(PRWEB) January 28, 2004
The KDE Project will release on tuesday, january 27th, the new 1.3 version of KOffice for Linux and Unix operating systems. KOffice is a free set of office applications that integrate with the award winning KDE desktop. KOffice is a light-weight yet feature rich office solution and provides a variety of filters to interoperate with other popular office suites such as OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office.
KOffice 1.3 consists of the following applications:
KWord – A frame-based word processor.
KSpread – An advanced spreadsheet application.
KPresenter – A full-featured presentation program.
Kivio – A Visio®-style flowcharting application.
Karbon14 – A vector drawing application.
Kugar – A tool for generating business quality reports.
KChart – An integrated graph and chart drawing tool.
KFormula – A powerful formula editor.
Big improvements have been made in KOffice 1.3 with respect to interoperability with other office file formats. It is now for example possible to import as well as export OpenOffice.org documents. Also new is the ability to import PDF files into KWord and make changes to the document. Support for Microsoft document-formats has improved as well.
“Many people have been asking for improved support for the Microsoft document-formats and we have made significant improvements in that area for this release,” says David Faure, a KOffice developer for Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB. “Especially the support for Microsoft Word 95 and Microsoft Word 97 documents has become much better.”
A KOffice version for Apple’s MacOS X is planned for later this year. “KDE as well as KOffice is built on the cross-platform Qt toolkit,” explains Waldo Bastian, a KDE developer for SUSE LINUX, “now that a free version of Qt has been released for MacOS X it has become very straightforward to make a MacOS X version of KOffice as well. I expect that more software vendors will soon follow a similar approach because it is a great way to expand the market for software products with very little effort.”
KOffice is part of the KDE Project. KDE is an independent project of hundreds of developers, translators, artists and professionals worldwide collaborating over the Internet to create and freely distribute a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop and office environment employing a flexible, component-based, network-transparent architecture and offering an outstanding development platform. KDE provides a stable, mature desktop, a full, component based office suite, a large set of networking and administration tools and utilities, and an efficient, intuitive development environment. KDE is working proof that the Open Source “Bazaar-style” software development model can yield first-rate technologies on par with and superior to even the most complex commercial software.
KDE, K Desktop Environment and KOffice are trademarks of KDE e.V. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Qt is a trademark of Trolltech AS. All other trademarks and copyrights referred to in this announcement are the property of their respective owners.
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