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[tdf-announce] Performance-focused LibreOffice 6.4 is available for download


Berlin, January 29, 2020 – The Document Foundation announces the
availability of LibreOffice 6.4, a new major release providing better
performance, especially when opening and saving spreadsheets and
presentations, and excellent compatibility with DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files.

LibreOffice offers the strongest compatibility in the office suite
arena, starting from native support for the Open Document Format (ODF) –
with superior security and interoperability features over proprietary
formats – to almost perfect support for DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files. In
addition, LibreOffice includes filters for many legacy document formats,
and as such is the best interoperability tool in the market.

In addition, the new version provides some interesting new features [1]:

GENERAL

• Application icons have been added to document thumbnails inside the
Start Center, making it easier to recognise the different types of
documents.

• A QR Code generator has been added to the suite, making it easy to add
QR codes – that can be read by mobile devices – to documents.

• Hyperlink context menus have been unified throughout the suite, and
now provide the following menu entries: Open Hyperlink, Edit Hyperlink,
Copy Hyperlink Location and Remove Hyperlink.

• The new Automatic Redaction feature lets your hide classified or
sensitive data in a document based on text or regular expression matches.

• The help system provides faster and more precise search results, while
many help pages have localized screenshots for a better user experience.

WRITER

• A Table panel has been added to the Sidebar.

• Comments can now be marked as resolved. In addition, it's now possible
to add comments to images and charts inside text documents.

• Cutting, copying and pasting of tables has been improved, with a new
Paste Special menu option "Paste as Nested Table".

CALC

• Spreadsheets can be exported into a single PDF page, to get an
overview of all content without it being spread over multiple pages.

IMPRESS & DRAW

• In the Shape menu, a new option called Consolidate Text combines
multiple selected text boxes into a single one. This is useful if you're
importing a PDF and the text content is split across many boxes.

LIBREOFFICE ONLINE

• In Writer, table properties can be easily modified from the sidebar,
and the document Table of Contents can be fully managed by users.

• In Calc, the Function Wizard is now offering full features, and a wide
range of options for selected charts has been added to the spreadsheet
sidebar.

LibreOffice 6.4 is the first new release available in 2020. During the
year, the community will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the best free
office suite ever at several Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) events
in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Several volunteers will
present the project milestones and discuss the future of the office
suite, on the desktop and in the cloud.

LibreOffice 6.4’s new features have been developed by a large community
of code contributors: 75% of commits are from developers employed by
companies sitting in the Advisory Board like Collabora, Red Hat and CIB,
plus other organizations, and 25% are from individual volunteers.

In addition, there is a global community of individual volunteers taking
care of other fundamental activities such as quality assurance, software
localization, user interface design and user experience, editing of help
system and documentation, plus free software and open document standards
advocacy.

A video summarizing the top new features in LibreOffice 6.4 is available
on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4boEj8S2JQ

LibreOffice for individual users

LibreOffice 6.4 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for
open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology
enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. The Document Foundation
does not provide any technical support to users, although they can get
help from other users on mailing lists and the Ask LibreOffice website:
https://ask.libreoffice.org

For users whose main objective is personal productivity and therefore
prefer a release that has undergone more testing and bug fixing over the
new features, The Document Foundation maintains the LibreOffice 6.3
family, which includes some months of back-ported fixes. The current
version is LibreOffice 6.3.4.

LibreOffice in business

For enterprise class deployments, TDF strongly recommend sourcing
LibreOffice from one of the ecosystem partners to get long-term
supported releases, dedicated assistance, custom new features and other
benefits, including Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Also, the work done
by ecosystem partners flows back into the LibreOffice project,
benefiting everyone.

For migrations and training from proprietary office suites, professional
support should be sourced from certified professionals who provide
value-added services which extend the reach of the community to the
corporate world and offer CIOs and IT managers a solution in line with
proprietary offerings.

In fact, LibreOffice – thanks to its mature codebase, rich feature set,
strong support for open standards, excellent compatibility and long-term
support options from certified partners – represents the ideal solution
for businesses that want to regain control of their data and free
themselves from vendor lock-in.

Availability of LibreOffice 6.4

LibreOffice 6.4 is immediately available from the following link:
https://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Minimum requirements for
proprietary operating systems are Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Apple
macOS 10.9. Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are
available as Docker images: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/
LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can
support The Document Foundation with a donation at
https://www.libreoffice.org/donate

LibreOffice 6.4 is built with document conversion libraries from the
Document Liberation Project: https://www.documentliberation.org
[1] A more comprehensive list of LibreOffice 6.4 new features is
available on the Release Notes wiki page:
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/6.4

Press Kit

The press kit, including the white paper on document formats and
high-resolution screenshots, is here:
https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/ZA4Y67yz6jBJSqz

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