LibreOffice 4.3 Open-Source Office Suite Enhances the User Experience

1 - LibreOffice 4.3 Open-Source Office Suite Enhances the User Experience
2 - LibreOffice Provides Full Slate of Office Apps
3 - Windows, Linux and Mac Versions Are Available
4 - Writer Now Enables Long Paragraphs
5 - Comment Importing Comes to LibreOffice
6 - Easy Image Resizing Lands in Writer
7 - Impress Presentations Now Support 3D Models
8 - Calc Improves Spreadsheet Visibility
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LibreOffice 4.3 Open-Source Office Suite Enhances the User Experience

by Sean Michael Kerner

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LibreOffice Provides Full Slate of Office Apps

LibreOffice provides its users with a fully featured, freely available, open-source office suite that includes Writer document, Calc spreadsheet, Impress presentation, Draw drawing, Math formula and Base database applications.

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Windows, Linux and Mac Versions Are Available

While LibreOffice is the default office suite for a number of Linux distributions, it is also available for Windows and Mac users.

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Writer Now Enables Long Paragraphs

LibreOffice 4.3 fixes a flaw in all previous versions of LibreOffice that limited paragraphs to a maximum of 65,000 characters. According to the Document Foundation, the ability to have long paragraphs is "especially useful in locales where there is a requirement to record minutes of meetings in a single paragraph."

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Comment Importing Comes to LibreOffice

With LibreOffice 4.3, comments in the margins of documents now get properly imported into Writer. Users now can actually print comments as part of a document as well.

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Easy Image Resizing Lands in Writer

Among the incremental improvements in LibreOffice 4.3 is image handling within the Writer document application. Images are now scaled properly, and users can resize images by holding the Shift key and dragging the corner of the image with a mouse.

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Impress Presentations Now Support 3D Models

3D models in the glTF format can now be imported into Impress presentations, providing a new media option for users.

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Calc Improves Spreadsheet Visibility

Spreadsheets can get very busy, making it difficult for users to identify where they are. With Calc spreadsheets in LibreOffice 4.3, the row, column and cell that a user is in is highlighted to help make the spreadsheet more usable and navigable.

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