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    Default [SOLVED] Question about the documents feature

    Hi everyone,

    We're currently working on a project for implementing Zimbra as a means of providing an alternative to Google Documents.

    For that purpose we have a test environment setup where we've installed Zimbra. (consists of Debian 5.0.8, 32bit installation)

    Regarding that I have a few observations and additionally a few questions.

    Observations

    Documents in the Current Stable (version 6.0.10, Open Source edition):


    • I can create spreadsheets, presentations and documents.
    • I can't download the by Zimbra created spreadsheets, presentations and documents.
    • I can upload .doc, .rtf , .xls and .ppt files.
    • I can't edit uploaded .doc, .rtf , .xls or .ppt files.
    • I can download the uploaded .doc, .rtf , .xls or .ppt files.
    • Zimbra can preview the Zimbra created files (spreadsheets, presentations and documents).
    • Zimbra can't preview uploaded documents.
    • Sharing works the way I would expect it to do.


    Documents in the Current Beta (version 7.0.0 Beta 3, Open Source edition):


    • The documents tab is missing, it's also in the CoS list. (it's simply missing, or this part will be different in version 7)
    • I can create documents.
    • I can't create spreadsheets and presentations. (I don't get this option at all)
    • I can't download the by Zimbra created documents.
    • I can upload .doc, .rtf , .xls and .ppt files.
    • I can't edit uploaded .doc, .rtf , .xls or .ppt files.
    • I can download the uploaded .doc, .rtf , .xls or .ppt files.
    • Zimbra can preview the Zimbra created documents.
    • Zimbra can't preview uploaded files.
    • Sharing works the way I would expect it to do.


    Questions

    Because of the above observation I have the following questions:


    • Am I correct to assume that Zimbra, at this moment, can't edit & preview uploaded files? (for both version 6 and 7?)
    • In version 6 the spreadsheet and presentation functions are labled as "beta", does this mean that these two features might not make it into Zimbra 7?
    • And a little more general, can someone shed some light on how the documents feature will look (feature wise) in version 7? Is it as I've just described or am I missing something in my installation?


    Thanks in advance.

    Best regards,

    Bart

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    Am I correct to assume that Zimbra, at this moment, can't edit & preview uploaded files? (for both version 6 and 7?)
    In the FOSS (Community) edtion, yes. In Network Edition 6.0.x you can preview some document formats online, there's a COS setting for this so you can configure this feature. It's a safe bet that 7.0.x will be the same (or better).

    In version 6 the spreadsheet and presentation functions are labled as "beta", does this mean that these two features might not make it into Zimbra 7?
    It's a possibility. Check the roadmap for more info .. Zimbra Product Management Portal


    And a little more general, can someone shed some light on how the documents feature will look (feature wise) in version 7? Is it as I've just described or am I missing something in my installation?
    From what I've seen in the FOSS Beta of version 7, this functionality is being merged into the Briefcase. There is/was some overlap between the two and, from what I've seen, it caused confusion for some users. I've even started disabling the feature when I do new 6.0.x installs because I'm not clear on the migration path once 7 is finally GA.

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    Thanks for the explanation, that cleared it up for us.

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