Collabora Office 5.3 Released

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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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LibreOffice now uses pdfium to render inserted PDF images

Collaboran Miklos Vanja has written a post about his work on making LibreOffice use pdfium to render inserted PDF images. Check it out:

pdfium is the rendering library used in Chromium’s pdf viewer. It’s based on the foxit pdf renderer and its rendering quality is much better compared to the pre-existing “convert PDF to ODG, then to an image” code when it comes to just viewing a PDF file. First, thanks to PMG who made this work possible.

Let’s look at a few samples that compare the old pdfimport rendering result and the new pdfium-based one. One important feature is that embedded fonts are handled. This is how this inserted PDF looked like previously:

Compare it with the new result:

To continue reading and see more examples, check out the blog post on the website of Miklos Vanja.

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Pivot charts in LibreOffice – part 2

Last week we informed you about the blog post of Collaboran Tomaž Vajngerl, about his work on Pivot charts in LibreOffice, funded for by Nantes Métropole and Ville de Nantes in France. Now he has published an update – Pivot charts in LibreOffice – part 2.

This time I’ll present some necessary changes to make pivot charts actually useful and one unique feature that pivot charts have and normal charts don’t – field buttons.

Pivot chart creation
If you watched the first video, you should notice that I showed the pivot chart was already created from the start. The reason for this was that the functionality to create a new pivot chart from the pivot table wasn’t implemented yet. I have fixed this, so it is now possible to create a new pivot chart if you position the cursor on the pivot table, and select from the menu to create a new chart. The chart creation code will detect the pivot table and create a pivot chart instead of a normal chart.

Continue reading on tomazvajngerl.blogspot.com.es


(image and video by Tomaž Vajngerl)

Read the complete post at tomazvajngerl.blogspot.com.es

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