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LibreOffice 7.1 Community Now Available

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The Document Foundation has announced the availability of LibreOffice 7.1 Community, the volunteer-supported version of the open source office suite for desktop productivity.

LibreOffice 7.1 Community’s new features have been developed by a large number of code contributors: 73% of commits are from developers employed by companies sitting in the Advisory Board – Collabora, Red Hat and CIB/allotropia – to serve their enterprise customers, plus other organizations (including TDF), and 27% are from individual volunteers.

It features new dialog to select the User Interface flavor, aiming to pick the right UI based on each user’s own preferences at first start, along with an improved search for a matching printer paper size for the printed document.

LibreOffice 7.1 Community also offers New Style Inspector to display the attributes of Paragraph and Character Styles, and manually formatted (Direct Formatting) properties.

LibreOffice 7.1 Community adds several interoperability improvements with DOCX/XLSX/PPTX files: improvements to Writer tables (better import/export and management of table functions, and better support for change tracking in floating tables); a better management of cached field results in Writer; support of spacing below the header’s last paragraph in DOC/DOCX files; and additional SmartArt improvements when importing PPTX files.

The Document Foundation has developed a Migration Protocol to support enterprises moving from proprietary office suites to LibreOffice, which is based on the deployment of a LTS version from the LibreOffice Enterprise family, plus migration consultancy and training sourced from certified professionals who offer CIOs and IT managers value-added solutions in line with proprietary offerings.

The Community label underlines the fact that the software is not targeted at enterprises, and not optimized for their support needs.