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Writer

  • Added option to mark comments as resolved in Writer tdf#119228 (Scott Clarke, Codethink)
A resolved comment
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The same comment made invisible
  • Fix missing change tracking layout of numbers and bullets of lists tdf#42748 (László Németh, NISZ)
  • The btLr text direction is now available in Writer Text Frames as well blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • It is now possible to comment on Writer images and charts blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • The DOCX VML import now supports tbRl text direction for Writer Text Frames (used for e.g. Japanese text) blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • Word-style continuous endnotes (not on separate page) are now supported and used for DOC files blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • Improved import/export of DOCX abstract numbering tdf#95848 (Michael Stahl, CIB)
  • Improved import/export of DOCX list label formatting tdf#64222 (Michael Stahl, CIB)
  • Improved handling of Word text fields, including working Undo/Redo and a configuration option Office::Common::Filter::Microsoft::Import::ForceImportWWFieldsAsGenericFields to round-trip even nested fields in RTF and DOCX (Michael Stahl, CIB)

Tables

UI improvements in table handling (László Németh, NISZ):

  • Fast table moving & deletion: Cut command cuts the selected table instead of removing its text content tdf#118311
  • Fast table row/column moving & deletion tdf#127759
    • Cut command cuts the selected table rows or columns, if they are selected by enhanced table selection (clicking in front of them)
    • After that, paste command inserts the removed table part before the actual row/column
  • Drag & drop mouse operation moves the selected table instead of duplicate it tdf#84806

Calc

  • Improved selecting cells which contain hyperlinks tdf#126393 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Files in Calc can now be exported to PDF with all pages on a sheet at one page in the PDF, see core commit 68dc00 and the blog post (Muhammet Kara, Collabora)
  • On MM:SS or [MM]:SS or MM:SS.00 or [MM]:SS.00 pre-formatted cells a two digit groups input like 12:34 is now accepted as minutes:seconds value instead of the usual hours:minutes:00 value; to force the usual hours:minutes:seconds input on such cells enter three digit groups like 12:34:00. tdf#76441 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
  • Improved scalability of formula-groups computation on CPUs with large number of cores by potentially threading multiple independent formula-groups together. core commit 845e1c (Dennis Francis, Collabora)
  • Shading of columns/rows headers is removed; the headers are drawn flat now. tdf#127508 (Heiko Tietze)

Full-Sheet Previews

Thanks to the new full-sheet previews option of the PDF export options, it is now possible to export your files in Calc to PDF with all pages on a sheet as one page in the PDF. This allows the users to see the full content of a spreadsheet document in a pdf form, without the usual slicing of the sheets into printable pages. official blog post blog post with dev notes core commit 68dc00 core commit c11d96 core commit e23496 core commit 45122e (Muhammet Kara, Collabora)

How to use it?

  • Open your spreadsheet document in LibreOffice Calc
  • From the menu, select File ▸ Export as PDF...
  • On the General tab of the PDF Options dialog, check the option named Full-Sheet Previews
  • Click the Export button, and choose a location for your preview pdf
  • Enjoy your pdf file of full sheet previews
Full-Sheet Previews option
Sample spreadsheet
Usual PDF output of the sample sheet
Full-sheet preview pdf of the sample sheet

Available in the Online API

The new full-sheet preview feature has also been added to the Online REST API. The command below can be used to get a full-sheet preview output of a spreadsheet document in the PDF format:

curl --insecure -F "data=@YourSpreadSheetDocument.ods" -F "FullSheetPreview=true" https://localhost:9980/lool/convert-to/pdf > out.pdf

Please note that using the --insecure option is only needed while testing the feature on a local setup, and we recommended against using it for non-testing cases.

