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LinuxPlanet: Suites for the Sweet: KOffice

May 17, 2000, 17:18 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"KWord would be quite an accomplishment and a thing of which the developers at KDE could be rightly proud, even if their work stopped right there. But it doesn't, by a long shot. The KOffice suite includes a 3-D chartmaker, a vector-drawing program, a bitmap-graphics program, an application that prepares presentations, a formula editor, an image viewer, and, of course, a spreadsheet. In the works is a database application that will become part of the suite when it is ready, though it may not be part of the initial release."

"KWord as of this writing supports its native format, HTML of several varieties, and plain text, with rich-text format (RTF) and Microsoft Word filters in the works. KSpread, the spreadsheet program, has its own format and reads and writes Excel 97 and comma-separated value files. KPresenter, the presentation editor, again has its own native format, but it can work with Power Point 97 files, too."

"While KOffice isn't yet the suite onto which you want to hang your business's fortunes, a stroll through it makes it plain that it one day will be. And many of its parts are largely useful today, so getting early experience with it is a reasonable thing to do. KDE is as close to a standard Linux desktop as exists; it is highly likely that KDE2 and KOffice will be part of many if not most Linux distributions by year's end. Presuming that KOffice lives up to its promise, it will transport Linux a giant step toward becoming a desktop operating system second to none."

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