Open Source File, Sync and Share Project Adds Cloud Text Editing and More

Posted by ownCloud GmbH – 30. January 2012

ownCloud Version 3 introduces online editing, photo gallery, PDF viewer, application store and improvements to existing functionality

Internet – January 30, 2012 – ownCloud, the popular open source file, sync and share project, today announced improvements to its functionality and stability, enabling users to get even more out of their privately-hosted and owned file-sharing cloud.

Available for download now, ownCloud Version 3 enables users to share files and folders with others from their privately controlled infrastructure. Major new features in this release include: the ownCloud application store, which allows users to take advantage of the extensibility of ownCloud; and, directly edit text file capabilities from a browser. ownCloud is the only technology to offer such functionality made possible by its open and modular nature.

With more than 350,000 users and growing – ownCloud offers the ease-of-use of Dropbox and with a more secure, transparently managed offering. As an open source project, ownCloud Version 3 offers innovative features, a flexible architecture, and no vendor lock in. ownCloud users can run its file sync and share services on their own hardware or use popular public hosting and storage offerings, allowing them to choose the trade-off between convenience and privacy they prefer.

“In many ways Version 3 is a leap forward for the ownCloud project — not just in the technology, but also as a measure of the contributions from our expanding community,” said Frank Karlitschek, founder of ownCloud. “Aside from the new functionality, the calendar and contacts have been given major improvements both in capabilities and interfaces.”

With the announcement last month of ownCloud Inc., end users will now also have a broader support base and commercial supported offerings centered on the ownCloud project.

Major improvements

Cloud Text Editing
ownCloud Version 3 gives users the unique ability to access and edit documents in multiple ways. Users can access files directly if ownCloud is mounted via WebDAV, access them offline if the file is synced locally with the upcoming syncing client or access and edit files directly from within a browser with the new text editor.

The browser based text editor supports 35 programming languages for syntax highlighting, keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop text, automatic indent and outdent, unstructured/user code folding and Live syntax checker (for JavaScript, Coffee and CSS). The editor is based on the ACE JavaScript Editor. The editor supports basic text files. Editing more advanced formats like doc(x) and ODT is planned for future releases.

Application Store
ownCloud Version 3 supports installation of new third party applications and add-ons directly from a central repository of ownCloud applications. Developers who want to offer new features can upload new ownCloud applications at ownCloud users can browse and install the new applications directly from within the ownCloud Admin interface. Both users and developers can develop and use this new application store.

PDF Viewer
ownCloud Version 3 ships with an integrated PDF viewer for convenient viewing and printing of PDFs, even with browsers that don

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