After everything that has happened around the OpenOffice fork last year, the Document Foundation has announced the release of a version that is suitable for enterprises, Google Docs got a makeover, Kofax and Atalasoft have released an imaging SDK, Metalogix offers archiving for Exchange and Marex releases Filebound Express.
LibreOffice for the Enterprise
The Document Foundation has finally released a version of LibreOffice (news, site) that will work for enterprises. LibreOffice 3.4.2, the third version of the 3.4 family, targets both private individuals and enterprises, and fixes the majority of the most-important bugs identified by users in the previous version.
TDF, in the blog post announcing the release, says it recommends that enterprises deploying LibreOffice to do so in conjunction with a support partner, who can assess specific requirements, and help them manage migration.
LibreOffice 3.4.2 is the result of the combined activity of 300 contributors having made more than 23,000 commits, with the addition, deletion or modification of around five million lines of code.
The developer community is well balanced between company-sponsored contributors and independent community volunteers: Oracle and SUSE have each provided around 25% of the commits, with a further 25% coming from community volunteers new to the project since the inception, and with a further 20% from RedHat.
The remaining commits came from a combination of pre-TDF contributors, Canonical developers, and organizations such as Bobiciel, CodeThink, Lanedo, SIL and Tata Consultancy Services.
If you’re in Paris in the fall, you can meet with TDF between October 13 to October 15 for its first ever public get together. If you want to find out more, check it out here.
Google Docs' New Look
Google Docs this week has received a makeover in line with the new look that Google has applied to its other services since the launch of Google+.
The rollout started over the week and most users should have access to it by now. As well as new keyboard shortcuts and easier navigation, the principal change is the interface redesign with a lot more space and bigger gaps between documents listed in the main menu.
Google says it is introducing the new look “...as part of our effort to provide an improved and consistent web experience across Google products." If you can’t see the changes already, you can see it by clicking the small gear icon next to your name in the Google navigation bar at the top of the screen.
Select "Try the new look" and there it is. Check out the blog post for more on what you will get with this.
Metalogix Upgrades Archive Manager
According to CEO Stephen Murphy, it has approached the new functionality with two major industry trends in mind: Data access from anywhere, and better email functionality.
On the mobile front, he says, it has improved the design of the browser-based interface to make it easier to retrieve from a mobile device, while for email, Archive Manager 5.0 has live email search, expanding its abilities to find and document all content in response to corporate demands such as e-Discovery or compliance requests. Interested in more?
Kofax, Atalasoft Release Joint SDK
Well, not just image enabling, but image enabling of cloud-based applications, although Kofax hasn’t said whether it operates with all cloud services.
That aside, it does appear to work with the majority of Microsoft applications built using the .NET Framework for Microsoft Windows Forms, WPF, ASP.NET and Silverlight.
The bottom line here is that it incorporates controls to add zero-footprint web document viewing and annotation support, and, in doing so, enables users to view and annotate TIFF and PDF documents in web browsers without having to add plugins.
FileBound’s Express Edition
Finally, Marex, developers of FileBound Document Management Solution, released the Express edition this week.
Express simplifies the process of acquiring and implementing document management by eliminating the need to source separate hardware, software and integration services. Express distills document management down to two plug-and-play network devices.
It includes an integrated Fujitsu ScanSnap N1800 Network Scanner and a FileBound Express network appliance. Check out FileBound for more.