XML Source

  • XML structure containing nested repeat elements can now be imported. (Kohei Yoshida)
  • It is no longer an experimental feature, and is enabled by default without having to enable experimental features. (Kohei Yoshida)
  • Improved stability and fixed some rare-occurring crashes. (Stephan Bergmann, Kohei Yoshida)

New spreadsheet functions

Changed spreadsheet functions

Impress & Draw

  • Added 'Remove Hyperlink' to context menu in Impress tdf#111707 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Added 'Consolidate Text' which combines multiple selected textboxes into one (primarily to simplify editing fragmented content from imported PDFs). tdf#118370 (Justin Luth, SIL)
  • Interaction now only executed in presentation mode (when clicking on an object). For edit mode, a context menu "Execute interaction" was added. tdf#125748 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Image Maps now respect the setting to require Ctrl-Click to follow the hyperlink (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Hyperlink in Image Maps now work in Slideshow too tdf#74045 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Math objects from PPTX are now handled better, ignoring their replacement image blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)

Base

Access2Base callable from Python: The Access2Base API for Base users can from the 6.4 release on be invoked either from Basic (as usual) or from Python. In the latter case, the Python process may be running from inside or outside (via sockets) the LibreOffice process. Basic and Python may be mixed in the same application. Example: run from a Python console (or from a Python script)

 from access2base import *
 db = Application.OpenDatabase('C:\...\... .odb')
 rs = db.OpenRecordset('SELECT * FROM [EXPENSES]')
 data = rs.GetRows(1000)   # data contains a tuple of (max 1000) Expenses records

More to read on the documentation page (Jean-Pierre Ledure).

Chart

Math

BASIC

  • Macros: When converting Hex strings of negative value, treat the high-order bit always as sign bit, e.g., &H8000 = -2^15, &HFFFF = -1, and &H7FFFFFFF = 2^31-1. Behaviour is identical in either modes, i.e., LibO Basic, with Option Compatible, and Option VBA Support 0/1. tdf#62326 (Andreas Heinisch)
  • Fix handling for function that does not has closing parenthesis. tdf#80731 (Pierre Lepage; Mike Kaganski, Collabora)

Core / General

  • Internal Paths are now displayed in the UI tdf#126088 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Add checkbox to enable/disable sending crash reports to TDF tdf#107471 (Gabor Kelemen)
  • Hyperlink context menus were unified. Every hyperlink now has the following context menu entries: (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
    • Open Hyperlink
    • Edit Hyperlink
    • Copy Hyperlink location
    • Remove Hyperlink
  • Generate QR Code feature is added in LO (Shubham Goyal, GSoC; mentors: Thorsten Behrens, Samuel Mehrbrodt)
    • To generate a QR code in LO apps (Impress, Draw, Writer or Calc), go to Insert ▸ Object ▸ QR Code
    • The QR code generator takes 3 inputs:
    • URL/Text: For which QR code is to be made.
    • Correction: Select the complexity of QR code. More complex QR can recover better if destroyed. "Low" is preferable for long URLs.
    • Border: A border around the generated QR code.
QR Code Generator
Generated QR with above parameters

LibreOffice Help

  • Help pages for Calc's FOURIER function and Fourier analysis. commit (Olivier Hallot)
  • Help (online version) has now a local search engine xapian-omega with faster and more precise search results. (Olivier Hallot)
xapian-omega search results page in online Help
  • Many Help pages have now localized screenshots for a better user experience. For example, here, here and here. (Olivier Hallot)
Screenshots of dialogs in Help pages

Filters

Improvements of Excel 2003 XML import filter:

NOTE: The core functionality of importing Excel 2003 XML files is provided by the orcus library.

  • Fixed issues with importing files encoded with UTF-16. tdf#123553 (Kohei Yoshida)
  • Fixed issues with importing files containing named color values. tdf#126515 tdf#123880 (Kohei Yoshida)
  • Fixed several XML parsing issues that affected importing of certain files. (Kohei Yoshida)

Improvements of DOC and DOCX import/export filter:

  • Subscript/Superscript (escapement): many improvements preventing position creep on every save, allowing escapement in character styles, more accurate placement of "automatic" escapement, and support for greater than 100% escapement. tdf#99602 tdf#120412 (NISZ and SIL)

Improvements of PPT and PPTX import/export filter:

  • Make gradient as slide background in Powerpoint PPTX roundtrip correctly tdf#127379 (Tamás Zolnai, Collabora)

Improvements of animation rendering:

Document Encryption

Document Signatures

  • Keep ODF macro signatures when modifying a document or creating a document from a signed template without changing macro code (tdf#42316, Jan-Marek Glogowski, CIB)

