Re: Keeps gettin better
Couldn't agree more. I have a law office that went Linux in 2002 and to OpenOffice at that time and to LIbreOffice when openSUSE made the switch. Secretaries, legal assistants still used Windows and Word. LibreOffice had no problem handling all the documents needs except in the case of Appellate Briefs, and a second annoyance related to different first-page headers (which has been greatly improved in Ver. 6 & 7), but still doesn't quite handle things as well as independent sections in Word will.
The nagging appellate brief issue specifically relates to the ability to create a Table of Authorities (actually two tables, a Table of Cases and Table of Statutes) which is inserted after the table of contents. Word specially provides field-codes to handle the appellate brief needs, Writer doesn't. Edits made to the brief in Word, regardless whether it causes the field-codes for the table entries to change pages in the document, are handled by simply regenerating the tables in Word. There is no comparable capability in Writer.
(the workaround in Writer is the complete the brief, all red-lines and edits without the tables, ensuring it is for all practical purposes ready to file, and then create and insert the tables at the end -- and manually deal with any page number entries in the two tables that change pages due to the insertion of the tables themselves)
I opened a bug/feature request with LibreOffice years ago specifically for the Table of Authorities issue, but as with any niche feature request, it will get handled when manpower permits. For other issues, I've found that bugs are generally handled about as quick as with any other open source project. I haven't had need to try the table of authorities again since Writer ver. 7 was release -- so there may have been improvements -- though I'm not holding my breath....)
My only complaints (and this applies equally to Word and Writer) are that "improvements" to the user-interface (ribbons, context menus, etc..) are generally done to highlight the new "gee-whiz" features of the editor that serious black-and-white documents will never use. The consequence of the changes end up pushing core editor feature off the convenient context menu or ribbon. (line-spacing in LIbreOffice is a prime example, spacing of normal, 1.5 and double used to be a simple right-click away and are now instead a dialog and tab selection away).
Long and short of it is, after nearly 20 years use of both in business, thousands of pleading, exhibit lists, summaries and letters later, LibreOffice will do everything needed with equal ease as Word, save and except the obscure Table of Authorities issue in appellate briefs. At least from a black-and-white document standpoint, there isn't any reason to be hesitant about adopting LibreOffice in business.