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New open source Calligra Suite release enhances ODF document support

Loek Essers | Aug. 15, 2012
Calligra has published the second stable release of its open source suite that includes word processing, spreadsheets and a sketching program.

That Calligra does not attract as many users as LibreOffice is "perfectly alright at this moment", said Rempt, since the team would like more time to improve the functionality of the suite.

Calligra is a relatively young but promising suite, said Michiel Leenaars, vice chairman of the OpenDoc Society, an organization that promotes the use of ODF and open document standards in the Netherlands. "The market for Office suites is dominated by a small number of solutions that originated from the eighties and nineties of the past millennium," he said in an email. Calligra does not have that ballast since it is from this century, it was forked from KOffice in 2010, and was built from scratch, he added

Calligra's Krita competes at the moment more with specialized software than with simpler editors in other office suites, Leenaars said. One other plus for Calligra is that it is developed keeping touch devices like tablets and mobile phones in mind, he added.

 

 

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