Calligra 2.5 Alpha Released

The Calligra team is proud and pleased to announce the alpha release of version 2.5 of the Calligra Suite. Since the first release of Calligra the team has worked using a new development model where new features are only introduced into the main sources (known as “master”) after a feature or bugfix is “finished” in some sense. The actual development is done in a branch which is kept separate from the main sources while the code is still immature.

This allows us to use shorter development cycles and shorter alpha and beta periods since the master branch should in principle be releasable at any time. However, all software contains bugs and in 3 weeks we will announce the 2.5beta version. This also marks the hard feature freeze for version 2.5. After this there will only be bugfixes on the release branch until the final release in July.

Tight run-around in Words

News in This Release

As usual the release has a number of new or improved features. The most important of them will be highlighted here. There are still a few important improvements that we expect for the 2.5 beta and final versions but which were not ready in time for this alpha.

Productivity Applications

For the productivity part of the suite (word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation program) the target user of version 2.5 is still the student or academic user. This version has a number of new features that will make it more suitable for these users.

Words, the word processor, has among other things improved support for editing of tables, tight run-around of text around images, manipulation of table borders, and dragging of text. There are also a number of new features in the bibliography tools.

Stage, the presentation program, has a number of usability improvements.

Flow, the diagram applicatio,n has support for new stencils in odf custom shapes.

Braindump, the note taking application, has no new features in itself but will take advantage of all the improvements in shared shapes and plugins.

Artistic Applications

The artistic applications of the Calligra Suite are the most mature ones and are already used by professional users everywhere.

Krita, the drawing application, has a new compositions docker, useful in movie storyboard generation. Other new features are textured painting, improved canvas rotation,  management of autosave files and many preformance improvements.

Filters

There are three new filters in Calligra 2.5alpha:

  • A new import filter for Visio files.
  • A new import filter for MS Works.
  • A new import filter for xfig files.

And of course all the filters for MS Office have been improved even more, especially for the OOXML formats used in MS Office 2007 and 2010.

Common Improvements

The architecture of the Calligra Suite lets the applications share much of the functionality of the suite with each other. Many common parts have seen improvements since the release of 2.4. Here are a few of them.

Images have new support for various filters such as gray and black/white image effects. There is also new support for mirroring images on any axis.

Charts have a number of improvements and work much better in general.

The common parts of Calligra was the subject of a week-long bug fixing sprint where over 100 bugs was closed. This means that the overall quality of the shared plugins is improved.

Other Than the Desktop

At the same time as the desktop version, the community also releases a QML based version for tablets and smartphone: Calligra Active. The Calligra team has decided to focus on Calligra Active as the main mobile version for the future.

Try It Out

The source code of the snapshot is available for download: calligra-2.4.90.tar.bz2

Ubuntu

Users of Ubuntu and Kubuntu are urged to try the daily snapshots prepared by Project Neon. Paste the following in a terminal window and you’ll find Calligra installed in /opt:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neon/ppa \
&& sudo apt-get update\
&& sudo apt-get install project-neon-base \
   project-neon-calligra \
   project-neon-calligra-dbg

You can run these packages by adding /opt/project-neon/bin to your PATH.

Arch Linux

Arch Linux provides Calligra packages in the [kde-unstable] repository.

Fedora

Fedora packages are available in the rawhide development repo (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Rawhide), and unofficial builds are available for prior releases from kde-unstable repo at http://kde-redhat.sourceforge.net/ .

OpenSuse

There are OpenSUSE Calligra packages in the unstable playground repository.

FreeBSD

Calligra ports are available in Area51.

Windows and OSX

Windows packages will be available from KO GmbH. For download of Windows binaries, use the download page. We would welcome volunteers who want to build and publish packages for the Calligra Suite on OSX.

About the Calligra Suite

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

 

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8 Responses to Calligra 2.5 Alpha Released

  1. German Joe says:

    Congrats to your progress!
    But: Why do you embed and feed data from your website to Facebook? Do you really need to bow to that evil?

