Here I will review many of the new features for all the LibreOffice lovers out there. LibreOffice 4.0 release delivers a cleaner interface and all-around improved usability. Ubuntu users are free to download the latest release immediately.
LibreOffice Writer Changes
First I will cover the most popular changes made to LibreOffice Writer. There are many notable features included with the release of version 4.0, as you will soon see.
Document Comments Improved
In previous versions of LibreOffice Writer only provided the limited use of comments. The 4.0 release will provide a more flexible comment system, allowing users to implement comments for text strings, or individual words. A feature for importing and exporting comments has also been added, along with compatibility for comments from other office suites.
Special Header/Footer for First Page
You can now use an alternative header and footer for the first page of your documents. The user is no longer limited to a uniform header and footer for all pages.
RTF Math Expression Support
LibreOffice Writer now supports importing and exporting of native RTF math expressions.
LibreLogo Toolbar Introduced
This version includes a new toolbar for LibreLogo vector graphics. A basic logo syntax now works making educational logo systems backwards compatible.
LibreOffice Calc Upgrades
More minor changes for LibreOffice Calc, most notably in the area of performance.
Improved Importing for ODS and XLSX Files
Users will notice better performance when attempting to import various file types for formulas. Formula results are now displayed immediately without needing to recalculate the results. Results get cached before closing the file, this should make documents load faster.
ODF File Size Increase
The maximum file size for uncompressed ODF documents changed from 2Gb to 4Gb.
New Conditional Formats
Extra conditional formats are available for dates, top/bottom rules, and string rules. There is even a new dialog box which appears when working with conditional formats.
LibreOffice Impress Improvements
LibreOffice Impress gets some new features for the 4.0 release, though the changes are minor. Here is a look at some of the latest tweaks.
Minor Changes for Impress
Multimedia previews will load faster for this release. The state of the sidebar panel will now be remembered when restarting LibreOffice Impress. All settings, placement, and sizes are restored to their previous state.
LibreOffice Draw Tweaks
Only minor changes this time around for LibreOffice Draw unfortunately.
Small Changes for LibreOffice Draw
The circle and oval tools toolbar available from LibreOffice Impress is now available when using Draw as well. I am not entirely familiar with this tool, therefore I cannot elaborate on many of the details.
LibreOffice Base Changes
The core of LibreOffice has seen some very important improvements as well, here is a closer look.
LibreOffice Can Now Use Firefox Persona’s
Your eyes do not deceive you, Firefox persona’s can now be used with LibreOffice. This will give your LibreOffice window a stylish new look.
Additional Font Families
Extra font families have been for LibreOffice 4.0 which include Open Sans Ascender, PT Serif ParaType, Source Code Pro and Source Sans Pro.
CMIS Protocol Support
Support for integration with many document management systems is now provided. Users are able to access documents stored on Alfresco, Sharepoint, or Nuxeo.
Stylish New Look
The LibreOffice loading screen has been revised with a clean new look. Users will also notice a new look for the LibreOffice core startup document selection wizard.
LibreOffice 4.0 Installation Instructions
Ubuntu users should check out our installation instructions for assistance.
Installation Instructions for Ubuntu Users
The instructions linked below will work for users of Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04, and even Linux Mint. Enjoy LibreOffice 4.0!