LibreOffice Writer

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LibreOffice Writer
LibreOffice 4.0 Writer Icon.svg
LibreOffice Writer 5.1 Breeze.png
LibreOffice Writer 5.1 with Breeze toolbar icon set
Developer(s) The Document Foundation
Stable release
  • "Fresh" version:
    5.1.4 (June 23, 2016; 31 days ago (2016-06-23)[1]) [±]
  • "Still" version:
    5.0.6 (May 5, 2016; 2 months ago (2016-05-05)[1]) [±]
Development status Active
Operating system Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows
Type Word processor
License GNU LGPLv3[2]
Website www.libreoffice.org

LibreOffice Writer is the free and open-source word processor component of the LibreOffice software package and is a fork of OpenOffice.org Writer. Writer is a word processor similar to Microsoft Word and Corel's WordPerfect, with some identical features.[3][4]

LibreOffice Writer is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License v3.[5]

As with the entire LibreOffice suite, Writer can be used across a variety of platforms, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

Features[edit]

Writer is capable of opening and saving documents in a number of formats, including the Open Document Format 1.2 Extended (ODT is its default format), Microsoft Word's DOC, DOCX, RTF and XHTML.[6]

Writer provides a number of features, such as the inclusion of a word completion mechanism for predictive writing and the ability to export to PDF format.[6]

Features include:[7]

  • Templates and styles
  • A spelling and grammar checker (Hunspell)[7][8]
  • Word and character count[9]
  • Support for autofilter per sheet: It is now possible to set autofilter per sheet without manually creating named database ranges prior to setting autofilter[10]
  • Page-layout methods, including frames, columns, and tables
  • Embedding or linking of graphics, spreadsheets, and other objects
  • Built-in drawing tools
  • Java text rendering replaced by native text rendering which greatly improves readability[10][11]
  • The preexisting Java dialogs have been replaced with simpler native dialog boxes.[12]
  • Support Color and line styles for the columns and footnote separator lines. This is improving the compatibility of LibreOffice with ODF[10]
  • Master documents—to group a collection of documents into a single document
  • Change tracking during revisions
  • The ability to import and edit PDF files.[13]
  • Significantly improved file compatibility when dealing with Microsoft Word as compared to OpenOffice[12]
  • Database integration, including a bibliography database
  • Export to PDF, including bookmarks
  • MailMerge[14]
  • Equation editor (LibreOffice Math)[15]
  • Scriptable and Remote Controllable via the UNO API
  • Indexing
  • AutoCorrect
  • AutoComplete
  • Selection of non-consecutive items in Add Mode[16]

Release history[edit]

Versions for LibreOffice Writer include the following:

