Even with Thanksgiving, the document management space has been busy. The Document Foundation released LibreOffice 3.3 beta, Open Text and DocsCorp have teamed-up for better OT Content Server PDF Management and Motive previews its Salesforce integration product.

LibreOffice Releases Beta 3.3

Less than two months since the Document Foundation (DF) announced its OpenOffice.org fork, it has announced the release of beta 3.3 of LibreOffice -- which is based on OpenOffice 3.3, but with a number of code optimizations, giving an indication of where it will be going in 2011.

Like the previous betas, while it comes with improvements and bugfixes, it is not designed for full production use. DF is asking people to play with it and come back to them with suggestions.

Heading into next year, developers are working on improving overall code quality, with the result that every module of LibreOffice will undergo a complete rewrite.

New features aim to maintain compatibility with MS Office and reduce Java dependency. The overall focus however, will be to enable users focus on content rather than on the software itself. Want to find our more?check out the DF blog.

Open Text and DocsCorp Get Busy

Open Text (news, site) and DocsCorp (news, site) have also been busy. They recently announced their plans to integrate its pdfDocs Desktop software and Open Text Content Server.

Out-of-the-box integration with Open Text Content Server will enable users to distribute business-critical documents outside of the enterprise content management environment more efficiently and securely.

This means that users will be able to combine multiple document types into a single, unified PDF document with headers/footers, stationery and watermarks. Users can also save them as a single new document, new version, new rendition or new generation and then email them as a PDF directly from Content Server.

The integration will also result in better security with content encryption, metadata cleansing and redaction. Users will be able to restrict printing, copying or altering and cleanse documents of metadata to prevent data leakage.

Motive to Preview M-Files for Salesforce

Meanwhile, Motive Systems (news, site), the developer of M-Files document management software and the Cloud-based document management service M-Files Cloud Vault, will be giving users a preview of its new M-Files for Salesforce CRM at the upcoming Dreamforce conference.

M-Files for Salesforce CRM organizes and manages customer-related documents, such as proposals, contracts, presentations, sales collateral and email.

Users can tag documents to related records and easily locate important customer-related documents directly from the Salesforce CRM user interface, or with the familiar Windows Explorer interface of M-Files.

This is not the first time Motive has moved into the CRM space. It already offers similar capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Google’s Added Functionality

Over Thanksgiving you may have missed recent releases from Google, particularly two new features that promise to save you time and give you more room to work -- drag-and-drop upload and compact controls.

The drag-and-drop feature is designed specifically for image insertion. The functionality was taken a step further last week when it was extended to the file upload page, making moving documents to the cloud even easier for Google users. This feature is immediately available to all those using Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

The other related move includes the announcement of Google Cloud Connect, a plug-in which allows users to operate the Office interface with Google Docs features. Once installed, a new ribbon will appear toward the top of the Office UI, linking the document you’re currently working on (in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel) to its twin in Google Docs.

Kofax Extends European Reach

Finally, Kofax (news, site) has just teamed-up with Rioch Europe. Rioch will resell Koufax’s document capture software and services as part of the Rioch imaging and solutions business. The move gives Kofax a much deeper footprint in Europe as well as a presence in the Middle East and Africa.