LibreOffice 6.2, a new version of the popular open source Office suite, has been released in February 2019. The new version of the cross-platform program introduces lots of new features, among them the final version of the tabbed user interface that is comparable to the Ribbon user interface that Microsoft Office uses.
The developers of LibreOffice started the integration of the then-called Notebookbar with the release of LibreOffice 5.3 in 2017.
The user interface is not enabled by default; LibreOffice users who dislike the ribbon interface can ignore it and continue using the classic LibreOffice interface.
Tip: check out our review of the major version LibreOffice 6.0 here.
Another user interface has been moved from experimental to final in LibreOffice 6.2 The Goupedbar Compact user interface is available for selection as well in the new version.
Select View > User Interface to select one of the available interfaces in Writer, Calc, Impress, or Draw.
LibreOffice 6.2.0 is available as a direct download for all supported operating systems on the official project website. The download is offered as a web download and torrent download. It can be installed over an existing LibreOffice installation.
The new version introduces changes to Mac and Linux compatibility. The minimum required version of Mac OS X to run LibreOffice 6.2.0 is Mac Os X 10.9; the next release of LibreOffice will require Mac OS X 10.10.
The development team announced that 32-bit binaries for Linux will be demoted. LibreOffice 6.2.0 is the last version with x86 builds produced by The Document Foundation.
Check out the changelog on the official site for a full list of changes. Below is a selection of changes:
- Writer: spreadsheet data can be copied and pasted natively in Writer (Word) now. The new functionality allows you to paste directly into tables (opposed to creating a new table whenever you paste spreadsheet data as was the case in previous versions).
- Writer: documents with many tracked changes don’t suffer from major performance issues anymore thanks to the ability to hide tracked changes.
- Calc: Support for signature lines.
- Calc: Support for custom formulas for data validation.
- Calc: Regression tool supports multivariate regression analysis.
- Calc: Regex support to match text against a regular expression and optionally replace.
- Core: Sign signature lines with an image of your handwritten signature.
- Core: Source Serif Pro font added and Liberation font updated.
- Filters: EMF+ vector image import support improved (used in Microsoft Office formats)
- Filters: OOXML, PPTX import/export, PPT import/export filter improvements.
- Personalization: Personalization dialog is “much faster, efficient and stable”.
- Performance: improvements across the board, e.g. latency reduction, unnecessary animations have been removed.
LibreOffice 6.2 is a good upgrade to the popular Office application. The integration of new user interface layouts won’t impact users who prefer to use the classic interface; those who like ribbon UIs can switch to the new interfaces easily using the View menu.
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