Calligra 2.8 Released

The Calligra team is proud and pleased to announce the release of version 2.8 of the Calligra Suite, Calligra Active and the Calligra Office Engine. This version is the result of thousands of commits which provide new features, polishing of the user experience and bug fixes.

News in This Release

Calligra 2.8 contains a number of new features. Here is an excerpt of the most important ones.

Words, the word processing application, and Author, the writer’s application, both gained support for comments in the document.

Adding comments in Calligra Author 2.8

Adding comments in Calligra Author 2.8

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

Pivot table in Calligra Sheets 2.8

Pivot table in Calligra Sheets 2.8

For Kexi, the visual database creator, 2.8 version is focused on improving quality of existing features. Thanks to close collaboration with users, about 30 issues has been identified and corrected. The only new feature is ability to open hyperlinks in forms. But the big news is that the app is now available to build and run on Windows for the first time in 2.x series.

Query Designer of Kexi 2.8 on Microsoft Windows

Query Designer of Kexi 2.8 on Microsoft Windows

Flow, the diagram editor, has new support for SVG based stencils.

Stencils based on SVG files in Flow 2.8

Stencils based on SVG files in Flow 2.8

Krita, the full-featured free digital painting studio for artists provides 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.

Switching between touch and desktop mode of Krita Gemini

Switching between touch and desktop mode of Krita Gemini

Krita Sketch 2.8 running on tablet

Krita Sketch 2.8 running on tablet

The 2.8 release also features two new applications based on Krita: 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! Krita has made its own release announcement on, which is well worth looking at. Krita 2.8 will also be available for Windows.

There are also some general improvements in all apps. It is now possible to copy and paste any shape between any documents in Calligra applications. Moreover, copying and pasting of images and rich text is now more advanced.

Try It Out

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The source code of the release is available for download here: calligra-2.8.0.tar.xz.
Translations to many languages are here and MD5 sums here.
Alternatively, you can download binaries for many Linux distributions and for Windows.

About the Calligra Suite

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4 Responses to Calligra 2.8 Released

  1. Bob K. says:

    When is Karbon going to start getting some new features and bug fixes. Or is Calligra plannning on abandoning it. Seems like Krita gets way more attention than Karbon. Karbon is to QT and KDE what Inkscape is to Gnome and GTK. We need Karbon!.

    • Tuukka says:

      It’s pretty understandable that developers interested in vector drawing rather work on a mature application (Inkscape) to make it even better than play catch-up with Karbon. Whether it’s built on GTK or Qt is pretty irrelevant to most people (GTK apps run on a Plasma desktop just fine). On the other hand, some healthy competition could be welcome and I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Karbon getting some love, especially because improvements in the vector shapes would also benefit other Calligra applications. It’s just a matter of attracting developers.

      Krita is obviously a completely different matter because it’s the number one FOSS application in digital painting. It has its own vibrant community and lots of users.

    • sam says:

      I too want Karbon to get improved, and guides… and tutorials. Yup so many things to make it a worth part of the suite.

  2. Fri13 says:

    It is nice that Krita gets attention a lot as artists do need tools.
    But same time we are struggling with typical computer users needs in Words and Stage what has some limited features or strange GUI (this all with 2.8 beta). At least we seem to have got a new font engine so fonts starts look better and personally I love the sidebar idea, and hope to see in future easier way to add images, tables text boxes etc instead using the small toolbox.

    Calligra 2.8 is now required to be a must update…