ownCloud is a free software alternative to some proprietary web services that includes music streaming, file management which supports sharing, calendar, contacts and moreOpen Source File, Sync and Share Project Adds Cloud Text Editing and More
ownCloud Version 3 introduces online editing, photo gallery, PDF viewer, application store, and improvements to existing functionality
The Internet – January 27, 2012 — ownCloud, the popular open source file, sync and share project announced today improvements to functionality and stability which will enable users to get more than ever out of their privately-hosted and owned file-sharing cloud.
Released today and available for download now, ownCloud Version 3 enables users to share files and folders with others from their privately controlled infrastructure. Major new features in this release include the introduction of an application store which allows users to take advantage of the extensibility of owncloud; and the ability to directly edit text files from a browser. ownCloud is the only technology to offer such functionality, made possible because of its open and modular nature.
With more than 350,000 users and growing – ownCloud offers the ease-of-use of Dropbox and box.net with a more secure, transparently managed offering. As an open source project ownCloud 3 offers innovative features, a flexible architecture and no vendor lock in. ownCloud users can run its file sync and share services on their own hardware or use popular public hosting and storage offerings, allowing them to pick the trade-off between convenience and privacy they prefer.
“In many ways Version 3 is a leap forward for the ownCloud project — not just in the technology, but also as a measure of the contributions from our expanding community,” said Frank Karlitschek, founder of ownCloud. “Aside from the new functionality, the calendar and contacts have been given major improvements both in capabilities and interfaces.”
With the announcement last month of ownCloud Inc., end users will also now have a broader support base and commercial supported offerings based on the ownCloud project.
Cloud Text Editing
ownCloud Version 3 gives users the unique ability to access and edit
documents in multiple ways. Users can access files directly if ownCloud
is mounted via WebDAV, access them offline if the file is synced locally with
the upcoming syncing client, or access and edit files directly from within
a browser with the new text editor.
The browser based text editor supports 35 programming languages for syntax
highlighting, drag and drop text, automatic indent and
outdent, unstructured / user code folding and live syntax checker (for
advanced formats like doc(x) and ODT is planned for future releases.
ownCloud 3 supports installation of new third party applications and addons
directly from a central repository of ownCloud applications. Developers who
want to offer new features can upload new ownCloud applications at
apps.owncloud.com. ownCloud users can browse and install the new
applications directly from within the ownCloud Admin interface. Both users and developers can develop and use this new application store!
ownCloud Version 3 ships with an integrated PDF viewer for convenient viewing and printing of PDFs, even with browsers that don´t have a PDF plugin installed. The viewer is based on the pdf.js library.
ownCloud Version 3 adds a photo gallery application to help view and
organize photos of different file types. Photo albums are automatically
created for uploaded photos.
The calendar application has a completly new and more user-friendly web
interface. New features include repeating events and automatic time
zone detection. The interface of the contacts application is also improved with thumbnails
of contact photos, and the option to export address books or single contacts
as .vcf files. It is now possible to create, edit or delete multiple address books in ownCloud.
ownCloud Version 3 contains a new “external” application which can be used to
integrate external groupware solutions or webmail interfaces into the ownCloud GUI.
The community also enhanced integration between ownCloud and LDAP or Active Directory servers. Administration and setup of ownCloud is now easier because of the new logging feature which makes it easier to monitor and debug an ownCloud installation.
Since the release of Version 2 in October, the ownCloud community has enabled
ownCloud for Juju Charms (Ubuntu) and built pre-configured software and
virtual appliances ready for direct deployment in SUSE Studio. Additionally,
the community has created a new owncloud.org website, improved installation
documentation, created a new bug tracker bugs.owncloud.org, and a new ownCloud
forum at forum.owncloud.org.
Download / try ownCloud
If you want to try out ownCloud without installing it, head over to http://demo.owncloud.org
ownCloud is available in the official Ubuntu repositories, but that’s a very old version (pre version 2) so to install the latest ownCloud in Ubuntu, see our initial post about ownCloud: ownCloud: Your Personal Cloud Server.
Arch Linux users can install ownCloud via AUR, however, at the time I’m writing this post, the package hasn’t been updated with the latest ownCloud 3.
ownCloud is a popular open source community project started at a KDE Community event in 2010, aiming to bring greater flexibility, access and security to data in the cloud.
ownCloud enables universal access to files through the widely implemented WebDAV standard, providing a platform to easily view and sync contacts, calendars and
bookmarks across devices while supporting sharing, viewing and editing via the web interface.
Installation has minimal server requirements, doesn’t need special
permissions and is quick. ownCloud is extendable via a simple, powerful API
For more information, please visit: http://www.owncloud.org
About ownCloud Inc.
ownCloud Inc. offers software and services around the ownCloud product. The company headquarters are in Boston, with a development lab in Germany. Product and services offerings will be announced in the first quarter of
For more information, please visit: http://www.owncloud.com