What’s Expected in LibreOffice 7.0. All You Need to Know.

The upcoming major release of LibreOffice version 7.0 under development at the moment. I have extracted some information about the possible features and updates from official sites. Have a look.

LibreOffice, the popular free and open-source office suite has come a long way from the initial OpenOffice days. It is now a default office suite for almost all Linux Distributions and being used heavily in Windows and Mac. With its popularity and user base increasing, developers are adding more features into LibreOffice so that users can experience a top tier free office suite.

The upcoming major LibreOffice release version 7.0 is due in early August 2020. Here’s the release plan.

LibreOffice 7.0 release plan

  • Alpha1 – Out on May 13, 2020
  • Beta1 – May 25 – May 31, 2020
  • RC1 – June 29 – Jul 5, 2020
  • RC2 – Jul 13 – Jul 19, 2020
  • RC3 – Jul 27 – Aug 2, 2020
  • Release 7.0 – Aug 3 – Aug 9, 2020

Features, Updates: What’s Expected in LibreOffice 7.0

  • New Branding Image: The old branding image is moving away in LibreOffice 7.0. Instead, a complex shape image coming up in About and Start Page dialogs.
New Branding Image in About Dialog
New Branding Image in About Dialog
LibreOffice 7.0 Start Page
LibreOffice 7.0 Start Page
  • Performance improvements for heavy uses and for all use cases across modules – Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math, and Base.

Writer

  • Navigator is overhauled in Writer.

Calc

  • New Calc functions – Non-volatile random number generating functions that are not recalculated on every input: RAND.NV() and RANDBETWEEN.NV() 
  • Functions that use regular expressions as argument now can accept accurate case sensitive inputs.

Impress and Draw

  • Automatic positioning fixed for superscripts and subscripts in Textboxes while editing
  • Improvements of DOCX, PPTX, PPT filters with LibreOffice being more backward compatible with older Microsoft Office. 

Toolbars and Icon Theme

  • All toolbars are locked by default now on fresh user profiles.
  • Added a new Sukapura icon theme. That icon theme will be a default theme for new LibreOffice installations in macOS.
New Icon Theme for macOS
New Icon Theme for macOS
  • Tango icon theme is removed from the core but will be available as an extension.
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Others

  • Macro: Support for building against the obsolete CPython 2.7 has been removed, and scripts are now always executed on CPython 3
  • Introduced basic HiDPI scaling for Qt5. So if you are using KDE based Linux distributions and uses the high-resolution display, LibreOffice would look nice.

Download

LibreOffice 7.0 is in active development and is not recommended for download and install for general users, production installations. If you want to take a risk/experiment, grab your daily build copy from below for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

You may find bugs or issues, so if you want to contribute report the bugs via Bugzilla. If you are new to bug reporting, check out the bug reporting guide.

These are the list of changes expected at the moment and not a complete list. As we move towards the final release, more information about changes and updates would be available. I will keep this page updated.

So, what change you are expecting in LibreOffice 7.0? Let me know in the comment section below.

Release notes


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One thought on “What’s Expected in LibreOffice 7.0. All You Need to Know.

  1. I would really expect a more refined editor for inserting a “formula” (probably one that would move closer to fully suffice as an alternative to Math Type), and an “automatically hyphenate text as I write” feature.
    I also expect to be able to edit a bit more of inserted images…
    Otherwise – be sure of that – even if we do try our best to move our pupils towards open-source, there will still be an “it works better in M$” attitude…

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