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[tdf-announce] LibreOffice 4.1: a landmark for interoperability


The office suite features a large number of improvements which bring
compatibility with proprietary and legacy file formats to the next level

Berlin, July 25, 2013 - The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice
4.1, not only the best but also the most interoperable free office suite
ever. LibreOffice 4.1 features a large number of improvements in the
area of document compatibility, which increases the opportunities of
sharing knowledge with users of proprietary software while retaining the
original layout and contents.

Interoperability is a key asset for LibreOffice, which is the de facto
standard for migrations to free office suites since early 2012. Numerous
improvements have been made to Microsoft OOXML import and export
filters, as well as to legacy Microsoft Office and RTF file filters.
Most of these improvements derive from the fundamental activity of
certified developers backing migration projects, based on a professional
support agreement.

Instrumental for interoperability are also new features such as font
embedding in Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw - which helps in retaining
the visual aspect when fonts used to produce the document are not
installed on the target PC - and import and export functions new in
Excel 2013 for ODF OpenFormula compatibility.

In addition to interoperability, LibreOffice 4.1 offers a very large
number of new features and improvements also in other areas of the
suite, which are listed here:
https://www.libreoffice.org/download/4-1-new-features-and-fixes.

LibreOffice 4.1 is also importing some AOO features, including the
Symphony sidebar, which is considered experimental. LibreOffice
developers are working at the integration with the widget layout
technique (which will make it dynamically resizeable and consistent with
the behaviour of LibreOffice dialog windows).

LibreOffice 4.1 arrives at the end of a significant development process,
which has just been outlined on the foundation blog:
http://wp.me/p1byPE-q0. Feature wise, the summary is here:
https://www.libreoffice.org/features/why-libreoffice/.

In just two months, on September 25, 2013, the LibreOffice community
will gather in Italy at the Third LibreOffice Conference, hosted by the
Department of Computer Science of Milan State University. More
information on the conference web site at the following address:
http://conference.libreoffice.org/2013/en. The Call for Paper is open
until Sunday, August 4.

Downloading LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.1 is immediately available for download from the following
link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions for LibreOffice
are available from the following link:
http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center.

Changelogs are available at
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.0/RC1 (changed in
4.1.0.1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.0/RC2
(changed in 4.1.0.2) and
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.0/RC3 (changed in
4.1.0.3) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.0/RC4
(changed in 4.1.0.4).

Support The Document Foundation

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can
support The Document Foundation with a donation at
http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money collected will be used to grow the
infrastructure, and support marketing activities to increase the
awareness of the project, both at global and local level.

Short link to post on TDF blog: http://wp.me/p1byPE-qn.

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