Collabora Online Announces Partnership with PowerFolder

  

 

 

Cambridge, United Kingdom – December 06, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice onto the Cloud, and PowerFolder, a German-based file sync, share and backup solutions provider (aka dal33t GmbH) enter into a partnership agreement to ensure PowerFolder users have access to Collabora Online: the powerful, open-source and highly interoperable on-premise office suite in the cloud.

This partnership provides PowerFolder users with the opportunity of using Collabora Online – to work online on their documents, presentations and spreadsheets. With Collabora Online integrated, documents can be edited directly in the cloud, without the cumbersome effort of having to download them or an Office program having to be started, with the document text never leaving your server. Collabora Online runs with all current browsers, without any need for additional plug-ins. It interoperates with all common office formats, such as .odt, .docx, .doc, .ods, .xlsx, .xls, or .odp, .pptx, .ppt and many more.

Announcing the cooperation, PowerFolder’s CEO Christian Sprajc says,

“I am pleased that, with Collabora Productivity, we can offer a very powerful and secure online document processing system. Thanks to their transparent product development approach, partner relationship strategy and long-term support, Collabora Online is a secure, reliable solution for the longer term.”

“We love to work with bright partners who have a great vision for their technology.”, said Michael Meeks, General Manager Collabora Productivity, “It is good to collaborate with those who value privacy, to provide a joint support offering that is easy to buy, install and use.”

The open source productivity application from Collabora Productivity can be used both in the cloud, as well as, if desired, also on-site, installed on clients’ own local servers, and thereby, optimally integrated into existing structures. The user interface can be also customized. In addition, the combination of PowerFolder’s support and Collabora Productivity’s SLA gives Collabora Online administrators the confidence to deploy today.

 

 

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

 

About PowerFolder:
The German company dal33t GmbH, based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has been successfully developing and marketing file sync and share solutions under the brand name PowerFolder since 2007. Its offer includes both public and integrated private cloud solutions (EFSS) as individualized, on-premises services. More than three and a half million users worldwide, most of the German universities and thousands of companies use PowerFolder. With the PowerFolder app, users can access and share their files from anywhere in the world, even on the go. Security takes absolute priority: the data is always encrypted and stored on servers in Germany in compliance with the European Data Protection Ordinance (EU-GDPR). PowerFolder has the backing of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and carries the seal “IT Security Made in Germany”.

Press contact, PowerFolder, press@powerfolder.com

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Winners of the open source classic award at DINAcon!

On 19th October 2018, at Welle7 Workspace in Bern, Switzerland, we attended DINAcon – the conference on digital sustainability. Our General Manager, Michael Meeks, had a talk about “How best to migrate to LibreOffice”, where he explained the best ways to move to a supported Open Source and Open Standards solution. Also, he talked about Collabora’s latest work with our partners, and our new tool to migrate existing legacy Visual Basic line of business apps.

If you missed his talk then check out the slides above for the complete presentation:

Download the slides from the presentation “How best to migrate to LibreOffice”!

DINAcon Awards!

Great news from Bern – we won the open source classic award at DINAcon! 🙂

For this award were running a lot of amazing open source products, including Collabora Online and Collabora Office. We are honored to receive this award – it is a big motivation for the whole team! Thanks a lot everyone for your support.

Hacknight

The conference ended with the hacknight and of course that we couldn’t miss it. It was the perfect time to work on LibreOffice bugs. 🙂

Digital Economy Award

Another nomination! Collabora Office & Collabora Online are nominated for the Digital Economy Award 2018 and our partners, Adfinis SyGroup, presented about our products in front of the jury of the Swiss Digital Economy Award. (Thank you, Nicolas. 🙂 )

The winners will be announced at the Digital Economy Award Night, on November 21, in the Hallenstadion in Zurich. Until then, fingers crossed. 🙂

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LibreOffice Conference in Tirana, Albania!

This year the LibreOffice Conference was held in Tirana, Albania from September 25 to September 28, 2018. As a tradition, all our team was there and gave several talks.

Sept. 25th: Tuesday – Team building day

The special Collabora team-building event happened just before the LibreOffice Conference, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018! In the sunny city of Tirana, we played an exciting Stand-up paddling game, learned more about the history of Albania by visiting the National Museum and then we had a relaxing lunch in a traditional restaurant in Tirana.

Sept. 26th: Wednesday – First day

The first day of the LibreOffice conference started! Marina Latini and Italo Vignoli welcomed us at this edition of LibOCon, three days full of interesting presentations. Also, we had the mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, who gave a warm welcome to everyone at the city of Tirana. He shared the progress done by the Municipality of Tirana by implementing open source software.

