The developers of this project which is part of the KDE community announced the availability of Calligra 2.6 Alpha , a preliminary version of the new edition of this suite of office applications and productivity.
Besides adding features already existing applications in the suite, this is the preliminary edition first to include a new word processor called “Author” .
This tool, which was announced in August, is aimed at writers profesionaes and is designed to offer all the features needed to create a new book or novel, from conception to final publication. As revealed in The H Open, is focused on two types of users: the novelists who write long texts, and authors of textbooks they want “ take advantage of the additional possibilities of eBooks compared with print books “.
Among these improvements are support for export EPUB2 or MOBI formats , as well as providing statistics counters text characters and words. Developers indicate that this first version Author is very similar to Words word processor that is based on, but future versions will be more and more differentiated.
But besides the new star of the suite, there are improvements all Calligra Suite tools . Thus, the application of spreadsheets Solver Sheets includes an optimizer functions. The Stage presentation program already has a framework for the creation and manipulation of animations in presentations. Connections are improved in Flow Diagram application, and supports the storage of user data in the visual creation tool Kexi database. Finally, in Krita has given support to the standard OpenRaster plus improvements have been implemented in the HDR image support .The next version will
Calligra 2.6 Beta, which will appear in about a month, while the final edition theoretically appear in December . You can get more details on this release in the official announcement, and you can download Calligra 2.6 Alpha (or more specifically, Calligra 2.5.90) from the links of this announcement, including the source code is a tar.bz2 package .
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