Collabora’s LibreOffice development experts are supporting students for GSoC 2020

Collabora developers are mentoring students during this year’s Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code is an amazing, international program encouraging the participation of university students in open source software development. It enables students to independently gain practical experience on concrete projects and matches them with experienced developers. This year a record number of almost 1200 students is taking part in the sponsored projects. Collabora is always delighted to support GSoC projects: some of our experienced developers are mentoring the students: guiding them in the code, encouraging them, and supporting the growth of their skills.

Collabora developers at GSoC 2020

Also for this year’s GSoC several students are being mentored by Collabora Productivity team members. Tomaž Vajngerl, Muhammet Kara, Miklos Vajna, Mike Kaganski, and Michael Meeks are assisting the work on several projects around LibreOffice. And our companies involvement is not just limited to that. Andrej Shadura, a developer from our parent company Collabora, is in charge of various projects around the Debian operating system. Collabora’s support of these Google Summer of Code reflects our commitment to open source software and is also a matter of personal attachment. Several of today’s Collaborans like Elie Tournier and Rohan Garg have successfully participated in the GSoC program in the past. So have the current mentors Muhammet Kara, Miklos Vajna, and Pranam Lashkari from Collabora Productivity team.

A success story – development camps in Turkey

The successful application of no less than six LibreOffice office projects for this year’s Summer of Code would not be fully told without mentioning some previous happenings in winter. Collabora Productivity had sponsored the LibreOffice Developer Bootcamp in Ankara and the LibreOffice Development Workshop at the Anadolu University in Eskişehir (Turkey) during the Free Software Wintercamp 2020. These ambitious development courses by Muhammet Kara spawned no less than three of the six successfully submitted LibreOffice projects of GSoC 2020. Find out more about the great outcome of these development camps within our community news blog post.

LibreOffice projects mentored by Collabora Productivity

The student Ahmad Ganzouri has successfully submitted two projects. Supported by the mentors Tomaž Vajngerl, Miklos Vajna, and Michael Meeks, he will work on a project adding blurry shadows to objects in LibreOffice and on a second one that aims to move the current gallery data in favour to easier to handle ZIP files. Yusuf Keten, another participant of the LibreOffice Developers Bootcamp in Ankara, will be working on additions to better integrate extensions. Keten’s project is being mentored by Collabora’s Muhammet Kara.

Also Collabora’s parent company developers are mentoring

Another interesting GSoC project is bringing a CiviCRM integration to LibreOffice and Collabora Office. “Styles Inspector“, also mentored by Tomaž Vajngerl, is another project aimed at LibreOffice. We all look forward to the results of the students work. And for sure we will try to cover some of that here. Another wonderful story is that of Collabora Productivity developer Pranam Lashkari. He was a GSoC student during the last two years while graduating and this year he is already a mentor for two projects within the Boost C++ libraries. Collabora developer Andrej Shadura is mentoring no less than three projects focusing on Android SDK Tools for the Debian operating system. Find out more about these and other noteworthy projects in the Collabora news blog.

About Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code is a program awarding a three months stipend to students who successfully complete a free and open-source software coding project during the summer. The annual program started in 2005. This year, 199 organizations and 1199 student projects are taking part. Within the last 15 years more than 15.000 students from over 100 countries had been accepted. Developers from free and open source projects serve as mentors. Between 80 – 90% of the accepted projects get completed successfully.

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Collabora Office for Android & iOS version 4.2.3 released

New features to work with your DOCX and ODT text document as well as performance improvements and fixes

Version 4.2.3 of our popular mobile apps Collabora Office for Android and iOS has been released. This update includes improvements and fixes on performance and stability plus updated translations. You read more about these in our release notes. Version 4.2.3 also brings new handy features for when you work with DOCX, ODT or other text documents.

Tabstops handling on the ruler in text documents

In version 4.2.3 of our mobile app it is now possible to handle tabstops with a touch on the ruler. This function is available on tablets. The ruler is not shown on the small displays of phones.

Handling tabstops on the ruler in a text document on a tablet

Page setup panel on phones

Also in writer, the hamburger menu on phones now opens the page setup panel. You can set size, orientation and margins.

Page setup panel for text files on phones

Get Collabora Office

Collabora Office for Android and iOS enables editing of documents on the go and is developed with your privacy in mind. Learn more about it on the product page and download it for free from the App Store of from Google Play.

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Padded Numbering available in Collabora Office 6.2-9

Discover Padded Numbering in Collabora Office 6.2-9

If you work with spreadsheet, you know the numbering formatting with leading zeroes. It has been there since ages. Interesting that now in Writer, you can also have list numbering with leading zeroes: padding numbering.

A great outcome of our hack week

At Collabora, we have that great tradition of calling a hack week once a year, mostly after stressful periods with big releases. During that week the team members can decide for themselves on which projects they want to work. As you can read in his blog, our LibreOffice developer Miklos Vajna used this time to work on the core implementation of Padded Numbering. As you can read in Miklos’ second article on the topic, the final implementation had to overcome some challenges resulting from the different way the OOXML and ODT file formats handle Padded Numbering.

How can I make use of this new feature?

Padded numbering allows you to work with lists in Writer, with a prefix from one to four zeros. The feature is currently premiering in our new enterprise version 6.2.9 of Collabora Office and will be available in the next release of LibreOffice. You can find the feature following the path Format → Bullets and Numbering → Customize and accessing the “Number” list box.

How can I try it out?

We offer up-to-date snapshots of our enterprise-ready office suite for download, which you can use to test the very latest functions. Alternatively, you can request a demo from us to get to experience the stable version of Collabora Office with all its advantages !

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Collabora Online 4.2.2 released

Collabora Online 4.2.2

Collabora Online 4.2-updates

PDF and Chinese, Japanese and Korean date format improvements

We are glad to announce the release of Collabora Online 4.2.2. This latest version features improvements in PDF handling (PDFium-based PDF rendering) and with regard to the display of Chinese (and other Asian) date formats in Calc.

Many important fixes

Besides these improvements version 4.2.2 brings a lot of important stability fixes and updated translations. Among other things, the view in Writer now behaves as expected when deselecting an image. You can find an overview of all features and fixes in our release notes.

Update of Collabora Online 4.2.0

Collabora Online 4.2.2 is annother update to our major release Collabora Online 4.2.0. Learn all about the new implementations in the original announcement. If you want to test the latest features you might want to take a look at our snapshots or request a demo!

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Updated Collabora Online – version 4.2.1 – available now

First update of major release Collabora Online 4.2

After a lot of encouraging feedback we received on the major 4.2.0 Online release, we’re happy to now announce the first update!

New Features

  • Context menu option to put a shape or image to the background of text on Writer. (Wrap → Wrap Through + In Background, Arrange → To Background and To Foreground)

Shape moved to the background of a Writer document. Click on the image to start animation!
  • Writer documents can be exported to EPUB format. Use File > Download as > EPUB (.epub)
    This uses the default similar to File > Export As > Export Directly As EPUB in LibreOffice / Collabora Office.

Export as EPUB in Collabora Online!

Improved features

  • Consistent Calc formula bar focusing in all cases

  • Possibility to easily navigate across wide merged cells in Calc

  • You can use Table of Contents links in Writer document

  • Updated translations

Fixes

  • In some cases the font dropdown contained only 2 fonts instead of all fonts installed. This has been fixed

  • Search bar did not accept letter ‘r’. This has been fixed

  • Fixed slide reordering by drag-and-drop in Impress

  • Fixed printing in Internet Explorer 11

  • Collabora Online never supported opening .oxt files (LibreOffice extensions) and .odb files (LibreOffice database files). We removed these file types from WOPI discovery.xml

  • Fixed the z-index of some pop-up dialogs, e.g. the warning to exceeded document/connection limit dialog is visible again

  • Fixed download action when server is running with no capabilities

  • On CentOS 8, Ubuntu 18.04, and Debian 10, which have OpenSSL 1.1.1, now we link loolwsd with Poco 1.10.1. That solves SSL connection issues, e.g. connecting to sites that have certificates made with elliptic curve key
  • On some systems the “child-root” jails were not cleaned up after use. This has been fixed

 

4.2.0 information

Since this version is an update. you may be interested in the information on the major release 4.2.0.

 

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 @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

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