2001 Contributes Kugar to KOffice

Kugar is a business-quality report generator and includes a standalone report viewer and a KPart report viewer. Any KDE application which supports KParts (including the browser Konqueror) thus can embed the report viewing functionality. This is a great addition to the budding KOffice suite. Hats off to theKompany (and Mutiney Bay Software, which started the Kugar project) for donating
this great code to the KDE project! Read more about Kugar below.

Shawn Gordon, CEO of theKompany, explains more about Kugar:

Kugar works by merging application generated data with a template to produce the final report. Both the data and the template are specified using XML. This approach means that applications only need worry about generating the data itself. A template can be referenced via a URL which allows businesses to create a centrally managed template library.

Kugar was originally known as Metaphrast from Mutiney Bay Software. We had identified it as a possible reporting tool for Kapital and Mutiney Bay said we could take over the project. Now we would like to make the project generally available by contributing the code to KOffice, so that future developers can rely on a reporting tool for their applications.

Kugar is currently in version 1.0. All the current functions work, but it could be improved with the addition of a template designer and more charting widgets.


Once more - thanks to theKompany for another great applications to the KDE desktop.

I think it is amazing how much you guys gets done and it is very cool that you take the time to answer questions that pop up both here and elsewhere!

Keep up the good work...


By Joergen Ramskov at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

very cool

By Mark Hillary at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

Will or does Kugar support database connectivity, so that you can create reports based on the results of SQL queries, ala Crystal Reports?

Another thing that would be nice (if it doesn't currently exist) is if you could export the reports to different formats, using the filters available from KOffice itself. So you would be able to export the reports to Word format for the Linux impaired ;-)

Thanks for donating the project Shawn, you rock!


By Steven at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

We actually did some proof of concept work with KDE-DB and Kugar where you could embed the query inside the report and then when the report was selected as a file with Konqueror it would execute and display in real time (as long as it didn't take to long to execute). There are a number of different and interesting things you can do with this idea, and with your idea of making use of the Filters.

Hopefully with Kugar as part of KOffice now, more people will be interested in donating time to create some of these neat ideas.

By Shawn Gordon at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

...still waiting for it! :-)

Kudos guys!

By t0m_dR at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

As I've been saying, the first beta will be the end of March, and we still appear on track for it :).

By Shawn Gordon at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

What's ReKall ?

By Macka at Fri, 2001/03/23 - 6:00am

ReKall is an MS Access style application for KDE and KOffice. The first release will be useful, but a bit primative compared to what it will be by summer.

By Shawn Gordon at Fri, 2001/03/23 - 6:00am

OK end of march passed!


please take your time to make the product STABLE and Rich and don't care so much about the time. You have already contributed SO much, in such a short time frame!

By TechiOS at Wed, 2001/04/04 - 5:00am

A little question, not related to Kugar:

How is progress on Aethera?

AFAIK there has only been one public beta release - according to your roadmap, there should have been a release in february and in marts?

A quick status would be nice (or an updated website ;)), if possible...

By Joergen Ramskov at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

Well, the sad truth is that we lost one of the Aethera programmers, and another one had to go to the hospital with health problems for a bit, and I had pulled other people to get Kapital, KDE Studio Gold and BlackAdder betas out.
The good news is that the next beta is done and we are just getting the packaging together right now. This release is mostly bug fixes, but also the addition of IMAP support. From now on we will be putting out releases much more often, probably every few weeks.

You can't download Aethera right now, so please don't send me an email telling me it doesn't work, we will send an announcement as soon as it's ready. You can sign up for announcements from us if you want at

By Shawn Gordon at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

I should have also mentioned that the best news was our programmer with the health problems is fine now, and we are thrilled to have him back.

By Shawn Gordon at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

Good to hear - it's sad to loose good co-workers.

Good luck with Aethera and keep up the good work!

By Joergen Ramskov at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

In general, I find theKompany rocks!!

I use their KdeStudio product, and I find it slick.
I demoed their Kapital product, and am considering buying it.
And the KwiX window decoration is simple BUT cool.

Rock on.

By Ernie at Thu, 2001/03/22 - 6:00am

> And the KwiX window decoration is simple BUT cool.

Hunh? What's that? I did a search on (which was down) and on Google. I haven't heard of it before.


By Evan "JabberWok... at Mon, 2001/03/26 - 6:00am

...and to answer my own question, a search on found the following:

"Catalin Climov
KwiX is a set of window decorations."

Nifty. I'm going to try them right now... I've stuck with the default theme (with ModSystem) because it's so clean and simple... this looks nice.


By Evan "JabberWok... at Mon, 2001/03/26 - 6:00am

Neil Hodgson, the original author of Scintilla recently let me know that you were planning to release the Qt port of Scintilla/SciTE as opensource. When is that likely to happen? I would rather spend time incorporating the Scintilla widget into an MDI editor rather than porting it. I haven't seen BlackAdder yet, but I am curious.


By Ravi at Fri, 2001/03/23 - 6:00am

We actually have ports of Scintilla to Qt, BeOS, AtheOS and QNX that one of our fine programmers (Catalin) did. Right now Catalin is working with Ralf on the Scintilla team to get it all worked out. We've got a ton of stuff we are releasing in the next couple of weeks, so it could be a few weeks. It's just stupid stuff like getting the web pages set up, and the CVS stuff organized, but everyone is busy right now. Maybe you want to work on a template designer for Kugar while you are waiting :).

By Shawn Gordon at Fri, 2001/03/23 - 6:00am