Category Archives: LibreOffice / OpenOffice

UK to adopt ODF as standard format

This could be an important move, theĀ UK adopts ODF as standard format for government documents. Stated reasons; the open standards will reduce the cost incurred by users and it will be easier for them to work with the government when they use ODF.

Perhaps this may also compel Google to support ODF in Google Docs (ironically, the latest MS Office products seems to support ODF better than Google Docs, but anyway..).

LibreOffice global menubar still not working properly in Ubuntu 12.10

I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal about two weeks ago. As usual, there are a number of new or improved features and changes, the arguably most controversial being the Dash’s Amazon integration. What has not changed, unfortunately, is the problem of the global menubar in LibreOffice. Even more unfortunate, the temporary solution using “unity –reset” I wrote about before does not work anymore. Continue reading

Freezing LibreOffice icons on the Ubuntu Unity launcher

LibreOffice is still not playing nicely with the Unity interface of Ubuntu. For a start, it does not support the global menu. You can enable this by installing the lo-menu package (available in Ubuntu software centre). This doesn’t work for me though; after installing the Window menu disappears. This means loosing access to the split and freeze functions in Calc. Continue reading

Annoying problem converting ODF to Word 2003 documents – solved

Although I almost exclusively work with Libreoffice, most people I work with still use Word 2003 or later MS Word versions. Not too much of a problem; converting ODF documents back and forth to Word 2003, 2007 or 2010 is usually fairly smooth. However, the last couple of weeks I got complaints from colleagues who could not select, copy or paste figure captions. And they couldn’t add or edit comments in the text either. Continue reading