Rich Table of Contents feature in Collabora Online

Try this new rich feature in the Collabora Online snapshot!

Why not have full control over the Table of Contents while working online?! How hyperlinks are used, formatting is done, and settings as columns and background..
Well, that is what we bring to you in Collabora Online now. It gives you the same rich scale of features that are known from the LibreOffice desktop, or of course our enterprise supported Collabora Office.

This is how it looks in our latest snapshot.

You’ll notice that the context menu of the index, allows you to update or delete it. To get access to the dialog with all the settings, use Insert > Table of Contents and Index >… while the index has the focus.

Start using and testing the new features

You can get a snapshot of Collabora Office and try it out yourself right now!
There’s a flow of new features to be expected. We’ll blog about it regularly, so stay tuned! And of course we love you to use and test it and let us know what you find.

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Updated LibreOffice growth infographic (2019)

Here we present the 2019-version of our LibreOffice growth infoGraphic with many interesting figures.
We hope you will find them interesting and attractive and that the format is convenient to share.

We notice that the Online version is increasingly popular! It is the easy way to test and engage with “Collabora Online Development Edition” (CODE). This version, also for ‘home’ use (details here), currently has over 10 million Docker image pulls! Also this year, we are the top code contributors to LibreOffice with 5986 code commits.
Of course we are extremely grateful for all partners and customers working with us to make this possible!
Many numbers are again up. Would you like to see the previous versions; these are here: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, & 2014.

Soon there will be the LibreOffice Conference 2019 (September 10 to September 13), where you can meet our developers and attend one of the many interesting talks.

So.. check out the updated LibreOffice growth infoGraphic on 2019 here:

 

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Automatic Redaction – now more efficient redaction in Collabora Office

 

The new Automatic Redaction makes redacting even more efficient

The Redaction tool has been extended, for fast and automatic marking of text. This tool is designed you to hide words and other portions of a document that are sensitive, classified or private, so that you can safely share an image-pdf of the file with others. Its details are explained in a previous article.

And now, the new feature Automatic Redaction allows you to add words and patterns that then are found in the document and marked for redaction. It extends on features such as cooperating, preview, choice in style of hiding information. This makes redacting documents in Collabora Office really efficient. It works faster and helps considerably doing the job correct. Here is how it works.

How to use the Automatic Redaction?

  • The next image from Writer shows how to start from Tools > Auto-Redact.

  • The dialog has a list for redaction targets. It is simple to add items.

  • The selection list Type also allows to use regular expressions or choose from pre-defined types.


  • Also interesting is the possibility to save the list of targets to a json-file, and load them likewise.

  • Then with OK the file is converted to image with marked areas, and opened in Draw for further redaction, reviewing and final export as PDF.

As said, a previous article explains all basic features.

Want to start using the Redaction tool?

You can get a snapshot / demo of Collabora Office and try it out yourself right now!

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Collabora is a major contributor to LibreOffice and all of this work will be available in TDF’s next release too.

 

For more information:

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The built-in Redaction tool in Collabora Office is here!

What is Redaction and why it is useful?

Redaction tool is a software feature which allows users to redact documents and to block out words or portions of a document according to rules for authorized use or viewing.

The aim of this tool is to protect sensitive information and help enterprises and other groups to comply with regulations, such as GDPR, for a given industry or a type of document.

Note: you might be interested in the later added feature Automatic Redaction too.

Redaction tool helps to make certain kinds of tedious data entry or alteration easier, and to provide more comprehensive and consistent methods for safeguarding sensitive data in documents. This has become very important in many types of industries, such as Pharmaceutical / Medical, Health or Finance / Banking / Insurance/ Legal.

Now, with Collabora Office, you have the opportunity to use this practical tool with lots of improvements.

How this works on paper ?

Amazingly, even in 2019 people are still printing their electronic documents. Manually redacting them with a black pen, photocopying them, and then re-redacting the photocopies in the same places with a pen (and sometimes re-photocopying) – to ensure that no trace of the original is present. It seems amazing to sit next to a powerful computer that can easily do this while manually using a pen, paper and photocopier to achieve the result. Surely there must be a better way:

How can I start using built-in Redaction?

