Post-FOSDEM

It was a great FOSDEM again, with a lot of presentations, speakers, and participants. We met a lot of people during those days and it was great to catch up with them. Most of the time our team was at LibreOffice booth in the K building at the main hall, or at Open Document Editors devroom.

Missed our talks?

If you missed our talks because the rooms were pretty full or because you couldn’t attend FOSDEM please have a look at the registrations and slides:

Re-structuring a giant, ancient code-base for new platforms

How LibreOffice is meeting the challenges of new platforms both hardware and software, adapting to new constraints & shining.


Calc: The challenges of scalable arithmetic

How we threaded the Calc core to get some great efficiency wins on the new deeply threaded Ryzen era.


EPUB export in LibreOffice Writer

LibreOffice Writer was always capable of exporting your document in a portable way in the form of the PDF filter. Today many users read reflowable content in EPUB, which is the new PDF to some extent. This work is done by integrating the libepubgen Document Liberation library and by improving both the library and LibreOffice itself along the way. Come and see how it’s implemented, where are the still rough edges and how you can help.


Dialog tunneling in LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice on the desktop is very feature packed office suite. One of the complaints that power users make in Online is that it lacks many of them: they cannot add colored borders in their paragraphs, manage tracked changes/comments, correct the spelling and grammar in the document, etc. The question is how do we bring these functionalities to the cloud at your disposal in your browser tab?


On Saturday night it was community time, where we had a dinner with all the LibreOffice contributors at Betacowork, the same location where we had two days of LibreOffice Hackfest on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th of February.

See you again next year at FOSDEM!

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Sunjun partners with Collabora to offer LibreOffice in the Cloud

Cambridge, United Kingdom – February 22, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, and Sunjun, an Information Service Company in Taiwan founded by a group of free and open source software enthusiasts, are proud to announce a partnership to offer Collabora Online.

Sunjun offers a full cloud document suite handling all major documents, presentations and spreadsheet formats while retaining privacy and security. With Collabora Online their customers can now access documents from any location, author new content, and increase productivity with collaborative editing features.

We are excited to partner with Sunjun” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity. “Working with companies that believe in the value of open source and support communities is always a pleasure for us.

One of the key values of FOSS is that, it is built upon the wisdom and skills from all over the world,” said Franklin Weng, the founder of Sunjun. He’s also the key promoter in the project of Taiwan’s Open Document Format Adopting Project. “Since we’re now adopting ODF in Taiwan, building a healthy ecosystem and collaborating with partners all over the world, is very important. That is the fundamental meaning of Sunjun’s partnership with Collabora Productivity. We’re not only selling the software suite and services; we’re selling our domain knowledge.

For more information, please mail to service@sunjun.tw or sales@collaboraoffice.com.

About Collabora Productivity:
Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing a range of products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and Collabora Online provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term, multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

About Sunjun:
Sunjun Information Service Company was founded in 2014, by a group of free and open source software enthusiasts. These people have been involved into Software Liberation Movement, which covers computer education, FOSS applying in education, removing the digital barriers, open standards and Open Document Format in Taiwan for nearly 20 years. They truly believe in the value of open — open source, open standards, open data and open mind. The founder of Sunjun, Franklin Weng, is also the current president of Software Liberty Association Taiwan. He is active in many local and international FOSS communities like KDE, LibreOffice, ezgo, and so on. He is ambitious for proving the business value of FOSS, and running the company with the concept of social enterprise — not only making money, but also giving back to FOSS communities, to form a complete ecosystem in Taiwan. For more information, please get in contact with service@sunjun.tw

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Open-DSI adds Collabora Online solution to their portfolio

Cambridge, United Kingdom – February 20, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, and Open-DSI, a french company which supports organizations and companies with their computing projects, are proud to announce a partnership to offer Collabora Online.

Open-DSI will offer Collabora Online, integrated in Nextcloud, as an open source cloud computing solution. Their solutions are based on three main building blocks: Nextcloud & Collabora Online, ERP & CRM Dolibarr and WooCommerce.

Collabora is delighted to partner with Open-DSI” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity. “It’s exciting to work with Open-DSI to implement Collabora Online and provide a better team collaboration experience for their clients.

“It’s a new step for Open-DSI to partner with Collabora Productivity” explains Philippe Scoffoni, founder and CEO of Open-DSI. “It is an excellent opportunity to offer the best solution for our most demanding customers.

For more information, please mail to info@open-dsi.fr or sales@collaboraoffice.com.

About Collabora Productivity:
Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing a range of products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and Collabora Online provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term, multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

About Open-DSI:
Open-DSI is a French company located in Lyon which supports organizations and companies with their computing projects. We have recently opened up to the world and we are starting to work with customers from differents countries, even though our biggest projects are located in France. Our qualified team has considerable experience and digital skills which allows us to provide many services: integration, consulting, specific development, hosting and communication. We are specialized in the implementation of open source cloud computing solutions and outsourcing. Our solutions are based on three main building blocks: Nextcloud with Collabora Online, the ERP & CRM Dolibarr and the famous platform Woo Commerce. For more information, please visit www.open-dsi.fr or follow us on Twitter at @OpenDsi.

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Collabora Online now available in VNCsafe and the VNCsafe Zimlet

Cambridge, United Kingdom – February 15, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, and VNC – Virtual Network Consult, a leading vendor of Open Source based business software join forces to incorporate Collabora Online into their product suite VNClagoon.

Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office suite with excellent support for all mayor office file formats, and includes key features such as collaborative editing, Long Term Support, signed security updates and a SLA. Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations can be edited right from the web browser, without the need of downloading any add-on or plugin.

VNCsafe enables private and secure file sharing – on any device, any OS and stored on the server of your choice. VNCsafe is based upon ownCloud or Nextcloud, according to the customers‘ preferences. The VNCsafe Zimlet enables a seamless integration of VNCsafe with VNCmail, which is based upon Zimbra.

The user can store e-mail attachments within VNCmail directly to VNCsafe and thus synchronize them with other devices or share them with others. With the VNCsafe Zimlet users can integrate their Nextcloud or ownCloud instance with VNCmail and access various files directly, e.g. for sending them as email attachments.

The integration of Collabora Online into the VNCsafe Zimlet enables users to view, share and edit text documents, spreadsheets, presentations & more directly within their mailbox via the VNCsafe Zimlet. The Zimlet provides simultaneous collaborative editing features and works in any modern browser – no plugin required.

These powerful solutions combined make internal and external collaboration easy and efficient.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this integration, please contact pr@vnc.biz or sales@collaboraoffice.com.

Screenshots:

About VNC:

VNC – Virtual Network Consult is a leading developer of open source based business software, a business cloud integrator and a specialist in commercial open source solutions. VNC provides services to organizations and businesses of all sizes – from small and medium businesses to globally operating corporations. Our services range from platform data center solutions to complex business applications – mobile and suited to the needs of each client. For more information, visit www.vnc.biz and http://vnclagoon.vnc.biz.

About Collabora Productivity:
Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing a range of products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and Collabora Online provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term, multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specializing in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

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Collabora Online 3.0 released

Cambridge, United Kingdom – February 8, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, is pleased to announce a new major release of its flagship enterprise-ready cloud document suite – Collabora Online 3.0, including many new features and improvements.

Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office suite allowing you to access document editing through your web browser. It is interoperable with all major document, spreadsheet, and presentation file formats, and easy to integrate into your infrastructure, allowing you to keep in full control of your own data; on-premise or in the cloud.

What’s new in Collabora Online 3.0?

Collabora Online 3.0 has many improvements under the hood and lots of new features that make the collaborative editing experience even better. When combined with one of our many partners solutions Collabora Online is an excellent choice for enterprises wanting a powerful office suite for confidential documents on-premise or for Hosting and Cloud businesses who wish to include online Office Suite functionality into their service offering.

Months of hard work from the Collabora team has made this release really impressive”, said Michael Meeks, General Manager of Collabora Productivity. “The list of improvements and new features highlight the progress in our ongoing work to ensure that capturing the huge benefits of web deployment doesn’t have to mean sacrificing significant functionality.

Highlights of the changes since Collabora Online 2.1:

We have released many smaller features and fixes as we‘ve gone along in the 2.1.x series over the last half a year, however, there are a number of larger feature improvements we promised in our Roadmap and now deliver:

Writer:

  • Interactive horizontal ruler
  • Insert header and footer
  • New dialogs:
    • Rich Formatting – characters, paragraphs, pages, bullets & numbering, paragraph style editing.
    • Table properties
    • Insert → Link, and Index Entry
    • Change tracking management
    • Spelling & Grammar, and Thesaurus

Calc:

  • Outlining and row/column grouping
  • Column filters, AutoFilter
  • New dialogs:
    • The vital Cell Format dialog
    • Powerful Sorting functionality
    • Advanced Filtering dialogs, with auto-filter popups.

Impress:

  • Document repair from Writer is now available here as well
  • Ability to reply to comments
  • New dialogs:
    • Object formatting – Position, Size, Line, Area

Server Side

  • IPv6 support
  • Admin console:
    • new graphs to track CPU load and network activity
    • add cumulative bandwidth sent / received since server startup
  • Security Improvements
    • Admin Console can authenticate via PAM
    • Support HTTP public key pinning
  • Storage:
    • Better handling of conflict between editing and uploading documents
    • Improved document save during server shutdown

General

  • Add „follow the editor“ mode to the user list.
  • Extended format shifting REST API
  • Show read-only status of users

Getting Collabora Online

Collabora Online is suitable for large scale deployment, comes with an SLA, Long Term Support with signed security updates and implements collaborative editing of richly formatted documents directly from a web browser.

Enterprises interested in using Collabora Online can check out our home page for more information on partner integrations and online demos. For tailored solutions, contact sales@collaboraoffice.com.

Hosting and Cloud businesses that wish to add Collabora Online to their product portfolio can become a partner by filling in the partner form or contacting sales@collaboraoffice.com.

Collabora Online is only one part of a larger Enteprise File Sync & Share, Groupware, or Hosting solution. Collabora is excited to go to market with a long list of Partners each of which has an integration.

Online demo

You can get an online demo of Collabora Online and try it out yourself right now!

Try the Online Demo

 

Screenshots of the new dialogs

Collabora Online Writer – format page

 

Collabora Online Impress – position and size

 

Collabora Online Impress – line

 

Collabora Online Impress – area

 

Collabora Online Calc – sort function

 

Collabora Online Calc – format cells

 

Collabora Online Calc – data filters

 


About Collabora Productivity:
Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing a range of products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and Collabora Online provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term, multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

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