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How to install Sifr icon set for LibreOffice 4.2 on Ubuntu

With the recent release of the Long Term Support version for Ubuntu, “Trusty Tahr,” users were treated to the latest version of LibreOffice, the open source productivity suite that comes bundled with many Linux distributions, including Ubuntu. The packaged version of LibreOffice that exists in Ubuntu does not follow the regular release schedule of LibreOffice, as Canonical only allows security updates for packaged software between version releases of Ubuntu.

Users can install the most recent updates on their own, but without doing this they receive major software updates like LibreOffice 4.1 along with their Ubuntu update every 6 months. LibreOffice 4.2 came out some time ago, but most Ubuntu users did not see it until April, when it updated alongside Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The update came with some nice changes, like a new launch screen, but in the Ubuntu update, it did not come with the option of an alternative icon set, like the new flat “Sifr” icons. If you would like to try out the new modern icons on your own, here is how to do that.

  1. Open the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:
    sudo apt-get install libreoffice-style-sifr
  2. Once the process has completed, head over to LibreOffice and open a document.
  3. Select “Tools” from the application menu
  4. Select “Options”
  5. Select “View” from the left-hand menu
  6. Under “Icon size and style” change the style from “Automatic” to “Sifr”
  7. Click “OK” to enjoy the new icons

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Congratulations! You now have a consistent, modern, and flat icon set for LibreOffice. Other icon sets may be installed in this fashion, but I recommend Sifr. Enjoy!

Note: Sifr theme is already available for Arch Linux users, just select it from ‘View’ option as mentioned above.


LibreOffice 4.2.3 arrives with Heartbleed fix

The Document Foundation has announced the release of LibreOffice 4.2.3 which is available for free download. The foundation says “LibreOffice 4.2.3 ‘Fresh’ is the most feature rich version of the software, and is suited for early adopters willing to leverage a larger number of innovations. For enterprise deployments and for more conservative users, The Document Foundation suggests the more mature LibreOffice 4.1.5 ‘Stable’.”

The version also comes with a fix for the most terrifying bug ‘Heartbleed’. In addition the release comes for HiDPI monitor support. Other notable fixes  to improve compatibility with Microsoft’s Docx include fix for nested tables anchored inside tables, layout problem with automatic spacing and verwriting of WW8Num* character styles. You can check out fixes and improvement in the changelog here.

How to install it?

All Ubuntu derivatives

sudo apt-get purge libreoffice-core
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-2 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Now you can run LibreOffice in a browser

More troubles are around for NSA-friendly Microsoft. LibreOffice, one of the fieriest competitors of Microsoft Office is now available on Google Chromebooks (or anything that runs the Chrome browser) and Apple’s iPad.

The app is available via cloud so just like Google Docs or Microsoft Office 365 users don’t have to install any app and it runs directly from the browser.

Italo Vignoli, The Document Foundation, said, “rollApp iPad and Chromebook users don’t download or install the software, as they access LibreOffice inside the browser. rollApp streams an on-demand copy of the office application from its cloud architecture down to the iPad and Chromebooks and allows to work with files (open, save, and edit documents) directly in the cloud storage: Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.

How can I run LibreOffice on Chromebooks or Chrome browser?
Just vsit the rollApp page and launch the app online.


The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 4.1.2

The Document Foundation (TDF), the organization behind free and open source office suite LibreOffice has announced the release of LibreOffice 4.1.2. The new version is available for Linux, Mac OS and Windows.

This marks the second update of the 4.1 series and brings a large number of improved interoperability features with proprietary and legacy file formats.

LibreOffice 4.1.2 arrives one week after the LibreOffice Conference in Milan, where the community has gathered from all over the world to discuss software development and quality assurance, in addition to ODF, interoperability with proprietary document formats, community and marketing.

Linux users can update the office suite from the repos of their distros.


CloudOn joins TDF Advisory Board

CloudOn, one of the leading mobile productivity platforms that allows users to create, edit and share documents in real time across devices, has joined the advisory board of The Document Foundation (TDF).

TDF looks after the development of LibreOffice, the free and open source office suite that competes with Microsoft Office.

According to Michael Meeks, VP Productivity at Collabora and TDF Board Member, “We are thrilled to be working alongside CloudOn, and are pleased to see the smooth way they have integrated into the community, with code already included, and their participation in Engineering Steering Committee meetings.”

LibreOffice 4.1 arrives with better interoperability

The Document Foundation has released the 4.1 version of LibreOffice, the free and open source office suite for Linux, Windows and Mac OS. TDF says that this release is not only the “best but also the most interoperable free office suite ever.”

LibreOffice 4.1 features a large number of improvements in the area of document compatibility, which increases the opportunities of sharing knowledge with users of proprietary software while retaining the original layout and contents.

Since Microsoft’s Office suite dominates the landscape, interoperability is key for LibreOffice. While Microsoft refuse to work with other file formats, LibreOffice supports as many file formats possible and in this version “numerous improvements have been made to Microsoft OOXML import and export filters, as well as to legacy Microsoft Office and RTF file filters. Most of these improvements derive from the fundamental activity of certified developers backing migration projects, based on a professional support agreement.”

