LibreOffice 4.2 Office Suite Boasts New Features, Performance Boost

LibreOffice 4.2 Office Suite Boasts New Features, Performance Boost
LibreOffice Isn't Just for Linux
LibreOffice Start Screen Gets a New Layout
New Icons Provide a Cleaner Look
Writer Now Has an Option for Character Borders
Support for Microsoft Document File Formats Is Improved
Calc Gains New Statistics Features
Random Number Generation Lands in LibreOffice 4.2
Impress Presentation Software Can Now Import Apple Keynote
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LibreOffice 4.2 Office Suite Boasts New Features, Performance Boost

By Sean Michael Kerner

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LibreOffice Isn't Just for Linux

While LibreOffice is widely deployed on Linux systems, there are both Windows and Mac OS X installers, enabling users of proprietary operating systems to benefit from a freely available office suite.

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LibreOffice Start Screen Gets a New Layout

One of the first and most visible things that users will see when running LibreOffice is the Start screen, which has been cleaned up in the 4.2 release. The Start screen provides easy access to the core applications within the LibreOffice suite. The new Start screen has a cleaner layout that makes better use of the available space.

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New Icons Provide a Cleaner Look

LibreOffice 4.2 includes an updated set of icons throughout its application, improving the look and feel of the office suite.

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Writer Now Has an Option for Character Borders

Among the incremental improvements in the Writer word processing application is the ability to place a border around a character.

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Support for Microsoft Document File Formats Is Improved

With LibreOffice 4.2, users now have the ability to import and export as a Microsoft Word template (.dot) file.

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Calc Gains New Statistics Features

The Calc spreadsheet application within LibreOffice 4.2 gains new statistics features, including sampling, correlation, covariance and moving average capabilities.

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Random Number Generation Lands in LibreOffice 4.2

Data analysts sometimes have a need for random number generation capabilities, which are now included in Calc.

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Impress Presentation Software Can Now Import Apple Keynote

The Impress presentation application within LibreOffice 4.2 now has the ability to handle presentations originally created in Apple's Keynote presentation software.

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