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.
The Calligra Office suite uses a separated, modular approach between the GUI components and the core office suite “engine” itself, which enables different GUIs to operate with the core engine. Calligra Active is the community project to adapt the Calligra engine to touch interfaces, for use on tablets and mobile phones. Calligra Active uses QML and so integrates with MeeGo, and in this snapshot Calligra Active can, for the first time, be used to view text documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
For Linux users wishing to check out and perhaps help to polish the emerging Calligra Office suite, test packages for this second snapshot pre-release are available for Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Arch, Fedora and OpenSuSe.
“The KDE community today announces the start of the Calligra Suite project, a continuation of the KOffice project. The new name reflects the wider value of the KOffice technology platform beyond just desktop office applications. With a new name for the Suite and new names for the productivity applications, the Calligra community welcomes a new stage in the development of free productivity and creativity applications for desktop and mobile devices.”