LibreOffice 4.2.1Date added: February, 20th 2014 - Open Source
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LibreOffice is an all-in-one professional office productivity and management package for your PC, intended to give both home users and professionals instant access to the best open source tools for office and business productivity that rival even the solutions that can be found in professional suites, most notably Microsoft Office. LibreOffice is a comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite that you can download and install for free. There is a large base of satisfied LibreOffice users worldwide, and it is available in more than 30 languages and for all major operating systems.
The basic component of LibreOffice are six applications that can cover everything you or your business need – Writer (highly capable WYSIWYG word processor), Calc (spreadsheet program that is very similar to Excel, with expanded graph editor), Impress (presentation program that can even export data in SFV file format), Draw (powerful vector graphic editor that has similar feature set like early versions of CorelDraw), Math (dedicated app for creating or editing mathematical formulae) and finally Base (fully-featured database management program).
LibreOffice is compatible with all major competitors file formats. You can easily import files from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and many other formats, and can easily save to Microsoft Office and other formats when needed. Of course all this is just a basic compatibility feature. LibreOffice holds wide variety of advanced tools, third party plugins, and even a programming language LibreOffice Basic that can be used for creation of versatile scripts.
What does LibreOffice give you?
Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice. Use it for everything, from dashing off a quick letter to producing an entire book with tables of contents, embedded illustrations, bibliographies and diagrams. The while-you-type auto-completion, auto-formatting and automatic spelling checking make difficult tasks easy (but are easy to disable if you prefer).
Calc tames your numbers and helps with difficult decisions when you're weighing the alternatives. Analyze your data with Calc and then use it to present your final output. Charts and analysis tools help bring transparency to your conclusions. A fully-integrated help system makes easier work of entering complex formulas. Add data from external databases such as SQL or Oracle, then sort and filter them to produce statistical analyses.
Impress is the fastest and easiest way to create effective multimedia presentations. Stunning animation and sensational special effects help you convince your audience. Create presentations that look even more professional than the standard presentations you commonly see at work. Get your collegues' and bosses' attention by creating something a little bit different.
Draw lets you build diagrams and sketches from scratch. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not try something simple with box and line diagrams? Or else go further and easily build dynamic 3D illustrations and special effects. It's as simple or as powerful as you want it to be.
Base is the database front-end of the LibreOffice suite. With Base, you can seamlessly integrate your existing database structures into the other components of LibreOffice, or create an interface to use and administer your data as a stand-alone application. You can use imported and linked tables and queries from MySQL, PostgreSQL or Microsoft Access and many other data sources, or design your own with Base.
Math is a simple equation editor that lets you lay-out and display your mathematical, chemical, electrical or scientific equations quickly in standard written notation. Even the most-complex calculations can be understandable when displayed correctly. E=mc2.