The Document Foundation proudly announced the availability of LibreOffice 3.5 yesterday, the third major release of the open source office suite. Over it’s 16-month development, 30,000 code changes were made and many new features were added to the final product.
As well as the featured additions, including the debut of the online update manager, a long list has been released discussing in detail all the new features and bug fixes.
In Writer for example, the new grammar improvements are made from bundling LightProof, previously an OpenOffice.org extension. A lightweight program built in Python, it provides links to explain any corrections it suggests, and tries to adapt its checks based on the rest of the document.
Other little changes to Writer include displaying the PPI of images, support for comments in docx, and fixing the positions for label printing. As well as the individual packages, there’s also information on changes made to the overall GUI (like an updated colour picker), and how performance has been increased.
While the entire list has over 100 changes, it also mentions some of the high priority bugs that weren’t fixed but that are being worked on. The list of these bugs is not very long – but there are numerous other small bugs that are still looking to be squashed. You can find out how to contribute in our three part LibreOffice bug hunt feature from Linux User & Developer issues 108 and 109, with part three in issue 110 on sale tomorrow.