SharePoint Integration in new Collabora Online release

We’re really happy to announce that with today’s release – version 4.2.5 – Collabora Online offers another important integration: with the Microsoft document management and storage server SharePoint.

Collabora Online brings easy integration with SharePoint Server

Collabora Online is widely recognized as the perfect solution to integrate with applications for file sharing and collaboration. Now with the new integration with the popular and widely used SharePoint server, many more organizations will benefit from Collabora’s possibilities for collaboration, rich editing, expert interoperability and business support.

This is how it looks

Using your DOCX and ODT files

 

 

 

Opening e.g. Visio and Publisher files from SharePoint

 

 

What’s more in Collabora Online 4.2.5

Collabora Online also comes with various bug fixes.
All details are available on the 4.2 Release Notes page.

Configuration details

Integration of SharePoint server 2016 with Collabora Online is really easy. This blog post shows the configuration that is needed.

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Collabora Online and SharePoint Integration

Integrating with Microsoft SharePoint 2016 really made easy

Collabora Online is perfectly equipped to integrate with your SharePoint 2016 Server!
Just a few simple settings are enough to make your users benefit of all the advantages of Collabora Online.

This is how it looks

Using your DOCX and ODT files

 

Opening e.g. Visio and Publisher files from SharePoint

 

 

Setting up

Read this blog post with the technical information: the few simple configuration settings to do this installation.

 

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How to: WOPI binding for Collabora Online in SharePoint 2016 Server

All you need to do for the integration of SharePoint server 2016 with Collabora Online, is the following configuration settings. And you have to deploy a Collabora Online version 4.2.5.

Configure Collabora Online

1. SharePoint uses WOPI security and requires using a proof key to authenticate WOPI applications.
The proof key is automatically generated by postinst script of the loolwsd package, so normally no user interaction is needed to set this up.
In the unexpected case, when this automatic setup does not work, use this command to generate an RSA key:

loolwsd-generate-proof-key

In case your config dir is not /etc, you need to check loolwsd.log, which would contain a warning about missing proof-key in discovery.
The warning would contain the command line to use for manual generation of the key, like this:

ssh-keygen -t rsa -N "" -m PEM
-f "/path/to/loolwsd/config/proof-key"

2. Authorize the SharePoint server in Collabora Online. Open loolwsd.xml, and add a host element under WOPI storage element for the SharePoint WOPI host:

<host allow="true">sharepoint-host-name</host>

If you do not authorize WOPI host, this will result in failure opening documents.
The server’s name which was not matched would then be listed in loolwsd.log.

3. Start Collabora Online.

Configure SharePoint

1. Open SharePoint Management Console, and execute the command:

New-SPWOPIBinding -ServerName cool-server-name:port -Extension ODT

Execute this command for all the file extensions that you want to be handled by Collabora Online.
If you use Collabora Online in a testing environment without SSL, then you need to add -AllowHTTP to the command. Running this command requires that no binding exists for this extension in the external zone that Collabora Online uses.
You may need to remove existing bindings first; see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/sharepoint-server/remove-spwopibinding?view=sharepoint-ps.

2. Collabora Online uses external WOPI zone.

Set-SPWOPIZone -Zone "external-http"

That’s all. Now SharePoint should use Collabora Online to open files with the configured extensions by default.
Changing the default action for any of the configured file types can be done by using SharePoint’s Get-SPWOPIBinding and Set-SPWOPIBinding commands (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/sharepoint-server/set-spwopibinding):

Get-SPWOPIBinding -Server cool-server-name:port -Extension ODT | Set-SPWOPIBinding
-DefaultAction:$true

 

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New updates for Collabora Online and Collabora Office for iOS & Android – version 4.2.4

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
  • Updated translations
  • 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.

 

 

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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CODE 4.2 Release Notes

Collabora Online Development Edition

You’ll find all information on CODE releases, installation and how to get involved on our code-page.

Released on July 1, 2020

New features in 4.2.5

  • SharePoint 2016 integration. Find more information in our blog.

Released on June 11, 2020

New features in 4.2.4

  • Introduced welcome message (CODE)
  • Delete tab stop from ruler with context menu/long tap (PC/mobile)
  • Add First-line indent, paragraph indent, and tab spaces to ruler
  • Multiple slide selection on Slide pane
    • Delete multiple slides
    • Duplicate multiple slides
  • Log page on Admin Console where admins can view logs and set log level
  • Insert table menu item in Writer and Impress (PC)
  • Dropped dependency to locales-all package
  • Updated translations

Fixes in 4.2.4

  • Fixed zoom of drop-down list in Writer documents
  • Fixed document title overlapped with dialogs (PC)
  • Fixed missing text selection handles on formula bar
  • Make selection from Borders dropdown work again (tdf#133078)
  • Fixed flickering during zoom in Writer
  • Report back save result (tdf#131123)
  • Fixed reuse_cookies support
  • Fixed sheet rename dialog loses focus when waiting a bit (PC/tablet)
  • Fixed theming of spin buttons in dialogs (PC/tablet)
  • Fixed unrealistic values on Admin Console due to uninitialized variables
  • Do not import hidden text frames from HTML/Clipboard that Writer does not support
  • Use ODF format instead of RTF for copy&paste from Writer to Writer
  • Fixed missing icons in CODE-brand RPM package (tdf#133496)

Older releases
Detailed information of previous releases can be found on Collabora Online 4.2 Release Notes.

  • CODE 4.2.3; release date 2020-05-07
  • CODE 4.2.2-2; release date 2020-04-16
  • CODE 4.2.2-1; release date 2020-04-10
  • CODE 4.2.1; release date 2020-03-30

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