TDF Releases Fresh Update to LibreOffice 5.2

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 30, 2016

The Document Foundation today announced the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, the second update to the "fresh" 5.2 family. "LibreOffice 5.2.2, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users, provides a number of fixes over the major release announced in August." These fixes include the usual number of import/export/filter fixes as well as a lot of interface adjustments and a few crashes.

One of the more interesting import bugs fixed had first been reported 4 1/2 years ago. In version 3.5.0 when importing RTF files with several tables the formatting isn't retained in all cases. The original reporter said this included column widths and placement. Comments updated the report throughout several versions on various systems. The bug sat for another year before being bumped and eight months later a patch was committed. After further input and more adjustments, Miklos Vajna committed patches for several versions including today's 5.2.2.

Another long standing bug from 2012 was fixed this release concerned an orientation issue when saving spreadsheets in Calc in XML format. Opening that file in either LibO or MS Excel resulted in a loss of orientation. Bartosz Kosiorek committed a fix in July for 5.3.0 and after a request for a backport, it was fixed in today's 5.2.2.

Other interesting import/export/filter fixes include:

* RTF import: don't set default para style to the 0th char style
* MS export: use dont-split-row for 1-row table
* XMLpath in FIlterxml does not work with arrayfunction

A lot of interface bugs were addressed as well. One example reported involved the use of an emoji decoration for clock faces that resulted in "a clear collision with the :5: pattern." They hoped it was fixed last year but a new report on the issue cropped up again. The final fix was committed in time for 5.2.2.

Others include:

* Tooltips are truncated
* adjust alignment and add left and right margins in Presentation
* unhide document themes sidebar design deck
* scrollbar has no background trough with gtk+ 3.20
* allow multiline tooltips in template manager

There were a few crashes addressed as well as some functionality bugs. Even at least one accessibility bug was fixed. In that one, Save As dialog input fields weren't labeled, thus screen readers for the visually impaired couldn't point to or read them. In all, nearly 60 fixes went into LibreOffice 5.2.2. Download yours here and please consider donating.