LibreOffice 7.0: Release Notes

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Writer

  • Actually not limited to lists; e.g., page numbering may also use padding (ODT only).
Padded numbering in Writer
  • Bookmarks and Fields can now be protected to prevent accidental changes to them (See Tools ▸ Protect Document) (Katarina Behrens, Michael Stahl, Samuel Mehrbrodt - CIB)
  • Fix in Mail merge: progress is not updated during export of many files tdf#133270 (Serge Krot, CIB)
  • Improved rotated text handling in Writer's table rows with automatic height. More info in this blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • Implemented support for semi-transparent text in Writer. More info in this blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
Semi-transparent text in Writer
  • Bookmarks can now be displayed in-line in the text, controlled by Standard Toolbar ▸ Toggle Formatting Marks and Tools ▸ Options... ▸ LibreOffice Writer ▸ Formatting Aids ▸ Bookmarks tdf#45589 core commit 4ce8120f1 core commit 04405edc3 (Michael Stahl, CIB)
Bookmark positions in the text
  • Empty input fields were completely invisible and now they are highlighted with grey background too tdf#101830 (Serge Krot, CIB)

AutoCorrect

Improved usage of quotation marks and apostrophe in several languages (László Németh)

  • Replace ASCII apostrophe with typographic apostrophe () in Czech, German, Icelandic, Slovak and Slovene instead of second level quotation mark () outside of second level quotation tdf#128860
Before
      ‚word' → ‚word‘
      word' → word‘ (bad)
After
      ‚word' → ‚word‘
      word' → word’ (good)
  • Replace character sequences << and >> with double angle quotes « and » in Finnish, German, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, where these quotation marks are in use, but their actual Single and Double Quotes replacement doesn't support them tdf#133524
  • Replace ASCII quotation mark " with second level quotation marks inside primary level quotation in Hungarian and Romanian (these languages use apostrophe and single quotation marks instead of the equally important double angle quotes in Single Quotes AutoCorrect) tdf#133524
      " → „
      „... " → „... »
      „... »word" → „... »word«
      „... »word« ..." → „... »word« ...”

Accessibility improvements

New (experimental) features have been added to make documents more accessible: an accessibility check tool to review common accessibility problems in documents, and support for PDF/UA specifications in the PDF export dialog. More information in this blog post (Tomaž Vajngerl)

To enable the accessibility check tool and the PDF/UA export, go to:

  • Tools ▸ Options... ▸ LibreOffice ▸ Advanced ▸ Optional Features ▸ Enable experimental features (may be unstable)
  • Restart LibreOffice

You can then find the accessibility check tool in Tools ▸ Accessibility Check..., and the PDF/UA export option in File ▸ Export As ▸ Export as PDF... ▸ Universal Accessibility (PDF/UA).

Accessibility check tool in action
Option to create a universal accessibility-compliant PDF file that follows the requirements of PDF/UA (ISO 14/289) specifications. The "Tagged PDF" option is automatically ticked.

Calc

New spreadsheet functions

  • RAND.NV() and RANDBETWEEN.NV() non-volatile random number generating functions that are not recalculated on every input like RAND() and RANDBETWEEN() are. tdf#127831 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))

Changed spreadsheet functions

  • Functions that allow using regular expressions now correctly honor case-insensitivity flags (?i) / (?-i) in the expression. Note that the default case-sensitivity of the functions is not changed; the affected functions: AVERAGEIF, AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIF, COUNTIFS, HLOOKUP, LOOKUP, MATCH, SEARCH, SUMIF, SUMIFS, VLOOKUP are case-insensitive by default, so the sensitivity only changes after first (?-i) in the regular expression tdf#78840 (Mike Kaganski, Collabora)
  • TEXT() now allows the second argument to be an empty format string for interoperability with other implementations. If the first argument is numeric or a text string that could be converted to a number (according to formula detailed settings) then an empty string is returned. If the first argument is a text string that can not be converted to number then that text string is returned. In previous releases an empty format string always results in Err:502 (invalid argument) error. tdf#131536 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
  • OFFSET() optional 4th parameter (Width) and 5th parameter (Height) now must be greater than 0 if given, otherwise the result is Err:502 (invalid argument) error. In previous releases a negative argument value was silently taken as value 1, which does not comply with the specification and other implementations. tdf#85551 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))

