LibreOffice 4.0 released
Posted Feb 13, 2013 8:56 UTC (Wed) by dakas
In reply to: LibreOffice 4.0 released
Parent article: LibreOffice 4.0 released
So why is this not mentioned in the release announcements? A lot of stuff of minor importance is mentioned.
Being able to create documents that don't
toss the quality of the original material is much
more important than all the candy they think important enough to announce.
It is a dealbreaker
for many serious uses.
It takes quite a bit of diligence to work out a quality-preserving toolchain around documents processed with TeX/LaTeX. Everything is there, however, since people care.
And then you switch from an old dinosaur like that to a "modern" application, and print quality becomes a "can't be interested in that
This is so embarrassing. About a year ago, I made a magazine article using standard LaTeX/PDF toolchains. Then people ask me "can we get a .DOC file for that". "Ok." Import the texts as plain text into LibreOffice, import the graphics... TILT. There is no way to import the graphics in a manner where they remain usable for preprint purposes. There is no vector graphics format whatsoever produceable by Free Software that will survive in LibreOffice. I had to send the document and the graphics files separately and tell the editor to see how he gets the stuff together on his side.
Now purportedly, this has changed. I am sceptical. But if
it has changed, why for heaven's sake
was it not even newsworthy enough to announce?
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