Collabora Online 4.0.8 – Debian 10 support, Secure Watermarking, faster scrolling .. and more!

Cambridge, United Kingdom, October 24, 2019Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind bringing LibreOffice to the cloud, Providing Collabora Online and other enterprise supported products, is excited to announce a new release of our product Collabora Online 4.0.8. This release comes with interesting new features and bugfixes too.

What’s new in Collabora Online 4.0.8?

Features

  • Packages for Debian 10.
  • The order of slides can now be changed via drag-and-drop.
  • Scrolling in Calc  is much faster.
  • With secure collaboration there is a different watermarks for each user.
Watermark view Collabora Online
With secure view Collabora Online can give each user it’s own watermark
  • Improved startup → less flicker, hide progress-bar for ~2-3 seconds.
  • A new setting to force that when a document is closed, it is always upload to storage, also when it’s not changed.
    For this there is the new setting per_document.always_save_on_exit.
  • The dimming when a document is not actively in use, is much more relaxed. About 4 times slower.

Bug-fixes

  • Occasional erroneous limits popup is now gone.
  • Font size list behaved wrong, not showing fonts in some situations.

Getting Collabora Online 4.0.8

Collabora Online is suitable for large scale deployment, comes with an SLA, Long Term Support with signed security updates as well as a rich product management interaction helping to direct our development priorities.

Enterprises interested in using Collabora Online can check out more information on partner integrations and online demos. For tailored solutions, contact sales@collaboraoffice.com.

Hosting and Cloud businesses that wish to add Collabora Online to their product portfolio can become a partner by filling in the partner form or contacting sales@collaboraoffice.com.

Collabora Online is only one part of a larger Enterprise File Sync & Share, Groupware, or Hosting solution. Collabora is excited to go to market with a long list of Partners each of which has an integration and provides you with useful support.

Online demo

You also can get an online demo of Collabora Online and try it out yourself right now!

For more information:

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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Nextcloud and Collabora scale real-time collaboration to hundreds of millions of users

Integration build on mature Global Scale architecture benefits large customers and smaller federated installations

Nextcloud GmbH, supplier of the globally most deployed self-hosted content collaboration platform, and Collabora, the driving force behind LibreOffice in the cloud, announce the result of a collaborative effort to make Collabora Online available to customers with tens of millions of users through the innovative Nextcloud Global Scale architecture. The technological advancements also benefit distributed, federated private clouds, enabling cross-cloud collaboration between separate Nextcloud servers that have files shared between them. Global Scale has been in production since 2017 in a commercial setup for tens of millions of users across 4 continents. Several other customers have deployed or began experimenting with Global Scale in the last 2 years. Thanks to the new integration, Collabora Online installations at multi-million user scale are now set to roll out.

Our mission at RENATER is enabling seamless collaboration between over a thousand research and education institutions in France in order to protect the security and confidentiality of data. We study and experiment deeply Nextcloud Global Scale for its highly scalability capacities and its reliability that fit the needs of our project.
— Alexandre Salvat, Drive Project Manager – Pôle Projets Transverses et Innovation (P2TI) – RENATER

As a mature and real world tested solution, Nextcloud Global Scale offers Nextcloud customers a way out of traditional, costly scalability limitations like data center uplinks, load balancers and database, storage and cache. Global Scale enables virtually limitless scalability of Nextcloud deployments at high cost efficiency by transparently distributing users across multiple nodes. This takes away the need for a central database, storage and cache solution, enabling individual nodes to take advantage of inexpensive commodity hardware to save costs and increase flexibility Single production nodes have already shown the ability to scale to 250.000 users as part of a larger Global Scale setup. Even the limitations of a single data center in terms of capacity and up-link do not limit the size of a Global Scale deployment, as nodes can be in any location. This also allows installations to improve performance by moving data closer to the physical location of users or enforce strict data locality rules to comply with legal or security requirements.

“As the market demands every deeper integration of content collaboration technology, partnering with a leading document collaboration provider like Collabora Productivity is the best way to deliver our customers the solution they need”, notes Frank Karlitschek, CEO of Nextcloud GmbH.
“Globally active, demanding enterprises require excellent, real-world tested and truly scalable solutions only our partnership offers.”

Within a Global Scale architecture, enhancements to Collabora allow users from different nodes to transparently collaborate in a single document editing session. This means a combined Nextcloud Global Scale + Collabora instance can deliver real-time document editing at a truly global scale, with users collaborating across data centers, countries and continents.

