The KDE Project today announced the eighth alpha release of KOffice 2, a technology preview of the upcoming version 2.0. Work continues in the same vein as before, with a strong focus on finishing and polishing our new features that will set KOffice. This is a work in progress, showing the changes that have been made over the last month by the KOffice developers. Most features that will be part of the final release are present now, and bug reports are welcome for the more stable components.
One of the highlights of this release is the work on saving and loading Open Document Format documents, especially for the text shape, thanks to the sponsoring of Girish Ramakrishnan by the Dutch NLNet organisation. Girish has added scores of tests to check for ODF compliancy.
It is also worthy of note that now KOffice is able to load and save images in
text and presentation documents. Shapes can now be animated and associated with
events such as sounds.
Importantly, for the first time, KOffice is released simultaneously for the
three main platforms: Unix/X11, Windows and Mac OSX. KOffice is the only office
suite that is available for all three platforms using a single codebase.
While KOffice applications, generally speaking, are not ready for bugs reports,
some applications are more ready than others. The developers of KSpread, Krita, Karbon and the report component of Kexi welcome user feedback. The season is open for bug reporting!