Performance improvements

  • Improved opening speed of XLSX files with many pictures tdf#93831 (Noel Grandin, Collabora)
  • Improved searching speed in autofilter pulldown tdf#76481 (Noel Grandin, Collabora)
  • Improved Calc autofill speed tdf#88109 (Noel Grandin, Collabora)
  • Decreased a time for a sheet deleting's undoing operation tdf#132454 (Luboš Luňák and Noel Grandin, Collabora)

Other

  • Allow raising text import dialog for paste tdf#125440 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Add Alt+= keyboard shortcut for autosum tdf#39302 (Martin van Zijl)

Impress & Draw

  • Subscripts now return to the default of 8%. Automatic positioning fixed for superscripts and subscripts in Textboxes (editeng). Positioning fixed for textboxes with "Autofit text". Users may need to fix exaggerated superscripts in presentations created since LO 4.1. tdf#80194 tdf#89849 (Justin Luth, SIL)
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  • Implemented support for semi-transparent text in Draw/Impress. More info in this blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
Semi-transparent text in Draw
  • Draw (and other modules) now support page sizes larger than 200" during pdf export (using PDF 1.6 markup). More info in this blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)

Performance improvements

  • Speed up: Long operation during typing in list with animations tdf#129708 (Serge Krot, CIB)
  • Speed up: entering to table editing mode became faster tdf#120216 (Mark Hung)
  • Speed up: improved opening speed for some PPT files tdf#131496 (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)

Base

Math

  • Added RGB personalized color. You should use syntax like color rgb 0 100 0 { your_symbols } in Formula editor. That "color" is available in Element's Attributes pane too tdf#40436 (Dante DM)
  • Added a Laplace symbol tdf#47914 (Dante DM)

BASIC

  • For numeric types, the current locale for the decimal and thousands separators is taken into account, e.g., 1.234,321 in de_DE becomes 1234, whereas 1,234.321 in the en_UK locale provides the same result. tdf#97983 (Andreas Heinisch)
  • Replace function now case-insensitively replaces non-ASCII Unicode character by default. tdf#132389 (Andreas Heinisch)

Core / General

  • Glow effect on objects was implemented tdf#101181 (Tamás Bunth, Mike Kaganski, Collabora)

Navigator

Writer's Navigator got many improvements by Jim Raykowski:

  • Navigator's categories are gray if they don't have any items (the same for Calc's Navigator) tdf#129625
  • All objects in Navigator (Headings, Tables, Frames, Images, etc.) have own context menu items like Go To, Edit, Delete, Rename tdf#128814
  • Headings in Navigator have Promote/Demote level and Promote/Demote chapter context menu items tdf#128814
  • Table's context menu in Navigator now has Insert caption item tdf#128814
  • Added Outline tracking for Headings in Navigator. It can be in three states: Default, Focus, Off. Try clicking with your mouse in several places in your big text document with many headings. You'll see that Headings in Navigator will be selected automatically according to text cursor position tdf#108766
  • Replaced the navigation toolbox with the navigate by elements control tdf#89566
  • Added Navigator section tooltip word and character count tdf#63967

Config options

  • New config options to disable individual Infobars has been added. core commit 29575dc6 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
    • Look for org.openoffice.Office.UI.Infobar in Expert config
  • New config option to prevent disabling readonly mode tdf#101652 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
    • Look for AllowEditReadonlyDocs in Expert config
  • New option to disallow opening files locked by other users (Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
    • Look for AllowOverrideLocking in Expert config