“As Collabora proceeds to deliver its document editing solutions to exceedingly large enterprises, we are excited to collaborate with a proven scalability leader like Nextcloud. This is vital to meet the needs of big organizations” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity.
“Large scale deployments require reliable service combined with the excellent user experience our partnership provides.”

Private users and smaller installations also benefit from the improvements to Nextcloud Global Scale and Collabora Online, gaining the ability to collaborate on documents they have shared between their private clouds. This federation feature, invented by Nextcloud team members and standardized under the Open Cloud Mesh OCS standard, lets users share files between different servers as easy as sending an email.
Several customers are expected to roll out Collabora Online in a Global Scale context, supported by Nextcloud and Collabora. For more information about a Global Scale deployment, contact Nextcloud GmbH.

About Collabora

Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the cloud, providing Collabora Online and a range of other 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 benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specializing in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit Collabora Office or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter

About Nextcloud

Nextcloud offers the industry-leading, fully open source, self-hosted Content Collaboration Platform, combining the easy user interface of consumer-grade cloud solutions with the security and compliance measures enterprises need. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data through mobile, desktop and web interfaces with next-generation, on-premise secure communication and collaboration features like real-time document editing, chat and video calls, putting them under direct control of IT and integrated with existing infrastructure.
Nextcloud’s easy and quick deployment, open, modular architecture and emphasis on security and advanced federation capabilities enable modern enterprises to leverage their existing file storage assets within and across the borders of their organization. For more information, visit nextcloud.com or follow @Nextclouders on Twitter.

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ownCloud and Collabora Enable Setting up Virtual Data Rooms with New “Secure View” Feature

With “Secure View”, ownCloud and Collabora Online present a first of its kind, entirely new way of individually restricting data and information exchange. The fully controllable restrictions range from simple download deactivation to a highly-protected read-only option. Enterprise users thus can entirely control and meet the highest security and compliance standards when working together on digital documents. Thanks to Secure View, “virtual data rooms” can now be set up without expensive additional software.

Using Secure View, documents of all common Office formats (.docx/.xlsx/.pptx/.pdf) can be provided with comprehensive restrictions. These restrictions prevent the recipient of a file from editing or downloading it, copying/inserting content and from printing the document. An important part of sharing and collaborating in Secure View is that the text displayed on the computer is composed of images. The protected document itself never leaves the server. To add to these permissions, exporting or printing documents can either be entirely prohibited or can be restricted by generating a watermark. A watermark of this type displays individual user information. This ensures that it is always possible to draw conclusions about the person who passed on the document (without permission) – even when taking a screenshot or photo.


Maximum Security When Working Together on Documents

“With the development of Secure View, we can now offer our Collabora Online users even more ways to collaborate and work with documents that require a particular level of security,” Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora, points out. “Collabora Online and ownCloud complement each other perfectly by combining convenience and flexibility, when editing and viewing documents, with maximum data exchange security.”

Secure View is the basis for mode-based document sharing, whereby individual permission settings determine what the recipient of a file can do with it. In addition to individual access restrictions for specific documents, policies such as “view-only”, “comments-only” or “enforce change tracking” can also be automatically applied as soon as certain prerequisites are met. This way, “virtual data rooms” can now be established using Secure View. In these restricted areas within an ownCloud, sensitive documents are protected from unauthorized redistribution without impairing read access for authorized persons from anywhere. The only prerequisites are Internet access and a web browser.


All Data Remains on the Server

Typical use cases for Secure View are review processes of confidential documents or the controlled provision of sensitive information for a selected group of people. Since ownCloud is an on-premises private cloud solution, access to such secure data rooms can also be granted to external authorized readers without the original confidential data leaving the company’s servers – because the text displayed on readers’ computers is composed of images. This enables convenient collaboration, for example with consulting lawyers or R&D partners, while ensuring that security and compliance rules are met.

Secure View is the first feature which has been developed on the basis of “Advanced Sharing Permissions”, introduced in ownCloud 10.2. This technical foundation provides extension developers with the means to implement advanced individual permission settings at user and group level, thus maximizing security and control.


Document Protection Without Vendor Lock-in

While there are other software solutions for virtual data rooms available on the market, none of them offers a comparable level of security and control at the same time. One of these software solutions is Microsoft’s “Azure Rights Management”, to name just one example. It encrypts all documents and stores the decryption key in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. To make this solution work, it is necessary to use Microsoft products across a large part of the corporate infrastructure in order to guarantee full protection and accessibility of the sensitive documents.The result is an architecture that is unnecessarily complex and highly dependent on a single vendor.

