LibreOffice 7.3 Community is better than ever at interoperability – Irish Tech News – Irish Tech News

The new major release of the LibreOffice 7.3 Community, based on the LibreOffice Technology platform for personal productivity on desktop, mobile and cloud, offers a lot of improvements focused on users migrating from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice or exchanging documents between the two office suites.
There are three different kinds of interoperability improvements.
There are performance improvements when opening large DOCX and XLSX/XLSM files, improved rendering speed of some complex documents, and new rendering speed improvements when using the Skia backend introduced with LibreOffice 7.1. Development of new features, such as the new handling of change tracking in tables and when text is moved, which have a positive impact on interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.
And improvements to import/export filters: DOC (greatly improved list/numbering import); DOCX (greatly improved list/numbering import; hyperlinks attached to shapes are now imported/exported; fix permission for editing; track change of paragraph style); XLSX (decreased row height for Office XLSX files; cell indent doesn’t increase on each save; fix permission for editing; better support of XLSX charts); and PPTX (fixed interactions and hyperlinks on images; fix the incorrect import/export of PPTX slide footers; fix hyperlinks on images and shapes; transparent shadow for tables).
LibreOffice’s Help has been upgraded to supports users, especially for those changing from Microsoft Office: search results – which are now using FlexSearch instead of Fuzzysort for indexing – are focused on the user’s current module, while Help pages for Calc Functions have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and linked to Calc Function wiki pages, while Help pages for the ScriptForge scripting library have been updated.
ScriptForge libraries, which facilitates to develop macros, have improved with various features: the addition of a new Chart service, to define charts stored in Calc sheets; a new PopupMenu service, to describe the menus to be displayed after a mouse event; an extensive option for Printer Management, with a list of fonts and printers; and a feature to export documents to PDF with full management of PDF options. This set of services is available with identical syntax and behaviour for Python and Basic.
LibreOffice has the highest level of compatibility in the office suite market segment, with native support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF) – beating proprietary formats in the areas of security and robustness – to superior support for DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files. In addition, LibreOffice provides filters for many legacy document formats, to return ownership and control to users.
Microsoft files are still based on the propriety format deprecated by ISO in 2008, but not approved on the ISO standard, so they hide a large amount of artificial complexity. This causes problems with LibreOffice, which defaults to a truly open standard format (The OpenDocument format).
LibreOffice 7.3 is available natively for Apple Silicon, a series of processors designed by Apple and based on the ARM architecture.
LibreOffice 7.3 Community’s new features have been developed by 147 contributors: 69% of code commits are from the 49 developers employed by three companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board – Collabora, Red Hat and allotropia – or other organizations (including The Document Foundation), and 31% are from 98 individual volunteers.
In addition, 641 volunteers have supplied localizations in 155 languages. LibreOffice 7.3 Community is released in 120 different language versions, more than any other free or proprietary software, and as such can be used in the native language by over 5.4 billion people worldwide. In addition, over 2.3 billion people speak one of those 120 languages as their second language.
TDF advises enterprise-class deployments to use the LibreOffice Enterprise family of applications from ecosystems partners – for desktop, mobile and cloud – with many dedicated value-added features. These include long-term support options, professional assistance, personalized developments, and other benefits such as SLA (Service Level Agreements).
Despite this advice, several enterprises are still using the version supported by volunteers, instead of the version adjusted for their needs and supported by the different ecosystem companies.
Over time, this creates an issue for the sustainability of the LibreOffice project, because it makes the evolution of the project slower. Every line of code made by ecosystem companies for their enterprise customers is shared with the community on the master code repository and improves the LibreOffice Technology platform.
Products based on LibreOffice Technology are available for main desktop operating systems (Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS), for mobile platforms (Android and iOS), and the cloud. Slowing down the development of the platform is affecting users at every level, and the project may fall short of its expectations and possibilities.
The Document Foundation has created a Migration Protocol to help enterprises move from proprietary office suites to LibreOffice, which is based on the deployment of an LTS version from the LibreOffice Enterprise family, plus migration consultancy and training sourced from certified professionals who offer value-added solutions in line with proprietary offerings.
LibreOffice is the ideal solution for businesses that want to regain control of their data and free themselves from vendor lock-in.
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