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26 January 2011, 14:55 3.3.0 final released

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Other changes include the addition of coloured individual spreadsheet tabs and PDF export updates that allow users to optionally embed the standard 14 PDF fonts. Improvements to document security include updates to the save file with a password function that allows users to add an additional password to protect a document from being edited.

Following four months of development, the Document Foundation released the final version of LibreOffice 3.3 yesterday. LibreOffice was created last September due to the community's frustration with Oracle's OpenOffice plans and development. Since breaking away from Oracle, an increase in the number of developers and a more open source friendly development model has allowed the Foundation to release ahead of its "aggressive schedule", and to offer a number of new and original features which distinguish LibreOffice 3.3 from Oracle's OpenOffice 3.3.

More details about the release can be found on the 3.3 New Features page and in the release notes. 3.3.0 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Solaris from the project's site. is available under version 3 of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPLv3).

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