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[tdf-announce] LibreOffice 4.4, the most beautiful LibreOffice ever


- LibreOffice 4.4, the most beautiful LibreOffice ever
- The user interface has been improved in a significant way
- Interoperability with OOXML file formats has been extended

Improved source code quality based on Coverity Scan analysis
Berlin, January 29, 2015 - The Document Foundation is pleased to
announce LibreOffice 4.4, the ninth major release of the free office
suite, with a significant number of design and user experience improvements.

"LibreOffice 4.4 has got a lot of UX and design love, and in my opinion
is the most beautiful ever," says Jan "Kendy" Holesovsky, a member of
the Membership Committee and the leader of the design team. "We have
completed the dialog conversion, redesigned menu bars, context menus,
toolbars, status bars and rulers to make them much more useful. The Sifr
monochrome icon theme is extended and now the default on OS X. We also
developed a new Color Selector, improved the Sidebar to integrate more
smoothly with menus, and reworked many user interface details to follow
today's UX trends."

LibreOffice 4.4 offers several significant improvements in other areas, too:
- Support of OpenGL transitions in Windows, and improved implementation
based on the new OpenGL framework;
- Digital signing of PDF files during the export process;
- Installation of free fonts Carlito and Caladea to replace proprietary
Microsoft C-Fonts Calibri and Cambria, to get rid of font related issues
while opening OOXML files;
- Addition of several new default templates, designed by volunteers;
- Visual editing of Impress master pages, to remove unwanted elements,
adding or hiding a level to the outline numbering, and toggling bullets
on or off;
- Better Track Changes - with new buttons in the Track Changes toolbar -
and AutoCorrect features in Writer;
- Improved import filters for Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Publisher and
AbiWord files, and Microsoft Works spreadsheets;
- New import filters for Adobe Pagemaker, MacDraw, MacDraw II and
RagTime for Mac;
- Greatly expanded support for media capabilities on each platform.

A rather comprehensive description of all LibreOffice 4.4 new features,
including developers' names, is available on the release notes page at
the following address:
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4. In addition, a
summary of the most significant development related details has been
published by Michael Meeks: https://people.gnome.org/~michael/.

People interested in technical details can find change logs here:
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/Beta1 (fixed in Beta
1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/Beta2 (fixed in
Beta 2), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/RC1 (fixed
in RC1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/RC2 (fixed
in RC2) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/RC3
(fixed in RC3).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4 is immediately available for download from the following
link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. LibreOffice users, free
software advocates and community members can support The Document
Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

About The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation is an independent, self-governing and
meritocratic organization, based on Free Software ethos and incorporated
in Germany as a not for profit entity. TDF is focused on the development
of LibreOffice - the best free office suite ever - chosen by the global
community as the legitimate heir of OOo, and as such adopted by a
growing number of public administrations, enterprises and SMBs for
desktop productivity.

TDF is accessible to individuals and organizations who agree with its
core values and contribute to its activities. At the end of December
2014, the foundation has 205 members and over 3,000 volunteer
contributors worldwide.

Short link to TDF blog: http://wp.me/p1byPE-x4.

Infographics available at:
https://documentfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/tdf-libreoffice44info.pdf
(PDF) or
https://documentfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/tdf-libreoffice44info.jpg
(JPG).

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