Calligra 2.8 Beta Released

The Calligra team is proud and pleased to announce the first beta release of version 2.8 of the Calligra Suite for testing! The team will now focus on fixing remaining bugs. Let’s make sure the final release of 2.8, expected by the end of January is as stable as possible by giving the current beta a good testing!

News in This Release

Calligra 2.8 will contain many new features. Here is an overview of the most important ones:

Words, the word processing application, now has support for comments in the text.

Author, the writer’s application, has the same enhancements as Words.

Sheets, the spreadsheet application, has improved support for pivot tables.

In Kexi, the visual database creator, there is a new feature to open hyperlinks in forms. But the big news is that Kexi is now possible to build on Windows which was not the case before in 2.x series.

There are some improvements in the general shapes available from most Calligra applications: You can now paste any shape from any application into any application. There are also improvements in copy and paste of images and rich text.

Krita, the full-featured free digital painting studio for artists will have a very exciting release! There are many new features, among them a new high-quality scaling mode for the OpenGL canvas, G’Mic integration, a wraparound painting mode for easy creation of textures and tiles, support for touch screens. There are two new application in this release, as well: Krita Sketch, aimed at tablets and Krita Gemini, which can switch between desktop and tablet mode at the press of a button. The full set of improvements is huge! Take a look at the preview. Krita 2.8 will also be available for Windows.

Try It Out

The source code of the snapshot is available for download: calligra-2.7.90.tar.xz. Alternatively, you can download binaries for many Linux distributions.

About the Calligra Suite

The Calligra Suite is part of the applications from the KDE community. See more information at the website


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2 Responses to Calligra 2.8 Beta Released

  1. Fernando says:

    Always good news, to read about the progress of Calligra. Let’s hope text processing in KDE gets something near to usable, stable and reliable without depending on LibreOffice or Gdocs.
    But there’s something I don’t understand: Why G’Mic integration in Krita? G’Mic is mainly intended for photo retouching; well known is its use inside Gimp, in fact many Gimp users would consider Gimp without G’Mic “one-legged”. Since Krita is a drawing app, what’s the point to integrate all those filters, written mainly for photographic edition into it? Is Krita moving back to photo editing or something like that? If yes, an integration with Photivo, the QT based raw developer (sadly Darktable and RawTherapee are GTK) would also be higly desirable (last time I played with Krita its raw developer was pretty bad).


    • boudewijn says:

      We included support for G’Mic because artists asked for it — they use a couple of the filters a lot for finishing up illustrations.