Swiftly following the latest bugfix release for KOffice 1.5, the KDE Project today announced the release of KOffice 1.6 alpha. This is the first preview release for KOffice 1.6, scheduled for release this October. KOffice is an integrated office suite with more components than any other suite in existence. KOffice 1.6 is mainly a feature release for Krita and Kexi while the new revolutionary KOffice 2.0 is being developed, Read the full announcement and the changelog for more details or read on for the full article.
This release specifically introduces the following highlights:
- Lots of new exciting features for Krita and Kexi
Krita and Kexi has gained many new features and enhancements of old features. There are too many to list here, so for more details look in the announcement, or
the complete changelog
- OpenDocument Support in KFormula
KFormula has received a great workover. Among the most important changes is
almost complete support for the OpenDocument file format which is now
the default format.
- Scripting support in KSpread
KSpread, the spreadsheet program, now supports scripting in Python and Ruby just like Krita and Kexi. This is done through the KOffice scripting engine
Of course, there are also fixes for a number of bugs and introduces
a number of lesser features.
This is a technology preview, and will only be available in source format.
The sources can be downloaded from the KDE download servers, and compiled on
any unix machine with kdelibs 3.3 or newer (not 4.0). See the announcement and the source code itself for more details.
The final release of KOffice 1.6 will not only be more polished, but will also contain several features that were not yet finished for this preview. This is a very good time for developers who have wished to contribute to KOffice to come in and have a look around.