LibreOffice is a cross-platform, open-source office software suite from The Document Foundation that offers word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, a drawing application that does 3D, a database front-end, and file compatibility with Microsoft Office and other formats. (See LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office feature comparison for more details.) The current LibreOffice version is “a feature-rich major release of the LibreOffice 6 family with better performance, a large number of new and improved features, and enhanced interoperability with proprietary document formats.”

LibreOffice 6.4.2 is a free, donationware download for OS X 10.10 and up (with a separately installed Java Runtime Environment (JRE) required for some features, notably the database front-end, Base), and it runs on Windows and Linux, as well.

The latest LibreOffice release notes mention that “Mac users will be happy to know that the issue of blurry fonts on Retina displays has been resolved.”

LibreOffice 6.3.5 is a more mature version recommended for enterprise, corporate environments and more conservative users who don’t need all the very latest features. (See also: LibreOffice security updates.)

LibreOffice Online is available as a Docker image, “which provides basic collaborative editing of documents in a browser by re-using the LibreOffice core; rendering fidelity should be excellent, and interoperability match that of LibreOffice” for those willing to set up the necessary host platform.

Microsoft Office iPhone app

Microsoft Office app for iPhones is a new variant of Microsoft Corp.’s dominant office software suite that combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in one mobile app with some extra tricks. The app can attempt to use the iPhone camera to convert images of spreadsheets and text into editable data, scan QR codes, create PDFs and sign them “using your finger”, transfer files between mobile and desktop systems and provide cloud integration with document collaboration.

Microsoft Office app 2.34.1 is a free download for iPhones running iOS 12 and later, as well as Android phones, but the Office 365 service is an in-app purchase starting at $6.99/month.

(Individual Microsoft apps are also available for iPads, iPhones and Apple Watches.)


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