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EGroupware 16.1 final release

June 30th, 2016 by

Stylite AG is happy to announce the immediate availability of final release 16.1.

EGroupware 16.1 contains many new features and improvements, just to name a few:

  • Calendar: complete rewrite of user interface for improved functionality, drag&drop, context menu
  • Mobile: new mobile phone and tablet user interface, offering compact display for mobile phones
  • Desktop: new brighter desktop template, lots of work on usability and look & feel
  • Mail/InfoLog: PGP end-to-end encryption using Mailvelope plugin (InfoLog requires EPL subscription)
  • eSync: update to Z-Push 2.3 fixing several Android problems and allow to sync with Outlook 2013/6

EGroupware 16.1. Release Candidate 3

June 28th, 2016 by

Stylite AG is happy to announce the third and probably last 16.1 release candidate.

It contains following changes and fixes to 16.1 RC2:

* eSync: several fixes to improve syncing with Outlook and avoid running out of memory
* MySQL/Ubuntu 16.04: switch off sql_mode ONLY_FULL_GROUP_BY enabled in MySQL 5.7+
* Mobile: fix error popup when changing application on mobile device in minimal 16.1 install
* eSync/Calendar: reading events in chunks of 100, to keep memory down for huge calendars
* Mail: Fix mail unsubscribe does not refresh mail tree anymore
* CalDAV/InfoLog: do not export stardate > duedate, as some clients (e.g. CalDAV Sync for Android) have problems with it
* eSync/InfoLog: do not export stardate > duedate, as it crashes Outlook
* ImportExport: fix PHP Fatal in import wizard in minimal install
* Projectmanager: booking new timesheets on project did not update total in project sums

It contains the following changes and fixes to 16.1RC1:
* eSync: you need to recreate exchange accounts on your devices, Z-Push SQL state backend is used now
* eSync: Z-Push 2.3 allows to sync Outlook 2013 & 2016
* Mail/Api: replace deprecated Mcrypt PHP extension with OpenSSL,
use AES128 with pbkdf2 stretching of passwords
* PGP: renamed (hidden) backup-file in users home-directory to .PGP-Key-Backup
* InfoLog: change description to longtext (4GB) to not overflow
on long comments or PGP encrypted files
* Addressbook/Mail: fix PHP Fatal error when clicking on “add new contact” icon in mail
* Resources: fix PHP Fatal call to undefined method Api\Accounts::get_list() when editing ACL
* Mail: fix PHP Fatal error when saving Sieve scripts
* ImportExport: scheduled im/exports fail with PHP Fatal error
* Filemanager/Projectmanager: fix broken layout when showing
/apps/projectmanager e.g. opening Filemanager from PM
* Setup: some authentication types e.g. Cas were not shown in setup
* API: async service failed to run on a default install (no phpgwapi)
* Admin: fix async service testjob to run on a default install (no phpgwapi)
* Mail: fix PHP Fatal when switching identities

EGroupware Version 16.1 contains many new features and improvements. Just to name a few:

* Calendar: complete rewrite of the user interface for improved functionality, drag&drop, context menu
* Mobile: new mobile phone and tablet user interface, offering a compact display for mobile phones
* Desktop: new brighter desktop template, lots of work on usability and look & feel
* Mail/InfoLog: PGP end-to-end encryption using the Mailvelope plugin (InfoLog requires EPL subscription)
* ActiveSync: update to Z-Push 2.3 fixing several Android problems

Please note the changed minimum requirement of PHP 5.4+, recommended 5.6 or 7.0. It means you need at least a Debian7, Ubuntu 14.04, RHEL 7 (6 with IUS repo) or openSUSE 13.1 or SLE 12. Recommendation is of course always to use a current distribution, e.g. Ubuntu 16.04 or RHEL/CentOS 7 with PHP 7.

Recommended installation packages are available in a separate server:eGroupware:trunk repository on build.opensuse.org:
software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=server%3AeGroupWare%3Atrunk&package=egroupware-epl

EGroupware sources are managed on Github since a couple of weeks:
github.com/EGroupware/egroupware
This page also contains installation instructions for the installation via git with myrepos tool and archives.

