First of all, I don't want to put the Jive team on the spot here, I'm just sharing experiences, that might be interesting to other community members.
So, the document preview in Jive. I, like most people that use Jive, have a love-hate relationship with it. It's a great feature, to be able to view a document without having to download it first.
However, on many occasions the layout of documents (especially Excel and PPT) is botched up pretty badly, so that I have to download the doc anyway. Also the flash based viewer isn't particularly snappy at times.
All in all, it's a "good enough" solution in most cases.
In one of our products we need to show binary content (Word doc, Powerpoints, Visio, etc) in the browser. For many other things we rely on Jive, but the document preview feature is not available to Jive add-ons so we had roll our own for this.
Also, the support for Visio and MS Project files isn't in Jive anyway.
We settled on a commercial solution eventually, and I thought it would be interesting to have some comparison between the document rendering in Jive and other solutions.
|Original||Jive preview||In our app using 3rd party library|
|Original||Jive preview||Our app with 3rd party library|
Generally, Jive has gotten a lot better in the quality of conversion, but I think it's fair to say it doesn't compare well to specialized solutions (or Office365 for that matter). Maybe as part of the Box partnership, Jive could leverage Box View as an option for this at some point.
Internal Communities managers, is this topic something that is on your radar also?