recently came the new version of Calligra, wanted to spend a little time with each of their applications . Incidentally, while I’m interested in this suite but unfortunately I could never take the taste. However, compared with LibreOffice, you see that there are several differences in the presentation of the tools, so it may take a while to adapt. So, to go into issue, I will continue writing from Words. Note that Calligra is a fork of KOffice so, therefore, is for KDE and GNU / Linux but also provides an installer for Windows.
As its name suggests, Words , is a WYSIWYG style word processor (more simply: “What you see is what you get”). Perhaps the first noticeable difference for those who have used Microsoft Office suite, OpenOffice, LibreOffice or the like, is the provision of basic tools such as font, color and other to the right edge of the screen. seems to be quite comfortable because there should be all you need . Among the default tabs are: text editing, which allows us to format our text, create tables, add symbols, page breaks variable; references to work with quotes and / or determined to resort to literature; design page, where we have to set how you want the blade to be exploited and to add header and footer, and then drawing tools such as arrows and lines.
As would be expected, can create your own styles to be used throughout the document through the Style Manager dialog , which always cost me to drive from LibreOffice and here seems pretty simple to use and intuitive. In these options we can choose the format you are going to have both character and paragraph, even how we want to use bullets or numbers and if that particular style requires a capital letter or word to begin the paragraph.
Regarding formats seems to admit what is expected : odt, doc and docx, but can only open and save in the case of the latter two. Unfortunately I have no docx files to test, so I will do with the other extensions. While everything seems to open correctly, there is a small detail that I guess will soon be corrected. When you open a file from one to the previously opened, the title of the application changes to the new document. To change the file first title back to normal. Meanwhile, there have been considerable problems opening files which are not extremely complex.
Going back to the interface, the tools that we use are given by coupled , the most basic and necessary that allows to format the text. However, there are more and can be placed at any desired location on the screen (except the top) so that you can tailor the program to your comfort. Not many dockable to add for what seems to be a bit lacking in tools but on the other hand, as a word processor has everything you need and, therefore, much less loaded than LibreOffice.
Now it’s the turn of another of the most commonly used office applications is the spreadsheet. It keeps the same style of Words: There are dockable panels with which we do everything we need. In this case it seems very convenient for the cell format it is already built and prominently the option to add borders and merge. However, the specific format options are within a button called Format which can change the font, the background, the type of information that will go into the cell and others.
It seems to lack against LibreOffice tool unlike Words . The functions used in the cells do not change at all as they also depend on OpenFormula. Also, looks good and is utilized optimally space.
One feature that I found interesting are the templates that come by default to avoid a lot of work for those who do not usually use this application. There is a bit of everything: business-oriented templates balances or invoices, more familiar as household expenses or even a badge. Something that, otherwise, could take a while to put together.
do not need to repeat (and this is included hereafter) characteristics shared between programs such as opening files created with Microsoft Office. Furthermore, dockable panels are often very similar between applications as if, in some way, they were all planted on exactly the same basis.
Stage used to make slide shows Impress or PowerPoint style. As with Sheets, the number of templates to start work is decent and can be quite comfortable when preparing something fast and without much effort. We even have some related to free software as a KDE and one with our friend Tux, the penguin.
The graphical interface is not very different from what we are accustomed Words unlike, perhaps. We have the list of slides on the left and some right choices. We can choose between different default layouts such as title and text, two columns, graphics or images. Like Words, everything you need is at hand with the dockable, where we have options for aligning objects, fill and border type.
Regarding transitions , seemingly inevitable in school-type presentations (say), have of all types and shapes can be previewed during editing presentation. In addition, each transition has different alternatives. To give an example, fading, has the ability to appear or disappear from or to a color and mix with the next or previous slide.
Like, we can add notes and categorize slides. However, I could not find the booklet and diagram mode included in the first. Also in the print options we can make thumbnails appear as slides in that mode does.
Furthermore, Stage has an interesting feature called Effect filter I had never seen (note that I do not frequent use slides) and are repeated in other programs in the suite as BrainDump and Flow . They are basically implementing mathematical operations on images or figures. They resemble the filters in image editing programs.
To maintain a reasonable length of the article, now we’ll see the other Calligra applications which are not so important or not so common in the vast majority of users as the above. To start is Kexi, which is somewhat peculiar. His presentation is different from the above. It has a style Firefox menu button in the upper right and the rest of the buttons are tabs. This application handles the database . We can create from templates (just two: contacts and movie listings) or assemble at home. You can create our database in a file for local or work directly on the server
such as MySQL or Sybase. Then, we find the expected: tables, queries, forms, etc.. Like the rest of the application does not seem too complicated to use by not having a variety of options to look at, but what is necessary and essential. We also have compatibility with other database as mdb
(Access) and tsv
via import but unfortunately odb
(Free / OpenOffice ) does not seem to be supported at this time.
Calligra application to which I have great faith is Author. now is technically the same as Words as it is relatively new. Basically raises be what Krita is for painters by release note. An aggregate that would be appearing soon on the main branch (both as of Words Author) without distractions is the way, which is an element perhaps not very new but certainly useful. So when will you go expecting but in the meantime, you can use Plume-Storybook Creator or that are in this style.
Calligra Plan is a business side application that works like a log and development tasks taking into account available resources, time and days of work. Many results I could get with the program, so I dare say that, unlike most of the other components of the suite, it is a very intuitive, you need to at least read a little of what is treated before you start making things. For those interested, Plan is able to open Microsoft Project files, your competition pays.
serves to make flow charts and diagrams, very useful in illustrating something in a text for example. The first thing that struck me is the variety of items to use . From images, text and video to music and electronic circuits, as well as blocks, arrows and other. It’s not very complicated to use and quite intuitive. Unfortunately fails in some cases it would have to be keeping the job pretty often. Anyway, it is understandable as it has begun to be part of Calligra since version 2.4. In the picture below are some examples:
‘m saving the best for last. Now, a tool that excites me try Calligra: Braindump. The program presents us with a blank slate where we can dump our ideas , as the name implies. The tools we have are simply to express. For example the classic pencil path (to draw polygons or curves) and calligraphy. We also have the forms that other Calligra applications possess. These are images, text blocks and graphics. An interesting detail is BrainDump is that the view is automatically adjusted to fit all display items.
Finally, finally, come Krita and Karbon. Both are oriented drawing tools. The first to painting and the second vector design. As Krita, is an application rather more elaborate than the rest . It has many more tools and even a different interface. You can choose from various brush tools and also other applications, has a few templates to get started, including comics. I would not get into comparisons with their skills because there is a type of applications you use, therefore, if anyone has used or uses it, can share your experience in the comments.
Furthermore, Karbon, it looks so professional, but as a tool adapted to the interface of other applications in Calligra. However, the official website states that is an application both for those just starting with the design vector and professionals but again, much of this I can not give my opinion because it is not something that uses or do. As for formats compatible with odg, wmf svg and in its completeness (ie, both charging and to write).
In conclusion, Calligra is a set of office applications very complete with all necessary applications and a couple more . In general, well used spaces can use much of the screen and not lose place with unnecessary things. In addition, all applications share dockable which facilitates the passing from one to another, that is, suppose that only use Sheets Words and need to use, I have to worry about seeing how the same result is achieved because, except for the exclusive tools each program, everything remains the same and used in the same way.
Furthermore, there are a certain instability problems here and there . I happened to meet mistakes I close the program from time to time (especially in Flow). Still can recover what was being done because the program is storing a backup. After that, it has everything I need in particular; also feel I need a little more time. For now I continue with LibreOffice but occasionally, I will be checking your progress because, honestly, I like the path that is going Calligra.