LibreOffice 7.0 released with support for ODF 1.3 format, Skia graphics engine, and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration; Now available for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC/laptops
After being for months in development, the Document Foundation today announced the release of the updated version of its productivity software, LibreOffice 7.0. LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite that was developed to take on the closed Microsoft Office productivity suite. It was forked in 2010 from OpenOffice.org and has word processing, creating and editing spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams, and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulae features. At present, it is available in nearly 115 languages
The all-new LibreOffice 7.0 is a massive update with many changes that the LibreOffice users have been demanding over the years. Chief among them is support for the ODF 1.3 format. LibreOffice users can now use digital signatures for documents and OpenPGP-based encryption of XML documents. The Impress & Draw app can now generate PDF documents that are larger than 500 cm.
LibreOffice 7.0 will now come with the Skia graphics engine thanks to a sponsorship by AMD. It will now also support Vulkan GPU-based acceleration. Explaining the inclusion of these two, The Document Foundations ays, “The Skia graphics engine has been implemented thanks to sponsorship by AMD, and is now the default on Windows, for faster performance. Skia is an open-source 2D graphics library that provides common APIs that work across a variety of hardware and software platforms and can be used for drawing text, shapes, and images. Vulkan is a new-generation graphics and compute API with high-efficiency and cross-platform access to modern GPUs.”
LibreOffice 7.0 will also bring improved support for Microsoft Office file formats like DOCX, XSLX, and PPTX document formats. “DOCX now saves in native 2013/2016/2019 mode, instead of 2007 compatibility mode, to improve interoperability with multiple versions of MS Office, based on the same Microsoft approach. Export to XLSX files with sheet names longer than 31 characters is now possible, along with exporting checkboxes in XLSX,” Document Foundation says.
Apple’s macOS LibreOffice users will get a new icon theme as well as new shapes, like arrows and diagrams.
LibreOffice 7.0.0 is available for the following operating systems/architectures:
- Linux x64 (deb)
- Linux x64 (rpm)
- macOS x86_64 (10.10 or newer required)
- Windows x86_64 (Windows 7 or newer required)