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theKompany.com donates Kugar reporting tool to KOffice

Mar 21, 2001, 17:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shawn Gordon)

Shawn Gordon, President and CEO of theKompany.com writes:

Kugar is a KDE tool for generating business quality reports which can be viewed and printed. It includes a standalone report viewer and a KPart report viewer. The latter means that any KDE application can embed the report viewing functionality and that reports can be viewed using the Konqueror browser.

Kugar works by merging application generated data with a template to produce the final report. Both the data and the template are specified using XML. This approach means that applications only need worry about generating the data itself. A template can be referenced via a URL which allows businesses to create a centrally managed template library.

Kugar was originally known as Metaphrast from Mutiney Bay Software. We had identified it as a possible reporting tool for our personal finance package Kapital, and Mutiney Bay said we could take over the project, which we did and now would like to make the project generally available in KOffice so that future developers can rely on a reporting tool for their applications.

Kugar is a 1.0 release and all the current functions work, but it could use the addition of a Template Designer and more charting widgets to make it even more useful.

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