LibreOffice Beats OpenOffice.org Debut by a Whisker

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LibreOffice Beats OpenOffice.org Debut by a Whisker

by P. J. Connolly

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Start Fresh with LibreOffice

The LibreOffice 3.3 startup screen points users to the application best suited for the tasks they are undertaking.

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Print with Ease

LibreOffice 3.3 derives from an early version of the OpenOffice.org 3.3 code base, and includes common features such as the overhauled print dialog.

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Edit SVG Graphics Interactively

One feature that LibreOffice 3.3 offers where OpenOffice.org 3.3 falls short is the ability to import SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) pictures into Draw and edit them interactively.

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Make the Right Choice

One feature that should simplify the lives of users overwhelmed by the plethora of file formats is LibreOffices ability to filter inappropriate formats from "Save" dialogs.

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Make Documents XSLT Friendly

LibreOffice 3.3 also offers as a unique feature the ability to load and save ODF (Open Document Format) documents in flat XML, making external XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) processing easier.

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No-More-Tears Title Pages

A new dialog box allows LibreOffice users more power than ever before when creating title pages for reports and other documents.

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For Adventuresome Users Only

LibreOffice 3.3 allows users to activate "experimental" features that might be as unstable as they are useful.

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Make Spreadsheets Stand Out

The Calc spreadsheet in LibreOffice 3.3 now offers new and more compatible options for cell borders, including dashed and dotted outlines.

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A Cleaner User Interface

The radio buttons in LibreOffices drop-down menus make it possible to clarify complex menu options and identify frequently used options.

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