KDE Calligra Suite

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 10:51:13 CET 2016


It seems KDE's Calligra project has released their 3.0.0 version which is based on Qt5 and KF5 Frameworks, though the website hasn't been updated yet (www.calligra.org).

KF5 ports for MacPorts are still available only via my personal ports tree but should become available officially at some point in a hopefully not too distant future. That same personal tree also contains a KDE4 Calligra port of a slightly older 2.9.x release which should still work.

This message is to see if there are "priority requests" for Calligra components I should consider for port'ifying. 

In a nutshell: Calligra Words, Sheets and Stage are basically a Qt5-based alternative to Open/LibreOffice's equivalent modules (Stage being the presentation application). My own experience with the 2.9.x versions is that they're somewhat leaner and faster than LibreOffice with an interface that's not unlike the iWork 09 GUI, but not compatible and feature-rich enough compared to LibreOffice. In the end that's always what I use if Pages doesn't cut it.

Calligra Kexi is something like an OSS cross between FileMaker and Hypercard, Calligra Flow, Plan and Braindump (will have to) speak for themselves, and Karbon is a rather capable OSS alternative for Adobe Illustrator. There also used to be Krita ("OSS Photoshop") but it was split off and already has a port.

I would personally start with Karbon (and Kexi because I get along nicely with its author), and handle the others as feedback, need and mood dictate.


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