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This is an in-progress scratch-pad of notes to build release notes from as and when we release. Please do not list features that are to be shipped already in the 6.1 release! Please do not add wish-list features that you hope will be implemented, but only what actually is implemented already.

What does a good feature look like here:

  • It has a description, and a way for a busy reviewer, to find and play with the feature. Target someone who is extremely busy, and knows little-to-nothing about the product. So if a user interface element is key to the feature, be very explicit about where it is, e. g. Menu ▸ Format ▸ Character ▸ Position [tab] ▸ ‘90 degrees’ paths to the elements you changed. Of course, you know your feature is important, and that everyone should care about the Extensible AutoShapes Properties dialog – but often the guys taking the screenshots and writing the notes do not.
  • It credits the main authors who did the work – just add them in brackets after the feature, where possible.
  • If the feature can be shown off with a sample / test file – particularly for new import-able features, it would be wonderful to have a link to/up-load of a test file that we can use to show that feature off to best effect. That really helps us to make good screenshots to show off the features, and allows reviewers to do their testing.

Thanks in advance for your help filling this out!


Writer

  • Remove CopyGraphic tdf#105262 (Xisco Faulí)
  • Previous table-size actions were distribute column/row size equally and optimize (which acted like minimize), so a true minimize action was added and optimize was changed. Optimize row now acts similar to distribute where each row is given the same height based on the tallest row. Optimize, however, is based on the minimum height of the row with the most content. In addition, optimize ensures that the table size will not shrink (but it will grow if necessary). Optimize column now acts like minimize except that the width of the table will not change. Any leftover space is distributed proportionately, with thin columns growing slightly, and wide columns growing much wider. tdf#64242 (Justin Luth, SIL)
  • Advanced menus to add/modify header/footer menus can be disabled now at Insert ▸ Header and Footer ▸ Use header/footer menu (enabled by default) tdf#118621 (Heiko Tietze)
  • UTF-8 and UTF-16-encoded text may now be saved without BOM⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg. tdf#44291 (Martin van Zijl)
The option is available from GUI (using Text - Choose Encoding (.txt) export filter in Save As dialog with Edit filter settings checked), in the filter settings dialog:
ASCII Filter dialog BOM option
as well as from command line, as in
soffice --convert-to \"txt:Text (encoded):UTF8,CR,,,false\" *.doc
where "UTF8" is the text encoding; "CR" is line ending setting (also "LF" and "CRLF" are valid options); third and fourth empty parameters are unused for export; and "false" is to suppress output of BOM ("true" is the default to output the BOM).

Calc

  • Signature Lines are now available in Calc too (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB) tdf#117903
  • Header/Footer are disabled now for page settings by default (Heiko Tietze) tdf#99296
  • Now it is possible to do multivariate regression analysis using the regression tool (Data ▸ Statistics ▸ Regression). In addition, many more statistical measures are now available in the analysis output. For example, it shows confidence intervals for all the estimated parameters. (Dennis Francis - Collabora) tdf#109042 tdf#114092 blog entry
The new regression dialog with support for multivariate regression and other related features


New spreadsheet functions

  • REGEX to match text against a regular expression and optionally replace text. (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.)) tdf#113977

Impress & Draw

Related to Animation Editing:

  • Fix named object display of the animation entry. tdf#90243 (Mark Hung)
  • Update display of the animation entry when object renames. tdf#45178 (Mark Hung)
  • Display actual paragraph grouping level in Text Animation tab. tdf#47995 (Mark Hung)
  • Prevent animation removed when setting as "As One Object" tdf#67611 (Mark Hung)
  • Dispose old motion path so that new path works when changing the motion path type. tdf#33022 (Mark Hung)
  • Allow changing the motion path by dragging its control points. tdf#53993 (Mark Hung)

UI:

  • "Next" is disabled on the presenter console when the last slide is reached (arrow right goes ahead to the "end of presentation" slide) (Heiko Tietze) tdf#118443
  • Couple of text-related drawing styles were added (Heiko Tietze) tdf#94369
  • Table-size actions for Minimize and Optimize were added and Distribute Rows changed to set equal row height based on the tallest row, similar to Writer. tdf#117721 (Justin Luth, SIL)
  • Added Table submenu to menu Format in Draw tdf#120540 Justin Luth

Base

Chart

Math

BASIC

Core / General

  • Signature Lines can now be signed with an image of your handwritten signature (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB) tdf#118568

