LibreOffice 5 Vanilla and LibreOffice-from-Collabora 4.4 released in Mac App Store

Today we release two major upgrades for OS X users: LibreOffice Vanilla, the latest LibreOffice from the Document Foundation for early adopters, packaged by Collabora, hits version 5.0. At the same time LibreOffice-from-Collabora, our extra-stable productivity suite for professionals and enterprise users, reaches version 4.4.

LibreOffice Vanilla

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Released last month, LibreOffice 5 Vanilla brings an overhauled user interface, brand new icon set, and, especially relevant for Mac owners: improved support for high resolution (HiDPI) Retina displays, among many other improvements.

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Collabora launches enterprise-ready LibreOffice in the Mac App Store

The world’s most popular Open Source Office Suite is now available on OS X via one-step install following Collabora Productivity’s launch today of two new apps in the Mac App Store. End-users can get LibreOffice on OS X with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional professional support, for the first time.

LibreOffice-from-Collabora for Mac splash screen
LibreOffice-from-Collabora for Mac splash screen

For $10 LibreOffice-from-Collabora provides the enterprise-hardened productivity suite for business and public sector, including three years of maintenance updates. LibreOffice Vanilla is the latest code from ‘LibreOffice Fresh‘ by the Document Foundation, packaged and maintained by Collabora free of charge as a service to the community.

Professional training and fast-response support are additionally available from the company, exclusively for LibreOffice-from-Collabora.

“Collabora continues its march into new markets bringing the power and flexibility of Open Source to professional users” said Michael Meeks, Collabora Productivity General Manager. “Simultaneously we’re introducing an easy new way to get LibreOffice Fresh from the Document Foundation, while providing in-app donation links to support their work”.

Editing spreadsheets in LibreOffice-from-Collabora Calc
Editing a spreadsheet in Calc
A slideshow in LibreOffice-from-Collabora Impress
Editing a slideshow in Impress

“The Mac App Store now offers individuals the same new features and business-critical stability enjoyed by Collabora Productivity’s enterprise customers” said Philippe Kalaf, Collabora CEO. “For a fraction of the cost of competing apps, Mac users get the leading office suite in its class with a direct path to the best support available”.

The Mac App Store joins existing Collabora Productivity outlets Google Play and AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps. LibreOffice-from-Collabora can be purchased directly from LibreOffice-from-Collabora.com for 50 users or more. Desktop and Android editions will be joined by web-based LibreOffice Online later this year. LibreOffice Online is developed by Collabora Productivity and IceWarp.

LibreOffice is an Open Source project by the non-profit Document Foundation, and the work of thousands of talented independent contributors worldwide. Collabora thanks the community for their effort, cooperation, and achievement.

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Editing a document in Writer
Reviewing recent documents in LibreOffice-from-Collabora
Reviewing recent documents
About Collabora Productivity:
Collabora Productivity delivers LibreOffice products and consulting. With the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice code base and community. LibreOffice-from-Collabora provides a business-hardened office suite with long term multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora Ltd., the global software consultancy specializing in providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in automotive, semiconductors, digital TV and consumer electronics industries.

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LibreOffice Vanilla: Fresh from the community to your Mac

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Fresh Vanilla

From today Mac users have a new and convenient way to install LibreOffice on OS X. Launched this morning, the LibreOffice Vanilla app is almost identical to the latest copy of LibreOffice Fresh by Document Foundation contributors. It comes fresh from them, to you, after packaging by Collabora, and distribution by Apple.

LibreOffice Vanilla on OSX splash screen
LibreOffice Vanilla on OS X splash screen

Free delivery

App Stores are a brilliantly convenient way to find and manage third party software, offering secure downloads, user reviews and more. When we decided to release a Mac App Store version of our own product, LibreOffice-from-Collabora, we wanted regular LibreOffice users to enjoy the same benefits of App Store delivery. Apple has strict rules for publishers using its stores, including a range of legal, technical, and visual requirements. As a “thank you” to the community we’ve spent the last few months making the necessary improvements to pass the stringent app-store validation, and contributing these back to LibreOffice.

Suite recognition

We say the app is “almost identical” because there’s one small, but important, difference. Until now, most Mac users visit the LibreOffice website to download an installer file, and in doing so are presented with an opportunity to donate to support ongoing development of LibreOffice at the Document Foundation. The Mac App Store lacks a comparable mechanism to solicit much needed financial support, short of using Apple APIs to add in-app purchasing, or requiring payment for every download. For that reason we’ve added a pop-up window when the application starts, containing direct links to the Foundation and its donation form. The screen also explains the relationship of the app to Collabora.

Pop-up window in LibreOffice Vanilla
Pop-up window in LibreOffice Vanilla

LibreOffice Vanilla provides access to the latest innovations from the LibreOffice community to millions of App Store users. With luck this will accelerate LibreOffice adoption, empower users to communicate their gratitude, and endow the Foundation with a fresh revenue stream. Users seeking professional stability, and support options, can purchase LibreOffice-from-Collabora, which funds Collabora’s own ongoing improvement of LibreOffice for Mac.

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Welcome screen in LibreOffice Vanilla
Documents in LibreOffice Vanilla
Documents in LibreOffice Vanilla

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LibreOffice-from-Collabora launches in AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps

Collabora Productivity today launched a new edition of its enterprise office suite, LibreOffice-from-Collabora, for Amazon WorkSpaces users, available in AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps. LibreOffice-from-Collabora brings support for more than 100 document formats, including Microsoft Office files, to virtual desktops on a range of operating systems and devices via the Amazon Web Services (AWS) edition. Maintenance and patch updates are included, while international code fix support is available from Collabora’s engineers, with competitive pricing for enterprises.

“We are pleased to welcome Collabora’s solutions to AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps,” said Dave McCann, Vice President, AWS Marketplace, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “By making their software available in AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps, Collabora’s users can take advantage of a streamlined selection and procurement process for high-performance desktop apps.”

The release furthers the expansion of LibreOffice-based products to new platforms, following Collabora’s LibreOffice Viewer for Android, published in January, and RollApp’s web-browser-based LibreOffice applications launched early last year.

“The global footprint of Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktops in the AWS Cloud along with AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps expands LibreOffice’s reach to an important, rapidly growing market,” said Michael Meeks, Vice President of Collabra Productivity. “Today’s launch means there are few customers LibreOffice cannot reach — whatever the platform, budget, or file-format, LibreOffice provides a competitive solution.”

About Collabora Productivity:
Collabora Productivity delivers LibreOffice products and consulting. With the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice code base and community. LibreOffice-from-Collabora provides a business-hardened office suite with long term multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora Ltd., the global software consultancy specializing in providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in automotive, semiconductors, digital TV and consumer electronics industries.

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