By | January 4, 2018

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LibreOffice 6.0 Final Release is expected at the end of January 2018. According to the official announcement from LibreOffice Design Team, LibreOffice 6.0 is introducing a unique branding for the release. This is in collaboration with the Open Design Group. Let’s take a look at some new and important features of LibreOffice 6.0.

 

LibreOffice Writer

  • Images could be rotated to any angle. Previously it was only possible to rotate images by 90° steps (know more)
  • Writer documents could be used as mail merge data source (know more)
  • Default table border changed to 0.5pt. Previously this was 0.05pt and caused visibility issues when printed (know more)
  • “Grammar By” spell checking – user dictionaries now support automatic affixation/compounding which helps in effective editing and technical dictionary creation in several languages (know more):
LibreOffice 6 Writer 'Grammar By' Feature

Grammar by English

  • Added new collection of table styles as follows:
LibreOffice 6 Writer New Default Table Style

New Default Style

 

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LibreOffice 6 Writer Box List Blue Table Style

Box List Blue Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Box List Green Table Style

Box List Green Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Box List Red Table Style

Box List Red Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Box List Yellow Table Style

Box List Yellow Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Simple LibreOffice 6 Writer Simple List Shaded Table Style Table Style

Simple List Shaded Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Simple Grid Rows Table Style

Simple Grid Rows Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Simple Grid Columns Table Style

Simple Grid Columns Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Financial Table Style

Financial Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Academic Table Style

Academic Table Style

 

LibreOffice 6 Writer Elegant Table Style

Elegant Table Style

  • New Notebookbar variants:
    Groupedbar Notebookbar variant in LibreOffice 6 Writer

    Groupedbar

    Tabbed Compact Notebookbar Variant in LibreOffice 6 Writer

    Tabbed Compact

 

LibreOffice Calc

  • A range of selected cells or a selected group of shapes could be exported as PNG or JPG (know more)
  • Added “Paste unformatted text” option with the hot key Ctrl + Shift + Alt + V (know more)
  • A lock icon (🔒) will appear at the beginning of the tab name for protected tab (know more)
  • New Notebookbar variant:

    Groupedbar Notebookbar Variant in LibreOffice 6 Calc

    Groupedbar

 

LibreOfiice Impress

  • 10 new Impress templates added and two templates improved (know more)
  • Confirmation dialog will be shown only for the current slide when images set as background (know more)
  • Widescreen aspect ratio (16:9) set as default slide format (know more)
  • New Notebookbar variant:

    Groupedbar Notebookbar Variant in LibreOffice 6 Impress

    Groupedbar

 

Core/General

  • Native OpenPGP support for document signing and encryption (know more):
Native OpenPGP Support in LibreOffice 6

Native OpenPGP Support in LibreOffice 6

  • Save modified images – users can now choose to save the original image or the modified version through a simple pop-up dialog (available in Writer, Calc and Draw):
LibreOffice 6 pop up asking user whether to save the modified image

Pop-up dialog in LibreOffice 6 asking the user for which image version to save

  • Added Search field, Recent characters & Favorite characters in the Special characters dialog:

    Special Symbol dialog in LibreOffice 6

    Special Symbol dialog

  • Includes elementary icon theme which was only available in Xubuntu before:

    Elementary Icon Theme in LibreOffice 6

    Elementary Icon Theme

  • Added support for user icon themes via extension manager (know more)
  • New open source fonts added: Noto (Noto Sans, Noto Serif, Noto Mono and others), Hebrew & Arabic fonts
  • All exported images are now annotated with their mimetype in the ODF
  • Flat ODF now also has fallback graphics for SVG, PDF and Metafiles
  • Images are now always exported in a browser-readable format (usually SVG or PNG) for XHTML Export

 

LibreOffice Help

  • Old WikiHelp replaced by the new mobile-fiendly help online:

    Mobile view of LibreOffice 6 helponline

    Mobile view of LibreOffice 6 helponline

 

 

Disclaimer: This post is mainly based on the article LibreOffice 6.0: Release Notes from Official LibreOffice Wiki. If you spot any mistakes please do let us know through the comments 🙂

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