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News Bites: LibreOffice Upgrade, Biscom Launch and More

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Hungry for news? Whet your appetite with a sampling of some of the latest developments in everything from open source software to digital asset management.

LibreOffice 4.2 Offers New Features, Integration

It's been a big couple of weeks for LibreOffice, an open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. It's offering a major upgrade with new performance and interoperability improvements and just released an iPhone/iPad app.

Version 4.2 is a major code overhaul that offers a number of user interface improvements, including many designed to appeal to the enterprise market:

  • Integration of the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) stack allowing users to connect to document repositories on SharePoint, Nuxeo, Tibco, Alfresco, Google Drive and more.
  • Expert configuration options all in one place
  • Advanced deployment options
  • Better group policy controls for deployment and installed user base
  • Improved Microsoft Office (.docx, etc.) and RTF document filters
  • Improved look and feel on Windows
  • Change tracking on ODF and even on OOXML documents

Want to know more? Here's the complete list of changes.

LibreOffice is a project of The Document Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. In addition to the upgrade, The Document Foundation just released a remote app for LibreOffice Impress, a tool for creating multimedia presentations.  

The app allows iPhone and iPad users to remotely run LibreOffice Impress presentations. The app shows a miniature version of the slides and the presenter’s notes on the mobile device’s screens, and users can navigate back and forth by swiping. Florian Effenberger, chairman of The Document Foundation, called "another step forward to make LibreOffice users happy."

Biscom Offers New File Syncing Product

Biscom, a provider of secure document delivery solutions, just launched Verosync, an enterprise-class file synchronization and sharing (EFSS) solution. Company President Bill Ho described it as a "safe, easy, trackable way to have updated files at all times."

Verosync makes it simple for users to sync while allowing IT staff to maintain control over data in their network, the company maintains. It will be available Feb. 28.

Nubo Refreshes Its BYOD Offering

Nubo, an Android-based cloud workspace, released a new version of its bring your own device (BYOD) solution that leaves zero data on employee devices. The updated version delivers improvement in bandwidth consumption, better transitions between data networks and a new file browser to give users "a faster and more consistent experience on-the-move," according to a company statement.

Nubo CEO Israel Lifshitz claims the new version will make users “forget that they’re operating applications in a remote workspace that could be hundreds or thousands of miles away.” 

North Plains Release Offers Graphical Dashboard

North Plains Systems, a provider of Digital Asset Management (DAM) software, just released a new version of On Brand 2.7, its out-of-the-box, brand asset management solution. The new version features a configurable, graphical dashboard with real time updates on social media trends, asset ratings and usage statistics, as well as language packs for French, German and Japanese.

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The dashboard in the new version of North Plain's On Brand.

Persistent Buys CloudSquads

Persistent Systems, which specializes in software product and technology services, is buying CloudSquads, a social community consultancy. The purchase complements its software product development and technology expertise in social, mobile, analytics and cloud, according to a company statement. Terms of the deal were not released.

Flash Networks Buys Mobixell

Mobile Net optimization and monetization firm Flash Networks finished its purchase of Mobixell Networks, a provider of mobile data manager, network optimization and rich media delivery. According to Flash, the purchase makes it the largest independent vendor — and positions it to  “dominate the mobile data optimization and monetization market.”

BambooHR Partners with Cornerstone OnDemand

HR software provider BambooHR is partnering with talent management solution vendor Cornerstone OnDemand. By working together, the companies believe they can better integrate their cloud-based solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses.

 
 
 
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