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Great free office suite, but unstable on mac

Comment by Thelle
about LibreOffice · Jun 2013 · Helpful Not helpful 4 Helpful Report as spam

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..

Runs slowly when insert big images.

Comment by Diego_ACT
about LibreOffice · Aug 2015 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

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 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

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 · Helpful Not helpful 4 Helpful Report as spam

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).

Libreoffice is great now and I pity the fool who trusts WPS office

Comment by bird
about LibreOffice · Feb 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

LibreOffice appears to be the best candidate to challenge Microsoft Office, but it would be better if macOS users also can launch directly to individual applications of LibreOffice. The idea of using a launcher to access the desired application seem to echo the much-reviled Microsoft (hardly) Works.


Comment by ChelOis
about LibreOffice · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

If you still have doubts about replacing the traditional Microsoft Office suite with this marvel, just keep in mind that it's number of "likes" triples those of the traditional Office. No more to say.

Do yourself a favor, forget about other suits like Microsoft Office, etc.

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

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.

Comment by zippy123
about LibreOffice · Aug 2019 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Free, open source, works on windows and linux platforms, a great alternative to Microsoft Office365

Comment by Guest
about LibreOffice · Aug 2019 · Report as spam

I like this program since it is very simply and has a lot of features ( detailed more than Word and others ) - and it contains all other programs major features, and more.

Its only issue is its support for Arabic language is very week , that is a major issue for me really :((


LibreOffice is a middle-finger to Oracle

Comment by FoxBJK
about LibreOffice and Microsoft Office Suite · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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!

Comment by akhkharu
about LibreOffice · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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.

Ugly Mac icon

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about LibreOffice · Jul 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

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.