We are thrilled to be the largest code-committer this year (with 5302 code commits), alongside Red Hat and the community!

Collabora was again this year a proud sponsor of the conference and Michael had a presentation regarding the involvement Collabora has with LibreOffice! 🙂

From Collabora Productivity team Luboš had a talk about “Reducing Build Time“, Tor about “Improving LibreOffice as a MSO replacement for Automation and VB Clients“, Tomaž about “Image Handling Rework“, Jan about “New features in the Online since the last conference“, Ashod about “PDFium for better PDF rendering and editing“, Luboš about “Improving Calc parallel calculations“, Mike about “Central Configuration Management for LibreOffice in Windows networks” and the last one was by Tamas about “Database migration in LibreOffice“.

Of course that even this year we couldn’t miss out on handing some really nice swag for the participants! 🙂

In the evening it was the time for the community dinner that took place at Brauhaus. A very lovely evening that we spent enjoying the delicious food under the company of the friendly LibreOffice community. At the end of the dinner, we had a surprise for everyone – we celebrated our 5th anniversary!

Sept. 27th: Thursday – Second day

The second day of the conference started very early and with a lot of energy. On the second day, we had talks from Michael about “Meet the Engineering Steering Committee”, Ashod about “Shrink and Load: Optimizing for speed and footprint“, Michael about “Economics, Marketing & LibreOffice”, Andras about “Level 3 support case studies” and Luboš about “Profiling with Callgrind“.

The HackNight took place on Thursday, from 7 PM, at Destil where we spent the night hacking on LibreOffice and enjoying some pizza!

Sept. 28th: Friday – Third day

Last day of the conference! On the third day of LibOCon our team members Szymon, Miklos, Marco, Jan and Tor had various talks. Szymon had a talk about “Latest improvements in PPTX support“, Miklos about “Editing ReqIF-XHTML fragments with Writer“, Marco about “Adding support for grouping header entries in Calc Online“, Jan about “Async dialog execution – what is that and why it’s needed” and Tor about “Recent Mac-specific bug fixing and possible future Mac-specific work“.

And we came to the end of the conference, celebrating the birthday of LibreOffice and announcing the next city where will be hosted LibOCon!

Even this year LibOCon was a great event. Kudos to the organizing team for their great job!

See you soon in Almeria, Spain!

PS: PS: If you missed LibOCon and you are interested to see the presentations from our team, we have thought about you too! 🙂 You can download all the hybrid PDF files by clicking the button below or one by one through the links in this article. Files are under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

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Meet us at DINAcon!

It’s time for DINAcon!

Tomorrow – on 19th October 2018, at Welle7 Workspace in Bern, Switzerland, starts DINAcon – the conference on digital sustainability. The conference brings many open source enthusiasts including Katherine Maher, Wikimedia CEO, Simon Phipps, President of the Open Source Initiative, and our General Manager – Michael Meeks. His talk will be in the afternoon (14.30-15:30) and will be about “How best to migrate to LibreOffice”. If you are interested to hear about the best ways to move to a supported Open Source and Open Standards solution – then don’t miss his talk. Also, you will hear how LibreOffice can be used both on the PC and also in combination with other Open Source file-sharing products to provide a browser-based solution on desktop and mobile. Furthermore, you will hear about Collabora’s latest work with our partners, and our new tool to migrate existing legacy Visual Basic line of business apps.

DINAcon Awards

DINAcon Awards honor the courage and innovative strength of companies, authorities, communities, developers and individuals. A jury of experts and entrepreneurs are responsible for the nomination and selection of the winners of the DINAcon Awards 2018 and we are delighted to be one of the nominated projects. The award ceremony will take place on Friday (tomorrow), 19th October 2018 as part of the DINAcon 2018 in Bern, Switzerland.

Join us!

Do you have any questions, feedback or you just want to say hi? Let’s meet in Bern – drop us an email at hello@collaboraoffice.com and we would be very happy to meet you there.

There is still time to register until Friday:

Register!

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LibreOffice Conference 2018 – Talks from Collabora

We are looking forward to the LibreOffice Conference 2018, starting on September 25 in Tirana, Albania! Just like at the previous LibreOffice conferences, there will be talks from people that work at Collabora Productivity, talking about LibreOffice desktop and Online development, new features, security, testing, use cases and a lot more!

You can find more detailed info on the talks from Collabora, ordered by date and time, below:

Reducing Build Time

The LibreOffice code base is large, complex and takes a long time to build. The aim of his talk is to present the various ways developers can use to reduce the time spent building, ranging from usage of various build tools like icecream and ccache to somewhat dirty but definitely working tricks. Aimed primarily at less experienced developers but there should be some tricks for the advanced ones as well.

