New Features

In LibreOffice 5.4, file format compatibility has been improved, with better support for EMF vector images. In addition, imported PDF files are rendered with much better quality, while a new colour palette has been added as well. On Linux, you can use OpenPGP keys for signing your ODF documents.

In Writer, you can now import AutoText from Microsoft Word dotm templates. When you're exporting or pasting numbered and bulleted lists as plain text, their full structure is preserved. There's also a new watermark feature, accessible via the Format menu, while new context menu items have been added for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes and styles.

Calc now includes support for pivot charts, which use data from pivot tables – and when the table is updated, the chart is automatically updated as well. Meanwhile, comments are now easier to manage, with menu commands to show, hide and delete all comments. When you're applying conditional formatting to cells, you can now easily change the priority of rules, with up and down buttons. Then there are extra sheet protection options, to allow insertion or deletion of rows and columns, and when you're exporting in CSV format, your settings are remembered for the next export operation.

In Impress, when you're duplicating an object, you can now specify fractional angles. In addition, your settings are saved for the next duplication operation. Finally, a new keyboard shortcut was added, Ctrl+M, to insert a new slide.

LibreOffice Online has been improved as well. Performance is better, while the layout adapts responsively to mobile devices. In addition, a read-only mode has been added, along with change tracking support, native comment rendering and editing, and initial support for Asian language input methods.

For a full list of new features in LibreOffice 5.4, see our release notes.

LibreOffice is Free Software that would not be possible without The Document Foundation and its volunteer contributors. For this release we would particularly like to thank the developers listed for their tremendous work and effort inside our release notes. You can contribute to the LibreOffice and Document Liberation project as well – see how you can get involved.

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