Visual and usability wins to try out in the speedier new CODE 6.4.10

Collabora Online 6.4.10 introduces important improvements, in the areas of usability, visual presentation and performance. These can make your work faster and smoother and reduce server load too. CODE and Collabora Online have a unique WYSIWYG experience, unmatched by others, which now also adds visual anchors for precise positioning of images and objects in Writer, PPTX interoperability improvements and more pleasant scrolling of PDF files. Try it and share your experience!

A milestone in performance for online collaboration

The performance of Collabora Online is continually improving, particularly for larger groups working on documents, while we also grow our feature set in parallel. This version of CODE comes with a set of significant performance wins. Of a long list, let us mention the following.

  • With a heavily loaded document store – auto-saving of the document could in some circumstances block document editing while autosave was underway. Dealing with the document store on save is now done asynchronously, ie. in the background for a smoother experience.
  • The squiggly red-line used to highlight of misspelled words was consuming lots of rendering time which has now been fixed.
  • Memory handling of messages was less optimal than it could be.
  • The JavaScript in the browser client has a large number of improvements.
  • JavaScript image encoding is optimized and no longer touches large amounts of memory.
  • The document is no longer re-rendered in the browser for every websocket message from the server: instead batching message processing to improve responsiveness and avoid lagginess.
  • JavaScript and grid line rendering performance in Calc have also been improved.

Some 6.4.10 enhancements in the server back end and improvements for profiling & debugging.

  • A new built-in end-to-end profiler helps to find performance bottlenecks.
  • The ability to enable trace logging for a specific document on a busy server allows problems with individual documents to be diagnosed without having an adverse impact on whole server performance.

Of course, we could explain many technical details around Unix Socket buffers, image caching, sharing string memory and so forth. But we suggest that people who understand that, may want to engage with the cool_dev community and get involved with the fun!

code 6.4.10 is out

We’re pleased to bring all these improvements to our users, and we are already working on new wins for future releases. Nevertheless, we think this new version of CODE is a milestone on the way to the slickest editing experience for all! We grateful to community members who have helped to report and improve things in this area.

Consistent and beautiful interface that makes working more fun

CODE 6.4.10 comes with many improvements that enhance usability and makes the application visual more attractive. We would like to highlight the following examples:

Find & replace un code 6.4.10
Click to enlarge: The Find & Replace button is now available in the Home tab of Writer in CODE 6.4.10
  • Dialog showing copy & paste shortcuts, and warning information around pasting content, are now consistent and in a clear style.
  • Multiple improvements in the NotebookBar. Thanks to Andreas Kainz for all of the help here.
    • The NotebookBar has its spacing optimized, and is a few pixels smaller
    • Usability of the NotebookBar has been improved by promoting some items to big buttons
    • In Writer, the Find & Replace button added to the Home tab
    • Some obsolete buttons have been removed (e.g. the Thesaurus from the NotebookBar in Calc)
    • The box to change the document name has been reworked and is now easier to work with
  • The dialog Help > About and Help > Keyboard shortcuts are improved: users will no longer close them accidentally. In addition, it is now possible to copy the content.
  • The search toolbar at the bottom now gives clearer feedback when a search text is not found. Earlier that was hard to notice.
  • Spreadsheet tabs are more distinct with added contrast and multiple cosmetic fixes.
  • The spreadsheet tabs’ context menu only shows the options that are relevant when eg. there is only one sheet.

    • Various close buttons and other icons have improved positioning.
    • The settings in the CSV Import dialog are better positioned and easier to use, and horizontal scrolling through columns is enabled.
  • After inserting a shape or a table, the NotebookBar will switch to the Draw tab or Table tab
Click to enlarge: Many usability improvements in help menus of CODE 6.4.10

You can find more details on UI improvements in our release notes.

Interoperability improved with headers and footers in PPTX presentations

Headers and footers in PPTX presentations can now be edited online, further improving the WYSIWYG experience and also interoperability with other applications. The functionality can be accessed via the Header & Footer button at the Insert tab. The header function in Impress is reserved for the notes and handouts. Footers can be used on slides. In the dialog the Footer and Header text is defined. Other adjustments, such as font, colour and position, can be done via the master slide. These are features that users are familiar with from desktop applications as Collabora Office, which had a new major release recently.

Object and image anchors in text documents

An image or shape in Writer now can show its anchor point when selected. This makes it easier to position objects: the anchor point is clear and the anchor can be dragged with the mouse. Of course an image or shape can be anchored “as character” and be the anchor itself. The anchoring options can be altered via the context menu. Collabora Online offers users a unique WYSIWYG experience, working with either Microsoft DOCX or OpenDocument ODT, with a depth of functionality and detail that is unmatched.

Smooth & slick PDF scrolling

When opening PDF documents in online, it is now easy to scroll through them smoothly. In contrast to their previous rendering as one page at a time, now it is possible to read PDFs like Writer documents: continuously.

CODE 6.4.10: It is now possible to scroll smoothly through PDF files instead of browsing them page per page.

 

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Enjoy and get involved

With CODE, you always run the latest features in online collaboration and interoperability. We hope you like this new release as much as we do! It’s easy to get involved: do share your experiences – we love to hear your feedback. Finally, why not check-out the developer resources on GitHub and get involved.

About CODE

CODE is the Collabora Online Development Edition. It contains the latest developments and is perfect for home users. It enables them to regain control of their own online documents and to host them themselves in a secure and private environment. For tech-enthusiasts, it is a low-threshold way to get involved and familiar with our online office solution. CODE will be improved continuously and our next supported and maintained Collabora Online product will be built from it. All of our code is Open Source, and a vibrant community in participating in growing Collabora Online. Would you like to be part of the story? Join the community!

