The open source office suite LibreOffice 24.2 has been officially released. Here’s what’s new

The open source office suite LibreOffice 24.2 has been officially released. Here’s what’s new

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 24.2 as the latest stable version of this popular, powerful, free and open source cross-platform office suite for GNU/Linux, Android, macOS and Windows, reports 9to5 linux.

Key benefits of LibreOffice 24.2 include a new calendar-based numbering scheme (YY.M), enabling auto-recovery information retention by default, backups that reduce the risk of content loss, improvements to the NotebookBar interface, including improved print preview support, and more.

LibreOffice 24.2 also introduces new security features, such as new password-based ODF encryption that performs better, better hides metadata, and is more tamper-resistant, a password strength meter in the Save As Password dialog, and text explanations in the options dialog around macro protection settings to make it clear exactly what is allowed and what is not.

For LibreOffice Write, this release introduces “legal” ordered list numbering so that a given list level uses Arabic numbering for all its numeric parts, styles for comments with the “Comment” paragraph style enabled by default, making it easier to change the formatting of all comments at once, or to visual categorization of different types of comments, as well as improved support for multi-page floating tables: borders and footers, attachments, wrapping to all pages, etc.

For LibreOffice Calc, the LibreOffice 24.2 release adds a new search field to the Functions sidebar, adds support for the scientific numeric format in ODF, and introduces the ability to highlight the row and column corresponding to the active cell.

For LibreOffice Impress & Draw, this release adds support for lower case handling in LibreOffice Impress, moves Presenter Console and Remote Control settings from Tools > Options > LibreOffice Impress to Slide Show > Slide Show Settings, and adds several improvements and fixes to templates. For example, better placement of different placeholders, more consistent fonts and formatting, fixed slide order, fixed styles and their hierarchy, improved ODF compliance, etc.

This release also improves interoperability with MS Office by adding support for the SVG OOXML extension to import an SVG image (svgBlip element) instead of a PNG fallback and export an SVG image in addition to the PNG fallback image used when the svgBlip element is not supported in documents created with old versions of MS Office.

Additionally, LibreOffice Writer has improved first page headers and footers when importing OOXML using the first pagein an existing page style instead of creating a new page style, optimized templates for Japanese text to improve the MS Word experience for Japanese users, and to support importing “painting canvases” from DOCX documents.

“LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office market, from built-in support for the Open Document Format (ODF), which surpasses proprietary formats in terms of security and reliability, to excellent support for MS Office files, as well as filters for a wide range of legacy document formats.” – reports The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice 24.2 is available for download right now from the official website as ready-to-install binaries for 64-bit DEB and RPM-based distributions such as Fedora Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, and more. Of course, source archives are also available for download for other GNU/Linux distributions.

This series will be supported by a total of seven service updates until November 30, 2024. The first support release, LibreOffice 24.2.1, is expected in late February or early March.

The Document Foundation recently announced the general availability of LibreOffice 7.6.3 as the third release in the latest LibreOffice 7.6 series of free and open source office suites.

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