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Wonderful! Great job all. And particular congratulations and thanks to
the courageous crew that got this going. Heroes!

I support the fundamentals that Joe Rotello has suggested. I haven't
looked at the details or the implications of each element. However,
TDF has the opportunity to capture the attention and imaginations of a
lot of people with the right messaging.

Thank you all

On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 3:06 AM, Florian Effenberger
<> wrote:
The Document Foundation launches LibreOffice 3.3

The first stable release of the free office suite is available for download

The Internet, January 25, 2011 - The Document Foundation launches
LibreOffice 3.3, the first stable release of the free office suite developed
by the community. In less than four months, the number of developers hacking
LibreOffice has grown from less than twenty in late September 2010, to well
over one hundred today. This has allowed us to release ahead of the
aggressive schedule set by the project.

Not only does it ship a number of new and original features, LibreOffice 3.3
is also a significant achievement for a number of reasons:

- the developer community has been able to build their own and independent
process, and get up and running in a very short time (with respect to the
size of the code base and the project's strong ambitions);

- thanks to the high number of new contributors having been attracted into
the project, the source code is quickly undergoing a major clean-up to
provide a better foundation for future development of LibreOffice;

- the Windows installer, which is going to impact the largest and most
diverse user base, has been integrated into a single build containing all
language versions, thus reducing the size for download sites from 75 to
11GB, making it easier for us to deploy new versions more rapidly and
lowering the carbon footprint of the entire infrastructure.

Caolán McNamara from RedHat, one of the developer community leaders,
comments, "We are excited: this is our very first stable release, and
therefore we are eager to get user feedback, which will be integrated as
soon as possible into the code, with the first enhancements being released
in February. Starting from March, we will be moving to a real time-based,
predictable, transparent and public release schedule, in accordance with
Engineering Steering Committee's goals and users' requests". The LibreOffice
development roadmap is available at

LibreOffice 3.3 brings several unique new features. The 10 most-popular
among community members are, in no particular order: the ability to import
and work with SVG files; an easy way to format title pages and their
numbering in Writer; a more-helpful Navigator Tool for Writer; improved
ergonomics in Calc for sheet and cell management; and Microsoft Works and
Lotus Word Pro document import filters. In addition, many great extensions
are now bundled, providing PDF import, a slide-show presenter console, a
much improved report builder, and more besides. A more-complete and detailed
list of all the new features offered by LibreOffice 3.3 is viewable on the
following web page:

LibreOffice 3.3 also provides all the new features of 3.3,
such as new custom properties handling; embedding of standard PDF fonts in
PDF documents; new Liberation Narrow font; increased document protection in
Writer and Calc; auto decimal digits for "General" format in Calc; 1 million
rows in a spreadsheet; new options for CSV import in Calc; insert drawing
objects in Charts; hierarchical axis labels for Charts; improved slide
layout handling in Impress; a new easier-to-use print interface; more
options for changing case; and colored sheet tabs in Calc. Several of these
new features were contributed by members of the LibreOffice team prior to
the formation of The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice hackers will be meeting at FOSDEM in Brussels on February 5 and
6, and will be presenting their work during a one-day workshop on February
6, with speeches and hacking sessions coordinated by several members of the

The home of The Document Foundation is at

The home of LibreOffice is at where the download
page has been redesigned by the community to be more user-friendly.

*** About The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation has the mission of facilitating the evolution of the
OOo Community into a new, open, independent, and meritocratic organization
within the next few months. An independent Foundation is a better reflection
of the values of our contributors, users and supporters, and will enable a
more effective, efficient and transparent community. TDF will protect past
investments by building on the achievements of the first decade, will
encourage wide participation within the community, and will co-ordinate
activity across the community.

*** Media Contacts for TDF

Florian Effenberger (Germany)
Mobile: +49 151 14424108 - E-mail:
Olivier Hallot (Brazil)
Mobile: +55 21 88228812 - E-mail:
Charles H. Schulz (France)
Mobile: +33 6 98655424 - E-mail:
Italo Vignoli (Italy)
Mobile: +39 348 5653829 - E-mail:

Florian Effenberger <>
Steering Committee and Founding Member of The Document Foundation
Tel: +49 8341 99660880 | Mobile: +49 151 14424108
Skype: floeff | Twitter/ @floeff

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