Collabora Online 3.3.1 released

Cambridge, United Kingdom – July 6, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, is excited to announce a new release of its flagship enterprise-ready cloud document suite – Collabora Online 3.3.1, that comes with bugfixes and improvements.

What’s new in Collabora Online 3.3.1?

Responsive design fixes:

  • On small screen resolutions Writer’s ruler is automatically hidden;
  • Nextcloud integration: on small screen resolutions the top Nextcloud bar is automatically hidden (with the Collabora Online app version 2.0.10);
  • ownCloud integration: on small screen resolutions the top ownCloud bar is automatically hidden (with the Collabora Online app version 2.0.7);
  • On small screen resolutions, we have removed the gap between the logo and toolbar buttons.

Other Improvements:

  • In Calc, it is possible to use Ctrl+click on hyperlinks even when the hyperlink is created with HYPERLINK spreadsheet function;
  • Now the right-clicking on the toolbar, status bar and menu area does not bring up the browser‘s local menu any longer;
  • The Cell border dropdown button in Calc has a new More… button, which invokes a dialog with more settings;
  • The color picker toolbar widget has now the No Fill option for character backgrounds and Automatic color option for character color;
  • We have fixed the File – Print… behavior on Firefox. Now it opens PDF print view directly, instead of sending the PDF for download;
  • Bugfix of the remote monitoring feature introduced in version 3.3.0. (thanks to our partner Arawa).
  • Fixed loading of spelling dictionaries from Collabora Office packages (it was a regression in Collabora Online 3.3.0)

Online demo

You can get access to the demo of Collabora Online and try it out yourself right now!

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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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Meet us in Spain and Japan!

This weekend you can find us in two different conferences, where our team members will conduct a talk.

In Almeria, Spain…

From 11th to 13th May – we will be in Almeria, Spain to speak at National Congress on Software Development (SUPERSEC) conference. Michael Meeks will talk about securing your documents online. His talk with be on Saturday, May 12th at 4 pm.

LibreOffice and Online – securing your documents

Speaker: Michael Meeks
Time: 16:00
Day: Saturday, May 12

In Osaka, Japan…

Around the same time, we will be attending another event as well. On May 12th we will be in Osaka, Japan. One of our engineers, Tomaž Vajngerl, will explain the changes in LibreOffice 6.x from a developer point of view.

LibreOffice 6.x from a developer point of view

Speaker: Tomaž Vajngerl
Start: 13:10
Day: Saturday, May 12
End: 13:55

Say hi to us!

If you will be around and would like to have a chat with us drop us an email at hello@collaboraoffice.com and we would be happy to see you there.

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Collabora Online 3.2 released

Cambridge, United Kingdom – April 19, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, is excited to announce a new release of its flagship enterprise-ready cloud document suite – Collabora Online 3.2, with new features and multiple improvements.

What’s new in Collabora Online 3.2?

Our minor point revisions are shipped approximately each month, and typically include security and other bug fixes, but we also like to include some critical features and improvements when they bring a low risk to our customers we highlight a few of these below.

Implemented Chart creation

While it was always possible to render and edit existing charts; now it is possible to create and insert charts not only in Calc, but also in Writer and Impress.

Data Validation in Calc

Many of our customers and partners have requested the ability to use data-validation, which is frequently used to allow spreadsheets to be used as check-lists, or to constrain how forms are filled in, letting users select from a pre-canned list of valid options for various cells and fields. While we allowed users to configure and create such list validation options in 3.1, in 3.2 we bring popups to allow them to be used fluidly and collaboratively. Uses cases include engineers doing final assembly inspection on their tablets, collaborating with others to ensure a complete product passes all available tests.

Context menu spell checking

Although we have had multi-language spell-checking via red-underlines from our early days, and in 3.0 we added a complete spell checking dialog for whole documents – we have taken time to expose the frequently requested – right-click context menu option for rapidly correcting individual words into 3.2.

Column Formatting

Formatting columns have been available as part of our page style dialog for a while, but users could find this hard to find. To help people find that we exposed the Format → Columns dialog.

Various fixes and improvements

  • Writer
    • Avoiding cursor jumping when another user moves their view.
  • Calc
    • F2 – triggers cell edit mode in Chrome;
    • Improved positioning of auto-filter pop-ups;
    • Sheet insertion improved with ‘insert sheet’ button.
  • General
    • Improved complex-text Input Method popup positioning support;
    • Reduced dialog flicker;
    • Updated translations – with thanks to the LibreOffice community;
    • Updated support warning when used with many users (thanks to Kopano);
    • Use a hard random /tmp directory name inside our jails;
    • Force UTF-8 locale for kit processes.
  • Powerful new scripting API for integrators

Online demo

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

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, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

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Using Collabora Online to accelerate document conversion

Nowadays we have different ways of converting our documents, using different tools that are available online. One option is JODConverter: (for Java OpenDocument Converter) a widely used tool that automates document conversions. Supported formats include OpenDocument, PDF, HTML, Microsoft Office formats (DOC/DOCX/RTF, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX) and many others. Usage can be as a Java library, a command line tool, or a web application. Traditionally the JODConverter uses a LibreOffice process for its conversion but newer versions of JODConverter can use Collabora Online directly.*

We built a dedicated page on our website explaining why you should consider switching to either the Collabora Online backend or more simply talk directly to Collabora Online itself.

What are the main benefits of using Collabora Online for document conversion?

  • Improved performance compared to startup-convert-shutdown approach;
  • The REST API is more reliable than starting LibreOffice in server mode and communicating via remote UNO;
  • More secure because the conversion happens in an isolated environment and this layered approach protects your infrastructure (from outer to inner layers):
    • It is easy to run it in a Virtual Machine / Docker Container;
    • Document data isolation into per-document chroots;
    • Seccomp-bpf: inside that chroot (almost) no system calls are allowed;
    • Extremely sparse filesystem inside the chroot: no shell etc.

For more details checkout our page that explains more about the benefits, performance, and how to try out JODConverter with its Collabora Online backend. If you have questions, feel free to send us an email.

Check it out!

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CiviHosting to offer Collabora Online as a service

Cambridge, United Kingdom – March 22, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, and CiviHosting, an established full-service hosting firm based in the USA with a strong focus on security, are proud to announce a partnership to offer Collabora Online.

Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office suite with excellent support for all major office file formats, and includes key features such as collaborative editing, Long Term Support and signed security updates. With Collabora Online, SLA Documents, spreadsheets and presentations can be edited right from the web browser, with no need to download any add-on or plugin.

Collabora is delighted to partner with CiviHosting” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity. “We are excited about their focus on customer satisfaction, and look forward to integrate Collabora Online into their cloud service.

Collabora has done impressive work developing Collabora Online” said David Feldman, Communications Manager of CiviHosting. “It’s exactly what our customers need: a powerful online office suite that allows them to access and edit their office files, while respecting their privacy.

For more information, please mail to sales@civihosting.com or sales@collaboraoffice.com.

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, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

About CiviHosting:
CiviHosting is an established, full-service hosting firm based in the USA with a strong focus on security. With shared, VPS and dedicated server solutions in both Europe and the US, CiviHosting provides services to a wide range of clients from small businesses to large Universities. Their hosting includes daily backups and a 24/7 Support Team. For more details about their Collabora Online hosting services, visit: https://civihosting.com/collabora-online-hosting/

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