Alternatively to a test installation of 16.1 on an own server, EGroupware is available as a free 30-days-trial in the Stylite computing center.

We´re looking forward to your feedback!
The final release is currently planned for Friday, 1st of July 2016.

Ralf Becker
Director Software Development

EGroupware 16.1. Release Candidate 2

June 22nd, 2016 by

Stylite AG is happy to announce the second release candidate for EGroupware 16.1.

It contains following changes and fixes to 16.1 RC1:

* eSync: you need to recreate exchange accounts on your devices, Z-Push SQL state backend is used now
* eSync: Z-Push 2.3 allows to sync Outlook 2013 & 2016
* Mail/Api: replace deprecated Mcrypt PHP extension with OpenSSL, use AES128 with pbkdf2 stretching of passwords
* PGP: renamed (hidden) backup-file in users home-directory to .PGP-Key-Backup * InfoLog: change description to longtext (4GB) to not overflow on long comments or PGP encrypted files
* Addressbook/Mail: fix PHP Fatal error when clicking on “add new contact” icon in mail
* Resources: fix PHP Fatal call to undefined method Api\Accounts::get_list() when editing ACL
* Mail: fix PHP Fatal error when saving Sieve scripts
* ImportExport: scheduled im/exports fail with PHP Fatal error
* Filemanager/Projectmanager: fix broken layout when showing /apps/projectmanager e.g. opening Filemanager from PM
* Setup: some authentication types e.g. Cas were not shown in setup
* API: async service failed to run on a default install (no phpgwapi)
* Admin: fix async service testjob to run on a default install (no phpgwapi)
* Mail: fix PHP Fatal when switching identities

EGroupware Version 16.1 contains many new features and improvements. Just to name a few:
* Calendar: complete rewrite of the user interface for improved functionality, drag&drop, context menu
* Mobile: new mobile phone and tablet user interface, offering a compact display for mobile phones
* Desktop: new brighter desktop template, lots of work on usability and look & feel
* Mail/InfoLog: PGP end-to-end encryption using the Mailvelope plugin (InfoLog requires EPL subscription)
* ActiveSync: update to Z-Push 2.3 fixing several Android problems

Please note the changed minimum requirement of PHP 5.4+, recommended 5.6 or 7.0. It means you need at least a Debian7, Ubuntu 14.04, RHEL 7 (6 with IUS repo) or openSUSE 13.1 or SLE 12. Recommendation is of course always to use a current distribution, e.g. Ubuntu 16.04 or RHEL/CentOS 7 with PHP 7.

Recommended installation packages are available in a separate server:eGroupware:trunk repository on build.opensuse.org:
software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=server%3AeGroupWare%3Atrunk&package=egroupware-epl

EGroupware sources are managed on Github since a couple of weeks: github.com/EGroupware/egroupware
This page also contains installation instructions for the installation via git with myrepos tool and archives.

Alternatively to a test installation of 16.1 on an own server, EGroupware is available as a free 30-days-trial in the Stylite computing center.

We´re looking forward to your feedback!
The final release is currently planned for beginning of July 2016.

Ralf Becker
Director Software Development

EGroupware 16.1. first release candidate

June 7th, 2016 by

Stylite AG is happy to announce the first 16.1 release candidate.

16.1 contains many new features and improvements, just to name a few:

* Calendar: complete rewrite of user interface for improved functionality, drag&drop, context menu

* Mobile: new mobile phone and tablet user interface, offering compact display for mobile phones

* Desktop: new brighter desktop template, lots of work on usability and look & feel

* Mail/InfoLog: PGP end-to-end encryption using Mailvelope plugin (InfoLog requires EPL subscription)

* ActiveSync: update to Z-Push 2.3 fixing several Android problems

Please note, the changed minimum requirement of PHP 5.4+, recommended 5.6 or 7.0. It means you need at least a Debian7, Ubuntu 14.04, RHEL 7 (6 with IUS repo) or openSUSE 13.1 or SLE 12. Recommendation is of course always to use a current distribution, e.g. Ubuntu 16.04 or RHEL/CentOS 7 with PHP 7.

