LibreOffice Beats Debut by a Whisker

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LibreOffice Beats 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 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 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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