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15 April 2011, 15:09 3.4 Beta released

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  • submit to reddit Logo The developers have announced the arrival of a first beta for version 3.4.0 of their Oracle-owned open source office suite. According to the Wiki, this will be followed by a release candidate after mid-May; beta testing ends on 2 May. However, a final release date has yet to be confirmed.

The 3.4 beta features improved CSV file compatibility and adds support for importing SVG files – LibreOffice 3.3 added the ability to import SVG files in January of this year. Other enhancements include improvements to the User Interface (UI), such as better default shortcuts, updates to the Graphic System Layer (GSL) and various changes to the Math Formula Editor, Presentation (Impress), Spreadsheet (Calc) and Database Access (Base).

As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

Details about the 3.4 beta can be found in the official release announcement and in the release notes. The 3.4 beta is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from one of the project's mirrors.

The latest stable release is version 3.3.0, a major update from January of this year. is available under version 3 of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPLv3).

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