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Today, Nextcloud 15 has been made available. As there is so much new and improved in this release, we have dedicated separate blogs to each main area of improvement. This blog covers the work we have been doing with Collabora Online to more deeply integrate real time document editing in Nextcloud for both web and apps; and our improvements to sharing and collaboration in general.
Nextcloud has been working extensively with our partner Collabora Productivity to improve the design and integration of online document editing in Nextcloud. Three major improvements are worth highlighting here:
The changes are building on the work we announced last month which brought the sidebar to document editing.
To make instant collaboration even easier, we have now integrated Nextcloud Talk, our audio/video chat application, in the sidebar. This means: editing a document while you chat or have a call with the other editors! This is available for user, group, circle and room shares in Nextcloud, making it easy to discuss the document being edited.
The improved sidebar now also integrates Nextcloud versions as document revisions, making it easier to keep track of versions during editing. Collabora also has now HiDPI support and takes care of thumbnail rendering in the Files app so documents have nice images that go well with our new grid view. Design-wise, Collabora has seen improvements that help it fit better with Nextcloud like updated icons and colors in the toolbars.
With Nextcloud 15 and the upcoming Collabora Online 4.0 release, our mobile applications will also support online, real-time document editing on mobile and tablet devices! Watch the video to see a prototype in action.
The mobile and document editing improvements depend on releases of the respective apps planned for the coming weeks. The screenshots and video are made in work-in-progress development versions. Our iOS app has already been released, for the Android app testers can try our beta and a final release is scheduled for next week. Both require Collabora Online 4.0 which is coming later this month.
Sharing and collaboration are core features of Nextcloud, and they received significant attention for this release. Here is an overview of what has been improved:
We hope you will enjoy the many improvements in Nextcloud 15! Find an overview of what has been improved in this series of blog posts: