Who Uses LibreOffice?
Users that work online.
What Is LibreOffice?
App that allows you to create, edit and view any Microsoft Word document, Excel spreadsheet and Powerpoint file.
LibreOffice Pricing Overview
LibreOffice starts at US$0.01. LibreOffice has a free version and offers free trial. See additional pricing details for LibreOffice below.
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Reviewed on 3/11/2017
I have been using LibreOffice since 2010, and OpenOffice since 2003. Excellent.
LibreOffice forked from OpenOffice in 2010 and has since become the premier open source office suite.
It has many pros:
-- open source license and thus is free. Most importantly, it is created by a community of developers who believe good quality software should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford it. Most of the world's population cannot afford a license of MS Word, nor do they have access to the internet. Open source software ensures that disadvantaged populations have better access to good software. Additionally, the open standards used by LibreOffice ensure that user's data will remain accessible and not locked into a proprietary format from which it cannot be extracted. - standard menu. LibreOffice has smartly chosen to continue using standard menus rather than "ribbon menus" which many people find confusing because they change based on the task being performed. Few studies have proven that ribbon menus offer any productivity advantage whatsoever. - easy to use. All of the features of LibreOffice are quite easy to use and plenty of third-party documentation and tutorials exist online. - rapid development. New versions of LibreOffice are released every six months. - LibreOffice has plugins for use with Zotero, an open source reference manager. This makes it an indepsensibe tool for university students and researchers.
Cons: - because it is under rapid development, the "FRESH" releases of LibreOffice sometimes crash. The "STABLE" version is, well, more stable, but I've still had it crash or freeze on me, although its unusual and no more often than MS Word crashes. - While LibreOffice can open and create MS Word documents, sometimes the formatting is not exactly the same.
Reviewed on 11/02/2020
Great for a free alternative to MS Office
Comments: Pretty happy with it overall.... If you need a simple word processor or spreadsheet app like 90% of users, it was great.... Also has advanced function and features for the rest. Kind of a hassle when it made itself default app for many document types that had to be reset when I also upgraded to MS Office 365 when i bought a new laptop.
Pros: Ability to have a many-featured word proccessor and full function spreadsheet app for no cost. Had no problems installing or with documents compatibility between other MS apps.
Cons: It was sometimes hard to find the feature or function that I wanted to use because it was not located where I "expected" to find it. This became less of an issue after using Libre for several weeks and taking the time to figure out where everything was found. To be fair, this happens on almost any new software version like when MS introduced the "ribbon" and you had to learn all over again how it works.
Reviewed on 20/10/2019
Does most things. Does them easily. Does them for free.
Comments: I have used LibreOffice for years in tandem with Microsoft Office -- largely to do work on personal systems that did not have Microsoft Office licenses. Keeping the limitations of LibreOffice and it's compatibility with Microsoft Office in mind, I have run into few issues using it in this capacity. In many ways, I prefer the more traditional outlook of LibreOffice to Microsoft Office; while Microsoft is switching its software to primarily using cloud-based saving, LibreOffice does not make the maddening assumption that the user will never want to store a file on the local system. And as LibreOffice is regularly updated, I am certain that it will continue to get better, rather than more annoying to use.
Pros: LibreOffice is actually a suite of software products. That said, the biggest pro of the entire suite is that it offers virtually all of the functionality found in the Microsoft Office suite at none of the cost. This review focuses on Writer, Calc, and Impress as those are what I use. Writer, in particular, spares no feature I can possibly imagine needing for standard word processing tasks (such as writing reports). Unless there is a specific feature in Word that is needed for something -- what that would even be, I don't know -- Writer does the job just as well. Similar points to Calc and Impress -- although the differences can be a bit more glaring in those cases. Still, for most users in most contexts, the LibreOffice suite is more than suitable. Plus, on Linux, it's really your best and only option.
Cons: Navigating the GNUsphere can be a little weird for the uninitiated. For the user reading this review, you likely have knowledge of what you're getting into -- or at least a strong enough interest in using Office software for free to figure it out. However, the code behind formatting rules in Writer, as an example, differs from that of Word even if the actual formatting rules are the same. So sending a LibreOffice-generated document to a colleague using Microsoft Office can sometimes lead to strange formatting problems and additional work. In the case of Calc and Impress, users will likely find that the features simply do not stack up to those offered in Microsoft Office's equivalents. Particularly with Calc, equivalents to certain advanced formulas found in Excel may not exist, or may not operate in the same manner.
Reviewed on 26/07/2019
Great for small group or individual use but not across platforms
Comments: As a student, I liked using LibreOffice as an alternative to Microsoft Office, especially if a professor insisted on uploading .docx files to Blackboard or Banner with no alternative file type. However, now that Microsoft is becoming more proprietary, LibreOffice is not keeping up with the features and integration, and much of the formatting that my coworkers prize are lost when uploaded elsewhere, making LibreOffice outdated in our workplace.
Pros: It's free and looks a lot like Microsoft Office. It carries out the major functions: writing a document, creating a spreadsheet, even adding formulas and embedding images. Because it is less bulky than Office, it moves faster and its documents are faster to email. Files can be saved in many formats including .doc. You can open .docx files without paying for a Microsoft license.
Cons: Many features do not open correctly when importing from Microsoft. Formatting, special conditioning, and even many formulas will not import to LibreOffice, so cross-platforming is not possible.
Reviewed on 12/12/2019
Libre office is the best free alternative in the market
Comments: I totally recommend this product, I am a faithful follower of free software and I believe that this is one of the best indispensable tools that an office for making all kinds of digital documents has little to envy to other products with very high costs.
Pros: Of the best tools to make office documents of all kinds and for free, it has a continuous update service and a large community collaborating in this project. Simple to install and very easy to use since it looks a lot like other paid services that have a very high cost and in this case libreoffice is completely free.
Cons: The biggest problems I have seen in this software is that for computers with few resources it is quite heavy and very old versions of the product are required to avoid the high consumption of resources in the system.