Recommended installation packages are available in a separate server:eGroupware:trunk repository on build.opensuse.org:

software.opensuse.org/download.html

EGroupware sources are managed on Github since a couple of weeks:

github.com/EGroupware/egroupware

Above page also contains installation instructions for installation via git with myrepos tool and archives.

Alternatively to a test installation of 16.1 on an own server, EGroupware will be available from Wednesday on as a trial service of the Stylite computing center.

Please help testing the release candidate. We´re looking forward to your feedback on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/EGroupware

Final release is currently planned for beginning of July 2016.

Ralf Becker,
Director Software Development

 

EGroupware 14.2 provides Dropbox alternative

February 12th, 2015 by

With the new version of EGroupware also large files can be exchanged without size limits in mail traffic. A newly developed template simplifies the work on mobile devices. User may select their most desired information on a dashboard.

Kirchheimbolanden, 12/02/2015 – Attachments accompany a lot of emails and are a common nuisance for users and administrators. Again and again, administrators must apply or make exceptions to file size limits in the systems. Version 14.2 of EGroupware allows a particularly often desired new function. Users can easily share large files for external employees or business partners with a mouse click, even if they have no EGroupware account. You get a file made available as a link (for example, from the bottom of the receiver sight link to illustrations).

There are three alternatives to mail attachment: Firstly as „Download link“, where the recipient receives a link through which he can download a copy of the file. The second option is a “read-only share” – a link that can be tracked over to a folder or a document. The third option is the link “writable share”, which allows the receiver to directly edit a document locally and to make it available again via upload. All three variants are available with the EGroupware Enterprise Line (EPL) subscription, including the optional assignment of password and temporal limitation of rights.

These link options circumvent the size limitations of most mail servers for attachments. It does not require the receivers as EGroupware users. So far, people often have to leave their groupware to copy data via FTP or other products on an exchange platform. This takes time, resulting in loss of control over the data and passes by the admins. Shared files and directories are clearly visible for the users of EGroupware in the File Manager. Shares can be deleted with a single click and are thus immediately unusable.

“We believe that more and more file sharing is important in the professional and personal communication. EGroupware offers features that were previously reserved for cloud services like Dropbox“, explains Ralf Becker, founder and coordinator of the open source project EGroupware. “Our way to make large files easily available without having to create new users, makes it possible to provide information for project partners and customers. At the same time EGroupware users retains control of their files. ”

EGroupware has also received a new template for the mobile application. The template automatically adapts to the respective smaller screen sizes, recommended screens being from the 7-inch format. The template adapts both horizontally and vertically, and the menu moves to offer the largest possible area for the desired application.

Users access the various information of a Groupware with varying intensity. Therefore, they can supplement their 14.2 groupware workspace with a personalized “dashboard” in EGroupware: This includes, for example, the favorite calendar overview, key contacts, tickets, sticky notes, etc.

Final release candidate for 14.2 and new tutorial administration basics

February 10th, 2015 by

I’m happy to announce availability of administration basics tutorial:

and our last release candidate containing following fixes and improvements:

