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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lemur2
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2007-02-17

Its not using something completely different, it's a bug in Qt making it look terrible. You have to turn off hinting and anti aliasing so it can look "normal". The bug probably will never be fixed as both Calligra and Nokia are throwing the ball at each other since years.


This issue should be fixed by the release of Qt 4.8.

http://www.calligra-suite.org/news/calligra-suite-the-first-three-m...

Words: the main thing here is the huge effort by Casper Boemann who, often coding until early in the morning, is revamping the text layout engine. The old text layout engine was probably about the worst thing and really didn’t support most of the features users have come to expect of word processors since Word for Windows 2.0. And it wasn’t stable: some documents would make the layout engine go berserk, adding pages or continuously moving content about. The new text layout engine is now progressing nicely and already supports things like nested tables, proper drop caps, real unittesting… The layout engine is also encapsulated in a library now. Now when Qt 4.8 comes out and fixes the font rendering issues — and there’s good hope! — then Calligra Words will be really up to scratch!


(BTW: The text layout issues were probably the very thing that created the Calligra fork).

See also:
http://labs.qt.nokia.com/2011/03/14/hint-hint-nudge-nudge-say-no-mo...

Edited 2011-06-24 00:35 UTC

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