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Ease of use, ability to open other formats.

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Can be used as an Evernote alternative!

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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!

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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.

It might hangs less, but still crashes a lot and quite often. Office 365 is indeed offers total rip off price in developing countries. Business plans can only be afforded by huge corporations. Small business would simply goes bankrupt with Office 365. They should lower prices some 6-8 times down, not 6%,, not 60%, but 6 times in developing countries.

For a home, I switched over to WPS. It does have almost entire OOXML support. LibreOffice OOXML support is very limited and very buggy. Calc for me also unusable. I use tables a lot, but Calc only offer cell ranges. Therefore Data Validation and formulas won't work if they call for table and/or column. Writer also still doesn't offer separated footers and headers, so you can't use Writer with documents, as standards defines footers and headers as separated entity with own dimensions.

It's been over a year since that message. And seem 6.1 only offer a couple dozen of updates made by community. Not sure if Document Foundation is doing anything for LibreOffice now. But hope it won't repeat fate of Thunderbird abandoned by Mozilla.

Writer is Outstanding, everything else is on par with MSOffice

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The title says it all. Writer is an outstanding word processor, and there are a myriad of applications for the price of 0.

There is:
Writer
Calc
Impress
Base
Draw
Math

You only get Microsoft's Writer, Calc and Impress equivalents for £79.99! And all of this costs 0. It works no problem on my windows machine, so it is absolutely outstanding for windows users.

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Until someone sends me a .docx file with an .eps image embedded. It opens the document, but shows only a blank square where the image should be. Otherwise a great product, and as my needs are quite specific, I hope others will realise that Libre Office can replace Microsoft Office in 90% of cases and save (especially public institutions) a ton of money.

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Free and simple, completely replaces Microsoft Office

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It is open source and amazingly helpful piece of software, once you get used to, you won't go back to any other office package.

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Its time for a change, a suitable one

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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.

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works BUT can not manage -Recent Files-

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Only with the History Master addon from Open Office!

The program is listing every files that were used on the machine.

It should be a basic function...

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As of now, there is a function to clear recent files.

I used HistoryMaster for this. I'll check it, thanks.

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Killer feature for me: third-party extensibility to export Writer document to Latex for scientific documentation.

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I have used LibreOffice for quite a long time, and it has never given me any problems. It can open many different file formats, and allows me to save my documents in OpenDocument formats. What more could you ask for!?

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Still ugly font rendering on Windows.

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No ads, it works, and most importantly, it's open source!

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For example writer is able to export hyperlinks to PDF. Thanx!

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Version 6 really upped the ante. Almost perfect interoperability with MS Word. Lags behind a little in the other members of the suite such as Calc and Impress, especially in Calc where statistical spreadsheets made in Excel don't transfer across well due to incompatible function names etc. But if you do 90% of your work in Writer, then you'll be right at home. It's awesome.

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Decent Shet!

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