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LibreOffice Looks Gorgeous on Zorin OS

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Do you know that LibreOffice looks pretty on Zorin? The developers apparently made excellent effort so that its appearance looks well shaped as from its desktop, its start menu, to file manager, every app looks pretty, and this includes the office suite. I present you here short videos and simple reviews of these beautiful combination for our computing. Enjoy!

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LibreOffice Community and GSoC Students

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  • Community Member Monday: Jwtiyar Ali

    Hey! I live in the Kurdistan region, in the north of Iraq – the city of Sulaymaniyah. I have an MSc in Physics, but I love computer science too. Currently I am working in the Cement Quality Control Department at a cement factory, as a physicist.

    I do translations for many open source projects such as Ubuntu, Gimp, Firefox etc., leading these translation projects. My hobbies are following new open source projects and seeing how they can be more competitive. I also like football, walking, and reading Python programming courses in my free time.


    I am translating LibreOffice. I hope to see LibreOffice in my language – that would be perfect. Also, it would help users to interact with LibreOffice more often than before.

  • Simulated Animation Effects Week#3

    This week, my main goal was instead of using PathAnimation classes, make the required connections in the animation engine so that simulated animations are part of the animation engine, and make it possible to have more than one simulated shape in a slide. I did this by mostly cloning PathAnimation classes and doing some changes to the SlideImpl.

  • Week 3 Report

    The last week was the Third week of coding weeks in GSoC program. I continued adding support for the non supported items.

LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 2 is available for testing

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LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 2 is available for downloading and testing.

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The Draw Guide 6.4 is Ready for Download

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Following the recent release of our updated guides, the LibreOffice Documentation Team is happy to announce the immediate availability of the LibreOffice Draw Guide 6.4, the complete handbook for the drawing tool of LibreOffice. The guide was updated from the existing release 4.3 and include all the improvements developed since early 2014, when the last version of the guide was published.

LibreOffice Draw is the vector drawing tool of LibreOffice, capable of creating and edit complex drawings, from basic geometric shapes to sophisticated technical drawings, including tri-dimensional composition, all supporting the ODF file format standard.

“Returning to the LibreOffice Documentation team was a great opportunity for me to continue to contribute for the LibreOffice Community. I used all my 35 years of professional experience as a technical writer in high end industries to bring the Draw Guide up to date with the latest publicly available release of LibreOffice (Version 6.4). I hope the community enjoy LibreOffice as this is an excellent office software package that is freely available” said Peter Schofield, who coordinated the update and release of the Draw guide.

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LibreOffice: QA/Dev Report, LibreOffice Help, and GSoC Reports

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  • LibreOffice QA/Dev Report: May 2020
  • Why I hate LibreOffice Help changing

    Did you try to change LibreOffice Help? No? Just try it. You'll get many pleasure (no).
    And then try to edit any article in Wikipedia. You can change it directly on site! And you'll really can make it EASY and you'll have a simple editor for heading or list creating. Also you'll can easy add links to another article by keywords.

  • Week 1 Report

    The last week was the first week of coding weeks in GSoC program. I starting adding support for the non supported items.

    I begin this week with adding support to Zoom option in calc. You can find the work in this commit.

  • Simulated Animation Effects – Week #1

    While constructing these functions, I’ve hoped to get a more solid understanding of what kind of parameters will be needed for these functions, and whether or not I can easily access these parameters from the animation engine.

  • GSoC Community Bonding Report

    The last week was the first week of coding weeks in GSoC program. I starting adding support for the non supported items.

LibreOffice Leftovers

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  • TDF announces major Linux event the openSUSE + LibreOffice will take place online

    Due to the current pandemic situation all over the world, every tech company is shifting its conferences, meetings, and seminars online. The Tech companies have also delayed major updates of their Softwares due to the situation. Now The Document Foundation (TDF) also makes the major Linux event online. The openSUSE and LibreOffice conference that was scheduled to take place between 13-16 October has now shifted online.

  • LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 1 arrives with ODF 1.3 document support

    The Document Foundation has released the first public beta of its upcoming LibreOffice 7.0 office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. Users are encouraged to download and test the software -- which installs alongside any existing production release -- ahead its final release, expected to be in August.

    The new release doesn’t boast any major new features, but does update ODF support to 1.3, plus unveils improvements both major and minor to the suite’s major components -- in particular Writer.