One of the core features of 4.1, which offers PDF like quality and interoperability are font embedding in Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw – which helps in retaining the visual aspect when fonts used to produce the document are not installed on the target PC – and import and export functions new in Excel 2013 for ODF OpenFormula compatibility.

Those who don’t know LibreOffice 4.1 also allows to open and edit Hybrid PDFs directly in the suite. As we covered yesterday that Apache Open Office introduced a new side-bar, borrowed from IBM’s Lotus Symphony, LibreOffice is also importing this feature from AOO as an experiment.

TDF says that “LibreOffice developers are working at the integration with the widget layout technique (which will make it dynamically resizeable and consistent with the behaviour of LibreOffice dialog windows).”

The latest version of LO should arrive on the official repos of your distros soon, Ubuntu/Linux Mint, openSUSE and Arch users can install it from the unstable or testing repos.

LibreOffice users can use exploit GPU and APU for spreadsheet work

The Document Foundation, the organization behind the development of LibreOffice, has announced the chip maker AMD as a member of its  Advisory Board.

“It is exciting to work together with AMD and their ecosystem to take advantage of AMD’s cutting edge innovation right inside LibreOffice,” said Michael Meeks, SUSE Distinguished Engineer and TDF Board Member, “The growth in performance and parallelism available in the GPUs of today, and particularly with AMD’s revolutionary APUs of tomorrow, is something we’re eager to expose to LibreOffice users.”

According to a press statement:

HSA is an innovative computing architecture that enables CPU, GPU and other processors to work together in harmony on a single piece of silicon by seamlessly moving the right tasks to the best suited processing element. This makes it possible for larger, more complex applications to take advantage of the power that has traditionally been reserved for more focused tasks. While the biggest impact will be for AMD APU users, supporting benefits of the work will improve the LibreOffice core data structures enabling larger spreadsheets to calculate faster for all users. This is only the start of exposing the power of the HSA enabled APU to business users providing better analytics and decision making across the board from finance to science.

With the addition of AMD, the Advisory Board of The Document Foundation now has eleven members: AMD, Google, RedHat, SUSE, Intel, Lanedo, the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST), the Inter-Ministry Mutalisation for an Open Productivity Suite (MIMO), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Software in the Public Interest, and Freies Office Deutchland e.V.

LibreOffice 4.0.4 available

The Document Foundation, the organization behind the development of LibreOffice, has announced LibreOffice 4.0.4. This is the last release before 4.1 branch and brings minor updates. One of the most interesting feature of the upcoming release is that users will be able to open PFD files and edit them.

According to the press statement, “LibreOffice 4.0.4 features many improvements in the area of interoperability with proprietary document formats. This ongoing activity has been instrumental for the choice of LibreOffice by all major migration projects to free software since early 2012, including several central and local governments in Europe and South America.”

The next major release 4.1 will introduce many new and exciting features, including the long awaited font embedding in documents, which is pushing forward the Open Document Format.

Those of you who wonder when will LO offer a brand new UI, just keep in mind that the team is cleaning up the huge pile of ‘dead’ code it inherited from stagnant OpenOffice. Quite a lot of work is going on under the hood which may not be visible to an average user.

LibreOffice 3.6.6 released, fixes over 50 bugs

The Document Foundation has released a new update of the LibreOffice suite, LibreOffice 3.6.6. This release fixes over 50 bugs and other improves the software’s stability greatly. As it is a bug fix release, no new features have been added and all users are advised to update to this release as soon as possibile.

You can download the release straight away from their download page or wait for your distro to package and ship it the repos. Ubuntu users can also add a PPA and update to this release via command line or the update manager.

Some of the major bugs fixed are:

  • fixed crashes on file opening
  • improved date formatting
  • optimized slideshow mode
  • improved export of various file types
  • numerous fixed crashes

To update run the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-3-6
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

LibreOffice 4.0.1 Comes With Updated Impress Remote, Delivers Android Remote For All

The Document Foundation (TDF) has released LibreOffice 4.0.1, for Windows, MacOS and Linux. This is the first maintenance and bug fix release for LibreOffice 4.0, which was launched in early February.

The updated version fixes over a hundred bugs and also makes the LibreOffice Impress Remote available for all platforms – Linux, MacOS and Windows – from Google Play.

The LibreOffice Impress Remote is an app to interact with your slideshow presentation from your Android device – including slide previews, speaker notes, and more. Earlier, it only worked with selected Linux versions of LibreOffice. Instructions how to use the remote can be found in The Document Foundation’s wiki.

The Foundation said:

The new release is a step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.0. For enterprise adoptions, though, The Document Foundation suggests the more solid and stable LibreOffice 3.6.5, backed by certified level 3 support engineers.

The Documentation team has also released the guide “Getting Started with LibreOffice 4.0″, which is available in PDF and ODF formats from the website and as a printedbook from Lulu.

You can now download LibreOffice 4.0.1 from the project’s website.