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KDE 4.4 Address Book to use Akonadi

Oct 03, 2009, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Schürmann)

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"Akonadi was introduced in KDE 4 as the data storage service that will ultimately integrate the PIM programs KMail, KOrganizer and others. So far not much has been in evidence. However, the KAddressBook PIM application should make a start at it in KDE 4.4, as KDE developer Tobias König announced in his blog. The other PIM apps should follow in KDE 4.5. The reason for the partitioning is the short timeframe for the KDE 4.4 release and the "different complexity of code base" for the individual PIM apps.

"König's blog entry includes the first screenshots of the new KAddressBook. The toolbar was cleaned up and the entire interface was made "as simple as possible." The result is a three-pane window similar to that of the MAC OS X address book. The left pane has the list of address books, with the contacts contained therein listed in the middle pane. The right pane has the details for the selected address. Thanks to Akonadi, the middle pane also includes contact groups (formerly known as distribution lists). Address books can be further split into subfolders. The virtual folders supported by Akonadi whereby you can group folders by arbitrary search criteria will appear in a later KAddressBook version."

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