Collabora Office 5.3 Released


Cambridge, April 21 2017 – Today we released Collabora Office 5.3 and Collabora GovOffice 5.3, which contain great new features and enhancements. They also contains all fixes from the upstream libreoffice-5-3 branch and several backported features.

Changes from 5.1 to 5.3

The biggest change in this release is the inclusion of a long list of new features, combined with many User Interface improvements, making Collabora Office more powerful and at the same time faster and more comfortable to work with. Collabora is privileged to be part of the LibreOffice community and greatfully acknowledges all the amazing work done by everyone. Below is a list of general updates, and Writer, Calc and Impress specific updates.

General updates

The list of new and updated features is extensive, including:

  • Many GUI improvements, including
    • New panels in the sidebar menu
    • Improved and simplified dialogs
    • Improved visibility of Keyboard shortcuts
    • Direct link to user guides in the help menu
  • Safe Mode
  • Improved and new filters
  • And much more, including a long list of bug fixes…

Writer specific updates

  • New Table Styles option
  • New Go to Page Dialog
  • New arrows toolbox
  • General toolbar improvements
  • and more…

Calc specific updates

  • Improved Number Format options
  • Improved Pivot tables functionality
  • New Arrows Toolbox
  • Compatibility with ODF 1.2
  • and more…

Impress specific updates

  • Improved Template Selector functionality
  • New templates (Vivid and Pencil)
  • Improvements in existing templates
  • and more…

Complete list of updates

Check out the complete list of updates in the 5.3 release notes wiki page at the site of The Document Foundation.

Distinctive features

Collabora Office clients can take full advantage of new and useful features that have been created by Collabora for our customers since the 5.3 release, backported in to the enterprise-ready edition of LibreOffice with Long Term Support: Collabora Office. New features are backported frequently, and with this Collabora Office 5.3 release already includes:

  • PDF export of Writer and Impress documents now supports embedded and linked videos
  • PDF images inserted via Insert -> Image now use pdfium to create the preview bitmap, providing increased rendering quality
  • Improved roundtrip of PDF images in PDF files for alternative PDF viewers (other than Adobe Acrobat)
  • Exporting SharePoint lists to Calc, with support of .iqy files (Excel Web Query files) and MS ADO recordsets

Manage complex user needs with ease

As with our previous version, Collabora Office 5.3 also allows system administrators to quickly apply per-user configurations to large-scale deployments thanks to extended support for Windows Server ADMX Group Policy templates. Developed by Collabora, this facility allows multiple users on a single machine to have separate local settings, managed centrally by an administrator. These include many options, such as those relating to language, security, and file formats.

Collabora GovOffice

This release also includes a new Collabora GovOffice release. Collabora GovOffice is for the Public Sector, providing 5 years of Long Term Support. Please contact us for more information.

Try a demo of Collabora Office 5.3

You can try Collabora Office 5.3 yourself! Just head to the Collabora Office page and request your demo today.

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Collabora Online attracted a lot of attention at HostingCon

The first week of April Collabora Productivity attended the HostingCon conference in Los Angeles, introducing Collabora Online for the first time ever in the United States. It was a very successful event for us as Collabora Online, the online Office Suite you can run yourself, attracted a lot of attention.

HostingCon was very well organised, with network events around the 2 days the exhibition hall was open. In total (together with Data Center World) there were around 250 companies with a stand, attracting a nice crowd of people. The attendees were people from hosting an cloud businesses, data centers and different enterprises, from all over the world.

Our booth was very well attended, and the people that visited us were informed about how Collabora Online could help them to obtain more business (by offering their own Online Office suite) or how they could increase productivity as end users. We had tons of information, explaining why you should become a partner or end-user, what the features are and how we compare with competitors. We also had a demo people could play with, which was very well received. Of course, we also had some cool swag to give away.

All different sort of people stopped at our booth, and they were amazed about to hear what Collabora Online could mean for them and what they could do with it: run their own powerful online office suite that fully respects their privacy!

We want to thank the organisation of HostingCon, and all the great people we met there. We are looking forward to see each other in future events. And although this has been the last edition of HostingCon, for sure we’ll meet again at other events!

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Collabora shows LibreOffice in the Cloud with Collabora Online at Hostingcon

Los Angeles, April 5, 2017 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the cloud, is at Hostingcon today, presenting Collabora Online for the first time ever at an event in the USA.

Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office that supports all major document, spreadsheet and presentation file formats, which you can integrate in your own infrastructure. Key features are collaborative editing, excellent office file format support, Long Term Support, signed security updates, a SLA, and it’s 100% Open Source.

This makes Collabora Online an excellent solution for Hosting and Cloud businesses who wish to include document viewing and collaborative editing functionality into their service offering can do this now with Collabora Online.

Besides Hosting and Cloud businesses, Collabora Online is also suitable for enterprises that need a powerful office suite in the cloud, or on-premise, that protects their privacy and allows them to keep full control of their sensitive corporate data.

If you want to see a live demo, and get more information on how to get Collabora Online and grow your business with it, visit Collabora at Hostingcon, either today or tomorrow. Collabora is located in booth 532.

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