I decided to clean my 64 GB MacBook Air a month ago. It was getting very slow, and I only had 5 GB available.
Microsoft was one of the primary programs that were taking up a lot of space. After a while without a productivity suite, I decided to install LibreOffice, the free alternative to Microsoft’s productivity suite.
LibreOffice’s .dmg for Mac weighs 200 MB and takes 3 minutes to install. The app contains four pieces of software, including documents (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), presentations (PowerPoint) and drawings.
I like having Office in one place. That means you won’t get four separate icons in your computer, and the suite is all packed in a single program.
LibreOffice 5 which, by the way, is the newest version has a very clean interface. Programs look very similar to their Microsoft Office counterpart, and you don’t need to worry about paying for a 365 license every month or year.
These are some of LibreOffice’s main features:
- LibreOffice 5.0 ships an impressive number of new features for its spreadsheet module, Calc: complex formulae image cropping, new functions, more powerful conditional formatting, table addressing and much more. Calc’s blend of performance and features makes it an enterprise-ready, heavy duty spreadsheet application capable of handling all kinds of workload for an impressive range of use cases.
- New icons, major improvements to menus and sidebar : no other LibreOffice version has looked that good and helped you be creative and get things done the right way. In addition, style management is now more intuitive thanks to the visualization of styles right in the interface.
- LibreOffice 5 ships with numerous improvements to document import and export filters for MS Office, PDF, RTF, and more. You can now timestamp PDF documents generated with LibreOffice and enjoy enhanced document conversion fidelity all around.
- LibreOffice 5 combines innovative features and long term efforts towards enhanced stability. As a result, expect both improvements in performance and in stability over the lifetime of the 5.0.x series.
LibreOffice supports a broad range of extensions, including Microsoft 2007-2013. This way you can forget about compatibility. Have you tried LibreOffice? Did you like it?