Gestures & Other GTK3 Features For LibreOffice
Written by Michael Larabel in LibreOffice on 26 March 2015 at 09:35 AM EDT. Add A Comment
The GTK3 port of LibreOffice is finally taking shape and gaining new functionality.

Earlier this month I wrote about some much desired work on improving the GTK3 port of LibreOffice and getting that finally squared away. Yesterday's news about LibreOffice Online as a web/cloud-based version of the software further demands the GTK3 port due to its use of the GTK3-only HTML5 Broadway back-end.

Anyhow, this week Caolán McNamara has landed some more GTK3 improvements within LibreOffice. The GTK3 vclplug for LibreOffice now supports the full-screen presentation canvas mode. This canvas mode actually required a lot of LibreOffice Linux changes to get things squared away while further performance optimizations may come in the future.

McNamara then shared today he's got basic gesture support. Now having a working full-screen presentation mode, he's been working on basic gesture support and initially is supporting the GtkGestureSwipe for LibreOffice with GTK+ 3.14 and newer. This allows you to easily swipe through full-screen LibreOffice presentations.

LibreOffice 4.5 is going into a hard feature freeze by the middle of May so hopefully there will be more GTK3 improvements to land prior to that point. This next LibreOffice release isn't planned until late July or early August.
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