Two weeks ago, you read about several apps which keep KDE 3.5 alive. Today's issue of the mini-series provides even more reasons to love KDE. Covered applications include Krita, the image and painting application, Guidance, a configuration tool, frontends to Beagle and finally Scribus, the Qt-based DTP application.
Have you ever looked for a perfectly integrated, mature, good looking and feature-rich office-suite for KDE? Do you think OpenOffice is too slow? Then have a look a KOffice 1.5.
The most important improvement in version 1.5 is the support for OpenDocument. Instead of using its own file formats, KOffice now uses the same format as applications like OpenOffice. This means guaranteed interoperability with other Office suites and makes OpenDocument a real standard.
Despite having more components than any other office suite, things are improving very quickly. Version 1.5 features OpenDocument as the default file format, introduction of a unified scripting framework, enhanced accessibility for users with disabilities, the first major release of Kexi and a technology preview of KPlato, a new project management application. You can read more about it in the full announcement.
Even though the next big step is KOffice 2, scheduled for early 2007, Krita and Kexi, KOffice's database-frontend, (and maybe some more members of the KOffice family) will release feature-improved 1.6 versions.
Why do I mention Krita when it is part of KOffice? Krita improved so much in the last few month that it deserves its own chapter!
Now, Krita is a full-featured pixel-based image application with layer support, full colorspace independence including support for L*a*b and CMYK, a versatile plug-in based architecture. Furthermore, it share a scripting-engine named Kross with other KOffice-applications, which means you can write Ruby and Python scripts for it!
Guidance is a KDE-configuration tool written in Python. The day KDE 3.5.0 was released the Guidance-Team released version 0.5.0. Since then, they have released not less than six 0.6-releases, including hugely improved configuration tools for dual head setups and big improvements to the already known tools. Check out the latest screenshots!
Since SuperKaramba was released with KDE 3.5.0 for the first time, many new themes have been improved or added. For an overview about SuperKaramba's capabilities in the current KDE 3.5-version read this announcement.
If you are searching for new widgets to play with have a look on kde-look.org.
Sudoku is becoming more and more popular. With Su-per-Doku Superkaramba even provides you with a great-looking game to play on your desktop!
Twinkle -- Free VoiP
KSt is a real-time data viewing and plotting tool. In March 2006, the first bugfix release of KSt 1.2, version 1.2.1, was released. Version 1.3 is scheduled for May 2006. The list of features in KSt is huge: have a look at the homepage or at the screenshots to get an impression of this vivid project!
Kerry and yaBi
I bet you know Google Desktop. Well, for KDE you can now use Kerry, a KDE-frontend to Beagle, the desktop search engine. yaBi is Yet Another Beagle search Interface. It is written in Python and looks just great.
Scribus - DTP for Linux
For a long time there were no good DTP-applications available for Linux. Some years ago, Scribus started to be good enough for many usecases.
The developers have put a lot of effort into restructuring the codebase, so you will notice a tremendous speedup: in certain situations even tenfold! The PDF and PS export is is now commercial grade, including full support for the new PDF X/3 format. Color is a top priority in many commercial settings; the authors of Scribus are aware of this and so have improved colour-management greatly. Also, last but not least, there are now native ports for both MacOS and Windows which should make a transition to Scribus even easier!