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KOffice releases new beta of 2.0 release

By   |  November 20, 2008

The KDE project has announced the release of KOffice version 2.0 Beta 3, the third beta version of the future version 2.0 release.

In a statement announcing the new beta, the KDE team said the “intention was to increase integration between the components of KOffice, decreasing duplication of functionality and easing maintenance and development of new features. Furthermore, new approaches to UI design and interacting with the user have been implemented to support the new capabilities.

The release team has decided that a number of the applications are now mature enough to be part of 2.0. These include KWord, KSpread, KPresenter, KPlato for project management, Karbon the vector graphics editor, and Krita for raster graphics editing.

KChart is also available as a shape plugin which means that charts are available in all the KOffice applications in an integrated manner.


The team behind KOffice says that “KOffice 2 will be 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. For instance, KWord can embed bitmap graphics, Krita can embed vector graphics and Karbon can embed charts. This flexibility does not only give KOffice unprecedented integration, but also allows new applications to be created very easily,” the team said.

KOffice 2.0 also includes an improved GUI layout which is better suited to the wider screens that are popular today. 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.

All of KOffice is available on Linux with KDE or GNOME, Windows and Macintosh. The development team says a version for Solaris will also be made available soon.


KOffice uses the OpenDocument Format as the default format. “The OASIS OpenDocument Format is the ISO standard for office document interchange [and] ODF has been selected as the national standard for many countries around the world, and continues to grow stronger every month.

“KOffice uses the OpenDocument Format as its native format. This will guarantee inter-operation with many other Office packages such as and MS Office,” the team said.


3 Responses to “KOffice releases new beta of 2.0 release”

  1. Boycott Novell » Links 21/11/2008: Via Sees the Light; New KOffice 2.0 Beta
    November 21st, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

    […] KOffice releases new beta of 2.0 release […]

  2. Red Matthews
    November 21st, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

    Sorry to be obtuse, but where can I download the binary install file for Windows?

    I am looking here for a link, download windows installer?

    I am also looking here?

    I keep seeing that this is for Windows, but how and where?

    Red M.

  3. chris-linux
    November 22nd, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

    @Red Matthews:

    use the link i copied , and download the kde-installier from there. It will give you options to install/remove/update nearly everything that is available for windows from Kde right now.

    i you try out kde/koffice and the apps , keep in mind – some are beta , but as i run most of these @ work , i can say that there are some really great programms (e.g. kate,amarok.digikam)

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