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Evert Pot
Syntax highlighting in presentations
October 19, 2016

I often go back and forward between presentations software, trying to find the best one, never being happy. I recently used cleaver, which is nice for simple stuff, but this time I’m back to LibreOffice Impress because I don’t want to spend a long time fighting with layout.

One task that’s never super obvious is figuring out how to do syntax highlighting of code in my presentations. I wanted to share my solution. I’m fairly sure this will also work for MS Office and maybe even Keynote.

First, download Pygments. Pygments is a syntax highlighting tool for the command line.

On ubuntu it can be installed with:

apt-get install python-pygments

If you’re on a Mac, I don’t believe there’s a homebrew package. This should work though:

sudo easy_install Pygments

After that, we’re using the tool to convert your source file into a syntax highlighted RTF file! Yes, the old school format you’d never thought you’d need again.

Run it like this:

pygmentize -O style=xcode -o output.rtf input.js

I picked the xcode style, because it worked fairly well with the light backgrounds in my presentation, but other styles are supported. To see a list run:

pygmentize -L

Instead of pygmentize I also tried highlight, but it was impossible for me to build and seems a bit over engineered.

Using the file

In LibreOffice Impress, just click “Insert” and then “File” to find your rtf file.

Batch syntax highlighting

I don’t want to have to type this every time, so I made this Makefile to automatically do this. The file assumes that you have:

  • A src/ directory containing .js files (you can change the extension).
  • An empty rtf/ directory.

SRC = $(wildcard src/*.js)

RTF = $(patsubst src/%.js, rtf/%.js.rtf, $(SRC))

all: $(RTF)

rtf/%.js.rtf: src/%.js
	pygmentize -O style=$(STYLE) -o $@ $<

	rm rtf/*.rtf

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Steffen Lindner
Nextcloud/ownCloud Mail v0.6 released – with alias support
October 13, 2016

hacking_insideWe worked hard during the Nextcloud Conference to get version 0.6 of the Mail app ready! 😎

It is now possible to add aliases to your email accounts! This feature was implemented by our GSOC student Tahaa Karim. He also worked on Signature support which is far but not yet merged. If someone wants this feature any help is appreciated.

The most recent version of the Mail app only works on ownCloud 9.1 and Nextcloud 10. Older installations need to use version 0.5.3. As most of the Mail developers have moved to Nextcloud, extensive testing only happens there. We also moved our git repository to the Nextcloud organisation, and the app version 0.6.0 was built from the code there.

It has already been uploaded to the ownCloud app store and can also be downloaded from Github.

Here is the 0.6 changelog:


  • Alias support #1523 @tahaalibra
  • New incoming messages are prefetched #1631 @ChristophWurst
  • Custom app folder support #1627 @juliushaertl
  • Improved search #1609 @ChristophWurst
  • Scroll to refresh #1595 @ChristophWurst
  • Shortcuts to star and mark messages as unread #1590 @ChristophWurst
  • Shortcuts to select previous/next messsage #1557 @ChristophWurst


  • Minimum server is Nextcloud 10/ownCloud 9.1 #84 @ChristophWurst
  • Use session storage instead of local storage for client-side cache #1612 @ChristophWurst
  • When deleting the current message, the next one is selected immediatelly #1585 @ChristophWurst


  • Client error while composing a new message #1609 @ChristophWurst
  • Delay app start until page has finished loading #1634 @ChristophWurst
  • Auto-redirection of HTML mail links #1603 @ChristophWurst
  • Update folder counters when reading/deleting messages #1585

Special thanks goes out to your testing member plastikschnitzer!✌️ If you wanna help test new Mail releases, just drop us a message or leave a comment.

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Adam Pigg
Announcing Kexi 3.0.0
October 6, 2016

I will steal heavily from the email announcement, as it says it all, with a bit extra at the end....


Dear All,

We're pleased to announce the release of Kexi 3.0.0.

For benefit and convenience of fellow software engineers, we're sharing frameworks originally developed within the Kexi Project (that is KDb, KProperty, KReport). There are marked with the same version 3.0.0 and are prepared for general, standalone usage. So this combined release marks a major milestone for two efforts: porting to Qt 5 started in 2014, development of the three frameworks started in 2008.

Downloads & change logs:

Reporting bug or wishes:

As a note, we would be more than happy for other developers to find innovative uses for our framework libraries, KDb (database abstraction), KProperty (properties and editor) and KReport (visual report building for applications). If you think you can use these libraries, we would love to hear from you with feature suggestions and feedback, join us in #kexi!

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Klaas Freitag
Recent ownCloud Releases
October 4, 2016

Even though we just had the nice and successful ownCloud Contributor Conference there have quite some ownCloud releases happened recently. I like to draw your attention to this for a moment, because some people seem to fail to see how active the ownCloud community actually is at the moment.

There has been the big enterprise release 9.1 on September 20th, but that of course came along with community releases which are in the focus here.

We had server release 8.0.15, server release 8.1.10, server release 8.2.8 and release 9.0.5. There are maintenance releases for the older major versions, needed to fix bugs on installations that still run on these older versions. We deliver them following this plan.

The latest and greatest server release is release 9.1.1 that has all the hardening that also went into the enterprise releases.

Aside a ton of bugfixes that you find listed in the changelog there have also been interesting changes which drive innovation. To pick just one example: The data fingerprint property. It enables the clients to detect if the server got a backup restored, and saves changes on the clients to conflict files if needed. This is a nice example of solutions which are based on feedback from enterprise customers community running ownCloud, who help with reporting problems and proposing solutions.

Talking about professional usage of ownCloud: Of course also all the server release are available as linux packages for various distributions, for example the ownCloud server 9.1.1 packages. We think that our users should not be forced to deploy from tarballs, which is error prone and not native to Linux, but have the choice to use linux packages through the distributions package management.

There also have been client releases recently: The Android client versions 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 were released with important changes for Android 7 and much more fixes, as well as iOS client versions 3.5.0 and 3.5.1. The desktop client 2.2.4 also got a regular bug fix update (Changelog).

I guess you agree that is a lot of activity shown in the ownCloud project, making sure to get the best ownCloud experience out there for the users, driven by passion for the project and professional usage in focus.

If you are interested and want to join in and make ownCloud better, jump in on ownCloud Central or Github. It’s fun!

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