MSO 2013 Template Interop Project

Hi All,

Ever wanted to get involved with LibreOffice but not sure how? Well – here’s a nice easy way to do just that.

Goal: Improve interoperability with MSO 2013 templates

What is Needed:

  1. Microsoft Office 2013
  2. Daily build of LibreOffice (



Reporting Identified Bugs: 

  1. Create account at
  2. Click on File a bug;
  3. Select LibreOffice;
  4. Component = Calc, everything else leave as is;
  5. For bug comment:
    1. Provide clear and enumerated steps on how to reproduce;
    2. Upload pdf of what the file should look like;
    3. Make sure to include your operating system and version of LibreOffice

Example of Good Bug Report:

This is a really easy way to contribute back to the community and an area that will lead to substantial improvements in the project. Contact me:

  • Leave a comment on the blog;
  • Email me;
  • Find me in our chat:

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2 responses to “MSO 2013 Template Interop Project”

  1. robcurrent says :

    Has this been addressed with either the OS X updates or LibreOffice 5? I think my LibreOffice 5 pleading are wonderful format for the court when printed or PDFs created, but rendering them as .doc or .docx makes them a formatting mess when sharing them with other counsel, or submitting them to a judge with TurboCourt (which allows only .doc, .docx, or .rtf and it’s bad to annoy a judge).

    Also, different but philosophically related question, do you know any OSS software the that cleanly OCRs incoming PDFs? Because that’s another platform dependent hurdle I struggle with and feel like I must use Adobe’s expensive Acrobat licensing for.

    • joelmadero says :

      Hey Rob,
      Are you referencing the MSO template project or the posts I made about writing a brief using LibreOffice? It sounds like the latter but you’re comment is on the former. Assuming you’re talking about using LibreOffice for legal work, I have not had a chance to fully explore LibreOffice 5 in legal writing yet to update the post. Your comment seems spot on though – I would not suggest using LibreOffice for interop purposes in a legal setting, you’re bound to make a couple judges angry and opposing counsel waste a lot of time wondering what is going on.

      In the future what I hope to do is start a crowdsourcing fund for lawyers to pool our money together in order to make LibreOffice 100% available for legal work. I think that this is the only way it will get to that standard. I’ve recently reported a bug that could have cost me dearly (LibreOffice treats footers and margins different from Microsoft Office which is a real problem).

      As far as TurboCourt I’d suggest getting in touch with them and seeing if they’ll open their doors to odf – tell them it is the international standard (it really is….even if Microsoft wants you to think differently).

      Finally, I don’t know of any OCR software that really cleanly brings things in. LibreOffice does a relatively okay job when it’s pretty straight forward documents (I just brought in a case that came in cleanly in 5.2 dev build).

      Feel free to contact me personally to discuss further. jmadero(dot)dev(at)gma….com

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