    1. Open a document in Collabora Office.
    2. Click Tools – Redact from the main menu, and wait while your document is being prepared for redaction.

    1. Notice your document is now loaded in an adapted ‘Draw’ view.
    2. Do the redaction by using the “Rectangle Redaction”, and the “Freeform Redaction” tools on the “Redaction Toolbar”

    1. Notice the redaction rectangles are semi-transparent in this version to help you while you edit and position them
    2. Save & share the in-redaction copies of the document with peers either in the modifiable (odg) or the verbatim (pdf) format at your option.

      • For saving a modifiable copy, you may simply click File – Save from the main menu.
      • The Direct Export to PDF button allows the user to take an in-redaction copy of the document in PDF to share as a verbatim copy for review.
    3. Once you are ready to finalize the redaction, click the desired option on the “Redacted Export” tool on the Redaction toolbar. Then load up your document in your
      favorite PDF viewer to check

Can I be sure my data is really gone ?

It is important to be confident in this. There are a large number of obvious problems with redacted documents. It is important to ensure that data is not left in the PDF underneath.
While there are many cleverer ways of doing the redaction, and there is some sacrifice in copy/paste-ability for non-redacted text – we chose to export PDFs that contain simple, flat images on each page. If you can’t see the pixels you don’t want – the data is simply not there. So yes, you can be really confident that your data is not present.

Which are the most important improvements?

This development work is ongoing, and has been provided to our customers as we go along.
Recent improvements include:

  • Handle other page sizes than A4
  • Direct PDF export in the Redaction toolbar
  • Make white rectangles the default to save toner
  • Protect page position during redaction
  • Enable redaction for Impress

Want to start using the Redaction tool?

You can get a snapshot / demo of Collabora Office and try it out yourself right now!

Try Unstable Snapshot

Collabora is a major contributor to LibreOffice and all of this work will be available in TDF’s next release too.

 

For more information:

Follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter or send us an email to hello@collaboraoffice.com

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Collabora & DWave Systems: a success story

D-Wave Systems is the world’s first quantum computing company and the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. D-Wave’s mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing and solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Quantum computing, however, has a learning curve. Edward (Denny) Dahl, Principal Research Scientist, and lead trainer visit customer sites to conduct training classes for customers. He travels to customer locations to set up training environments for students. You might think that quantum computing needs equally complicated tools for training. But that’s not the case. One of the tools in Dahl’s toolbox is a simple spreadsheet that he uses to guide students through a sequence of models of a very simple quantum computer. Dahl wants to ensure that his tool is platform agnostic, as customers use heterogeneous environments, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. Not every spreadsheet program is compatible with all these platforms.

The good news is that LibreOffice is a fully open source project. Anyone can add the features they need. But it does mean a lot of work. It needs in-house resources and expertise. In many cases, that turns out to be counterproductive and more expensive. That’s where Collabora, as a company, enters the picture. We make it extremely easy for customers like D-Wave to work with us and implement the features and functionalities they need.

We provided source code (VBA) to Collabora with the requirement that the Calc program should be extended to handle the VBA,” said Dahl “Collabora’s ability to extend the underlying VBA meant that the same spreadsheet could run under both Excel & LibreOffice. It meant that D-Wave did not have to maintain two separate VBA code bases, which was the deciding factor to go with Collabora,

The winner of their choice was Collabora Productivity as our LibreOffice-based solution met all of his requirements. Collabora enabled D-Wave to support the heterogeneous environment his customers were running and democratized his tool. With Collabora, D-Wave is able to go beyond laptops and run the tool anywhere, including public and private cloud.

Further information

To read more details about the success story, check out the case study document we have published.

Check out the success story with DWave Systems

If you want to collaborate with us and publish a case study together please contact us at hello@collaboraoffice.com.

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