LibreOffice 7.3.x Skia stability issues on macOS

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LibreOffice has been crashing every few minutes on my 5500M Intel MacBook Pro since I upgraded to the most recent branch. I haven’t had stability issues for years, so this was a surprise.

I’d noticed the UI of LibreOffice Calc looked a bit different, with thinner cell borders and some strange new dropdown buttons. So I went to check the rendering options.

Under Preferences → LibreOffice → View, I saw a checkbox for Use Skia for all rendering that was checked now. I unticked this and restarted, and it hasn’t crashed again since.

I haven’t had a chance to reproduce on other Macs yet, but passing on in case you’ve noticed the same issue.

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