With the solution from ownCloud and Collabora, these two obstacles are eliminated. This way organizations stay in full control of where their sensitive data is stored and which software they can choose for editing and viewing documents. “Securely viewing” these documents only requires a web browser. So there is no vendor lock-in at any point of this process.

“The joint development of Secure View, an unprecedented feature, is a great example of what can be achieved with flexible integration solutions,” Tobias Gerlinger, CEO of ownCloud, comments on the cooperation. “In this way, we can offer our users enterprise-relevant new features without getting bogged down with too many different development ventures – as is the case with some competing products. For ownCloud, stability, security and performance of the core product are the top priorities.”



About Collabora Productivity, Ltd.
Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing 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 benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries.

For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

About ownCloud
ownCloud is the market leading open source content collaboration solution worldwide. ownCloud enables users to securely access and share data from any device, anywhere in the world. With more than 200,000 installations and 50 million users, ownCloud provides organizations a modern collaborative experience, thereby boosting productivity without compromising on security. At the same time, it gives organizations the visibility and control required to manage sensitive data.

To get the latest updates, please visit owncloud.com/newsroom or follow us on Twitter @ownCloud.

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Collabora Online 4.0.3 Released

Cambridge, United Kingdom, March 26, 2019Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind bringing LibreOffice to the cloud, is excited to announce a new release of our enterprise product Collabora Online 4.0.3. This release comes with lots of bugfixes and a few minor new features.

What’s new in Collabora Online 4.0.3?

New features

  • Follow other editor behavior: we now show the flag with the suer name above the other users’ caret when they are typing or moving around in the document. When the other user stops interacting, the flag fades away after a second or two.

  • In impress – we added keyboard bindings to allow switching slides with up/down arrow keys when the slide pane is focused.
  • The Help URL is now configurable in /etc/lookitconfig.xcu and when the URL is unset, the Help buttons inside dialogs are hidden.
  • MPLv2 code subset configuration is now built by default.
  • Restored sort buttons to the toolbar in Calc – present in 3.4, and back by popular request in 4.0.3.

Notable bugfixes

  • In some circumstances the convert-to folder could become filled with documents – we made the cleanup of in-progress conversions much more robust.
  • When no avatar is available – we now show user colors:
  • Do not disable the Close Document menu for read-only docs

  • Last modification link should lead to revision history only when revision history feature is enabled
  • Show a normal statusbar in narrow window
  • Localization fixes
  • Fix Save As when ‘%’ character is used within the filename
  • Disable Thesaurus menu, when thesaurus is not available
  • Fix a crash, when trying to accept changes
  • Fix a crash, that occurred when no spelling dictionaries were available
  • Make PDF exported watermarks (when printing) look more similar to the watermarks shown in the online editor – when tiles are watermarked.
  • Fix rare corner-cases where under heavy load, concurrent editors may have had their changes attributed to other users.

Getting Collabora Online 4.0.3

Collabora Online is suitable for large scale deployment, comes with an SLA, Long Term Support with signed security updates as well as a rich product management interaction helping to direct our development priorities.

Enterprises interested in using Collabora Online can check out our home page for more information on partner integrations and online demos. For tailored solutions, contact sales@collaboraoffice.com.

Hosting and Cloud businesses that wish to add Collabora Online to their product portfolio can become a partner by filling in the partner form or contacting sales@collaboraoffice.com.

Collabora Online is only one part of a larger Enteprise File Sync & Share, Groupware, or Hosting solution. Collabora is excited to go to market with a long list of Partners each of which has an integration.

Online demo

You can get an online demo of Collabora Online and try it out yourself right now!

For more information:

About Collabora Productivity:

Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing 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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Open letter for the EU parliament about Copyright Directive

As you may have heard: at the end of March, the EU parliament will have to vote on the Copyright Directive. Two articles in this directive – Articles 11 and 13 – may seriously jeopardize the success of all open source businesses and companies in Europe.

We believe that it is essential for businesses (rather than just individuals) to be heard in this debate. For this reason, many different European companies from the open source world, including Collabora, have signed an open letter to the European Parliament trying to urge politicians to vote against Articles 11 and 13 of the proposed Copyright Directive.

This open letter has been sent today (March 19th, 2019) to the members of the European Parliament. Please, find below a link where you can download and read this open letter. And, do not hesitate to share it with your contacts.

Open Letter Copyright Directive

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