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
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.