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Its time for a change, a suitable one

about LibreOffice · ·

If you still have doubts about replacing the traditional Microsoft Office suite with this marvel, just notice that it's number of "Likes" triples those of the traditional suite.

Do yourself a favor, forget about Microsoft Office, etc.


Can be used as an Evernote alternative!

about LibreOffice and Catfish, Evernote · · 1 Helpful

There are many different use cases for Evernote. I think Evernote's security practices are awful (no encryption, even at rest... multiple hacks, security breaches and data loss incidents...) and their privacy policy decisions have been appalingly bad. So I've been looking around for an alternative. Finally, starting from Libre Office 5.3 the major feature I wanted has arrived: embeding of .pdf files. You can now drag-and-drop a .pdf file and it will live in the .odt document. Which means I can treat each Libre Office file as a separate Evernote note replacement. And I can search through the whole bunch of them on Linux using, e.g. with Catfish, which will scan the text in the documents too. Brilliant!

Still, i don't really see as something serious. The only serious behind it is that it is free. Hence why I use it. But. It's still very buggy, it still has poor misaligned messy UI where ribbon won't help because made the same poor way, it's still unreliable, something hanging out of nowhere, sometimes hogging CPU out of nowhere. Functionally-wise Calc and Writer are still long behind Excel. Localizations aren't great either.

Of course it's frustrating when Libre hangs. Although I have to say that I've seen that much less from Libre both than in previous versions and from Office 365 which, even the very newest version. I found that enormously frustrating: MS Office 365 not only costs a lot of money, it's made by one of the richest corporations and it often crashes on Windows, which is made by the same company. That's a disgrace. Which leaves us in a world where almost all office suites might crash, and Libre and MS Office both do. So I take Libre because I agree with the philosophy, I've seen a lot of improvement and I've experienced less of the crashing than in the past. As for the ribbon: I don't use it. The functionality of Calc vs Excel? Sure... Excel is ahead. Whether that's a deal-breaker depends on your needs. I don't have anything that Excel can do and Libre can't, but I completely agree that others might.


Runs slowly when insert big images.

Comment by Diego_ACT
about LibreOffice · Aug 2015 · 1 Helpful

When I insert big image files, LibreOffice become very slow, so I have to resize images before.


How I'd love Microsoft to be overthrown

Comment by aayushganesh
about LibreOffice · Jul 2015 · 2 Helpful

This suite is the closest to overthrowing MSOffice. You can save Calc and Impress Files under word formats and they will pass over with precisely 0 problems. Excel to Libreoffice may be problematic. Also, Calc has no auto-calculate facility, but a basic hand-held calculator is much cheaper and easier to use than Excel.


LibreOffice 4.4.3

Comment by BaroqueandBlue
about LibreOffice and WPS Office · May 2015 · 1 Helpful

I deleted LibreOffice and went back to WPS Office 2014, an older version ( which was the last release before it went to a freemium product. Libre is slow as molasses, especially when starting cold. The developers could cut the execution time considerably by making the install more optional, such as only installing the writer and spreadsheet, instead of the whole suite...or making a stand-alone writer...but they've never had any interest in doing this. WPS Office, even with its three programs, is lightening fast and still the most compatible with Microsoft documents. Libre's recent face-lift is an improvement, but WPS Office still wins in speed, interface, and compatibility.

Thank you i finally found correct verison of WPS office. I was looking for it for long time :)

See if OnlyOffice meets your needs. It's like WPS but open source; you never know what WPS is sending to servers in China (in just the same way you don't/can't know what Microsoft products are sending to their servers).


Great free office suite, but unstable on mac

Comment by Thelle
about LibreOffice · Jun 2013 · 2 Helpful

LibreOffice is indeed a great open source office suite, but I found it to be too unstable on mac OS to be of any real use unfortunately.

In what way? I haven't had any issues thus far

@Xeogin - I find it crashing quite often on Mac OS..

Ok... I was hoping for some details since I've been thinking of mass deploying it on Macs version 10.6+ through out the organization I work for. Maybe I've just been lucky stability wise since I'm using a new Macbook Pro with 10.8.5.

@Xeogin, Strange - I'm using 10.8.5 on a new Macbook Pro too, but I find it crashing every 4 hours or more.. Very frustrating.. Especially the writer app, but also have issues with spreadsheets.

I'm a frequent open/closer, which might explain it. I'll try keeping a single spreadsheet & doc open today to test if it crashes as well.

I know it's 3.5 years later now. I'm using version 5.3 on a Mac. It's stable for me. However, on scrolling I occassionally see a line of text chopped off, but scrolling further brings it back. Not perfect, but not crashing.

Agreed, stability seems to have improved on Mac..


I love competition

I so wish something would dethrone the reining king of Office suites, MS Office 2010. It needs to get some major loss in market shares to actually create innovation instead of the cycle of patching UI re-releases.

I'll applaud it with all my vigour to see alternatives such as LibreOffice, Google Docs, KOffice & Kingsoft Office. Microsoft Office, while decent & has held back office suites by culling the competition through strong arming the business world into using it. LibreOffice is still in its infancy but with updates such as 3.5.0 we can see that given time they'll become worthy of standing up to the doom fortress Microsoft has carved over the years.


Ugly Mac icon

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about LibreOffice · Jul 2011 ·

This comment is just a random thought: the Mac icon for LibreOffice is really ugly. Yes, it's the same icon as on Windows. But it just doesn't look right on the Mac. especially when you compare it with the icons for Apple's default apps, or even with other 3rd-party Mac apps. My biggest complaint would probably be that the icon is too big; it's noticeably larger than any other icon on my dock, and it doesn't help that 90% of the icon is just plain white. So yeah, it's a bit of an eyesore.

Deviantart -> get icon -> Candybar or whatever -> replace -> done

It's what i do on Windows, with IconPackager instead of Candybar of course.

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice · Jun 2011 ·

LibreOffice looks the exact same as, so don't expect some magical intensification of your daily productivity when you switch. The Document Foundation has only added a few small features, most of which work in the background, to the original suite (so far).

Uh, you obviously haven't read the latest change-logs, have you?

3.4 and 3.5 add quite a few new features that are completely unique.

Uh, you obviously haven't read the latest change-logs, have you?

That is correct. This post was from April 2011.

I stand abashed; touche sir.


LibreOffice is a middle-finger to Oracle

Comment by FoxBJK
about LibreOffice and Microsoft Office Suite · Jun 2011 ·

This piece of software is essentially a big middle-finger to Oracle, and though it further complicates the market of MS Office alternatives, it's quite nice and my new default Office app!


well... actually it is not a fork but a real ...

Comment by akhkharu
about LibreOffice · Jun 2011 ·

well... actually it is not a fork but a real it seams that developers of open office decided to create LibreOffice after Oracle bought Sun Microsystems... details here:

And there's the fact that libreoffice gives more functionality than OOO ever thought about. Their newest updates can do things even MO10 can't do effectively.