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KDE GUI Open Source Software Upgrades

KDE Releases Calligra Suite 2.8 35

It's not just graphics app Krita: user KDE Community writes "The Calligra team is proud and pleased to announce the release of version 2.8 of the Calligra Suite, Calligra Active and the Calligra Office Engine. Major new features in this release are comments support in Author and Words, improved Pivot tables in Sheets, improved stability and the ability to open hyperlinks in Kexi. Flow introduces SVG based stencils and as usual there are many new features in Krita including touch screens support and a wraparound painting mode for the creation of textures and tiles." KDE has also just announced the first beta of its Applications and Platform 4.13.
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KDE Releases Calligra Suite 2.8

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  • by TuringTest ( 533084 ) on Saturday March 08, 2014 @04:16AM (#46433563) Journal

    Return your geek card (and your low ID at once). Calligra has been talked about many times at Slashdot. [slashdot.org] It's a fork and renaming of the KOffice suite, the original KDE clone of MS Office.

  • Nasty (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 08, 2014 @06:33AM (#46433769)

    These are horrible on Windows, except for Krita, which is beautiful.

    People complain about ribbons in MS Office, but whoever though up the default UI layout for Words and Sheets should be taken outside and beaten about the head with an IBM Model M keyboard.

    Argue about the UI layer itself all you like, but the interface itself is plain stupid. Most people use a mouse or a touchpad. Having to mouse all the way across a 1080p widescreen to get at common controls is stupid as stupid gets.

    Yes, there's an argument that with limited vertical space, utilising instead otherwise redundant horizontal space sounds like a great idea. But, when all I see is huge swathes of blank space in a main UI element taking up the right-hand 1/6th of the display, I want to bite something.

    I can reposition the control, but the darn thing won't dock to the top because some idiot decided to build the control in such a way to make that impossible.

    Look, I get it, a bunch of people are very clever and made a spreadsheet that does really cool and intricate stuff and is a bit like Excel but not quite as full featured but at least it's free. Wonderful and well done to those people but if you want folk to actually use your software, do some bloody user-interaction testing!

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