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LibreOffice 5.1 with new UI and performance improvements released
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LibreOffice 5.1 with new UI and performance improvements released

by AshwinFebruary 12, 2016

LibreOffice 5.1 has been released by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice 5.1

The open source office suite, now has a plethora of new features.

LibreOffice 5.1 New UI:

There are new presentations in Impress, and a new toolbar as well. This allows you to switch the Display mode to help you work with Master mode easily. You can also change the shapes of objects easily with the equalize option, this works with multiple objects too. You can also adjust the position and size of objects (enhanced ones) as well.

Like the background in a slideshow? You can save it to your gallery easily. Speaking of which, you no longer have to restart a slideshow to restart the timer, there is now a restart timer button which lets you reset the stopwatch.

LibreOffice 5.1 Writer:

The Writer app, which is probably the most used one in the suite, now has a Hide Whitespace option (in the View menu) which eliminates the blank pages to let you focus on the text part. The built-in spellcheck does not close automatically anymore, allowing you to continue using its options till you close it.

LibreOffice 5.1 Writer

The Mail Merge feature now allows ODB definition files to be embedded, when you use Calc as the data source. The Print Preview option now lets you jump to specific pages in a doc, by using the jump to page box.

LibreOffice 5.1 Calc:

The Calc app has the most changes in version 5.1. There is a new Sheet Menu which allows you to perform all operations for Cells, Rows and Columns. There are two new context menu options which lets the user to “Insert row below”, or “Insert column to the right” of a cell.

LibreOffice 5.1 Calc

The property side bar now allows the user to change the font and font size easily, while the search option in Calc lets you search with formatting (like a number with a comma. e.g: 10,000).

You can now export spreadsheets in the popular PNG format as well. And the data menu’s statistics option now offers regression calculations as well.

Support for more formats:

LibreOffice 5.1 now supports the Apple Keynote 6 presentations slides, Gnumeric and VBA macro (as MS OOXML) formats.

Cloud Server support:

LibreOffice 5.1 now allows users to read and write files stored on Sharepoint, Google Drive and Alfresco directly. To access them, simply use the File menu and authorize you account to allow access to the office suite for editing files on the cloud.

This is probably my favorite new feature, as I get a lot of documents in my email, most of which are hosted on Google Drive. Normally I download them to edit them or to read them, but the new option will save some precious time.

Performance improvements:

One thing I hate about LibreOffice though, is the ridiculous amount of time, it takes to start-up. Of course it has tons of tools and modules, so it does take a lot of time to load. This issue has thankfully finally been fixed in LibreOffice 5.1 along with the general performance speed of the app, according to the developers.

But I did notice a considerable delay while the Writer app started after the update.

Download LibreOffice 5.1 from the official website. There are 32-bit and 64-bit versions available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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