The Document Foundation has made a release candidate of LibreOffice 3.5 available for download.
The document editing software, which at release candidate stage is designed for evaluation and quality assurance testing rather than production environments, was made available on Friday.
"You are not recommended to use LibreOffice pre-release builds for 'mission-critical' purpose," the group said.
The LibreOffice release comes with many bug fixes but no new features compared to beta releases.
When it eventually comes out LibreOffice 3.5 will use a more prevalent form of encryption — AES versus Blowfish — so files encrypted with version 3.5 will not be decryptable by versions 3.44 and earlier. The user interface has been rejigged as well.