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KOffice Descendent Calligra Office and Creativity Suite Hits Release 72

jrepin writes "The Calligra team has announced the first release of the Calligra suite of office and creativity applications. This marks the end of a long development period lasting almost one and a half year. It is the first release in a long series which is planned to make improved applications every 4 months. Calligra is a continuation of the old KOffice project and it may be interesting for KOffice users to know what they will get. Some highlights are: a completely rewritten text layout engine that can handle most of the advanced layout features of OpenDocument Format (ODF), simplified user interface, support for larger parts of the ODF specification (for example line endings like arrows), and improved import filters for Microsoft document formats. There are also two new applications: Flow for diagrams and flowcharts, and Braindump for the note taking. Calligra Active is a new interface for touch based devices and especially for the KDE Plasma Active environment. Several companies have already used Calligra as a base for their own office solution. One of them is Nokia with their N9 high end smartphone where Calligra is embedded into the so called Harmattan Office."
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KOffice Descendent Calligra Office and Creativity Suite Hits Release

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  • Something I've liked about KDE recently has been the push for movable, sizable, and groupable widgets and sections in the UI. Some follow some sort of convention. Most don't. I'm hoping Calligra standardizes their UI stuffs, as right now it's kinda random.
  • I miss the days when there were a bunch of word processors / office suites competing. I switched through various versions of Ami Pro, WordPerfect, Word Star, and a couple others I can't remember right now. Then in the mid 90's Word started to dominate and has become a defacto standard. Competitors are judged by how well their Word filters work. Bummer.

    • by EdwinV ( 87210 )

      It's not like the others were much better. I fact, I clearly remember ditching WP at some point because it kept messing up the layout of my documents. Eventually after a lot of crap I started doing my scientific stuff in latex. After that it was quickly clear why it's still the number one document processing enviroment for technical reports.

      Wat really sucks is that the open alternatives mostly tried to copy word. They're still trying to play catch-up and haven't improved on the way you write reports one bit

  • by Patch86 ( 1465427 ) on Thursday April 12, 2012 @03:31PM (#39663343)

    There are also two new applications: Flow for diagrams and flowcharts, and Braindump for the note taking.

    If it has something comparable to MS Visio, suddenly I'm interested. Visio is pretty much eh only piece of software in the MS Office suite which I haven't found at least a very rough FOSS competitor to. I've been pinning my hopes on Libre/Open Office coming up with something, and never given KOffice much thought. This makes it a bit of a game changer for when I'm deciding which free office suite to throw on my home computers.

    Anyone have any experience running this software under Windows 7? Or Gnome/XFCE/LXDE for that matter? Any good?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I have found XFIG to be a good option :)

    • "Flow is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other Calligra applications. It enables you to create network diagrams, organisation charts, flowcharts and more."

      That is all they have on their website. About as useful as a box of rocks. If anyone has some experience with the latest Calligra Flow, can they post whether or not there is any ability to use Visio compatible figures, or read Visio documents? Or, at the very least, easily import images and set glue

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Visio import filter via libvisio is in the master already, so it will be available in 2.5 (it will be released in 4 months or something).

    • by fast turtle ( 1118037 ) on Thursday April 12, 2012 @04:41PM (#39664739) Journal

      then you've never looked at Dia have you? It's a reasonble competitor to Visio and it's opensourced.

  • by Qubit ( 100461 ) on Thursday April 12, 2012 @03:50PM (#39663753) Homepage Journal

    Coral Cache link [] to the press release/notes.

    Use it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    is here:

  • by WD ( 96061 )

    I can't decide which is slower: The website or the software itself?

    • by Ash-Fox ( 726320 )

      I can't decide which is slower: The website or the software itself?

      The software is pretty snappy for me.

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