Speaker: Luboš Luňák
Room: Track Room 2
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 14:30
End: 15:00

Improving LibreOffice as a MSO replacement for Automation and VB Clients

LibreOffice has for a long time contained support for clients on Windows connecting through Automation (previously known as ‘OLE Automation’). However, there were several missing features in that functionality. Also, in real life, the common use case would probably be a client written to work against Microsoft Office, that a customer would want to use unchanged against LibreOffice instead. That requires LibreOffice to provide an interoperable API to the extent that client needs. Much of such API is already present in LibreOffice, as VBA compatibility for Basic macros. Collabora Productivity has worked on improvements to the Automation support in LibreOffice and implemented a tool called COLEAT (for Collabora OLE Automation Translator) that goes in-between for instance a VB6 client and LibreOffice. It translates the client’s use of MSO APIs, that was fixed when the client was compiled, into the more dynamic late binding approach that LibreOffice supports. The tool can also be used to trace the APIs used by the client against an actual MSO instance, to find out what needs to be added to LibreOffice.

Speaker: Tor Lillqvist
Room: Track Room 2
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 15:00
End: 15:30

Image Handling Rework

The life-cycle of images in LibreOffice had a flaw which could potentially lead to image loss. This flaw was fixed in LibreOffice 6.1, so that at any time it is known if the image is used somewhere in the system or not with a standard reference counting technique. At the same time, it was also necessary to change certain algorithms as the life-cycle change completely changed how certain aspects of image handling (swapping in particular). In this talk, he will describe the life-cycle problem in details, how this was solved and eventually implemented. He will also explain what enhancements can be done in the future to make handling of images even better, faster and consume less memory.

Speaker: Tomaž Vajngerl
Room: Main Room
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 16:30
End: 17:00

New features in the Online since the last conference

Come and hear what has happened in the Online since the last conference! The dialog routing has been implemented, bringing in a lot of existing dialogs, new functionality in the toolbar, new translation mechanism saving work of the l10n team, scripting of the Online from Python and more.

Speaker: Jan Holesovsky
Room: Track Room 2
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 16:30
End: 17:00

PDFium for better PDF rendering and editing

PDFs are complex documents. Rendering them accurately, let alone editing them, can be quite challenging. PDFium is a world-class PDF rendering and parsing library. With it, LibreOffice will render PDFs far more accurately than before and allow for improved editing experience for the user. This is an overview of the first steps towards that end and the challenges met and those outstanding.

Speaker: Ashod Nakashian
Room: Main Room
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 17:00
End: 17:30

Improving Calc parallel calculations

Last year Calc gained a fourth method of calculation in addition to OpenCL, so-called software interpreter and the normal single-threaded calculation: Multithreaded formula group calculation. This talk will present progress of this method, the challenges and problems of this approach, ways to handle them and the resulting improvements in Calc performance.

Speaker: Luboš Luňák
Room: Main Room
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 17:30
End: 18:00

Interoperability challenges: working with tables in Word and Writer

In Writer, the experience of working with documents containing tables originating from Word is often less than ideal, especially when certain table property settings are involved, one of the most problematic ones being the Wext wrapping: Around property. The talk will go over the differences in table handling between Word and Writer, what the current pain points are, what has been done to mitigate them, and what could be done to further improve the situation. The target audience is QA/end users with some technical inclination.

Speaker: Aron Budea
Room: Track Room 1
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 17:30
End: 18:00

Central Configuration Management for LibreOffice in Windows networks

This talk is dedicated to different aspects of administering LibreOffice deployments to multiple boxes in corporate environments, where administrators face needs of doing company-wide changes to configurations, or maintaining different configurations for different teams across the company; and they need doing that efficiently both in terms of their effort, and of users’ experience (and without noticeable downtimes).

Speaker: Mike Kaganski
Room: Track Room 2
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 17:30
End: 18:00

Database migration in LibreOffice

LibreOffice Base can store HSQL database files inside its file structure.
However, this feature is deprecated. The talk will walk through the steps of creating a library capable of converting HSQLDB databases into Firebird or any other formats supported by LibreOffice. Further possibilities for improvement, the most painful problems, and upcoming bugs will also be discussed.

Speaker: Tamas Bunth
Room: Main Track
Day: Wednesday, September 26
Start: 18:00
End: 18:30

Meet the Engineering Steering Committee

LibreOffice’s more significant engineering decisions are made each week
during a conference-call packed with engineering talent and experience. The meetings are public, and minutes and agendas posted to the project lists. Come and meet the people who show up there, raise whatever topic you like. They will discuss how they can get more people involved in what they do,
and any hot topics of the day.