LibreOffice Help

  • Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported for viewing the Help
  • New help pages for Property and Resume LibreOffice Basic statements as well as Err VBA object (Alain Romedenne).
  • Basic Syntax diagrams are starting to be included inside help pages (Alain Romedenne).
Argument syntax in Function/Property/Sub
  • Help pages now have module brand color in the header (Olivier Hallot).
Help pages with module color
  • Review and enhancements of Calc functions syntax in Help pages, using square brackets for optional arguments (S. Fanning).
 SUMIFS(Func_Range; Range1; Criterion1[; Range2; Criterion2][; … ; [Range127; Criterion127]]) 
  • Continuous improvements in Help contents and accuracy (S. Fanning, O. Hallot, A. Romedenne, S. Chaiklin, M. Kaganski, S. Horacek, A. Barrientos, S. Schröder, E. Rahtke, I.Lauhakangas, S. Bergman and many others).

Filters

ODF 1.3

LibreOffice 7.0 adds support for exporting to new versions of ODF, available via Tools ▸ Options ▸ Load/Save ▸ General ▸ ODF format version: "ODF 1.3" and "ODF 1.3 Extended"; the latter is the default, unless the user has previously changed the version in the configuration. These implement the current OASIS OpenDocument 1.3 Committee Specification 01. core commit a541cd919 (Michael Stahl, CIB)

All of the previously existing versions are still available. There were several fixes to prevent producing invalid files when choosing earlier ODF versions ("ODF 1.0/1.1", "ODF 1.2", "ODF 1.2 Extended"). In particular, Chart interpolation type "stepped" and regression curve types "moving-average" and "polynomial" are no longer exported in version "ODF 1.2 Extended". These features are available in ODF 1.3, so it is recommended to save documents with version "ODF 1.3" or "ODF 1.3 Extended". The latter is the default file format in LibreOffice 7.0. tdf#130176 core commit 58c01351 (Michael Stahl, CIB)

Recent versions of LibreOffice should have no issues consuming "ODF 1.3 Extended" files. The only known exception is OpenPGP/GPG encrypted ODF 1.3 documents, which can be imported only since LibreOffice 6.4.5. If compatibility with old and no longer maintained ODF consumers (such as OpenOffice.org, Apache OpenOffice or LibreOffice 3.x) is required, and conformance to the ODF standard is no concern, the version "ODF 1.2 Extended (compatibility mode)" continues to be available.

Improvements of the EMF+ import filter

  • Add support for linear gradient import tdf#124424 (Armin Le Grand, Bartosz Kosiorek)
  • Add support for BeginContainer record to properly display image tdf#131542 (Bartosz Kosiorek)

Improvements of DOCX export filter

  • DOCX now saves in native 2013/2016/2019 mode instead of in 2007 compatibility mode. “This mode is intended to ensure users of different versions of Microsoft Office can continue working together and documents created with older versions of Office won’t look any different when they’re opened in future versions of Office.” So this mainly benefits Word users - where documents can use more features and Word’s bugfixes since DOCX 1.0 can be applied. Although this means Word 2010 users lose out a little, Microsoft has done the same to them since 2013, and it is end-of-life before 7.0 reaches stable status. Word 2010 users should upgrade to LibreOffice. tdf#131304 tdf#123116 tdf#131121 (Justin, SIL; Miklos/Mike, Collabora; Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)

Improvements of XLSX export filter

  • Export into XLSX with sheet names bigger than 31 characters tdf#79998 (Serge Krot, CIB)
  • Export checkboxes into XLSX tdf#106181 (Serge Krot, CIB)
  • Resolved "invalid content error" when opening exported XLSX file with shape tdf#133595 (Serge Krot, CIB)

Improvements of PPTX import/export filter

  • Implemented better support for Impress math objects from PPTX, avoiding duplication. More info in this blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)

GUI

Classic Toolbars

  • All toolbars are locked by default now on fresh user profiles tdf#92484 (Ahmad Ganzouri)

