The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.5.3

Record number of new contributors + 10 Google Summer of Code projects

Berlin, May 2, 2012 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.5.3, the fourth version of the 3.5 family. LibreOffice 3.5.3 provides additional stability to corporate and individual users of the best free office suite ever.

“In April 2012, 34 new developers contributed code to The Document Foundation, the largest number since January 2011 [Source: http://www.ohloh.net]. Eight of them have already committed more than once, thanks to the help of an extremely welcoming community, where old developers spend a portion of their time mentoring new ones to bring them up to speed,” comments Norbert Thiebaud, a volunteer developer active since September 28, 2010. “In less than two years, we have been able to build an authentically diverse community, where full time and volunteer developers coexist and help each other, as it should happen in every free software project.”

Ten of the new developers are Google Summer of Code 2012 students, who will work at developing the following features:

  • Calc performance improvements;
  • Lightproof improvements;
  • collaborative spreadsheet editing using Telepathy;
  • a Microsoft Publisher import filter;
  • a signed PDF export;
  • a smartphone remote control;
  • a new UI for picking templates;
  • a Java based GUI for an Android viewer;
  • an improved Impress SVG export filter;
  • tooling for more and better tests.

LibreOffice 3.5.3 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

Change logs are available at http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.3/RC1 and http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.3/RC2.

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