The Document Foundation today announced the official release and full download of the open source office suite, LibreOffice 6.1.4, the four major update to the LibreOffice 6 series introduced in early 2018. LibreOffice 6.1.4 offers many new features, such as improved image processing capabilities, which are significantly faster and smoother, especially when opening documents created in Microsoft Office.
Libre Office 6.1 also added a new page menu and reorganized the Draw component’s list to achieve better consistency between the different modules, improved EPUB export filters and additional options for custom metadata. As well as links, images, tables, footnotes and embedded fonts.
The Base component has also been significantly improved, that is, the Firebird database engine is now enabled by default, replacing the old HSQLDB database engine. Users are encouraged to migrate files from HSQLDB to Firebird using the Migration Assistant or export them to an external HSQLDB server.
For Linux users, LibreOffice 6.1 can be better integrated with the KDE Plasma desktop environment. By default, the basic icons are used in the GNOME-based desktop environment, and the native GTK + 3 interfaces are used on the dialogue window. In the original version of this open source office suite, the import filter for Microsoft Excel 2003 XML files has also been improved.
With the release of LibreOffice 6.1, the Document Foundation introduced Colibre, a new icon theme for Windows users, following the design guidelines for the default icon theme for Microsoft Windows operating systems. With this, they hope that Windows users will feel at home when they migrate to other operating systems such as Linux or Mac.
LibreOffice 6.1.4 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise class deployments, where features are less important than robustness. Users wanting a more mature version can download LibreOffice 6.0.7, which includes some months of back-ported fixes.