Very Important Update for Calligra 2.4 and 2.5 Released

Attention, this is a crucial update!

The Calligra team releases updates to the 2.4 and 2.5 series at the same time: versions  2.4.4 and 2.5.5. These releases include fixes for two major bugs in the Sheets application which made recalculations of spreadsheet contents go wrong under certain conditions. We urge all users of Calligra Sheets to update immediately.

In addition these releases contain a number of other important bug fixes.

Bugfixes in This Release

Here is an overview of the most important fixes that are in 2.4.4 and 2.5.5. There are several others that are not mentioned here.

General:

  • 2.5.5: A few build issues on Windows.

Sheets:

  • 2.4.4 and 2.5.5: A very nasty bug which made recalculations of spreadsheet contents go wrong under some circumstances (BUGS: 312981, 313010)

Kexi:

  • Kexi Forms:
    • 2.5.5: Description was ignored in Command Link button
    • 2.4.4: Make palette background color property in text editor work (BUG: 309274)
    • 2.4.4: Fix “data source tag” for text box (regression because of changes in KDE libraries’ line editor)
  • 2.4.4: SQLite Driver: Fix possible data loss of compacted file (when process tools crash or fail for any reason)
  • 2.4.4: Remove limit of 101 fields in Kexi Table Designer (BUG: 309116)
  • 2.4.4 and 2.5.5: Fix MySql login failure when not saving password – fix for case 3.1 (BUG: 313025)
  • 2.4.4 and 2.5.5: Fix possible crash when pressing tab in the global search box
  • 2.5.5: Property editor: make items are always sorted by key

Try It Out

The source code of this version is available for download from download.kde.org. Also many binary packages are available for various operating systems and distributions. This release will be packaged for Windows by KO GmbH, and you can soon find it on their download page. There is also a separate package for Krita only.

We would welcome volunteers who want to build and test the Calligra Suite on OSX.

About Calligra

Calligra is part of the applications from the KDE community. See more information at the website http://www.calligra.org/.

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4 Responses to Very Important Update for Calligra 2.4 and 2.5 Released

  1. Javier says:

    Hello.

    I have tried Calligra Word (2.5.5) and it seems very promising, but it fails a lot and works rather badly, to be honest, with constant crashes. I have only been “working” with it during a week, but I’d like to report some fails with the hope they will be solved soon, because despite the failures it’s very agile, way lighter than LibreOffice.

    Ok, here’s a brief list. If any of these are posible and I have missed the way to do it, please excuse me and be so kind to indicate me how can be done:
    - It seems imposible to paste pictures: one copies a picture, creates a new document and pastes, Word registers that you have pasted and can “undo” the action, but in reality nothing has been pasted, the document is still empty.
    - Part of the format is ingnored when you copy text from another document (even a document made with Words itself) or a web page; Word aplies always the format that is selected, that by default is Heading 1, and you have an absurd 16 pt sized text. Not all the format is lost, as I said, font type, bold text or italics are respected. Of course if you copied any image among that text they will be ignored, you’ll just get the text.
    - The Gdrive login manager should use Kwallet so the user doesn’t have to type their username and password every single time they want to load a document from Gdrive. It should be possible to save on Gdrive too.
    - Selection is a mess. You select all and sometimes selects all the text, sometimes just a paragraph, and never selects the images.
    - The styles set should be easier to change. For example whenever the user wants, not only when he creates a new document. Google Docs, allows to apply the users styles to a document whenever you want, there’s no need to create a new document, select a template that you can’t change.

    Well, I could signal some issues more, but I think those are the main showstoppers for me and I think for many users since said showstoppers are very common actions when writting documents, I don’t think I have mentioned anything rare or obscure that almost nobody is going to do.
    The principal showstopper I’d say is, of course, the poor stability. Nobody can’t even consider seriously to make depend their work or studies on a program that crashes several times a day (and rather arbitrarily, I couldn’t say a reason, sometimes i just want to delete a letter, sometimes I just want to select a word, sometimes just drag some text to pleace it somewhere else. It seems totally aleatory)

    I hope my observations don’t sound harsh. I’m criticizing precisely because I like Words and I think it would be my default editor if it functioned correctly. :)

    Thanks for your work and keep improving Words, please.

    • Javier says:

      Sorry, let me make a couple of punctualizations I have just verified:
      - The font family is respected whever Word wants: the font in some lines/paragraphs is respected, some not.
      - The images are pasted, yes, but they don’t appear on screen until you save and reopen the file. That are partially good news, but as you can imagine, nobody can work needing to save and reopen their documents constantly to see the changes they have made when pasting images.

      Cheers

    • Inge Wallin says:

      Hi Javier,

      Your type of user is exactly what we need and want: Positive, constructive and passionate. Today, we are going to release Calligra 2.6.0. I’d love to hear what you think of that version. A lot of effort has gone into polishing and I think that some of your issues above are solved. Please let us know about the remaining ones.

      Btw, if you want some more exposure for your issues, please consider reporting them on bugs.kde.org as well.

      • Javier says:

        Hi, Inge.

        Unfortunately my distro still doesn’t have the version 2.6 available.
        I dont think I’ll open an account on BKO, because to be sincere, I can’t believe there are still bugs from 2005 (in KDE, at least) and feature requests that seem to have been completely ignored (I’m talking about very reasonable feature requests and common failures, not rare ones), so I dont trust too much on that bug tracking system; I’m not even sure if developers do even read meny of them. I wonder why don’t you use Mozilla system, wich doesn’t need users to be registered not even to say anything when the tool reports a bug after a crash, the program collects all the data it needs. But that’s beyond my modest technical knowledge and I think you have your reasons.
        So, as soon as I can install version 2.6 I’ll test it and tell you how it’s functioning for me.

        Thanks again for your work and have a nice weekend. :)

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