A statement said version 6.1 came about seven months after the .0 version made its debut in January. LibreOffice has a word processor (Write), spreadsheet (Calc), presentation tool (Impress), database (Base) drawing tool (Draw) and mathematics formula tool (Math).
Prominent among the new features are:
- Colibre, a new icon theme for Windows based on Microsoft's icon design guidelines, which makes the office suite visually appealing for users coming from the Microsoft environment;
- A reworked image handling feature, which is significantly faster and smoother thanks to a new graphic manager and an improved image lifecycle, with some advantages also when loading documents in Microsoft proprietary formats;
- The reorganisation of Draw menus with the addition of a new Page menu, for better UX consistency across the different modules;
- A major improvement for Base, only available in experimental mode: the old HSQLDB database engine has been deprecated, though still available, and the new Firebird database engine is now the default option (users are encouraged to migrate files using the migration assistant from HSQLDB to Firebird, or by exporting them to an external HSQLDB server);
- Significant improvements in all modules of LibreOffice Online, with changes to the user interface to make it more appealing and consistent with the desktop version;
- An improved EPUB export filter, in terms of link, table, image, font embedding and footnote support, with more options for customising metadata;
- Online Help pages have been enriched with text and example files to guide the users through features, and are now easier to localise.
Since 6.1 is bleeding edge software, The Document Foundation said it recommended version 6.0 for business deployments.
"In addition, there is a global community of individual volunteers taking care of other fundamental activities such as quality assurance, software localisation, user interface design and user experience, editing of help system text and documentation, plus free software and open document standards advocacy at a local level."