donderdag 19 december 2013

Graphics in HTML mail merge - new in LibreOffice 4.2.0

One of the great tools from LibreOffice that I use regularly, it the mail merge function from Writer. Preparing a text, adding field of your data source, and via the neat Python-coded wizard you can send all those document via e-mail. Personalised. The same can be done with HTML formatting and even PDF files that will be handled as attachment.
 
Until recent however, there was a nasty limitation with the use of HTML formatting for sending the emails: images were not embedded. So no use of good pictures and graphics in the mails..
After this, you understand that I'm really delighted to see that in the upcoming LibreOffice 4.2.0 the embedding of graphics in HTML-mail will be possible.
This thanks to Edmond Ciorba and Andras Timar. Kudoos guys :)
 
Rough information on these, and other features for LibreOffice 4.2.0 is on the wiki.
 
Note that beta 2 for the 4.2.0 is available and that very soon the first release candidate will be spread. Pls download this (mind parallel installation) and do your testing of existing and new features!
 
Finaly a nice picture of one of the improvements in the (Windows) user interface.

Enjoy :)

maandag 9 december 2013

Report on the LibreOffice 4.2.0 BugHunt Session

Around last weekend we had the LibreOffice 4.2.0 BugHunt Session. During three days volunteers – either known or new – added some extra steps to test the Beta version of the next LibreOffice. Compared with the weeks before, around three times more bugs were filed against that version (46/15). Overall around 25% more bugs were filed (107/80).

Experienced QA volunteers worked hard to triage as many bugs as possible, but I would not be surprised if still some need to be checked, clarified...
Also on the MozTrap tool people have been doing tests. This environment is especially easy for newcomers that want to do some good for their favourite office-suite ;) I'm told that there will be new test series for the release candidate 1 (in one, two weeks). So stay tuned there!

And last but not least: it was again really encouraging to see that several of the reported bugs have been repaired within hours or a day or so.
Thanks to the developers, thanks to all testers and other users!