A brief guide to the news of ONLYOFFICE 7.3, the latest version of the office suite that can be used by private users, professionals and companies. Open source software, can be installed as desktop software, used in the cloud or configured on your own servers.
With over 10 million users conquered worldwide, ONLYOFFICE Docs is an open source project that has been able to quickly win the favor of users thanks to a complete, versatile and flexible proposal for advanced and secure document processing.
ONLYOFFICE Docs puts the privacy in first place: compliant with data protection regulations and fully compatible with the requirements contained in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the office suite is developed and updated by Ascensio System, a company based – among others – in Latvia, a member country of the European Union.
Free to download from this page, ONLYOFFICE can be installed on desktop and used as a completely independent office suite but is installable on server to benefit from an integrated platform that maximizes collaboration and productivity. In this way the company’s collaborators, even employees in smart workingcan connect with corporate servers and work with ONLYOFFICE, even remotely.
The version self-hosted of ONLYOFFICE Docs is distributed as installation files for Windows, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and derivatives as well as Docker containers and images for various platforms.
The suite is fully compatible with formats Office Open XML e opendocument: Users can easily open and edit documents created with Microsoft Office and all other alternative suites. With ONLYOFFICE Docs you have the certainty of viewing documents produced by other users while preserving their structure, both when opening and after applying changes.
The editor that make up ONLYOFFICE Docs are web-based and allow you to manage text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and forms. The software also integrates a PDF file viewer and an excellent module that allows you to convert PDF documents in other formats.
All ONLYOFFICE Docs editors are highly skilled at collaboration: this means that multiple users can cooperate in drafting a document and thanks to the functions of co-editing you can temporarily block editing of the same paragraphs and elements.
Furthermore, for each document, you can add commentsdraw up reviews, talk to collaborators with the chat integrated and view the version history.
ONLYOFFICE Docs can be connected with the main cloud platforms such as WordPress, Jira, Nextcloud, Moodle, ownCloud, Seafile, Confluence and so on. Integrations are possible using apps provided directly by ONLYOFFICE or its partners. You can also use the WOPI protocol and the versatile ONLYOFFICE APIs to enable integrations not foreseen in the suite.
Con ONLYOFFICE Docs 7.3 many novelties are brought to the debut which enrich the suite and deliver to users a more valuable software. We summarize them below.
The advanced modules of ONLYOFFICE Docs 7.3
Especially in business contexts, i moduli they are critically important for managing a wide array of workflows. With ONLYOFFICE Docs 7.3 you can assign them roles to all the various users who interact with the form in digital format: in this way i recipients of the document they can recognize, also thanks to clear chromatic indications, the fields they have to fill in.
With future ONLYOFFICE Docs updates, it will be possible to set specific limitations depending on the role of recipients and use electronic signatures.
In each form it is possible to enter a wide selection of fields with a pre-established structure: there are those that allow you to enter the date and time, credit card numbers, zip code. The user has the possibility to choose between different layouts and graphic settings.
SmartArt: to create infographics with a great visual impact
It is often said that an image is worth a thousand words: the so-called infographics they help to summarize in a visual way and with a captivating setting elements that could be recovered only after careful reading of the text content.
The SmartArt of ONLYOFFICE Docs can be used to create a visual representation of a hierarchical structure by choosing the layout that best suits the information you wish to convey to the reader.
The latest version of ONLYOFFICE Docs allows you to insert various types of SmartArt elements: lists, processes, hierarchies, cycles, matrices, relations, pyramids and so on in your documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
To access the new possibilities, just select SmartArt dal menu insert.
Even more effective document protection
With the 7.3 version of ONLYOFFICE Docs some tools are brought to the debut which help to protect documents effectively.
For example, you can set up a password protection on the file so that only those who know the correct keyword can read the contents, fill out the forms, add comments or track changes.
The user who drafts the document can decide in a granular and punctual way which actions to allow and which to deny: just click on the menu Protection, Protect document.
Mathematical formulas with Unicode and LaTeX syntax
The text editor integrated in ONLYOFFICE Docs gets richer and is now able to support the insertion and management of math formulaseven the most complex ones.
The application now supports Unicode and LaTeX syntaxes giving the user the ability to enter equations and mathematical calculations effortlessly.
Spreadsheets: the Watch Window to check formulas and results
ONLYOFFICE Docs developers have significantly improved the behavior of the spreadsheet of the suite. We know how complicated it is to work with large spreadsheets: understanding which cells have been used in the various formulas is complex and it is equally difficult to carry out checks on the various inserted in the document and on the results of the calculations.
The new Watch Window of ONLYOFFICE Docs can be found in the menu Formula and allows you to inspect, verify and confirm the calculations made by each formula as well as the results produced in the spreadsheet. In this way, by consulting the content of the Watch Windowthere is no more need to get lost in infinite scrolling and wasting time in constant transitions between different parts of the spreadsheet.
13 have been added to ONLYOFFICE Docs new formulas among which TEXTBEFORE, AFTER TEXT, TEXTSPLIT, VSTACK, HSTACK, TOROW, TOCOL, WRAPROWS e WRAPCOLS, CHOOSEROWS, CHOOSECOLS, TAKE e DROP.
Among other innovations we mention the possibility of import data from XML files and to add links between different spreadsheets using a simple “copy and paste” operation.
Paste special in presentations
When working with a presentation and going to paste a new element, the object you add often doesn’t integrate properly with the rest of the content. ONLYOFFICE Docs handles these situations with the great feature Paste special.
ONLYOFFICE Docs 7.3 brings le keyboard shortcuts to call the function Paste special and quickly insert a new slide to the presentation in progress. With Paste special you can use the target presentation theme, keep the formatting or paste as image.
To access the new function of Paste special just hold down the key CTRL o Command on the keyboard then press the additional keys indicated by ONLYOFFICE Docs.
To make the creation procedure of each presentation more intuitive, ONLYOFFICE 7.3 offers a series of settings related to guides and grids in the menu View as well as in the context menu of each individual slide.
The other most useful news
To make the ONLYOFFICE Docs user experience even more satisfying, the developers of the popular office suite have made some improvements to the graphical interface by adding an equation bar, a button that allows you to access the statistical data of the document within the status bar, a series of default settings for entering textbox horizontally and vertically, the ability to show or hide the left and right panels in the tab View.
With the new release of ONLYOFFICE Docs users can now rotate 3D graphics in order to position them effectively on any document.
ONLYOFFICE Docs self-hosted it can also be used in professional and business contexts: the installation of the product is very simple and fast.