KOffice 2.0 unleashed on world
With more than three years of development behind them the KOffice team today announced the release of KOffice 2.0. During the three years the team ported the KDE-based office suite to Qt4 and the KDE4 libraries and it says the new product improves integration between KOffice components and reduces duplication of functions between components.
Although most components of the office suite made it into the final release there are a couple that didn’t but the development team says it expects these to be included with the release of version 2.1 or 2.2. The components that are included in KOffice 2.0 are KWord, KSpread, KPresenter, KPlato for project management, Karbon for vector graphics editing and Krita for raster graphics.
KChat, the charting application is available as a plugin which means that charts are available in all the KOffice applications in an integrated manner.
The desktop database creator Kexi and the formula shape are aimed to be available in version 2.1. Kivio, the flowchart editor, is currently without maintainer and it is not certain when or if it will be released.
The dev teams says that KOffice 2 is is a much more flexible application suite than KOffice 1 ever was. “The integration between the components is much stronger, with the revolutionary Flake Shapes as the central concept. A Flake Shape can be as simple as a square or a circle or as complex as a chart or a music score.” With Flake, any KOffice application can handle any shape. So, for instance, KWord can embed bitmap graphics, Krita can embed vector graphics and Karbon can embed charts.
All the applications of KOffice has a new GUI layout better suited to todays wider screens. The GUI consists of a workspace and a sidebar where tools can dock. Any tool can be ripped off to create its own window and later be redocked for full flexibility. The users setup preferences are of course saved and reused the next time that KOffice is started.
KOffice is available on Linux with KDE or GNOME as well as for Windows and Macintosh. the team also expects to release a Solaris version soon as well as for other Unix versions.
KOffice also supports the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as its native format, guaranteeing interoperability with many other Office packages such as OpenOffice.org and MS Office.