Icon Theme

Best Fit for macOS
  • The unmaintained Tango icon theme was removed from core but will be available as extension. tdf#132022 (Rizal Muttaqin, Heiko Tietze)

Dialogs

  • New icons and banner in Windows installer. tdf#130778 (Bayu Rizaldhan Rayes, Rizal Muttaqin, Muhammad Rivan)
Sidebar-en.png
Installation Type-en.png
Installation Progress-en.png
  • Renaming a page in Draw or slide in Impress with empty or already used name give a tool tip dialog. tdf#129032 (Heiko Tietze)
Renaming Same Name Slide.png

Start Center

  • Fixed unnecessary scrolling for recent documents and templates in Start Center when all thumbnails displays in the window tdf#91818 (Roman Kuznetsov)
  • Fixed unnecessary scrolling for recent documents and templates in Start Center to empty space not appear below of last thumbnails row tdf#132441 (Roman Kuznetsov)

Localization

New languages/locales with locale data

  • Ligurian [lij-IT]. tdf#130579 (Jean Maillard, Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
  • Minangkabau [min-ID]. tdf#130772 (Peter Farley, Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
  • Sundanese [sun-ID]. tdf#131297 (Rizal Muttaqin, Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))

Scripting

Python

Support for building against the obsolete CPython 2.7 has been removed, and scripts are now always executed on CPython 3 core commit c4fa6efa67775a6b333a4a5aa873b5cc24a4f7bc (Michael Stahl, CIB)

Feature removal / deprecation

General

Filters

Platform Compatibility

Mac

Support for macOS 10.10 and 10.11 is deprecated. Minimum runtime requirement will be raised in a future release.

Windows

  • Windows Default apps button was added to Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ General, to call Windows file associations management. This button behaves according to Microsoft file association management policy, which is to open "Default apps" on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1; and to show a message telling user how to open that applet manually in Windows 10. This only works with registered application, so would not work for portable or testing (e.g. beta, when not using WRITE_REGSITRY=1 installation option) releases tdf#44462 (Mike Kaganski, Collabora)

Linux

On Linux, file://host/ URLs (denoting filesystem resources on a specific host) were in the past sometimes silently treated as smb://host/ URLs denoting resources accessed via the SMB protocol. This is no longer done. If you want to access a file via the SMB protocol, use a smb URL. core commit fa314082a89f917912dd2e610ac19991b84921fa (Stephan Bergman)

KDE 5 + Qt5

  • Introduced basic HiDPI scaling for Qt5 tdf#127687 (Luca Carlon, Jan-Marek Glogowski)

Java support

  • The four Java jars juh.jar, jurt.jar, ridl.jar, and unoil.jar are now combined into a single libreoffice.jar. The four jars provided classes in overlapping packages, so could not be used with the Java module system. For backwards compatibility, juh.jar, jurt.jar, ridl.jar, and unoil.jar are still present as empty stubs referencing the combined libreoffice.jar. tdf#117331 (Stephan Bergmann; Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
  • Java Modules are now supported (using JRE >= 9). The following modules are available:
    • libreoffice.jar: org.libreoffice.uno
    • unoloader.jar: org.libreoffice.unoloader

API changes

UNO API changes

  • remove BasicImport UNO interfaces and service (css::document::XMLBasicImporter, css::document::XMLOasisBasicImporter, css::document::XXMLOasisBasicImporter), which were used internally to load the scripts embedded in documents. core commit 214e6caf2c503d817c47ebcc419e4f7e33b336ac (Noel Grandin)
  • add new XPackageEncryption UNO interface and service (css::packages::XPackageEncryption and css::packages::PackageEncryption), can be used to implement encryption plugins via extensions. The older MS-Crypto schemes were modified to implement that API core commit b9353394f46e46485fd148f2842f0c1e8e5322e3 (Vasily Melenchuk, CIB)

Configuration changes