APR
8
2009

KOffice 2.0 Release Candidate 1 Released

Today, the KOffice team has released the first, and hopefully the only, release candidate for KOffice 2.0, bringing more than three years of work to a temporary conclusion. Compared to Beta 7, this release candidate brings a multitude of bug fixes and not a single new feature, as it should be!

See the changelog for all details, the release notes for download links, or the announcement for more details.

Do note that KOffice 2.0 is not intended to replace KOffice 1.6 or OpenOffice for daily usage. While confident that the applications can be used for real work, we squarely aim the 2.0 release at the enthusiast, the tinkerer, the curious, the bold and the adventurous. For them, there is plenty to explore and investigate: this release contains many years of work.

For instance Gabor Lehel's 2006 Summer of Code project, a flexible document structure docker with three views finally bears fruit in this release. The design work we started in March 2006 in Deventer now provides us with a flexible framework that at the moment already turns KOffice into the most flexible application suite in existence, you already get Marijn's Musical Notation Shape with 2.0. Try to imagine what will be possible! One thing is certain: flake gives us a solid foundation to build upon for a long, long time.

Deciding to make a release, one in a long row of alpha and beta releases into a release candidate is not a light decision, but while we know there are still bugs, and missing features "every" office suite provides and usability issues and other infelicities, we are confident about our decision. On to 2.0.1 and 2.1, and many, many releases after that!

Contained in this release are KWord, KPresenter, KSpread, Karbon, Krita and KPlato. Kexi and Kivio will return in later releases (there is good progress being made especially on Kexi, volunteers are welcome for Kivio!), while KChart has returned as a flexible shape, instead of an independent application. The same is intended for KFormula, but that shape will only be released in a later version.

There are no known release blockers in this release candidate. We hope for strong testing from the user community, and if that testing uncovers new critical bugs, we will release another release candidate.

One issue to note: if your distribution provides LCMS 1.17 with recent security patches, Krita will not be able to load files or act as a paste target, instead it will crash and die horribly. Convince your distribution to upgrade to LCMS 1.18.

Comments

The new KOffice may not be a finished product but it really does look very good. I find it much more intuitive to use then OpenOffice.

The start time while fast compared to OpenOffice, still seem s a bit slow, hope this can be addressed in future builds.


By littlecloud at Wed, 2009/04/08 - 5:49pm

anything is better than OpenOffice ;-D

looks good, lot of work under the hood, but the UI really needs to be polished. really hope something like the kde4 dev way, an start point and then the things start the getting better.


By Rodolfo Andres at Wed, 2009/04/08 - 9:45pm

I've been following Krita 2 for some time. Its nice to see it finally getting to the finish line.


By eean at Thu, 2009/04/09 - 12:58am

KOffice 2.0 looks awesome. It needs polishing, what is not bad thing. There are few things on beta7 on me what keeps me away from it. Like starting KWord with two columns template and after writing something on it, save it and reopen. The columns are gone. Well, it is easy to fix for 1-2 sheets but bigger writings it is harder.

One thing what I dislike totally, is the forced linked size of open-dialog and the window itself. I liked very much the early alpha status (if I remember correctly) where the dialoge could be small and the actual application window needed size.

And I have done new icons (SVG) for the templates but I dont know where to place those to get try them. Those 16x16px or 22x22px icons does not look good when scaled. Hopefully those are fixed on RC1 what I am currently installing.

Need to fill a bugreport about feature for the open-dialog to allow user add own groups and then own templates for those, so user ain't forced to have only "blank documents", "cards and labels" and "Envelopes" groups.

KOffice 2.0 needs polishing on the KWord toolbars too. Like why to have two times the font type/size and zoom on toolbar and sidepanel/bottom panel.

And I always miss the KWord configuration entry on the menu :-D
Even that the menus and sidepanel are great by default. I just hope there could come configuration options if needed :-)


By Fri13 at Thu, 2009/04/09 - 8:30am

Oh, please -- come by on our mailing list or irc and let's together to see whether we can get those icons in the release. We really need a nice set of good icons for the templates!

About the startup screen: it's been this way since at least KOffice 1.5, if I remember correctly -- might be 1.4, even. I've grown to like it, especially for krita, since it lets me quickly decide what to do -- open a recent file, create a custom one, use a template.

I would be great, though, if we could get the little ui glitches sorted out, like having two zoom controls and the things you mention.


By Boudewijn Rempt at Thu, 2009/04/09 - 8:37am

"About the startup screen: it's been this way since at least KOffice 1.5, if I remember correctly -- might be 1.4, even. I've grown to like it, especially for krita, since it lets me quickly decide what to do -- open a recent file, create a custom one, use a template."

Those options ain't under critic, but the size.

Like if you set the Krita window to fullscreen for better usage on 1920x1200px monitor. You get that sized dialog when you create new file or you reopen the krita.

There is lots of space wasted when the template, new, open and open recent dialog is linked to same size of the main window. And it makes the dialog look bad. Like on krita when you create custom image, the descreption window takes so much space that you could write almost a novell there ;-)

I like the dialog, it is well designed otherwise because it allows easily to choose what you want to do. Without first needing to open application and then from menu/toolbar to open file or create new one etc. You can skip the first part totally. That is something what I would like to see more on other applications :-)


By Fri13 at Thu, 2009/04/09 - 1:53pm

Yes, release early and often. You need to involve the users in the development. But, why give it a number that indicates that it is a finished product? This is the same error that was made with KDE-4 so I can see how that would happen. But other FOSS projects don't make this mistake.

Wouldn't it be better to call it:

KOffice2-0.8.0

or something like that?


By James Tyrer at Sat, 2009/04/11 - 3:19am

I would have thought that given the backlash against KDE4.0, KDE developpers would have learned that whatever the release text say is not enough and the version name is also important.

Please KOffice developpers, think seriously about naming it KOffice-preview2.0 or something like that..

It's very likely that some distribution (Fedora..) will replace KOffice1.6 with KOffice2.0 and users will complain, so please explain with the version name, the help file, etc the situation to users..


By renox at Mon, 2009/04/13 - 9:39am

I'm quite confident that Fedora will ship KOffice as soon as possible. Fedora is a bleeding-edge distribution, and has always been. Let's hope that most distributions ship both KOffice 1.6 and 2.0.


By majewsky at Mon, 2009/04/13 - 4:58pm

It looks very promising. I just tried to open my current work in ODT and noticed immediately some problems:
- terrible and almost unreadable rendering of the Andron Scriptor font (I have only the free version)
- footnotes turned into some huge ugly default font...?
- no automatic texts (name of the document not displayed anywhere, automatic page number shows always "2"...)


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By majewsky at Mon, 2009/04/13 - 5:00pm

Do you envisage to create .dmg for KOffice under Mac OS X ?


By vida18 at Sun, 2009/04/12 - 5:38pm

From what I read, .dmg files are disk images. What does KOffice have to do with disk images? You would probably mean some installer file, see http://mac.kde.org for details.


By majewsky at Mon, 2009/04/13 - 5:03pm

Mac apps rarely have installers, instead they usually get distributed as .app bundles within .dmg disk images.


By Eike Hein at Mon, 2009/04/13 - 6:57pm