3. release candidate for upcoming 14.2 release
All apps: Activate cross-browser autocomplete
All apps: printing of lists improved a lot, asks now how many lines to print
Backup: backing up bool columns now for all databases as 1 or 0, but understanding PostgreSQL “t” or “f” too
Mail: fix not working BCC addresses
Mail: fixed exception when opening vacation notice or sieve-rules for an account with a changed standard identity or later created account
InfoLog: allow type specific index templates (named infolog.index.rows.$type)
Calendar/CalDAV: fixed not synced recurrences, because invitation was to a group only or first recurrence was an exception
Calendar/CalDAV: fixed synced events still contained deleted exceptions
Calendar: fix not working tooltip (showing html tags) in year-view
Calendar: fixed deleting exceptions while editing a series
Knowledgebase: use activate_links to make sure links open in new windows
Admin: fix not working setting of ACL for account-selection “select-box with primary group and search”, data from contains no selection
Admin: Fix edit groups dialog resize problem
Filemanager/Expose view: enhancements
Mail/IE: fixed compose popup did not open again after it was closed eg. mail was send
Mail/Sieve: check capability if VACATION is supported by SIEVE Server before trying to set an serverside vacation absent notice
Sieve: coping with a dbmail bug in some versions of the Server. Server using formal syntax being reserved for client->server communication
Installation packages are available via OpenBuildService server:eGroupWare:trunk project, see our download page:

/download

Please help testing the release candidate and give us feedback via our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/EGroupware

Happy testing

Ralf

2. RC for EGroupware 14.2 released

January 22nd, 2015 by

We decided to have an other final release candidate, because of many noteworthy improvements since first release candidate:

  • FileManager: click on image opens expose view incl. gallery and slide-show
  • FileManager: enhance sharing to keep session of already logged in user, when he clicks on a share
  • Mail/SMTP: fixed not working sending of mails, if secure connection setting was different from IMAP server “could not connect to SMTP server”
  • Mail/Sieve: fixed not running/set async vacation notice
  • Mail/Sieve: remove prefix (of mail account) for sieve save into folder
  • All applications: Fix unintentional dragging happens while user try to do scrolling over a dragging item in FF (e.g. scrolling over an scrollable InfoLog entry)
  • Backup: fixed broken backup of tables without an auto index
  • WebDAV: fixed not working range requests causing e.g. direct playing of video files to fail
  • Calendar: speed improvements for huge calendar databases
  • Calendar/CalDAV/eSync: fixed not synced events constructed from exceptions
  • ProjectManager: fix SQL error “unknown column pe_ in order clause”
  • Setup: allow to use Composer (https://getcomposer.org/) to manager requirements (instead of PEAR)
  • no longer requiring php(5)-pear, but new egroupware-epl-vendor package containing all dependencies

Last one is an important change, if you choose to install from archives: there is no longer a need to install PEAR and Horde packages we depend on!

Installation packages are available via OpenBuildService server: eGroupWare:trunk project, see our download page:

/download

Please help testing the release candidate and give us feedback via our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/EGroupware

Release date has been moved by one week to January 29th 2015.
Happy testing 🙂
Ralf

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Ralf Becker
Director Software Development, Stylite AG

EGroupware 14.2 RC available

January 13th, 2015 by

I’m happy to announce immediate availability of a new feature complete release candidate for next EGroupware version 14.2

Installation packages are available via OpenBuildService server:eGroupWare:trunk project, see our download page:

/download

Release candidate contains following changes / fixes:

* Filemanager: Tile view for filemanager incl. new bigger Mine icons and thumbnails for OpenOffice documents
* Home: portlets (widgets on home screen) can be set as default for all users or groups by admins
* Home: default home screen containing video tutorials, egroupware.org new and calendar week-view
* Mail: customizable toolbar in compose dialog
* Mail: fix for Horde_Imap_Client-2.26.0 requiring Horde_Mail-2.5.1 requiring Horde_Idna-1.0.1 which stalls our autoloader by calling spl_autoload_register
* Mail: fix problem sent or copied mail ending up with in folder of wrong mail account
* Univention: allow installation on backup DC too (master was working before)
* News: fixed SQL error when deleting huge number of news items
* All apps: improved German translations, other languages are lacking

Please help testing the release candidate and give us feedback via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EGroupware

Planned release date is January 22nd 2015.

We also released 14.1 maintenance packages which mainly fix a problem with current Horde_Imap_Client 2.26.0.

Happy testing
Ralf

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Ralf Becker
Director Software Development, Stylite AG

EGroupware 14.2 Beta released

December 10th, 2014 by

I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of new 14.2 beta.

