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    Phoronix: LibreOffice 5.3 Is Coming This Week, A Look At The New Features

    LibreOffice 5.3 is expected to be released this week as the latest feature update to this cross-platform, open-source office suite. Here's a quick feature overview look for those interested in LibreOffice 5.3...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...e-5.3-Features

  • #2
    Thumb up for the PDF insertion!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Griffin View Post
      Under the hood: Wayland/GTK3 fixes.
      Yes, but I think they will eventually migrate to Qt, as more and more Linux desktop applications have done. So there is no need to worry.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DarkCloud View Post

        Yes, but I think they will eventually migrate to Qt, as more and more Linux desktop applications have done. So there is no need to worry.
        I hope the don't, but actually make a decent use of GTK.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Griffin View Post
          DarkCloud. LO is pro-copyleft and they already got burned by a CLA company.

          Unless you count on the Stockholm syndrome you can be pretty sure they won't accept such shackles.
          Which "shackles" are you referring to? QT is available under the LGPL and GPLv2 and GPLv3. So it's a copyleft license. From https://www.qt.io/faq/#_Toc_1_2

          1.2. What are the licensing options for Qt?

          Starting from Qt 5.7, Qt is licensed under
          Commercial license
          LGPL3 open source license
          GPL2 or GPLv3 open source license

          The general Qt toolkit, consisting of Qt Essential code libraries, the Qt add-on APIs, and the Qt Creator IDE are available dual-licensed for commercial and GPL licenses. Most of the Qt APIs are available also under LGPLv3 license but not all of the Qt Add-on modules.

          In addition, the commercial Qt license includes additional tools and solutions for embedded development.

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          • #6
            When are they going to fix icons for dark themes? It's still messed up in KDE breeze-dark.

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            • #7
              IMHO the most needed feature is flawless docx, xlsx, etc compatibility...
              It would go a long ways for LibreOffice.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nomadewolf View Post
                IMHO the most needed feature is flawless docx, xlsx, etc compatibility...
                It would go a long ways for LibreOffice.
                Better compatibility — yes. I've even got some bugreport about, by this release still unsolved.

                But "flawless" — no, it's just impossible. TL;DR version of the link: MS Office support of docx is so broken (sick! their own format!), that different versions of Office sometimes even behave differently for the same document.

                Here's a smaller but also curious article for the topic https://brattahlid.wordpress.com/201...open-standard/ , I'm going to even quote some part of it

                What this means is that when you save a document in MS Office 2010 or prior in any of the ‘X’ formats, you are not saving them in the advertised OpenXML format. This document will hence NOT be properly readable by other software such as Libre and Open Office and they will make changes to the document when they are opened and saved within them.
                To sum up: please, use ODF whenever possible.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Griffin View Post
                  You cant expect this kind of stuff to be fixed. Few people cared in the first place. Maybe some GSOC will do a few stray commits before he GTFO to avoid any future maintenance.
                  Not really. There was a proper effort to address it. But it's stalling: https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/...g.cgi?id=94632

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nomadewolf View Post
                    IMHO the most needed feature is flawless docx, xlsx, etc compatibility...
                    It would go a long ways for LibreOffice.
                    The compatibility improves with each new version, but unfortunately it can't be made flawless. Sometimes our internal model (and/or a similar feature in ODF) is not compatible with a feature in OOXML and we have to make a compromise to make it work. Sometimes a feature is not implemented in LO yet (and is not trivial to implement it). MS also makes sure it extends the format with every release which are causing incompatibilities (for example: slide transitions were completely redefined 2 times since MSO 2007 and OOXML standard).

                    Anyway, the biggest document layout breaker in Writer today are fonts. OTOH Impress support still needs to be improved..

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