LibreOffice 5.4 released; Writer, Calc and Impress gets new features

LibreOffice 5.4 will be the last point release for this version

The last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family is now available for download for Linux, Windows, MacOS X. LibreOffice 5.4 brings new features to the most popular modules of its office suite including Writer, Calc, and Impress.

New Features in LibreOffice 5.4 for Linux

  • A new standard colour palette is released based on the RYB colour model
  • File format compatibility is improved with better support for EMF vector images. This implies you will see better import of diagrams from the other office software
  • Imported PDF files have better render quality
  • Supports OpenPGP keys for signing ODF documents. 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.

WRITER

You can now now import AutoText from Microsoft Word DOTM templates. Bulleted or numbered lists pasting into LibreOffice Writer preserves the full structure. It also lets you create custom watermarks for your documents. You can access this new feature from the ‘Format’ menu in the Writer. Other features include new context menu items for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes and styles.

CALC

  • Support for pivot charts added. When the table is updated, the chart will auto update
  • Extra sheet protection options have been added
  • It will allow insertion or deletion of rows and columns
  • Easier management of Comments
  • When applying conditional formatting to cells, you can now easily change the priority of rules with up and down buttons.

Other minor improvements are seen in the IMPRESS, which is nothing but Microsoft PowerPoint equivalent. In LibreOffice 2.4, you can now specify fractional angles when duplicating an object. LibreOffice Online has performance improvement in addition to the added layout adapt capability to mobile devices. Read-only mode has been added.

Here is a video showing the new features in action.

I think these are good enough reasons for upgrade! Grab your free copy from the official website.

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