14.2 adds three – in our opinion – most wanted features:

1. Dropbox like sharing of files

EGroupware users often have the need to exchange files with people outside there own EGroupware.

With file sharing we have now a simple solution exactly for that problem.

Select one or more files or directories in Filemanager, right-click and choose Mail files as:

Attachment (old way, works reliably only for a couple of MB total file-size)
Download link: creates a copy of current version of files and mails a link allowing to download them
Readable share: mails a link allowing to download at that time current version of files
Writable share: mails a link allowing to download or update current version of files
Last option is only available in EPL subscription together with an optional expiration date or password.

The links require no further authentication, sharing your EGroupware credentials or create recipients as EGroupware users.

That new facility can also be used from Mail compose to work around attachment size limitation imposed by mail servers.

A list of shared files in Filemanager menu allows to delete a share and therefore renders a sharing link immediately unusable.

2. Home app is back in form of a customizable dashboard

Dashboard was designed as a new form to organize your work:

have a couple of key customers to need to contact daily, just drag them to dashboard to always have them available
that calendar favorite showing the week of you and your co-worker, just add it to dashboard to have it always in view
same is true for all favorites they can be added by right click on dashboard: Add >> app-name >> Favorite >> select one
select a couple of entries from any app and drag them to dashboard
of course you can also add a simple note / post-it to your dashboard
EGroupware news have been ported to eTemplate2 and are therefore available too

3. Tablet support for EGroupware

EGroupware detects now tablets and other mobile devices and switched automatically to our new “mobile” theme.

Mobile theme rearranges user interface for the small screen on your device. It also adds touch support to:

select or deselect rows via right or left swipe
tab (long click) opens context menu with all available options
menu can be hidden to maximize space available for your content (state is remembers on a per app basis)
rotating the device moves menu from left side for landscape to top for portrait orientation to make most of available space
Edit dialogs and the like open full screen as you expect it from a mobile app. They always return to list they are opened from.

Mobile theme keeps all client side data available when changing view, to minimize traffic with server, like Pixelegg or Stylite template does already. You can also select it explicit as theme for small screens.

14.2 beta is immediate available from our download page, or as package for most Linux distributions:

http://software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=server%3AeGroupWare%3Atrunk&package=egroupware-epl

Have fun trying it out and tell us what you think about it through our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/EGroupware

Ralf

EGroupware 14.1 released

July 10th, 2014 by

Team Management with Open Source

EGroupware 14.1 Release published on 10th July 2014

How efficient processes can be merged with best possible security shows EGroupware with its latest release of version 14.1, which was made public today, 10th July 2014.

With users worldwide, which number in the hundred thousands and a marked presence of more than 11 years, EGroupware is one of the most successful browser based Open Source team management applications. The developers have positioned the software as an alternative to products like Microsoft Office 365, business server solutions like Exchange or Google.

For community as well as enterprise users, the completely new developed user interface in particular as well as e.g. the new email client, the admin module and hundreds of new functions are milestones, which set apart (distinguish) the new release from its former versions.

Up to date technologies allow smooth working helped by clever functions, which leads to comfortable working by browser known formerly only to fat clients.

Software development based on jQuery, Javascript and PHP provide most modern features like auto-complete, drag & drop of files and entries, hiding of not needed controls, context menus and easier data upload with nearly unlimited data size as well as a wealth of new security functions like a restrictive content security policy and strong password encryption.

Furthermore, the synchronization with mobile devices was immensely simplified by including ActiveSync, CalDAV/Card/DAV and WebDAV into the installation packages.

According to Stylite’s statement, the international developer team has invested about 6 man years development time into the new release. ”We believe in a free internet and are very confident about the future importance of online collaboration” Ralf Becker, one of the driving forces behind EGroupware and Managing Director Stylite AG, emphasizes.

Hence, EGroupware will offer highest security standards and up to date technology for its users in the future. For example, collaborative editing of documents via web browser and encrypted real time communication are already in development.