ownCloud Planet

Welcome to ownCloud News, our contributor blog roll. ownCloud contributors should ask to get added!

Opinions are the responsibility of those who express them. See our privacy policy.

If you'd like to stay up to date with ownCloud news you could also subscribe to our newsletter!

Steffen Lindner
Portknox Update February
February 22, 2017

Direct Menu added

This top rated app provides easy access to all apps in the header. Go to your apps menu, activate it and give it a try. (There are plans to add this menu directly into Nextcloud core.)

Contacts update v1.5.3

This minor update brings back the addressbook export. Here is the full changelog.

Calender update v1.5.0

My most used app gets many UX improvments and bugfixes. Check the full changelog.

Nextcloud update 10.0.3

We are updating Nextcloud to version 10.0.3 (changelog) which is a requirement for your upgrade to Nextcloud 11. As usual we slowly update all clouds, by the end of next week all clouds should be up2date.

Learn about Portknox.net

read more

Printing our »own Cloud«
February 5, 2017

Being at FOSDEM 2017 in Brussels we had a very special eye catcher with us: a 3D-printer, producing our own clouds. The also store your data very secure (because of the strong neodym magnets), … well at least in form of paper notes at your fridge or whiteboard.

Jürgen – both ownCloud employee and running FabLab Nuremberg – took the printer with him. As many of you asked, here are some information regarding our setting:

The 3D printer is called »TinyBoy Fabricator«  – An open design 3D printer for student and kids. It’s a small, easy to build, yet very affordable machine. The size is just 15 x 15 x 21cm , even smaller than an A4 sheet of paper, therefore, it fits on regular computer desks. The design aims as an entry-level machine for students and newbies to learn 3D modeling technology and train for creative thinking. It is an opensource hardware design, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 and fully exposed on https://github.com/HKCOTA/TinyBoy with

  • a complete bill of materials for standard stock items like motors and electronics.
  • complete 2D-drawings ready for use with a lasercutter to produce all other parts from 3mm plastic sheets (typically in bright neon colored arylic) at your nearby Hackerspace or FabLab.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:701548 features all the needed files in ready to use formats and has a good technical overview.

At FabLab Nuremberg Jürgen developed some practical add-ons and modifications, as well as a collection of improvements that would go into the next redesign iteration. There are multiple extra for fans keeping the machine cool, a stand for the filament spool, extra legs, LED illumination and an added OrangePi to make it print without a permanent USB connection to a laptop or workstation.

His collection of existing and future ideas are at https://github.com/fablabnbg/tinyboy.

The software referenced there includes machine profiles for cura and slic3r. The already realized add-ons as mentioned above live at

Feel free to use the info as an entry point to build up your own printer and as well to printout your personal ownCloud fridge magnets. Or print out our ownCloud cookie cutter. It’s all opensource.

read more

ownCloud, PaperHive and Collabora – a winning team
January 30, 2017

About ownCloud, PaperHive and Collabora

Researchers, students, medicine and engineering specialists are among the core ownCloud users and ownCloud’s team is committed to support them in the management and creation of research data and texts. A recent partnership with Collabora was ownCloud’s response to users’ need to write collaboratively online. It resulted in the release of the Collabora Online Development Edition, a VM containing LibreOffice Online and ownCloud Server.

To help users read, reference and discuss already published academic texts, ownCloud now starts a cooperation with PaperHive, a web platform for collaborative reading.

Researchers read 12-25 hours a week depending on their discipline. Yet, understanding research articles and books – some of the most complex documents in the world – is hard and inefficient in isolation. Students and inexperienced researchers waste time trying to decipher these texts alone, senior researchers dig through folders of articles irrelevant for their own work, and all at some point might repeat unknowingly others’ mistakes or include these as a citation in their own paper.

PaperHive looks at how the web platform could transform reading into a more social and active process of collaboration. It is a cross-publisher layer of interaction on top of published research documents that enables contextual and structured discussions in real time. PaperHive’s main benefits for users:

  • annotate and discuss published academic articles, books and textbooks
  • ask and answer questions, help and benefit from the knowledge, opinions and results of your colleagues and the broad research community
  • keep up-to-date with the newest developments around a specific research topic
  • improve research texts by discovering and correcting mistakes publicly, make complex concepts more accessible
  • share your thoughts and discoveries with the research community and increase your visibility as a researcher
  • give structured feedback to your colleagues
  • if you are a teacher, you can make lectures and seminars much more engaging for students

Close to 14 million academic articles and books can currently be read and discussed with PaperHive.

Transforming Reading Into Process of Collaboration

One of the greatest ownCloud features is sharing. Folders or files can be shared with groups, individual users or using a password protected or public links.

The PaperHive documents in this shared folder allow copyright-compliant sharing of research publications with groups of users. By using the `Discuss` button in the file list a user is quickly redirected to the PaperHive page. The `Discuss` button also shows the current number of discussions online.

Transform your lectures, research and engineering work into process of collaboration with ownCloud, PaperHive and Collabora!

Add PaperHive document to ownCloud

The PaperHive plugin is shipped with the new file menu button “PaperHive Document”, which allows adding the documents found on the PaperHive website at https://paperhive.org. These are no different to your regular .doc or .jpg files and will behave the same as any other files in the ownCloud user interface.

Clicking on the “PaperHive Document” button will ask you for a PaperHive URL or DocID, displaying helpful information in the yellow popup on top of your file list. You are free to choose submitting just DocID or whole URL!

The user can now easily keep up-to-date with new developments around publications of interest and start public or private discussions to better understand or improve academic texts.

DocID is an unique book identifier, which can be found in the URL of the document at https://paperhive.org, as shown in the example below, where URL is https://paperhive.org/documents/0tsHJq1-yyVZ and unique DocID is 0tsHJq1-yyVZ.


Found Book ID has to be inserted into the field below and confirmed pressing ENTER.

Your PaperHive Book is now in your synchronisation folder!

Test and contribute

ownCloud invites everybody to download and test the PaperHive Integration and give us back your comments.

read more

Meet us @ FOSDEM 2017 in Brussels
January 19, 2017


ownCloud will be present @ 2017 FOSDEM in Brussels from Feb. 4th to 5th. You’ll find our table at K (level 1, group C). Meet our managing director Holger Dyroff, senior developer and packaging manager Jürgen Weigert as well as our senior support engineer Carlos Damken among others and ask them anything about ownCloud.

FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate. Every year, thousands of developers of free and open source software from all over the world gather at the event in Brussels. FOSDEM 2017 will take place at ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2017. The full schedule and list of stands are now online.

ownCloud is an open source project. That means it is yours. You can study, improve and share it however you like. Do you want to get a certain improvement in ownCloud? Did you find a problem? Do you want to help translate, promote or document ownCloud? Become part of the ownCloud Community and help us liberate data across the globe!

Each contribution – either code, bug report, Q&A, … – will be valued with some exclusive swag. So make sure to see us in Brussels!


read more

New iOS App released
December 16, 2016

Keep an eye on our newest iOS App for ownCloud, which will enter the AppStore still today

This new version includes

  • New options available for instant uploads. Select what type of media you want to upload
  • Stream Photo items from iCloud. Now you can upload your photos even if they are not downloaded to your device
  • New menu option to clean all your successful uploads
  • Updated user agent
  • Bug fixing
  • Please, notice that this will be the latest version with support for iOS 8

read more