ownCloud 7 is coming and in this series of articles I provide a preview of some of the most awesome features! It is the turn of the Documents app today.
The documents app was introduced in ownCloud 6 and brought collaborative editing of Open Document Format documents to ownCloud. Multiple users could simultaneously open a single document and work on it, seeing each others avatars and even mouse cursors, identified by colors.
This technology, based on WebODF by KO GmbH brings editing more powerful and flexible than the rather well known Etherpad and clones, but without any additional dependencies or server requirements! And thrown in the box you get the powerful ownCloud features like versioning, local syncing, encryption, undelete and so on.
More and better
That is unique and special. No longer do you have to set up and maintain (and regularly restart) a Etherpad server. No longer do you have to limit your collaboration to basic text – while WebODF isn’t yet as powerful as local editing, it can open and work with real documents.
New in ownCloud 7 is the seamless support for Microsoft Word documents by way of transparent conversion of file formats. Upon opening a Microsoft document for online editing, ownCloud can transparently convert the file, allow you to edit, and convert it back when you close it again. Changes are then synced to wherever the file was – desktop, laptop or with server to server sharing, another ownCloud instance.
These are all the sneak peeks we released:
- ownCloud 7 for developers
- ownCloud 7 for system administrators
- online collaboration with Documents
- Performance and Ease of use
- More sharing!
- Improved sharing
Find more details on owncloud 7 in the feature list!