Starting from today’s release more users around the globe will benefit from Collabora Office on iOS and Android! With the just released version 4.2.6 there is full support of CJK fonts and also the user interface has various related improvements.
Fonts available on your mobile device for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic and other scripts, will now be used by the app. This gives many new users the native usability they need, the privacy and control over their data with a quality product they expect from a Collabora.
The updated Collabora Office mobile apps do now support a wide range of scripts and fonts natively available on your phone. Namely, those are:
Chinese (Mandarin, simplified)
Chinese (Mandarin, traditional)
Improvement in fontconfig
The support for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, and other previously unsupported scripts, could be added thanks to a performance fix in fontconfig. This allows resulted in a much improved loading time of the app. Thanks to Behdad Esfahbod (branch faster), fontconfig authors and contributors, and Michael Weghorn (for updating fontconfig) for their work on this!
Do you want to learn more about the mobile office apps by Collabora Productivity? Find all the relevant info summarized on the product page. A good reference for those interested in the detailed development progress of Collabora Office for Android & iOS are the latest release notes. If you want to find out about the history of the apps and the people and entities involved, we suggest you take a look at our detailed chronological credits article.
London, July 24 2020 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind LibreOffice in the cloud, announces the immediate availability of Collabora Office for Chromebooks, its first native productivity tool for Chrome OS.
User control of documents on Chrome OS
Chromebooks are popular, and their use continues to grow rapidly. However, until now they have lacked a rich office productivity tool that users could combine with their choice of storage, to regain control over their files and privacy.
Today, we make a new release of Collabora Office, the LibreOffice-technology based suite for professional, mobile, and online use, available ready to run on Chromebooks!
Chromebooks are not the only relevant positive trend. The desire to keep control over data and document storage is another. With digital sovereignty becoming a hot topic for regional and national administrations and by the EU, who have launched a special program in this area.
The recent EU court ruling that declares that the US Privacy Shield conflicts with the GDPR, has further raised people’s awareness of digital freedom and sovereignty.
Since Chromebooks are attractive and affordable PCs, they are present everywhere these days and with today’s release of Collabora Office, users control over their files and privacy is back. Because of the rich features it is not needed to use Microsoft or Google for professional use or for study. These benefits, make education an area where both Collabora Online and Chromebooks are widely used.
“Collabora is thrilled to provide even more convenient products for schools and universities. […] We are glad to serve our many partners in the education market, and together to protect the privacy of students.” – Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity
Collabora Products are popular because they allow organizations to have applications and storage on-site and be GDPR compliant, still working with excellent collaboration and interoperability tools for office productivity.
Working with partners
While Collabora has developed almost the entirety of this mobile technology and UX, we are profoundly grateful for support from our partners. For this release, we are indebted to AMD for helping to bring the existing Android app to their next generation of extraordinary Chromebooks.
Really richly featured
Chromebook’s popularity clearly shows that businesses and education increasingly opt for the reliable and straightforward Google platform. But do users get a great feature richness to work on their files?
With the new Collabora Office, users get an app that not only supports all their documents (from Microsoft formats DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, DOC, XLS, PPT to the open standards ODF) and offers viewing and working on text and contents, but also provides rich editing with a handsome interface for e.g., images, page formatting, charts, and indices.
Save to your private cloud only
Private friendly cloud storage solutions, such as Nextcloud and ownCloud, provide plugins for Chrome OS that allow users to write directly to their private cloud, without having to save to the device first, after which the file would be saved directly on the Google or Microsoft server storage as well..
Collabora Office matches perfectly with the wish to save directly to your own cloud. It allows users to use the mentioned plugins with ease and not be forced to save their office documents to someone else’s server anymore.
Arriving ahead of native platform curve
With the release of Collabora Office for mobile devices version 4.2.5, Chrome OS is fully supported by Collabora Office. Our products now run on iOS, Windows, Android, Chromebook, and Linux and of course, in any modern browser.
Collabora Office brings its first native productivity tool for Chrome OS, ahead of Google’s recently announced work to bring Microsoft’s Office to Chromebooks. The currently available mobile Microsoft Office apps in contrast provides just a limited set of features.
Remember that, to be able to enjoy the Collabora Online on a Chromebook, a recent version of Chrome OS, that includes the Android Runtime (for Google Play), is required.
On the technical side, the new Collabora Office release supports two new platforms: x86 and AMD64. X86 was needed to run native on the Chromebooks, and with AMD64 we matched the need for a a 64-bit version, as required by Google Play.
Users of Collabora Office on Android may remember that the first Android builds were able to start up on Chromebooks. However that was by coincidence. These worked under a slower emulation, and were missing lots of required polishing and performance.
We are glad to announce a new update of our flagship products Collabora Online and Collabora Office for iOS & Android! Version 4.2.4 adds new features and improves the usability of our collaborative online office suite both on PCs and mobile devices. It is now possible to select multiple sides from the slide pan and duplicate or delete the complete selection. In text documents, it was already possible to add tab stops on the ruler. Now you can also delete these via the context menu on the PC or through a long click on your mobile device.
More new features do enhance the user experience on mobile devices. It is possible to search text in read-only documents. The word count functionality has been added to the upper left burger menu (≡), allowing you to count the content of selected text.
New features overview
Multiple slide selection on slide pane (delete or duplicate multiple slides)
Delete tab stop from ruler with context menu (PC) or long tap (tablet/phone)
New Insert Table dialog from menu Table in Writer and Impress (PC/tablet)
Word Count dialog can be started from the burger menu (≡) on phones
Search functionality added to read-only mode on phones
Log page on Admin Console where admins can view logs and set log level
Dropped dependency to locales-all package
Also more possibilities are offered when you are inserting tables. Therefore, start the Dialog Insert Table from the menu.
Most important improvements and fixes
Fixed zoom of drop-down list in Writer documents
Fixed missing text selection handles on formula bar
Fixed scrolling on multi line formula bar (mobile)
Fixed flickering during zoom in Writer
Don’t overwrite the copy of the document that we are editing on iOS (tdf#133278)
Do not import hidden text frames from HTML/Clipboard that Writer does not support
Fixed Chinese (Taiwan) localization of sidebar
Fixed: in Impress hyperlink were inserted as button instead of text object
Fixed a crash in Japanese Calc
Fixed ‘Insert – Image’ and ‘Create from Template’ features when the WOPI-like host has self-signed SSL certificate
and many more fixes
Read the full Collabora Online release notes for list of fixes .
Read the full Collabora Office for iOS and Android release notes for the complete list of fixes.
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.
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.
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.
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.