GUI

General Improvements

  • Document thumbnails at the start center have now an icon overlaid to indicate the module tdf#125756 (Heiko Tietze, TDF)
StartCenter.png

Sidebar

  • Added Table panel to Writer's Sidebar, commit (Tamás Zolnai, Collabora)
New Table panel on Writer's Sidebar

Classic Toolbars

Icon Theme

Dialogs

Online and Mobile

  • Add Table Resize Handles for iOS/Mobile tdf#126959 (Tomaž Vajngerl, Collabora)
  • Make it possible to move graphic elements to front or backwards on iOS/Mobile tdf#125566 (Tomaž Vajngerl, Collabora)
  • A whole bunch of improvements, to be spelled out later (Michael Meeks, Tor Lillqvist, Tomaž Vajngerl, Dennis Francis, Andras Timar, Muhammet Kara, Miklos Vajna, Ashod, Jan Holesovsky, Ashod Nakashian, Mike Kaganski, Collabora)

Menu

An option to hide the ruler has been added (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)

Statusbar

A dropdown has been added to the statusbar to allow quick document language switching (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)

Customization

The following PostMessage method has been added to allow UI customization: (Samuel Mehrbodt, CIB)

  • Remove_Statusbar_Element to remove an element from the statusbar

Localization

  • Updated Slovenian thesaurus. commit (Andras Timar)
  • AutoText in Writer: Complete all translated user interfaces with Formula Numbering (FN+F3) and Lorem Ipsum dummy text (LOREM+F3) tdf#81436 (Laurent BP)

Incorporation of other languages

Feature removal / deprecation

Java

Support for Java 6 and 7 has been removed. Java 8 is now the oldest supported version.

General

GUI

GTK+2 VCL plugin

The GTK+2 VCL backend has been removed. commit 1ae450504cf57457f9702684b1517fda1dd3c481

Platform Compatibility

Mac

Windows

  • Allow setting a process memory limit for soffice.bin. (Jan-Marek Glogowski, CIB)
This can be activated by editing the bootstrap.ini. For more information read the comments at https://gerrit.libreoffice.org/#/c/78819/
[Win32]
LimitMaximumMemoryInMB=0
ExcludeChildProcessesFromLimit=true
  • Don't rely on Windows own recent-folder handling in the native file picker (tdf#43021, Jan-Marek Glogowski, CIB)
LibreOffice already saves and restores it's recent folder, and Windows handling interferes with file pickers used from scripting languages.

Linux

Kf5 + Qt5

Kf5/Qt5 VCL plugin continues to close the functionality gap w.r.t. other VCL backends. Independent from fixed bugs, the most user visible improvements and changes are:

  • Renaming the VCL plugin from kde5 to kf5 tdf#125922
  • Fixed touchpad scrolling tdf#125201
  • Fixed primary selection and other clipboard related problems by implementing a lazy clipboard tdf#122239
  • Better support for modifier handling during drag’n’drop operations tdf#126560
  • Correct grouping of LibreOffice module windows and dialogs in task bars tdf#125921 tdf#129071
  • Qt theming of tabbed widgets tdf#105884

(Jan-Marek Glogowski (CIB), Michael Weghorn (LHM), Katarina Behrens (CIB))

The full list of bugs fixed in 6.4 and its maintanance releases can be found here. Further bugs and missing features are tracked via the KDE meta bug tdf#102495.

API changes

UNO API changes

General

  • The following new properties have been added to MediaDescriptor. They allow locking down certain aspects per document (Samuel Mehrbrodt, Serge Krot - CIB):
    • LockContentExtraction: Forbids copying/dragging any text from the respective document to another document or application
    • LockExport: Prevents exporting document content to any file
    • LockPrint: Disables all print functions
    • LockSave: Disables the save function
    • LockEditDoc: Disables switching to edit mode from read-only mode

Infobar

Infobar now has a UNO API (XInfobarProvider). You can add, update and remove Infobars via the API. tdf#97926 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)

Configuration changes

  • Improved the DisableMacrosExecution setting. When setting that option to true, any macro execution is forbidden (even in Basic/Javascript/Beanshell Editor). Also the corresponding menu entries are disabled now. (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)

SDK changes

Android Viewer

New Features