  2. Daniel says:

    Muchas gracias por todo su esfuerzo, todo lo que hacen para ofrecer una suite de oficina completa, funcional y elegante, digna de KDE. Muchas gracias.
    saludos desde Colombia.

  3. Beowulfe says:

    When, oh when, are you people going to recognize the other 70% of users? That’s right! The windows users? You want to get your fantastic product out there, and from what I here it’s a nice product. (I have to read about it. The only version I can get hold of is “highly experimental” and not a complete package, and has been that way for several months now.) Unfortunately, I’m (1) of the 70% as I can’t use anything else where I work. Until your product is out there for the vast majority of users, I fail to see how you are going to gain any ground to speak of. You want a chance to show the superiority of your product? Make it cross-platform. I’m not trying to bash anyone who uses other operating systems. I don’t have the desire to. But this is like going to a party where only 30% of the people are having a good time. No joy for the other 70%.
    I’m using MSOffice 2003 for my personal and professional use now. I cannot stand the new interface on the 2007 and 2010 versions. I don’t like Open/Libreoffice. Gnome is like Windows 95 era for interface. (By the way, the amount of mouse clicks to accomplish a task has not been reduced Microsoft.) I like the interface of your product and would really, really, like to give it a whirl but all I can download is a flimsy “alpha” that I can’t do anything with but “play.” It’s like trying to figure out where the end of the universe is…

    • Redi says:

      Well, this is mainly a KDE app, and KDE is Linux DE, so making it available on Windows is not exactly the main task IMHO. Also this can save only .odt (which is very good in my opinion), so it would be pointless for you to use it for work. I don’t get your comment about Gnome (Win95? What the hell are you talking about?)… Also MSO 2003 have very similar UI to LO, so what is the problem with LO?

  4. Carlos says:

    Many thanks for your work, :)
    I wanted to know if there is going to be an Android version soon. I think it should be more prioritary than the Windows version (honestly, how many people uses KDE apps on Windows?). Perhaps not all the suite, perhaps not many people is going to make drawings nor manage databases on their phones, but at least for Words, Stage and Braindump (although Braindump has Evernote as a tough competitor).

    Android still doesn’t have a “de facto” office suite, this wold be an opportunity for Calligra to become a sort of standard de facto on a successful platform that is growing and growing and which majority of users aren’t still biased and “captive”, like Windows and Apple users.

    Please invest more resources on Calligra for Android even if you need to abandon the Windows version, I think you are mistaking the way Calligra should take outside the KDE ecosystem.

    Best regards.

  5. Inge Wallin says:

    @Beowulfe @Carlos:

    Looks like the opinions about Calligra on Windows are a bit diverse… :) Anyway, rest assured that effort is being put into both a Windows package *and* an Android port.

    For Windows, you can go to http://www.kogmbh.com/download/ and download the latest packages. For an update about the Android port, check out http://blogs.kde.org/node/4521. I’m sure that when 2.5 comes out for real there will be a downloadable package for Android one way or another.

    • Carlos says:

      Great to know! Thanks, but it seems that project is stalled since january :-/ I’ll keep an eye on its evolution anyway.

      And yes, it seems opinions are diverse. I haven’t ever met anyone who uses Calligra on Windows; most Linux users I know use Libreoffice or OpenOffice when they are forced to use Windows; but, ok, I suppose “windowsers” also have the right to live, xD.
      Nevertheless I fully believe the platform that might earn more users for Calligra is Android. The majority of windowsers aren’t going to move away from their pirated MS Office. Meanwhile the game for mobile OS is far from being ended, Samsung still works ok Tizen, there we have Plasma Active… I’d bet on Android. An android user is more likely to be a Plasma Active one than a Windows user, IMHO. Please, help that poor guy is working on porting Calligra to Android. No Calligra-Windows team member wants to work with him instead on the Windows port? haha.
      Just kidding.

      Best regards.

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