Google docs alternative
This article will discuss alternatives to Google Docs.
Google docs is not FLOSS; it's a huge dependency that doesn't mix well with the OSE mission.
An alternative to Google Docs should meet the following requirements:
- Collaborative Editing that works (no corruption, bugs, etc)
- Rich editing, including
- hyperlinks (for both text & images)
- easily draw arrows & other shapes
- Images can be easily click & dragged (without lag)
- Efficient embeddability and viewability in wiki
Here are several possible Google Docs alternatives that may meet the OSE requirements
In 2015, Collabora Productivity--a company that provides ~33% of LibreOffice Online code commits & provides commercial L3 support for the project--began advertising demos of their Colabora Online Developer Edition (CODE), which is the FLOSS version of LibreOffice Online https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/LibreOffice_Online
In Dec 2015, CODE was released as part of a joint venture with ownCloud. This early version did not have collaborative editing or rich editing. https://www.infoworld.com/article/3014654/open-source-tools/libreoffice-as-a-service-offers-alternative-to-google-docs-office-365.html
In Nov 2016, CODE 2.0 was released, which included collaborative & rich editing of all popular office file formats: docx, doc, odt, xlsx, xls, ods, pptx, ppt, odp. https://www.itwire.com/cloud/75565-new-version-of-libreoffice-online-released.html
The source code for LibreOffice Online is here https://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/online/
Instructions to download & install CODE can be found here https://www.collaboraoffice.com/code/
As of 2017-10, LibreOffice Online does not meet our requirements because
No support for creating hyperlinks. Michael Altfield created feature request for this in Impress here https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=113361
- No support for drawing lines/arrows. Michael Altfield created feature request for this in Impress here https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=113386
Update 2018-07-31. CODE fixed our hyperlink issue above after 4 months after I created the request, but 9 months later there's been no progress on the second request for lines/arrows/shapes. I added a comment mentioning that this lacking feature was blocking our org from adopting LibreOffice Online, and asking if there was an ETA.
Only Office a possible alternative to Google Docs. I sent them a request to via their website to see what can be done for non-profits specifically OSE, and perhaps a cross promotional exchange. Mobile application is on Apple/Android, also allows for Portal and Personal integration from the mobile app, I haven't tried the mobile app yet. I have it downloaded and I will attempt to load it to a test server.