Come see us at ownCloud conference!

We will attend the annual ownCloud conference in Nuremberg, Germany – from September 18th to September 21st.

When and where

The oCCon2018 is held at TH Nürnberg from September, 18th – 21st. The ownCloud Conference is the place to be for ownCloud administrators and developers. Participants are joining the four days of the conference, hacking, learning and trying out new ideas on the ownCloud platform. It will have interactive workshops, talks on interesting use cases and discussions on the future of the platform.

Check out the agenda

On September 19, Michael Meeks will have a presentation about “Real-time document collaboration”. He will explain how Collabora Online integrates into ownCloud to create a powerful, secure, scalable, real-time document editing experience. Also, he will mention the improvement in latency and overall functionality. If you are interested to hear about the exciting things we are working on, how to configure and deploy Collabora Online on your ownCloud server, how you can get an SLA from Collabora delivered and supported in partnership with ownCloud – then don’t miss out our talk at 11.30 am, at the Keynote Room BB007.

Say hi to us!

Do you have any questions, feedback or you just want to say hi? Let’s meet in Nuremberg – drop us an email at hello@collaboraoffice.com and we would be very happy to meet you there.

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Updated LibreOffice growth infographic (2018)

We have updated our LibreOffice growth infographic for 2018 (previous versions: 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017), recollecting the most interesting LibreOffice figures and visualizing them in an easy to read and share infographic.

Numbers are growing and the Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE) is very popular now, with currently over 7.5 million Docker image pulls! Also, this year we are the top code contributors to LibreOffice with 5302 code commits.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the LibreOffice Conference 2018 (September 25 to September 28), where you can meet us and attend one of our many interesting talks!

Check out the updated LibreOffice growth infographic on 2018 here:

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Meet us this weekend in Berlin, Germany!

The Nextcloud Conference

Collabora will be attending the Nextcloud conference – an annual conference that brings the global Nextcloud Contributor Community together for a week of coding, design, discussion, talks & fun. The conference will be held from 23 to 30 of August 2018 in Berlin, Germany – at the Mathematics building of the Technical University of Berlin.

During the hackweek days participants will get together to code, write Nextcloud apps, improve design etc. On the weekend of August 25 and 26, will be different talks, keynotes, and workshops. Our own Tor Lillqvist will be there to talk about Collabora Online. His talk will be on August 25 at 11:32 AM and will present the work we have done on Collabora Online during the last year.

Check out the agenda for more details.

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The Enterprise Day

August 27, will be the Enterprise Day that takes place the day after the Nextcloud conference and features a track of technical sessions covering a wide range of enterprise use cases. Michael Meeks will have a talk about Collabora Online – if you want to know more about us feel free to attend his talk at 11:30 – Park Inn at Berlin Alexanderplatz.

Say hi to us!

Do you have any questions, feedback or you just want to hack with us? Let’s meet in Berlin at the Nextcloud conference – drop us an email at hello@collaboraoffice.com and we would be very happy to meet you there.

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Improving PowerPoint Interoperability

Product vs. Professional services

One of the great things about our product relationships with our customers and partners is that they allow us to invest in improving specified areas. We provide products that allow our customers to file individual bug fixes, and get an SLA (Service-level Agreement) to have an engineer start work on a problem; but while this focuses our work rapidly on exactly what a customer wants improving and delivering a fix to them fast – it can give a somewhat piece-meal result. Product customers, in contrast, allow us to tackle larger areas that they’ve experienced problems in.

In our recent release (Collabora Office 6.0 and also back-ported to Collabora Office 5.3, and in the forthcoming community LibreOffice 6.1 release) we have had a chance to invest in significantly improving our OpenXML PowerPoint (PPTX) interoperability.

What got better?

In the past, occasionally when we saved a file in PPTX format, Microsoft Office warned of problems with the document on load. We investigated why that was happening and it turned out that LibreOffice was missing PPTX export code for many important features – like the export of group shapes (all shapes were exported without grouping), export of embedded videos, and preservation of customXML on export. We implemented all of these.

Another huge missing hole was handling of PPTM files (PPTX with macros), including preservation of the VBA stream on export – now Collabora Office and LibreOffice 6.1 can do it too.

We also had a chance to fix a number of other important issues around animations (which are hard to see), like the implementation of animation type Command, Motion or Spin.

Finally, the most important were several document layout pieces. For example, when the original document looked like this:

After roundtrip (opening and saving) in LibreOffice 5.4.0 it turned into this one:

Luckily now, with the layout problems fixed, the original document roundtrips without issues:

Why not try it out?

In common with all other implementations trying to inter-operate with Microsoft, there are corner-cases where interoperability still needs improvement – but it is encouraging to see the significant reduction in easy annoyances here, and the results of improved rendering.

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