Why I Still Use LibreOffice

How Does LibreOffice Stack Up Against Microsoft and Apache OpenOffice? Back in August of 2013, I began an experiment. Although I had used Microsoft Word on both Macs and PCs for over 25 years, I wanted to see if LibreOffice [...]

The New LibreOffice 5.0 – a Writer’s Perspective

A Personal Evaluation As The Document Foundation approaches its fifth birthday, it has released version 5.0 of its LibreOffice office suite, continuing its march to become an improved, flexible, and relevant resource in the office software field. Since its word [...]

The Writer’s Guide to Word Processing File Formats

The Essential Exchange Formats for Writers Plus How to Rescue Old Files & Preserve Your Writing In our previous post, we explored a variety of writing and creativity tools. All of them are capable of importing and exporting information in [...]

Does Apache OpenOffice Need a Superhero Rescue?

The “Official & True” OpenOffice May be Dying There have been rumblings about the Apache OpenOffice project struggling to accomplish anything of late, and some of those rumblings have been coming from the people who know the project best. The [...]

Saddling Up for LibreOffice Sidebars

A Writer's Guide to Using Sidebars in LibreOffice Part 6 of LibreOffice for Writers How sidebars got to LibreOffice It was not inevitable. Sidebars came to Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice by way of IBM. Older versions of OpenOffice did not [...]

10 Secrets of the LibreOffice Status Bar

Explore the Tiny Little Status Bar with Deep Secrets The LibreOffice Status Bar for Writers Talk about flying under the radar! For two years I barely paid attention to the little data bar on the bottom of my LibreOffice Writer [...]

The Surprising Secrets of LibreOffice Toolbars

Writers Guide to LibreOffice - Part 4 LibreOffice's Toolbars let you do many things, including creating bright and garish headlines. In this post, for LibreOffice (LO) newbies and experienced users alike, we tell you how to use toolbars, [...]

LibreOffice for Writers – Part 3

Getting Started - Working the Menus A portion of George Orwell's draft for 1984, with editing. First Things First. What are you doing? I mean, besides reading this article. Here you've downloaded a program, called "LibreOffice" and you [...]

Taking LibreOffice to the Cloud

Ever since The Document Foundation released LibreOffice four years ago, users' wish lists included a web-based version of the software. This past week, The Document Foundation, Collabora and IceWarp announced their collaboration to create that cloud app and go online [...]

LibreOffice 4.4 from a Frugal Person’s Perspective

Some Great New Features, Two #Fails, and a Couple of Quibbles I write a blog called "Frugal Guidance" and discuss frugal software options. So, when The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 4.4 was released, I immediately downloaded it. At first, it seemed [...]

News on Office Software from LibreOffice, Microsoft, Softmaker, & more…

Good News for Android, Windows, Macintosh, and Linux Users Whether you are job hunting, running a home business, freelancing, or starting a small business, there's news from a variety of office software projects that will help you get your work [...]

Google Docs and Zoho Writer Face Off in the Ring – Round 2

Zoho Fights Back for the Title of Best Online Writing Tool In our previous post, we discussed both the features shared by Google Docs and Zoho Writer and discussed Google Docs' unique features, all with an eye towards a writer's [...]