Linked by lemur2 on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 22:30 UTC
Features, Office The Calligra Office Suite has announced its second snapshot release. The project, which is a fork of KOffice, is building a suite of productivity and creativity applications and is working towards its first formal end-user release due in October. The project is seeking feedback from end users particularly in the area of usability of the GUI. With this snapshot Calligra Office Words is claiming better compatibility with .docx than LibreOffice, and also claims to be approaching the best compatibility with legacy .doc formats.
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RE: holding things back
by lemur2 on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 05:45 UTC in reply to "holding things back"
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The two things holding open office suites back for me is the poor docx conversion and horrid interfaces. The old ms office style of menu after menu is overkill and a horrid waste of time. It doesn't have to be a ribbon, it just has to use the space better.

These are the very two areas that Calligra Office hopes to improve on. This aim was stated in the first snapshot release:
Our goal is to provide the best application suite on all platforms based on open standards. That is no small goal. We feel now that we have improved the foundation enough to start working seriously on improving the user experience. For this, we need the help of our users!

We will therefore release monthly snapshots, starting today, until the final release in October. These snapshots will be packaged by most major Linux distributions and instructions on how to install them will be provided too. We hope to get lots of feedback on the snapshots so that in October we can finally announce "Calligra is now end user ready and is the most usable free office suite of all".

For an indication of the state of play with regard to the Calligra Office suite GUI, there was a "Tour" posted at the time of the first snapshot release a month ago:

The GUI is one of the primary areas targetted for improvement, along with compatibility with MS Office, performance and layout. The existing GUI has widescreens in mind, and it is fairly consistent across the multiple applications.

The final step is to make sure I can open my resume and it looks the same as it does in Word. Technically this isn't totally their fault; but Microsoft makes it very easy for people to keep relying on Office. When they can't open documents they've created earlier and print out an exact replica they go right back to Office. Office OpenXML really pisses me off...

This is actually a double standard, if you think about it. MS Office is, after all, absolutely abysmal at opening documents and having it look the same as in the originating application if that originating application was not MS Office. Abysmal. Utterly hopeless.

Edited 2011-06-23 05:48 UTC

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