Do you know the office package ONLYOFFICE? Probably not, it's a very interesting application set, that you can use on your computer as well as in the cloud. Developers can also easily integrate it into another system.
Where did the ONLYOFFICE office suite come from? Most people have not heard about it yet. In 2009, in the Latvian company Ascensio System SIA, the project TeamLab was born, starting with an intranet solution, including wikis, blogs and forums. Since then, this has gradually been "packed".
In 2010, instant messaging and project management added, in 2011 added calendar, document management and CRM system. The first step towards a real office suite was made in 2012 with the implementation of an HTML5 document editor. At the end of 2013, the first cloud office for personal use was released, then TeamLab Personal. In mid-2014, source codes (under the Affero GPL license) were opened and at the same time renamed to: ONLYOFFICE. At the end of the same year, Linux version was released.
The big news came in 2015 - Enterprise Edition, iOS (iPhone) editor and document management, online document editor for Linux and the ONLYOFFICE Mail Server mail server. A year later they were desktop editors (which were also opened), spreadsheets, Android applications, Hosting Edition and plugin support. This year (2017), integration with the ownCloud, Nextcloud, and Microsoft SharePoint systems has succeeded.
Thus, ONLYOFFICE is not the only office package, but the whole group of packages developed together. You can install and use the desktop version for free. You can also install an online version on your server and use it here anywhere, including through mobile apps (for Android and iOS). Alternatively, you can use the cloud version provided as a "software as a service" (SaaS).
With integration capabilities (connectors), ONLYOFFICE can be part of your ownCloud, Nextcloud, Alfresco, etc., but can also be integrated into the corporate information system.
The desktop version is completely open, the rest of the versions are generally paid. Nonprofit and school organizations, however, have a free cloud version.
The ONLYOFFICE package is translated into 21 languages. In spite of their little acquaintance, the creators speak about two million users. Supports both major document formats (Open Document Format and Office Open XML), as well as RTF, HTML, PDF, EPUB or CSV formats.
Cloud version is provided as a service, so just register on the creators' site and start using ONLYOFFICE. Once the monthly trial period has expired, you need to start paying. The price depends on the number of users and starts at 48 dollars per year, respectively. 72 for 3 years; at this price there are 2 users and 8 GB of storage space.
Pricing for Enterprise Edition installation licenses also depends on the number of users (minimum 50) and the functional scale (maximum number of portals and possible accessibility of the extended control panel). They are paid in once and start at $ 600. In the case of integration, it pays for a development license, or for a SaaS solution or cluster.
The desktop version can be downloaded for free from the project site and installed. Windows installation packages (32-bit and 64-bit versions, all Windows versions from XP to 10), OS X (10.10 and later), and Linux (64-bit versions are available, packages for Ubuntu and derivatives, , Fedora and Red Hat / CentOS). Linux also has a portable version that does not install, just unpack it. Desktop version source codes are on GitHub.
After installing or unpacking the Linux portable package, you just need to run the application. After starting, a file menu appears, which can be viewed at any time later. You can create a new document (text, spreadsheet or presentation), open an existing file (either a recent document or choose a specific file directly), or use other features - but they are dependent on linking to the ONLYOFFICE portal (in the cloud or on your own server).
You work with docs as you are used to from other office packages. It is necessary to accept that the functional scale is not as wide as in LibreOffice or Microsoft Office, but everything commonly used there - including styles, comments, tracking changes, inserting mathematical formulas, spell checking and so on.
The user interface is similar to what we know from the latest version of Microsoft Office - the ribbon. However, there is no live preview, you need to make this change and then roll back to see some changes. The opening files and creating new documents takes a few seconds to wait. However, the normal work with the document is already swift. Although ONLYOFFICE supports ODF, it only applies to text documents and spreadsheets. Presentations can only be saved in OOXML (* .pptx) and PDF formats.
ONLYOFFICE is an interesting alternative to familiar office packages - desktop and web, free and proprietary. Because of its user interface, it can be especially suited to Microsoft Office users. Thanks to high-quality document viewing and the availability of all common tools, this package can be used for routine work. However, if you often open documents or create new ones, you will experience the unpleasant slowness of these operations.
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