  • Community Member Monday: Andreas Heinisch

    In my teaching activity, there’s only a small part where I can really program or solve some challenging problems. So I decided to join an open source project in order to contribute to the community, get in touch with current software lifecycle technologies and to improve or contribute to existing widely used software. To be honest: LibreOffice was the first product which came to my mind.

    In addition, I think that local public administrations should not invest only in proprietary software solutions, which abuse their market position.

  • For a better way to edit PDFs, use Libreoffice's hidden gem, Draw

    But take a look at the other members of the suite, and you'll notice you can also edit PDF documents using the graphics program Draw.

    It doesn't matter if it's graphics, photos or text: Once you've opened a PDF in Draw, you're already editing what you're looking at in just a few clicks.

    You'll find all tools for editing in a box on the right-hand side of the screen. Once you're happy with the changes, just hit save and the PDF is ready to be shared.

LibreOffice 7.0 Beta1 is Available For Testing

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The LibreOffice Quality Assurance ( QA ) Team is happy to announce LibreOffice 7.0 Beta1 is available for testing!

LibreOffice 7.0 will be released as final at the beginning of August, 2020 ( Check the Release Plan for more information ) being LibreOffice 7.0 Beta1 the second pre-release since the development of version 7.0 started in the beginning of June, 2019. Since the previous release, LibreOffice 7.0 Alpha1, 831 commits have been submitted to the code repository and 179 bugs have been fixed. Check the release notes to find the new features included in LibreOffice 7.0.

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Also: LibreOffice 7.0 Beta Available For Testing With Its Skia+Vulkan Support

Soft edge effect on objects in LibreOffice

Presenter mode in LibreOffice Impress without an external display

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I typically use LibreOffice Impress for my talks, much to some folks' surprise. Yes, you can make slides look okay with free software! But there's one annoying caveat that has bothered me for ages.

Impress makes it nearly impossible to enter presenter mode with a single display, while also displaying slides. I have never understood this limitation, but it's existed for a minimum of seven years.

I've tried all sorts of workarounds over the years, including a macro that forces LibreOffice into presenter mode, which I never was able to figure out how to reverse once I ran it...

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LibreOffice: Rania Amina and Google Summer of Code

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  • Community Member Monday: Rania Amina

    The first reason is, because Ahmad Haris (he’s my boss in the office) “sudo’d” me to apply for membership Smile But to be honest, I was indeed very interested in becoming a member since the LibreOffice Conference Indonesia in Surabaya about two years ago.

    By becoming a member, I think I can do things related to contributing to LibreOffice better than before. Being a member is a responsibility, in my opinion. Because it means I have to do my best from time to time for the LibreOffice community, both in Indonesia and outside. LibreOffice will get better if the community ecosystem is also good. Well, one of the tasks of members (in my mind) is to ensure that these communities can actively give feedback to LibreOffice, so that they can grow and develop better.

  • Collabora mentors students at GSoC 2020

    Google Summer of Code is an amazing, international program encouraging the participation of university students in open source software development. It enables students to independently gain practical experience on concrete projects and matches them with experienced developers. This year a record number of almost 2000 students are taking part in the sponsored projects. Collabora is always delighted to support GSoC projects: some of our experienced developers are mentoring the students: guiding them in the code, encouraging them, and supporting the growth of their skills.

LibreOffice New 2020 Icons

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These icons are called the Mimetype Icons and they were used in the main applications desktop icon, and in the document files created by LibreOffice. My contribution was little, but it was very well received by the original author, and by the others developers. After many adjustments done together with the design team, and many icon sizes individually created, the final result became the official icons in the 3.3.1 release of LibreOffice, and stayed as that for many years.

As you an see, my style was more decorative and shaded, full of degrades, highlights, outlines and shadows... And then, very shortly after that, the so called Flat Design became a thing, and a big thing. With its minimalism, lack of complexity, it made the life easier, both for users to understand, and for developers to create icons. It was quickly adopted by most software.

So, Flat Design became the norm in the early 2010s, and with that, my styled icons for LibreOffice became more and more obsolete through the years. And yet they lasted in the official icon set, as far as I could find out, until the 6.1 release in 2018. After 7 years, they were finally replaced by a simpler and much more modern version made by Andreas Kainz.

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