Fonts

  • Addition of Source Serif Pro (Heiko Tietze) tdf#79022

LibreOffice Help

Filters

Improvements of PPTX import/export filter:

  • Related to Animation PPTX Export:
    • Fix put on the brake animation. tdf#118768 (Mark Hung)
    • Fix motion path offsetting to upperleft corner. tdf#118806 (Mark Hung)
    • Fix Grow-shrink animation. tdf#118836 (Mark Hung)
    • Rotation animation no longer corrupt pptx file. tdf#118783 (Mark Hung)
    • Color transform no longer corrupt pptx file. tdf#118835 (Mark Hung)
    • Fix animation motion path. tdf#118825 (Mark Hung)
  • Related to Animation PPTX Import:
    • Fix underline letter-by-letter animation. tdf#113822 (Mark Hung)
    • Fix put on the brake animation. tdf#50499 (Mark Hung)
    • Fix Grow-shrink animation. tdf#98477 tdf#118890 (Mark Hung)
    • Fix swivel animation. tdf#113818 (Mark Hung)
    • Fix import delay between letter-by-letter animation. tdf#119118 (Mark Hung)

Improvements of PPT import/export filter:

  • PPT import of swivel animation. tdf#118080 (Mark Hung)

Improvements of animation rendering:

  • Fix text disappearing of "Put on the brakes." animation. tdf#108435 (Mark Hung)
  • Fix RTL text positions of animation. tdf#55361 (Mark Hung)

Document Encryption

  • Implement OOXML agile encryption. OOXML Agile encryption can use AES-256-CBC encryption algorithm with SHA512 hash function. (Tomaž Vajngerl - Collabora)
  • HMAC verification (when saving an encrypted document) is now supported as well, which verifies that the document is bit-exact as when it was saved. (Tomaž Vajngerl - Collabora)
  • Change the default for OOXML to use AES-256-CBC and SHA512, which is supported by all recent Microsoft Office and LibreOffice versions. (Tomaž Vajngerl - Collabora)

GUI

Classic Toolbars

  • Standard toolbar presents now the enhanced widget for special characters by default (Rizal Muttaqin, Heiko Tietze) tdf#118539,tdf#118993
  • Track Changes toolbar now has Accept All Changes and Reject All Changes by default (Rizal Muttaqin) tdf#121187
New Track Changes toolbar with Accept All Changes and Reject All Changes

Dialogs

  • Added labels Minimum and Maximum for some conditions in dialog Conditional formatting (Roman Kuznetsov) tdf#117719

Online

Localization

Incorporation of other languages

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If you speak an endangered language and want to help us to achieve our goal of providing free tools for every single person on Earth, please join us.

Feature removal / deprecation

General

The KDE4 VCL backend is deprecated and will be removed in the next version.

The GTK+2 VCL backend is deprecated and will be removed in a future version.

Platform Compatibility

Mac

Windows

Linux

Linux x86 (32-bit) releases are deprecated. Starting with a future version (to be announced), there will be no Linux x86 builds produced by TDF. This does not mean that Linux x86 compatibility will be removed.

KDE 5

A new Qt5 and KDE5 VCL plugin have been implemented (with KDE5 plugin being based on Qt5 one) to provide smooth integration into KDE Plasma 5 and other Qt-based desktop environments, with the following features:

  • Native widget rendering
  • Native Plasma file and folder picker
  • Native menus including Plasma global menu integration
  • Dual screen support
  • System clipboard integration
  • Basic native drag'n'drop
  • Basic accessibility support (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)

Bugs and missing features are tracked via meta bug tdf#102495.

API changes

UNO API changes

  • SAL_FINAL (which had only been intended for internal use anyway) has been removed from sal/types.h. commit
  • SAL_BOUND has been removed from sal/macros.h. commit
  • New UNO command UseHeaderFooterMenu introduced to disable the advanced menu in Writer tdf#118621 (see also section #Writer)

Configuration changes

  • The no-longer used property /org.openoffice.Office.Common/Help/StartCenter/StartCenterHideExternalLinks has been removed. commit

SDK changes

Android Viewer

New Features

  • Ability to print documents commit
  • Ability to export documents to PDF commit
  • Ability to add worksheets on Spreadsheet documents commit
  • Ability to add slides on Presentation documents commit
  • Added language support commit
  • Added Turkish Language commit

Bug fixes/improvements