LibreOffice, the fork of OpenOffice, announced by the Document Foundation almost four months ago has been released. The Document Foundation was formed when a group of employees broke away from their employer Oracle, the owner of OpenOffice, following a spat with the organization over licensing and copyright. The first stable release, LibreOffice 3.3, is now ready to download.
LibreOffice 3.3 brings several unique new features including the ability to import and work with SVG files, an easy way to format title pages and their numbering in Writer, improved ergonomics in Calc for sheet and cell management, and Microsoft Works and Lotus Word Pro document import filters. In addition, many great extensions are now bundled, providing PDF import, a slide-show presenter console, a much improved report builder, and more besides. A complete rundown of all the new features offered by LibreOffice 3.3 is viewable on the this page.
LibreOffice 3.3 also provides all the new features of OpenOffice.org 3.3, such as new custom properties handling; embedding of standard PDF fonts in PDF documents; new Liberation Narrow font; increased document protection in Writer and Calc; auto decimal digits for “General” format in Calc; 1 million rows in a spreadsheet; new options for CSV import in Calc; insert drawing objects in Charts; hierarchical axis labels for Charts; improved slide layout handling in Impress; a new easier-to-use print interface; more options for changing case; and colored sheet tabs in Calc.