LibreOffice 4 Sweeter Than Ever

I love the new LibreOffice 4 even though I’ve only kissed her once. Look at this:
LO4_feature_export_chart

That one feature saves me a click or two instead of doing a screen-capture to make an image for the blog. Here’s the result:
LO4_feature_export_chart_result

Besides my favourite feature, LibreOffice 4 has a long list of others. If that’s not interesting, check out their new homepage. It scrolls horizontally. Cool.
LO_New_Page

LibreOffice has come of age with 4.0.
LibreOffice 4.0: a community on fire

In less than 30 months, LibreOffice has grown dramatically to become the largest independent free software project focused on end user desktop productivity. TDF inclusive governance and the copyleft license have been instrumental in attracting more than 500 developers – three quarters of them being independent volunteers – capable of contributing over 50,000 commits.”
Amazing.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to LibreOffice 4 Sweeter Than Ever

  1. Dr Loser says:

    Interesting enough Oiaohm has to try harder.

    No, I’m not a Mac user. I’ve just created my own pivot table in Excel 2010 (don’t have access to an earlier version), selected graph via click, “Save As” a pdf, and that seems to be what it does. It even fires up Acrobat reader for me, which is sort of neat.

    The link you point to complains that the PDF stores a picture rather than an “infinitely zoomable, no loss of precision” content. For transferring from Calc to WordPress, which is the use case here, I would have thought that unnecessary.

    Besides, it’s not clear to me that it’s even part of LibreOffice functionality. (If so, great! The myriad other glitches still put me off, though.)

    Is it? Even PDF export from Calc is not visible in the feature list.

  2. oiaohm says:

    http://www.technacular.com/2007/06/04/excel-2007-how-to-save-excel-chart-as-image/

    Interesting enough DrLoser has to be a Mac user by a comment I saw else where about this post.

    http://www.excelforum.com/excel-charting-and-pivots/801203-save-charts-as-pdf.html

    Context save as in MS Office only appears in MS Office 2013 for Windows not release or 2011 for OS X. Yet he says MS Office has it for a long time. Sorry DrLoser Windows MS Office users have not had it. This is one of the many minor differences between the OS X version and the Windows versions that driver users up the wall of MS Office.

    So yes its a nice feature Libreoffice users on Windows get before windows uses of MS office get it.

  3. George Hostler says:

    dougman: I hear often from people, that they NEED M$ Office to do their work.

    The first thing I say is, OK open up Calc, Writer or Impress and show me how it is not working for you. If they refuse or are reluctant, then they are just being a complainer and should be fortunate to have a job. Whats wrong with learning these days?

    dougman, you will always have difficult people to deal with, anywhere you go. Unfortunately it is a fact of life. I think more positive are those who take the tools they have received and are able to run with it; or if there is a shortcoming, show you specifically where the issue lies.

    If one truly needs a specific application unsatisfiable by other means, that gives justification. However, given the full feature rich functionality of LibreOffice, there will be very few who will truly need something else to accomplish their work in a standard office environment.

  4. dougman says:

    Few terminal commands or one long script, and in under two minutes, I have the latest version.

    sudo apt-get remove –purge libreoffice*
    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    cd desktop-integration
    sudo dpkg -i *.deb

    I hear often from people, that they NEED M$ Office to do their work.

    The first thing I say is, OK open up Calc, Writer or Impress and show me how it is not working for you. If they refuse or are reluctant, then they are just being a complainer and should be fortunate to have a job. Whats wrong with learning these days?

  5. George Hostler says:

    Robert, I am really pleased with LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice, which originated from StarOffice. I use it regularly to read Microsoft document attachments including Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, Power Point slides, and etc. If I want to modify, then I do a save as and save it as a LibreOffice document, then edit to my heart’s content. It is that easy.

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