LibreOffice 5.3 is the newest version of the popular open source Office suite, and one of the "most feature-rich releases in the history of the application".
The Office suite, available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, is now also available as a private cloud version, called LibreOffice Online.
at is core, is an open source alternative to Microsoft Office. It
features Writer, a text editing program similar to Word, Calc, the Excel
equivalent, Impress which is similar to PowerPoint, and Draw, which
enables you to create graphic documents.
LibreOffice 5.3 ships
with a truckload of new features. One of the new features is a new
experimental user interface called Notebookbar. This new interface
resembles Office's ribbon UI, but is completely optional right now.
fact, the new user interface is not enabled by default, and if you
don't look for it or know where to look, you will probably notice no
difference at all to previous versions.
First, you need to enable
experimental features by checking "Enable experimental features" under
Tools > Options > LibreOffice > Advanced > Experimental
To enable the new Ribbon UI, select View > Toolbar
Layout > Notebookbar. The UI you see on the screenshot above is
enabled by default, but you may switch it using View > Notebookbar to
either Contextual Groups or Contextual Single.
displays grouped items in the UI, the latter icons in a compact
horizontal row. Excellent for small resolution devices.
far as other features are concerned, there are quite a few that deserve
mentioning. One interesting option that the developers built-in to
LibreOffice 5.3 is the ability to sign PDF documents, and to verify PDF
You find both options under File > Digital Signatures in the interface.
documents can be embedded into documents now as well. They are added to
documents as images, with the first page being shown by default.
you like to use the keyboard shortcut, you may like that the Windows
and Linux versions of LibreOffice 5.3 highlight shortcuts now in context
menus. So, whenever you use the mouse, you see the corresponding
keyboard shortcut as well.
Writer application got some exciting new features. It supports Table
styles now for instance, and there is a new Page deck in the sidebar to
customize the page settings quickly and directly.
There is also an
option to use the new "go to page" box, and arrows in the drawing tools
which were not available previously in Writer.
Calc got a new set
of default cell styles offering "greater variety and better names", a
new median function for pivot tables, and a new filter option when you
are inserting functions to narrow down the selection.
Impress & Draw start with a template selector when you start them, and two new templates have been included for use.
interesting option is the ability to link to images or photos of photo
albums, so that they are not saved in the document directly.
LibreOffice 5.3 supports better import and export filters to new and legacy Microsoft Office Documents.
Check out the following videos that highlight the new features of LibreOffice 5.3:
LibreOffice 5.3 Writer
LibreOffice 5.3 Calc
LibreOffice 5.3 Impress
Check out the official blog post on the Document Foundation website. There you find links to download pages, and information about LibreOffice Online.