LibreOffice 5.4 released; Here is what is new

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.4, latest stable release of leading open source office suite developed by dedicated volunteer community and backed by The Document Foundation. LibreOffice 5.4 is going to be the last and final release in LibreOffice 5.x series. This release brings various changes in the productivity suite in general and also in individual applications.

LibreOffice 5.4 is more compatible with the documents generated by other proprietary office suites like MicroSoft office. The xml schema of ODF and OOXML documents has been simplified to make it more robust and compatible with various office suites. It's size is significantly less comparing the documents generated by proprietary office suites.

Following are some key highlights of LibreOffice 5.4 release in common and in individual modules;
  • A new standard colour palette has been included, based on the RYB colour model.
  • File format compatibility has been improved, with better support for EMF vector images. This helps when you’re importing detailed diagrams from other office software.
  • Imported PDF files are rendered with much better quality, also when inserted into a document, while exported PDF files – from Writer and Impress – support embedded videos (and linked videos if opened with Acrobat Reader).
  • LibreOffice 5.4 supports OpenPGP keys for signing ODF documents on Linux. If you already use GPG/PGP for signing emails, it ensures the authenticity of your ODF documents regardless of the mode of transport or storage.
  • In Writer, you can now import AutoText from Microsoft Word DOTM templates.
  • When you’re exporting or pasting numbered and bulleted lists as plain text, their full structure is preserved.
  • In the Format menu, you can now create custom watermarks for your documents.
  • New context menu items have been added for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes and styles.
  • Calc now includes support for pivot charts, which use data from pivot tables. When the table is updated, the chart is automatically updated as well.
  • Comments are now easier to manage, with menu commands to show, hide and delete all comments.
  • When applying conditional formatting to cells, you can now easily change the priority of rules with up and down buttons.
  • Extra sheet protection options have been added, to optionally allow insertion or deletion of rows and columns.
  • Lastly, when you’re exporting in CSV format, your settings are remembered for the next export operation.
  • In Impress, when you’re duplicating an object, you can now specify fractional angles. In addition, your settings are saved for the next duplication operation.
  • Finally, LibreOffice Online has been improved as well. Performance is better, while the layout adapts responsively to mobile devices. In addition, a read-only mode has been added.
You may read more about LibreOffice 5.4 in official release announcement.

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