availability of LibreOffice 7.0. As you’d expect from a big update such as this, LibreOffice 7.0 comes with several big features worth mentioning.
LibreOffice, the popular free and open-source office suite is now a default office suite for almost all Linux Distributions. With its popularity and user base increasing, developers are adding more features into LibreOffice so that users can experience a top tier free office suite.
LibreOffice 7.0 was under development for almost 4 months now and it is finally ready for you to download or upgrade.
What’s new in LibreOffice 7.0
The headline change in LibreOffice 7.0 is support for ODF 1.3. In addition, the new standard includes change tracking improvements and additional details in the description of elements in first pages, text, numbers, and charts. With LibreOffice 7.0, users should be able to handle and create documents with this file format without issue.
If you prefer to work with Microsoft’s file formats, LibreOffice 7.0 also handles these better. According to The Document Foundation, DOCX files now save in native 2013/2016/2019 mode instead of 2007 compatibility mode. This move should improve interoperability with multiple versions of Microsoft Office. The new LibreOffice also includes improvements for XLSX and PPTX, improving overall compatibility.
Now all toolbars are locked by default now on fresh user profiles. Also added a new Sukapura icon theme. That icon theme will be a default theme for new LibreOffice installations in macOS. Sifr icon theme is polished and Tango icon theme is removed from the core but will be available as an extension.
In Calc, functions that use regular expressions as argument now can accept accurate case sensitive inputs.
You might notice a performance improvement thanks to the addition of the Skia graphics engine and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration. The Skia graphics engine was added thanks to sponsorship by AMD and is now the default on computers running Windows. Skia is a 2D graphics library that provides APIs that work on different hardware and software platforms. In the context of LibreOffice, it will be used to draw text, shapes, and images.
You can download the latest version of LibreOffice direct from the LibreOffice website.
The Document Foundation recommends that LibreOffice 7.0 be used by tech enthusiasts, early adopters, and power users. Those focused on productivity are advised to stick to a release that has undergone more testing. The current version it recommends for productivity is LibreOffice 6.4.5.