Date Released Version Comments
25 January 2011 3.3
  • Import of MS Works documents now possible.
  • SVG import into Writer is now possible.
  • Many WordPerfect import improvements.[17]
3 June 2011 3.4
  • New gradient / drop-shadow to highlight writer pages, with configurable colors in the options.
  • Text rendering has been improved as text is now drawn via Cairo with the same subpixeling options as other Cairo-using apps.[18]
14 February 2012 3.5
  • Better user interface for header/footer handling. Easily add header or footers.[19]
  • Faster built-in grammar checking.[19]
  • Custom Shapes import was greatly enhanced, many bugs were fixed and new presets implementation added.[19]
  • Import filter for Microsoft Visio documents.[19]
12 August 2012 3.6
  • Support for contextual spacing
  • Support for importing Smart Art
  • Word count (whole document and selection) in status bar
  • Shows Text Boundaries depending on the choice of display unprintable characters[9]
7 February 2013 4.0
  • Support for comments to text ranges in Writer
  • Import ink annotations from DOCX and RTF documents
  • Various DOCX improvements[20]
25 July 2013 4.1
  • Images embedded in writer can now be rotated easily in 90 degree increments
  • Embedding fonts in a Writer document
  • Writer textframes now support having a gradient as background[21]
30 January 2014 4.2
  • format one or more characters with a border
  • Writer can now create DOT files
  • DOCX Interoperability: Numerous significant improvements to interoperability with Microsoft Word's DOCX format[21]
30 July 2014 4.3
  • Character limitation raised from 65,535 to 2,147,483,647[22]
  • Minor user interface improvements
  • Ability to print comments in margins
29 January 2015 4.4
  • Substantial user interface improvements
  • Ability to digitally sign PDF files during the exporting process
  • AutoCorrect improvements
  • Improved track changes functions[23][24]
5 August 2015 5.0
  • Windows 10 compatibility
  • Emoji and in-word replacement support
  • Style previews in the sidebar
  • Microsoft Word compatible text highlighting
  • Crop an image with mouse
  • Improved displayed page number calculation
  • Additional table management features
  • Toolbar improvements
  • File import improvements (.doc, .rtf, improved support for OOXML documents)
  • Image drag and drop on Mac OS X
  • Optional RSIDs
  • Additional LibreLogo features[25][26]
10 February 2016 5.1
  • User interface improvements
  • Additional improvements to proprietary document format inter-operability
  • Improvements to remote file access
  • Embed mail/merge data source into document
  • Changes to Widow/Orphan and speller dialogue defaults
  • Hide whitespace option (in single page view)
  • Jump to desired page in print preview mode[27][28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Release Notes". The Document Foundation. June 23, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ The Document Foundation (n.d.). "GNU LGPL License". Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Elena Opris (January 8, 2014). "LibreOffice Writer Review". Softpedia. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jon L. Jacobi (June 27, 2013). "Review: LibreOffice 4 liberates you from Microsoft Office". IDG Consumer & SMB. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ "LibreOffice License. Official website.". 
  6. ^ a b The Document Foundation (n.d.). "Writer, a Word Processor for Every Kind of Document". Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b The Document Foundation (2012). "Chapter 1 – Introducing Writer" (PDF). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  8. ^ The Document Foundation (2011). "Checking Spelling and Grammar". Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "LibreOffice Release Notes 3.6". wiki.documentfoundation.org. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c The Document Foundation (n.d.). "3.4 New Features and Fixes". Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  11. ^ djwm (June 2011). "LibreOffice 3.4.0 arrives for power users and early adopters". H On-line. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Proffitt, Brian (June 2011). "Review: Hands on LibreOffice 3.3". Linux.com. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Linton, Susan (June 2011). "The New Features in LibreOffice 3.3". Linux Journal. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  14. ^ The Document Foundation (2013). "Chapter 11. Using Mail Merge. Form letters, mailing labels, and envelopes" (PDF). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  15. ^ The Document Foundation (2012). "LibreOffice Version 3.5. Math Guide. Using The Equation Editor" (PDF). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "LibreOffice Writer". 
  17. ^ The Document Foundation (2011). "3.3 New Features and Fixes". Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  18. ^ The Document Foundation (2011). "3.4 New Features and Fixes". Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  19. ^ a b c d The Document Foundation, 3.5 New Features and Fixes, undated
  20. ^ "LibreOffice Release Notes 4.0". wiki.documentfoundation.org. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "LibreOffice Release Notes 4.1". wiki.documentfoundation.org. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "LibreOffice Release Notes 4.3". wiki.documentfoundation.org. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "LibreOffice 4.4, the most beautiful LibreOffice ever". The Document Foundation. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "LibreOffice 4.4 Release Notes". LibreOffice Wiki. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "LibreOffice 5.0 Release Notes". The Document Foundation. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  26. ^ Italo Vignoli (August 5, 2015). "LibreOffice 5.0 stands out from the office suite crowd". The Document Foundation. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  27. ^ Italo Vignoli (February 10, 2016). "The Document Foundation annouces LibreOffice 5.1". The Document Foundation. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  28. ^ "LibreOffice 5.1 Release Notes". The Document Foundation. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 

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