LibreOffice 7.6 arrives with support for touchpad gestures and these other new features

LibreOffice 7.6.0

The Document Foundation has just announced the release of a new medium update to its office suite. In this case it is LibreOffice 7.6.0, according to the words of the project, «the latter based on the historical release numbering scheme (first digit for release cycle, second digit for major release)«. Starting in 2024, TDF will use year and month numbering, so the next major release will be LibreOffice 2024.02.

Of that numbering, it also remains to be seen how far a series has to go to be recommended for production teams. Until now, TDF was expected to have at least 5 point versions for this recommendation, and right now the one recommended for work environments is LO 7.5.5. But this will also change next year, although later. Before you must reach 7.6.5. What you have next is the News list which have arrived alongside LibreOffice 7.6.0.

LibreOffice 7.6.0 Highlights

  • General:
    • Support for zoom gestures when using touchpads in the main view.
    • Support for document themes, and import and export of theme definitions for ODF and OOXML documents.
    • Numerous font handling improvements, especially for right-to-left, CJK, and other Asian alphabets.
  • Writer
    • New page number wizard in the Insert menu, to easily insert the page number in the header/footer in one step.
    • The Paragraph Style drop-down on the Formatting toolbar displays a list of the styles used in the document, rather than the full list of available styles.
    • Figure Tables can be generated more flexibly based on paragraph styles, and not just from categories or object names.
    • Bibliography entries can be edited directly from a bibliography table, and bibliography marks hyperlink by default to the corresponding row of a bibliography table.
    • Highlighting of the paragraph and character styles used and direct formatting in the text.
    • Phrase Checking: Hunspell multi-word dictionary items and custom dictionaries are now supported.
  • calculation:
    • Number format: Now supports "?" when exporting to ODF to represent an integer digit, replaced by white space if it is a non-significant zero, and decimals are now accepted for non-truncation second formats such as [SS].00.
    • Spreadsheets copied to another document now retain a user-defined print range.
    • Solver settings are saved with documents, and page styles are exported even when not in use.
    • Support for drawing styles for shapes and comments, including a specific style for comments that allows you to customize the default appearance and text formatting of new comments.
    • New compact design for pivot tables.
    • Automatic filter to sort by colors. The color filter/sort takes into account the colors set by the number format.
    • The Import Text (as CSV file or as plain text) dialog has a new option to not detect numbers in scientific notation (only if "Detect special numbers" is disabled).
  • Impress and Draw:
    • New navigation panel to switch slides while viewing a presentation (the option is enabled by checking a checkbox in Presentation Settings).
    • Objects can now be listed in the Navigator in front to back order, with the highest object at the top of the list.
    • Support for free text annotations on PDFium import, as well as support for ink, free text, and polygon/polyline annotations on PDFium export.
    • Modified the automatic text scaling algorithm to work similar to MS Office. Text scaling now separates scaling by space (paragraph and line) and font scaling, where scaling by space can be 100%, 90%, and 80%, and font scaling is rounded to the nearest point size. nearby. Horizontal spacing (bullets, indents) is no longer scaled.
    • Various font handling improvements for CJK and Arabic languages.

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Now available from its official website

LibreOffice 7.6.0 can now be downloaded from your official website in DEB packages, RPM and source code. In the next few hours it will also be possible to install it from its flatpak and snap packages. It will reach the different Linux distributions depending on the philosophy of each one.

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