ONLYOFFICE and Nextcloud: ready accomplishments and next steps

22 November 2018 By Mike 9 758

Recently ONLYOFFICE and Nextcloud became official partners which means that the two are ready for joint steps in enhancing their integration. Read this post and see what we have achieved and what news to expect in the near future.

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Just to remind

Since ONLYOFFICE formed a partnership with Nextcloud we decided to separate its integration app and focus more on what solution’s technology can offer and listen closer its users’ needs. You can find the Nextcloud integration app on our GitHub.

Public sharingdone

ONLYOFFICE now supports sharing from Nextcloud via public links to let external users view, edit and collaborate on documents. Read more in our post.

Easier work with ODFdone

One novelty we have presented in the latest release of the ONLYOFFICE connector is the automatic conversion of ODF files. To enable it, visit the admin settings and set any desired format to be opened for editing by default. Find more in our special article.

Univention app appliancesdone

Univention introduced the new effortless way to get ONLYOFFICE-Nextcloud combo installed on your server – virtual app appliances. Read more in the dedicated blog article.

Connecting ONLYOFFICE desktopcoming soon

Soon ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors will be connectable to Nextcloud platforms. This will allow working with documents from the storage and editing them collaboratively among Nextcloud users. With this option, you can edit files using local plugins, fonts and other features that are available in your desktop suite instance and not present in the online editor.

Inserting images from the file managerin development

Nextcloud users will be able to insert pictures into the document right from the Nextcloud file management system.

File update notification hooksat the planning stage

We are planning to use Nextcloud technology called ‘hooks’ to introduce special signals in the editors indicating that the file in the storage has been altered or removed. This is useful because the edited file is stored on the ONLYOFFICE side until it is saved, and Nextcloud doesn’t allow locking the initial file from intervention when it is being edited.

Force Saveat the planning stage

Another feature that can help protect documents from intervention while editing is Force Save. It lets you manually save changes to the document and update the file in Nextcloud without leaving ONLYOFFICE.

Converted file downloading from file managerat the planning stage

Downloading a file from its context menu is available by default. In addition to this, we are discussing an option for downloading files in the desired format from the Nextcloud file manager (e.g. downloading XLSX sheets as ODS) using ONLYOFFICE for converting them.

Sharing from the editorunder discussion

We guess that, as it is done in ONLYOFFICE normally, sharing from the editor might be a great feature for Nextcloud users too. We haven’t started working on this yet, however, your ideas are always welcome! Please let us know if you find this option useful for your experience.

Have any suggestions for making ONLYOFFICE integration with Nextcloud better? Drop your ideas in the comments below or tweet us at @only_office.

Comments (9)
  1. J. Muller - Reply
    December 21, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Will Onlyoffice start supporting nextcloud per-user encryption instead of through “master key”. We need per-user encryption to be used in Onlyoffice. As it stands: we cannot use it on a perectly good nextcloud server. 🙁
    Collabora does support per-user keys on nextcloud. Is it really not possible to allow Onlyoffice to use per-user keys on nextcloud?

  2. John - Reply
    January 4, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Great news!
    Are there plans to integrate Onlyoffice in the nextcloud iOS and Android Apps – like Collabora 4.0 mobile editing?

    • Ksenija - Reply
      January 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Hi John!
      Yes! As for the iOS app, we’re already working on it, and as for Android – it’s at the planning stage.

  3. Max Grossman - Reply
    January 5, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Are there any future plans to have added support for stylus/pen for users of touch screen laptops and tablets/mobile devices? From notebook styled support for journals and sketches to simple paint integration within .doc files as seen in programs like Ink Editor.

    • Ksenija - Reply
      January 10, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Max!
      We don’t have such plans for now, but we’ll definitely think it over. Thank you!

  4. Nic Tanghe - Reply
    September 24, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Hello I came here with the sole purpace if of one upping Max groossman.

    There are currently no propper alternatives for one note or word becouse of the lack of this feature.

    It reaaaaaaaaaaly should not be that dificult to settup auto ocr capture with tesseract or something similar.

    • Michael - Reply
      September 30, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Hi Nic,

      This is helpful, thank you. We’ve been thinking about renewing our OCR for a long time now, knowing that it’s far not perfect. I will at least add your suggestion to our plugin wishlist, and also discuss it with the team.

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