Tired of the same buttons? Indeed, OpenOffice although free, does not look as good as the modern incarnations of MS Office. Yet if you've been using OpenOffice for a while and feel like you might use a change of scenery, then you might want to look at LibreOffice. It has a slight better minty flavour and the same number of calories.
LibreOffice has the same basic structure as OpenOffice. It boasts the same programs and saves in the same file types. Now, if you're too lazy to click on this link and check out the original, read on.
The main difference between the two free office suites is the details. The button details that is. As soon as you open of the programs you will notice that the buttons are larger and a bit more colorful. This has no impact on accessibility but is a welcome change nonetheless.
LibreOffice features programs that lets you perform a lot of operations that you might need to perform in a home or office environment.
With Writer you have full access to create letters, write articles with pictures, clip-art and all the bells and whistles that a professional text editor is equipped with.
Calc is a full fledged spreadsheet editor that supports formulae and macros. It is important to note that although Writer and Calc save files using their own file types, they both support opening and saving as .docx and .xlsx.
Impress is a presentation editor with which you can produce slides with pictures and music, to finally send new age type messages through e-mail to your friends and family.
Base is an SQL database manager. With it you can create and edit tables and save queries. A database can be integrated into LibreOffice and its data can be used by Writer and Calc, depending on each type.
Draw is a simple vector graphics program that is best used for schematics and other simple graphics.
Finally, Math is an application for creating mathematical formulas. Fractions, exponents, square roots and more, are used to create an easily readable mathematical formulas which can be saved as on PDF. A bit of a graphical glitch plague this program, but otherwise it works just fine.
- Writer - write documents will full support
- Calc - Spreadsheet calculations
- Impress - Presentation creation
- Base - Create SQL databases
- Math - Elaborate mathematical formulas
- Drawing - A somewhat simple vector based drawing program
- You get office basics for virtually nothing!
- Compatible with MS Office files
- Can export to PDF
- Math has some visual issues
LibreOffice is a very good option for having fully operable computer. Because let's face it: Who cares how powerful your CPU is if you can't even create an expenses table.