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LibreOffice Productivity Suite 6.0.2 (64-bit)

Looking for a powerful and free alternative to Microsoft Office? This is it.

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (64 bit)

64-bit version of Windows, Mac or Debian-based Linux required.

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 01 March 2018
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Downloads To Date: 15667
Developer: The Document Foundation
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LibreOffice Productivity Suite 6
Various user interface improvements feature in LibreOffice 5.0

LibreOffice has long since moved on from being an offshoot of the OpenOffice project. It's now the go-to alternative to Microsoft Office, enjoying regular development and a constant tweaking to keep it up to date, stable and secure.

While LibreOffice lacks the slick presentation of rival Windows freebie Kingsoft Office Suite Free and its Office-inspired ribbon interface, it has the major advantage of offering a full set of office applications, including database, drawing package and mathematical tool on top of the requisite word processor, spreadsheet and presentation tool found in most free office suites.

While it’s definitely more navigable than before thanks to better placement of tools and visual previews of styles direct from the main toolbar, it still looks a little dated, despite the refreshed icon sets. Nevertheless, this is still a powerful suite capable of meeting most people's needs, making this zero-cost alternative to Office a valuable tool to have in your armoury.

Ever-improving support for third-party file types (including both new and classic Office formats) means you're not cutting yourself off from industry standards while cross-platform support means you can run LibreOffice on Windows, Mac or Linux without having to retrain yourself to a new way of working each time.

What else is new in LibreOffice 6 (see changelog for more info)?
- Boost your productivity. In LibreOffice 6.0, a new ePUB export filter has been added, so you can save your documents as e-books. The user interface customisation and special character dialogs have been redesigned, while OpenPGP keys can be used to sign documents on all desktop platforms (with experimental encryption support). Also, the Help system has been modernised to be more attractive and easier to use.
- Edit documents with ease. In Writer, a Form menu has been added, making it easier to include interactive forms in your documents. New table styles are available, while the Find toolbar now has a drop-down list of search types, to speed up navigation. In addition, mail merge operations can now use tables inside Writer itself as data sources.
- Work smarter with spreadsheets. In Calc, new commands have been added for selecting unprotected cells on spreadsheets. Using the File > Export dialog, you can now export a cell range selection (or a group of shapes) in JPG or PNG imported. Finally, the Links dialog has been simplified, while three new ODF 1.2-compliant functions have been implemented, for finding and replacing text using byte positions.
- Perfect presentations. Ten great new templates have been added to Impress, to make your presentations shine, while the default aspect ratio is now 16:9, so your new presentations work with widescreen displays straight away.
- LibreOffice online - your office suite, anywhere. In LibreOffice Online, the cloud-based version of the suite, user avatars are now supported and displayed in comments. Dialogs have been added and updated, while spell checking is now available across Writer, Calc and Impress. An interactive horizontal ruler has been added to Writer, and Calc now supports basic editing of charts.​

Note, this is the 64-bit build. A separate 32-bit build is also available for Windows and Linux.


Don’t be put off by the dated user interface – LibreOffice is a powerful tool that includes all the core functionality most people will ever need.

Your Comments & Opinion

Improved, but still disappointing

Posted by: Frank Simone, 17 April 2016 19:39

I applaud Libre’s effort to accelerate its start-up time in versions 5.X, as previous versions were slow as hell. Though I appreciate this worthy enhancement, it still has enough negative aspects that I won’t be dumping WPS Office anytime soon.

Libre has never wanted to look like MS Office and will (most likely) never introduce the ribbon or anything that remotely looks like it. Its interface is clunky and the option to change icon styles doesn’t make it any more appealing or user friendly. WPS has a cleaner and more organized look that makes it both easier and enjoyable to use. 90% of non-business users will never need Base, Draw, or Math...but I don’t recall seeing an option to install only the programs you want, as Libre’s main objective is to compete as a full-featured office suite.

The biggest disappointment is still the compatibility factor. Spreadsheets that were opened looked fairly accurate, but some of the Word documents were way off, including one that changed my font from Arial, 12 point to Times New Roman, 10 point! That’s not even close, but MS Office and WPS both got it right.

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