The latest release of OpenOffice.org spin-off LibreOffice, version 3.3.3, is ready for download, with a raft of improvements available under the hood across all platforms.
Created as a response to what was seen by many in the development community as overbearing and draconian control of the project by Oracle, LibreOffice offers an impressively feature-rich free software office suite for Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms.
While the original release was little more than a rebranded fork of the OpenOffice.org code base, work has progressed apace and LibreOffice stands aside from its parent project with additional features and a significantly cleaner code base.
"LibreOffice 3.3.3 fixes several bugs and improves the security of the suite, to specifically address the needs of corporate deployments where stability is more important than new features," claimed LibreOffice developer and Steering Committee member Thorsten Behrens. "This branch will be maintained until the end of the year, to allow a smooth and safe transition to LibreOffice 3.4.x," he concluded, referring to the next major release of the software.
Sadly, the release isn't without its problems. The team behind the project openly admit that a bug has slipped in to the 3.3.3 release, causing issues for Windows users installing third-party extensions with their own help packages. Thankfully, it's not a major concern, and the developers have promised a fix 'soon.'
For those who are keen to try out the very latest and greatest - and who don't mind running early code - LibreOffice 3.4.0 is also available to download. While not yet in its finished form, it brings some new features to the table including a redesigned move/copy sheet dialogue in the spreadsheet application, improved HTML export of presentations, and improved text rendering on Linux.
Both versions are available for immediate download from the LibreOffice.org website.