LibreOffice 6.0: free office suite gets a major upgrade

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LibreOffice 6.0: free office suite gets a major upgrade

It now has a more powerful spell-checker, a new icon set, better encryption and ebook support, and more.

On the seventh anniversary of its first release, the Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 6.0, a major new release of its open-source office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux.

LibreOffice 6.0 adds a host of new and improved features to its word processor Writer, spreadsheet Calc, presentations tool Impress, and other applications and suite-wide tools.

Writer, for example, has a more powerful spell-checking tool: the custom dictionary has also been overhauled with new grammatical features aimed at professional writers.

Suite-wide improvements include a new ePub filter, allowing users to save documents in the popular ebook format.

A new font family, icon set and other design tweaks accompany new features such as the Special Characters toolbar in LibreOffice 6.

Those who want to customise the LibreOffice interface (right-click the toolbar and choose Customise) will find a redesigned dialogue box makes the process much simpler and quicker.

Documents can now be signed using OpenPGP. This requires a third-party PGP tool, such as Gpg4win. Writer users can even sign individual paragraphs.

The Special Characters dialog has also been improved – users can now easily access both recently used and favourite characters, plus search for others. This is accompanied by a new optional Special Characters icon in the main toolbar, making it easy to access both Favorites and the last three used characters with a handy drop-down button.

When users come to save modified images from documents, they’ll be alerted to the fact it’s been modified in LibreOffice and given the choice between saving the original or modified version.

The toolbars themselves have been spruced up with the addition of a new icon set – Elementary – which offers a cleaner look. LibreOffice 6.0 also ships with the open-source Noto Sans font included.

The Help system has also been overhauled to be more accessible and work across mobile devices properly.

As well as the improved spell-checker, Writer gains a number of other new and improved features. In addition to new table styles, users can now split tables into sections.

A new Form menu simplifies the addition of interactive elements such as buttons and boxes to documents, while users gain the ability to use data from tables inside Writer documents as the source for a mail merge.

Users can now rotate images incrementally using the new Rotation Angle tool instead of being restricted to 90-degree steps.

Navigation via the Find toolbar is made simpler thanks to a drop-down list of selectable elements for targeted searches.

Calc gains the ability to export cell ranges to a file and make more flexible selections of cells, while Impress adds 10 new templates and sets the default aspect ratio for new presentations to 16:9.

And these are just some of the many new features in LibreOffice 6.0.

LibreOffice Productivity Suite 6.0 is available now as a free download for Windows (64-bit or 32-bit), Mac OS X and various flavours of Linux.

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