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How to: easily deploy Collabora Online on your Kubernetes setup

All you need to deploy Collabora Online on your Kubernetes setup, is applying these configuration settings on your installation of Collabora Online.

Install Collabora Online on Kubernetes in 3 easy steps

With the increasing use of the Kubernetes, we are happy to provide an easy way to deploy our online on your Kubernetes setup.
Thanks to Collabora developer lpranam, Collabora Online can be setup with Kubernetes and also a key feature such as collaborative editing will work correctly. Therefore it is vital to ensure that all users editing the same document end up being served by the same pod. Using the WOPI protocol, the http/https URL includes a unique identifier (WOPISrc) for use with that document. Thus load balancing can be done by using WOPISrc – ensuring that all URLs that contain the same WOPISrc are sent to the same pod. We use a reverse proxy to achieve this load balancing mechanism. HAProxy provides the easiest way to achieve all are requirements for this setup.

Pre-installation checklist

  1. running Kubernetes cluster
  2. The helm command-line tool
  3. The kubectl command-line tool

Configuration files can be found at github.com/CollaboraOnline/online/tree/master/kubernetes/helm/collabora-online

Installation steps

  1. Install HAProxy ingress controller
    kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/haproxytech/kubernetes-ingress/master/deploy/haproxy-ingress.yaml
  2. Prepare the namespace in the Kubernetes cluster with this command
    kubectl create namespace collabora
  3. Install collabora online helm chart
    helm install collabora-online ./kubernetes/helm/collabora-online/

Accessing online service

The following steps may vary a little according to your cloud providers. Here we demonstrate how to access the online with a minikube setup on a local machine.

HAproxy is installed as a NodePort service so to access any service through HAProxy we can use the node’s ip.

  1. To get your node ip with minikube minikube ip

example output

192.168.0.106

2. Each container port is mapped to a NodePort port via the Service object. To find those ports

kubectl get svc --namespace=haproxy-controller

example output

In this instance, the following ports were mapped:

  • Container port 80 to NodePort 30536
  • Container port 443 to NodePort 31821
  • Container port 1024 to NodePort 30480

3. Now in this case to make our hostname available we have to add the following line into /etc/hosts:

192.168.0.106 loolwsd.public.example.com

Feedback and community

If you have feedback, or want to get involved somehow: here’s our cool-dev community!

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Get the latest improvements with our desktop Collabora Office 6.4-39

Version 6.4-39 of Collabora Office improves the import of XML files, and brings useful and important fixes.

 

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XML import improved

A limitation with the import of XML files is removed. Previously XML tags/names with special characters (UTF-8) blocked importing and that works nicely now. You find this feature under Data > XML Source… .

 

Working on the next major release

Our engineers work hard on preparing the new major 21-version of Collabora Office, that will come with a whole lot of improvements and new features, with business support by the experts and with regular updates.
Do keep an eye on our announcements, or actually test the features with the Collabora Office 21 Snapshot.

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More about Collabora Office

Read all about the latest developments of Collabora’s business version of LibreOffice in the release notes. And the main 6.4 announcement; shows how Collabora Office helps to improve your control over documents and privacy.

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Use diagrams with smart connectors and enjoy easy slide duplication in your collaborative Collabora Online 6.4.8

The latest version of the Collabora Online 6.4.8 adds more possibilities to drawing online, working with comments and presentations, and also includes various other improvements.

 

Drawing shapes and connectors

Draw, with shapes and basic connectors, introduced in the previous version, now has been improved. With Collabora Online 6.4.8 you can connect shapes with a variety of connectors, at multiple glue points on the shapes. The connectors are found at the Home tab.

 

Collabora Online 6.4.8: New glue points making it easy to connect images and shapes

More features and improvements

There’s much more in this new version, including work done by developers during the latest Collabora Hackweek! Mentioning..:

  • Comment popups are now allowing to paste text
  • Newly added comments will by highlighted by default
  • Working in presentations, copying slides can now be done with Ctrl+drag and drop
  • Table handles in Writer have been improved
  • The NotebookBar loads much faster

 

 

About Collabora Productivity

Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the cloud, providing Collabora Online and 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 Collabora Office on Twitter .

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CODE 6.4.8 brings more drawing features and fixes

The latest version of the Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE) 6.4.8 adds more possibilities to drawing online, and also includes various performance and other improvements.

 

Drawing shapes and connectors

Draw, with shapes and basic connectors, introduced in the previous version, now has been improved. With CODE 6.4.8 you can connect shapes with a variety of connectors, at multiple glue points on the shapes. The connectors are found at the Home tab.

 

CODE 6.4.8: Improved Glue points making it easier to connect to images or shapes

More features and improvements

There’s much more in this new version, also work done by developers in the recent Collabora Hackweek! Mentioning..: comment popups are now allowing to paste text and newly added comments will by highlighted by default. Working in presentations, copying slides can now be done with Ctrl+drag and drop. The table handles in Writer have been improved, the NotebookBar is loading much faster, and various other performance wins.

 

Please check out the latest features – and give your feedback

CODE gives you the latest and greatest features in online collaboration earlier than our supported version Collabora Online. Of course, we would love to hear about your experiences. Please leave your feedback on CODE in the community forum or report any possible issues on GitHub.

 

About CODE

CODE is the Collabora Online Development Edition. It contains the latest developments and is perfect for home users. It enables them to regain control of their own online documents and to host them themselves in a secure and private environment. For tech-enthusiasts, it is a low-threshold way to get involved and familiar with our online office solution. CODE will be improved continuously and our next supported and maintained Collabora Online product will be built from it. All of our code is Open Source, and a vibrant community in participating in growing Collabora Online. Would you like to be part of the story? Join the community!

 

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