Open HWP files in Hancom Office online (i.e Hancom Space i.e. Netffice24)

Hancom Office is now available free online as a cloud-based office suite. It let's you create and edit .HWP files right in the browser.

Screenshot of editing a Hangul (.hwp) file in Hancom Space

Hancom Office - Hancom Space - MalangMalang - Netffice 24


Before you get confused: Hancom had previously launched an online office suite called "Netffice 24 under their ThinkFree brand (I previously discussed how to open HWP files in Netffice 24). 

But their communication products are now under a brand called MalangMalang. This platform updated the older Netffice 24 suite into "Hancom Space" which is a Google Drive/Docs-like service for storing files and editing office documents. In fact it integrates with Google Drive and other storage providers also. If you try to log-in to Netffice now, you'll be redirected to Hancom Space.

The main points here are:
  • You can now create and edit HWP files directly. In the old Netffice24, you could only open/edit existing Hangul files. Now you can create from scratch. 
  • Works in browser. No software to download or install. Just log-in and manage all your documents (Word, Hangul, whatever) right there in their provided cloud storage or your own Google Drive storage
  • Works well. Even complex Hangul files with lots of tables, images, and formatting work well.


Using Hancom Space


If you want to try it out, you can easily log-in at using your SNS accounts, including Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Classting (a Korean education based suite/service), or just make an email-based account. 

After logging-in you'll see the Hancom Space desktop. One problem right away: there is currently no English support. I searched the Settings, but found nothing. You may recall that Netffice 24 had good English support. For now, you'll have to know some basic Korean. Chrome auto-translate doesn't work great here. 

Hangul Space desktop

In the image above you can see how easy it is to create a new Hangul file. Tap the + button, and choose 한글 문서 Beta. It says "beta" but basically everything worked fine for me.

Creating a new document

You'll just create a new document here. Notice the .hwp extension. You could also have chosen to create a Word compatible document or upload your own file.

The document editor will open in a new window.

Working with a document in Hancom Office

As you can see above, all the basic features are there. Obviously not as feature-rich as a desktop version, but likely everything you will need. Again, only in Korean. I whipped up a little sample document to demonstrate.

Is it really a Hangul file? Let's see. I tap that big Download button at the top-left, and try opening it in my local official Hangul viewer program.

HWP file made in Hancom Space, opened in HWP Viewer

It works.

What about more complex documents? To test, I found a random publicly accessible HWP file online (this one about construction) that looked complicated. Lots of tables, colors, etc. Would it work? I uploaded the file to Hancom Space.

Previewing and printing worked fine without even having to open the file. But I tried opening it fully anyway to edit.



Again, works great. I can now make edits and save normally. The online version even supports Version Editing. Awesome.

Details


  • Free version of Hancom Space drive has a weak storage limit of 2GB (though you can connect it to your Google Drive to make use of that space)
  • Daily traffic limit of 10GB (prevent you hosting a file locker, probably). 
  • Pro version: 10GB storage and 50GB daily traffic limit @ 4,950 won / month or 49,500 / year.

More details on storage, features, pricing.

English language promotion


You might have noticed an intriguing promotion on Hancom's MalangMalang English language promotion site:

Web Hwp Beta service. Edit and Save HWP documents through the browser

This Hancom Space service is what they are referring to. In fact they have a pretty extensive promo page for it in English. And yet the webapp itself is only Korean. Does this imply that it will receive English support soon? 

Takeaway



Although this particular method of working with HWP files is Korean based, it's still interesting to condsider that you can now run a Korean-made version of Linux via TmaxOS and fully work with Hangul files on it via the "official" Hancom Space. Korea really is moving to Linux right in front of our eyes.

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