Collabora Online Shines at the Nextcloud Conference

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The Nextcloud Conference 2020 took place on October 3rd and 4th – typically for this year as a virtual event. Participants were able to follow the compact presentations in the livestream and then ask questions to the speakers online. On behalf of Collabora Michael Meeks spoke about all the latest developments for Collabora Online.

Watch Michael Meeks Talk at the Nextcloud Conference 2020

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Documents always stay on your server, and on your server alone

Data security is one of the top features of Collabora Online. The application lets the edited document never leave the server; only images of the documents, pixels, are transmitted to the viewing and editing parties. This differs from other approaches for online cooperation and editing, where centralized keys or even the sending and receiving of the actual file at all devices are used. On top of that, the use of watermarks make the handling of the content of your documents even more secure.

New UI – Experience options

An absolute novelty is the new user interface, which was presented only a few days before in Collabora Online Development Edition release 6.4. The new intuitive NotebookBar arranges the most important functions in clearly arranged tabs, and can also be folded up to maximize the workspace. The user interfaces can be selected in the admin area. For Nextcloud users, the classic toolbar is currently the default setting.

Collaborating with annotations to PDF files

Collabora Online offers more features for PDF files. When a PDF is opened in Collabora Online, from the three dots menu of the file, users can now search the text and also add annotations. Allowing easier cooperation on PDF documents.

Questions from the Nextcloud Community

After the streaming of the talk viewers of the Nextcloud conference had the possibility to address questions to Michael Meeks. We give you the (slightly shortened) answers below with timecoded links to the full answer in the recording of the stream.
Michael Meeks answering questions from the Nextcloud community

How to you get the new NotebookBar?

There are two answers to that. We are working on putting a UI into Nextcloud to make that extremely trivial through a check button so that it will become really easy for people to check on it, play with it and see if they like it. This is to be incorporated soon with the stable release. Currently, you can edit your loolwsd.xml file – soon to be renamed into coolwsd.xml. You’ll find the UI settings in there. All the details are available in the announcement post of Collabora Online Development Edition 6.4. (watch full answer)

Can you use custom colour pallets and corporate design colours in documents?

In terms of documents, we have a very powerful style engine in the ODF file format to create all kind of elements in different colours. You can drop that into a template and use it in Nextcloud right today. In terms of UI colours it is quite an easy thing to push elements into the iframe. We invite people to get involved on GitHub & Telegram and play around we can help you extend the range of what is possible there. (watch full answer)

When will CODE 6.4 turn into an enterprise version?

That depends on the feedback. We want to make sure that it is really ready and fully baked. I’m seeing Collabora Online 6.4 released in a matter of 3 to 4 weeks. (watch full answer)

Thanks!

We’d like to thank the Nextcloud team for the invite and the community for the awesome work it is doing in the project. Since Nextcloud Hub 19 there is an easy to install built-in server option available in Nextcloud. Of course, you can also check on the quick try-out with docker. Fancy a closer look at the slides? Please find the download link below.

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“Real Time, Secure Collaboration” presentation at Nextcloud Enterprise 2019!

On March 12th, Nextcloud held their annual Enterprise Day in the Congress Centrum Liederhalle in the center of Stuttgart, Germany. Participants enjoyed a day of strategic sessions, presentations, learning from different enterprise case studies and best practices on the Nextcloud platform.

During the Nextcloud Enterprise Day, Collabora Productivity’s General Manager Michael Meeks gave a talk about how Collabora Online integrates into Nextcloud.

Collabora Online is an on-premise open source software component based on LibreOffice, that can be easily integrated into any web application, and which enables viewing and collaborative editing of Office documents in dozens of file formats. This provides an easy-to-deploy office suite that runs directly in any modern browser, on any device.

Slides

Check out the slides above for the complete presentation:

 

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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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Join us at the Nextcloud Enterprise Day in Stuttgart!



On March 12th from 8am to 5pm, Nextcloud hold their annual Enterprise Day in the Congress Centrum Liederhalle in the center of Stuttgart, Germany. Participants will enjoy a day of strategic sessions, presentations, learning from different enterprise case studies and best practices on the Nextcloud platform.

During the Nextcloud Enterprise Day, Collabora Productivity’s General Manager Michael Meeks will give a talk about how Collabora Online integrates into Nextcloud.

Collabora Online is an on-premise open source software component based on LibreOffice, that can be easily integrated into any web application, and which enables viewing and collaborative editing of Office documents in dozens of file formats. This provides an easy-to-deploy office suite that runs directly in any modern browser, on any device.

Try Collabora Online in Nextcloud

 

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Nextcloud and Collabora bring deeper integration to document collaboration

Integration adds previews, image insertion and sidebar with comments and sharing options

UK and Germany – October 18, 2018 – The Nextcloud and Collabora teams announce they have developed deeper integration, setting the stage for easier and more efficient browser-based collaboration for teams who need to create and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. The improvements allow direct insertion of images from Nextcloud in documents, showing other people who are editing the file and integrating the Nextcloud file sidebar with Collabora Online. The sidebar gives users access to the sharing settings, comments, earlier file versions, and the file activity overview.

These great improvements, and the tighter integration with Collabora Online provides productivity and efficiency benefits for our mutual customers” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity. “We look forward to building further on our strong partnership.

These improvements set the stage for further integration. With the ability to start a chat or video call or sent an email to any of the participants in the call, share documents in a publicly shared chat to make it available to all participants and more, organizational borders disappear.

We see daily at customers that being able to seamlessly communicate and get work done on one platform is key to the productivity of modern, interdisciplinary teams” said Frank Karlitschek, CEO of Nextcloud GmbH. “Nextcloud and Collabora deliver on that in an unprecedented way.

The changes are available right now in the app that can be downloaded from the Nextcloud app store, in combination with the latest release of Collabora Online. Further work is planned which will be reflected in future releases later this year.

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 https://nextcloud.com or follow @Nextclouders on Twitter.

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.

Screenshots

Inserting an image that is stored on Nextcloud into the document.
Users can now click the share icon in the top bar and get the sharing side bar.
The sharing sidebar also allows commenting on files, viewing older versions and the file activities.
Two users are collaborating with the file owner.
Nextcloud allows users to click each users’ avatar to immediately contact them.

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