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italovignoli posted: "[caption id="attachment_1407" align="alignleft" 
width="300"] The new LibreOffice 4.0 has arrived[/caption]

The free office suite the community has been dreaming of for twelve years

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The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0
by italovignoli

The new LibreOffice 4.0 has arrived

The free office suite the community has been dreaming of for twelve years
Berlin, February 7, 2013 - The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0, 
the free office suite the community has been dreaming of since 2001. 
LibreOffice 4.0 is the first release that reflects the objectives set by the 
community at the time of the announcement, in September 2010: a cleaner and 
leaner code base, an improved set of features, better interoperability, and a 
more diverse and inclusive ecosystem.
LibreOffice 4.0: a community on fire
In less than 30 months, LibreOffice has grown dramatically to become the 
largest independent free software project focused on end user desktop 
productivity. TDF inclusive governance and the copyleft license have been 
instrumental in attracting more than 500 developers - three quarters of them 
being independent volunteers - capable of contributing over 50,000 commits.
The resulting code base is rather different from the original one, as several 
million lines of code have been added and removed, by adding new features, 
solving bugs and regressions, adopting state of the art C++ constructs, 
replacing tools, getting rid of deprecated methods and obsoleted libraries, and 
translating twenty five thousand lines of comments from German to English. All 
of this makes the code easier to understand and more rewarding to be involved 
with for the stream of new members of our community.
"LibreOffice 4.0 is a milestone in interoperability and an excellent foundation 
for our continued work to improve the User Interface," explains Florian 
Effenberger, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Our project is not only 
capable of attracting new developers on a regular basis, but it also creates a 
transparent platform for cooperation based on a strong Free Software ethos, 
where corporate sponsored and volunteer developers work to attain the same 
LibreOffice 4.0: the new features
LibreOffice 4.0 offers a large number of new characteristics, which are listed 
on this page: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/4-0-new-features-and-fixes.

Integration with several content and document management systems - including 
Alfresco, IBM FileNet P8, Microsoft Sharepoint 2010, Nuxeo, OpenText, SAP 
NetWeaver Cloud Service and others - through the CMIS standard.
Better interoperability with DOCX and RTF documents, thanks to several new 
features and improvements like the possibility of importing ink annotations and 
attaching comments to text ranges.
Possibility to import Microsoft Publisher documents, and further improvement of 
Visio import filters with the addition of 2013 version (just announced).
Additional UI incremental improvements, including Unity integration and support 
of Firefox Themes (Personas) to give LibreOffice a personalized look.
Introduction of the widget layout technique for dialog windows, which makes it 
easier to translate, resize and hide UI elements, reduces code complexity, and 
lays a foundation for a much improved user interface.
Different header and footer on the first page of a Writer document, without the 
need of a separate page style.
Several performance improvements to Calc, plus new features such as export of 
charts as images (JPG and PNG) and new spreadsheet functions as defined in ODF 
First release of Impress Remote Control App for Android, supported only on some 
Linux distributions. (The second release, coming soon, will be supported on all 
platforms: Windows, MacOS X and all Linux distros and binaries.)
Significant performance improvements when loading and saving many types of 
documents, with particular improvements for large ODS and XLSX spreadsheets and 
RTF files.
Improved code contribution thanks to Gerrit: a web based code review system, 
facilitating the task for projects using Git version control system (although 
this is not specific of LibreOffice 4.0, it has entered the production stage 
just before the 4.0 branch).

LibreOffice 4.0: under the hood
There are a number of fixes and improvements primarily of interest to 
developers: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.0#API_Changes.
Overall excellent backwards compatibility is retained for legacy extensions, 
but moving forward TDF is committed to a more pro-active approach to evolving 
the UNO APIs, with more functionality to be deprecated, and eventually dropped, 
in due time - according to the six month release cycle - throughout the 
LibreOffice 4.x release series.
During the last seven months, since the branch of LibreOffice 3.6 and during 
the entire development cycle of LibreOffice 4.0, developers have made over 
10,000 commits. On average, one commit every 30 minutes, including weekends and 
the holiday season: a further testimonial of the incredible vitality of the 
How to get LibreOffice 4.0
LibreOffice 4.0 is immediately available for download from the following link: 
http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions for LibreOffice are available 
from the following link: http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center.
Changelogs are available at 
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.0/RC1 (solved in, 
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.0/RC2 (solved in and 
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.0/RC3 (solved in
Support The Document Foundation
LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support 
The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money 
collected will be used to grow the infrastructure, and support marketing 
activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at global and local 

italovignoli | February 7, 2013 at 10:09 | Tags: libreoffice, tdf, the document 
| Categories: Announcements, LibreOffice
| URL: http://wp.me/p1byPE-mG                 

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