Don't panic if you don't like how the header screenshot looks, which is just the usual image with a filter to invert the colors. And it is that just announced the availability of LibreOffice 7.5.0, and among its novelties, The Document Foundation has highlighted that the dark theme has received improvements. As a Linux user, and seeing that both KDE and GNOME are already pretty good, I want to see how this improvement looks, I don't know if we or only Windows users will notice.
With the last name of Community, since it must be made clear that there is a version for companies with improved support, LibreOffice 7.5 is a new major update, so introduces new features in your text editor, spreadsheets and other applications. They have released a video that summarizes some of these novelties, and it is the one you have below these lines.
LibreOffice 7.5.0 Highlights
- Major improvements in dark mode support.
- New, more colorful and vibrant application icons and MIME types.
- The Start Center can filter documents by type.
- An improved version of the single toolbar UI has been implemented.
- Improved PDF export with various fixes and new options and features.
- Font embedding support on macOS.
- Improvements to the Font Features dialog with several new options.
- Added a zoom slider to the bottom right of the macro editor.
- Markers have been greatly improved and are now much more visible.
- Objects can be marked as decorative to improve accessibility.
- New types have been added to content controls, which also improve the quality of PDF forms.
- A new automatic accessibility check option has been added to the Tools menu.
- Initial machine translation, based on DeepL translation APIs, is now available.
- Various improvements in spell checking.
- Data tables now support charts.
- The feature wizard now allows you to search by descriptions.
- Added "spellable" number formats.
- Conditional formatting conditions are now not case sensitive.
- Fixed behavior when entering numbers with a single prefix quote (')
- Impress and Draw:
- New set of default table styles and creation of table styles.
- Table styles can be customized, saved as master items, and exported.
- Objects can be dragged and dropped in the browser.
- It is now possible to trim videos embedded in the slide and still play them.
- The Presenter Console can also run as a normal window instead of full screen.
Interoperability with Microsoft Office
Support for sharing files with Microsoft Office has been improved:
Building on the hallmarks of the LibreOffice Technology platform for personal productivity across desktop, mobile, and cloud, LibreOffice 7.5 provides a host of enhancements and new features targeted at users sharing documents with MS Office or migrating from MS Office. These users should check for new versions of LibreOffice regularly, as progress is so rapid that each new version greatly improves the previous one.
At this point, where we already have a new major update available, we must remember once again that what they have released today is a update your "fresh" branch, that is, the one that receives everything new before, but has not yet received security or performance patches. In the download page From The Document Foundation we already have LibreOffice 7.5.0 available, but there is also LO 7.4.5, which is now the recommended version for production teams.
THE 7.4.5 it is the version that is now in the “still” branch (restrained, LTS according to some), and what we Linux users will get will depend on the philosophy of our distribution.