Nov 21, 2022

Designing with LibreOffice

I have written numerous times about the FREE office automation software LibreOffice. It competes with the expensive Microsoft Office and yet performs most of the same functions. (Did I mention that LibreOffice is available FREE of charge?) LibreOffice is my favorite word processor. Indeed, most of the articles in this newsletter, including this one, are written in LibreOffice.  (Did I mention that LibreOffice is available FREE of charge?)

Here is a major announcement about LibreOffice that should interest many people:

Bruce Byfield and Jean Hollis Weber announce the second edition of Designing with LibreOffice. The book is available as an .ODT or .PDF file under the Creative Commons Attribution/Sharealike License version 4.0 or later from

The first edition was published in 2016, and was downloaded over thirty-five thousand times. Michael Meeks, one of the co-founders of LibreOffice, described the first edition as “an outstanding contribution to help people bring the full power of LibreOffice into their document.” Similarly, free software author and journalist Carla Schroder wrote, “Designing With LibreOffice teaches everything you need to know about document production…. suitable for beginners to wizened old pros, who will probably discover things about LibreOffice that they didn’t know.”

The second edition updates the original, removing outdated information and adding updated screenshots and new information about topics such as Harfbuzz font shaping codes, export to EPUB formats for ereaders, the Zotero extension for bibliographies, and Angry Reviewer, a Grammarly-like extension for editing diction. In the future, the writers plan to release other editions as necessary to keep Designing with LibreOffice current.

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