Speaker: Michael Meeks
Room: Main Track
Day: Thursday, September 27
Start: 09:30
End: 10:30

Shrink and Load: Optimizing for speed and footprint

Responsive loading of documents is key to the best user experience. With larger documents, this can become challenging. Even when the amount of data to load is large, being responsive and giving the user the initial glimpse of the is often critical. In addition, scalability is vital to integrator and hosts, who want their cloud solutions to serve more users with more documents on a given hardware. To that end reducing the memory consumption improves both scalability and, often, performance in general. This talk is about improvements on both fronts.

Speaker: Ashod Nakashian
Room: Main Track
Day: Thursday, September 27
Start: 11:00
End: 11:30

Economics, Marketing & LibreOffice

How can we make LibreOffice a fun and rewarding place for volunteers, and companies? How can we explain how things work easily to our millions of users and hundreds of contributors to set the right expectation and to build the best office suite ever together. Come and hear an outline sketch of several models, some strengths and weaknesses of how the LibreOffice model works currently, and how we can improve that.

Speaker: Michael Meeks
Room: Track Room 1
Day: Thursday, September 27
Start: 12:00
End: 12:30

Level 3 support case studies

TDF recommends deploying LibreOffice in production environments with the backing of certified professionals, providing development, migration and training support. Having a Level 3 support contract (for fixes at the source code level) is truly beneficial not only for the organization who pays for new features or bug fixes but for the entire community. In the talk, a few examples of the benefit of real support will be demonstrated.

Speaker: Andras Timar
Room: Track Room 1
Day: Thursday, September 27
Start: 15:30
End: 16:00

Profiling with Callgrind

Callgrind is a Valgrind tool for profiling that records call history among functions in a program’s run. This data can be viewed and analyzed in the KCachegrind application. The talk will focus on explaining how to use the tool and how to understand the information they provide and practical examples of how it can be used to identify bottlenecks in LibreOffice code.

Speaker: Luboš Luňák
Room: Main Track
Day: Thursday, September 27
Start: 16:30
End: 17:00

Latest improvements in PPTX support

Szymon will present changes made since the last year in fields like: document theming, animations support and providing better quality of exported files without broken content.

Speaker: Szymon Klos
Room: Main Track
Day: Friday, September 28
Start: 11:00
End: 11:30

Editing ReqIF-XHTML fragments with Writer

The LibreOffice Writer HTML filter is one of Writer’s oldest import/export filters, created long before XHTML was invented. There was an earlier effort to create a separate XHTML export based on XSLT, but that has a number of limitations. A new approach is to add XHTML mode to the HTML import and export that works with XHTML files, including its Requirements Interchange Format (ReqIF) subset. The talk will walk through a number of situations where improvements have been done and present the results. Come and see where we are, what still needs to be done, and how you can help.

Speaker: Miklos Vajna
Room: Main Track
Day: Friday, September 28
Start: 11:30
End: 12:00

Adding support for grouping header entries in Calc Online

The goal of providing to the user the ability of grouping rows or columns in Calc Online required several changes. On the core side that meant to add group information to the usual headers data fetched by the client. We switched from a data entry for each displayed row/column header entry to a single data entry for each range of rows/columns of the same size and belonging to the same group. This feature improves both document loading time and minimizes data traffic between the core and the client. On the client side instead of creating row/column header entries and group tree-like structure as HTML elements, we render them through Canvas drawing primitives. This solution provides us with more flexibility and better performance.

Speaker: Marco Ceccheti
Room: Main Track
Day: Friday, September 28
Start: 12:00
End: 12:30

Async dialog execution – what is that and why it’s needed

The last year, we started routing dialogs from the LibreOffice core to Online, extending the Online’s functionality dramatically. It all worked fine, with one exception – when multiple users have opened the same dialog concurrently, the changes couldn’t be applied to the
document until after all the users have closed the dialog. The solution to this problem is asynchronous dialog execution. This talk will summarize the general concept, several dialog conversions to async, and the caveats of such conversions.

Speaker: Jan Holesovsky
Room: Main Track
Day: Friday, September 28
Start: 12:30
End: 13:00

Recent Mac-specific bug fixing and possible future Mac-specific work

Using proceeds from the sales of LibreOffice Vanilla on the Mac App Store, Collabora has been able to spend some time on fixing Mac-specific bugs in LibreOffice. This talk will provide a brief overview of some of those, and Tor will also look into some potential areas for Mac specific work in the future.

Speaker: Tor Lillqvist
Room: Main Track
Day: Friday, September 28
Start: 14:30
End: 15:00

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