The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 6.2 with NotebookBar – an interface inspired by Microsoft Word’s Ribbon UI. It is dubbed as a major release of the free office suite which features a new approach to the user interface – based on the MUFFIN concept.
The NotebookBar is available in Tabbed, Grouped and Contextual flavors, each one with a different approach to the menu layout, and complements the traditional Toolbars and Sidebar.
While the Tabbed offers a familiar interface for users coming from proprietary office suites and is supposed to be used primarily without the sidebar, the Grouped one allows to access “first-level” functions with one click and “second-level” functions with a maximum of two clicks.
LibreOffice 6.2 also brings improvements in terms of icon themes, in particular Elementary and Karasa Jaga.
Interoperability with proprietary file formats has also been improved, as with every major and minor version of LibreOffice, for better compatibility with Office documents, including old versions which have been deprecated by Microsoft.
Check this video to get familiarized with top new features of LibreOffice 6.2:
The Document Foundation has also released LibreOffice 6.1.5, which includes some months of back-ported fixes. It is better suited for enterprise class deployments, where features are less important than robustness as the main objective is individual productivity.