MAR
10
2013

Fruits of CSS2013

Putting unexpected visions of space tourists aside, now for something completely different. This was a busy weekend with Calligra Suite Sprint 2013 which despite of different timezone fully dominated Essen and Bangalore. More about that here, here, here, here, here and here. You can find the full agenda on the KDE Community Wiki.

Lords of the ring like me were able to join at least remotely through various media. So here's a list of my limited activities.



A Mockup for Calligra Words Look & Feel Rework

The Modern GUI and Startup screen is already established in Kexi, people know it and use saving many mouse clicks. I took some time to present a follow up, mockup of how Calligra Words word processor would look. The topic was iterated before at the previous sprint.

Calligra Words before:

Calligra Words after:

You can read about the story behind the look and inspirations that can influence what I'll try to do. Obviously thanks to the Qt Quick taking over the overall GUI concepts, our users can expect the apps can be run will pleasure. Yes, it's time for the desktop.



Calligra Mail Merge

The Kexi virtual BoF turned out to be an IRC meeting between me and Smit Patel, a Calligra dev who is successfully collaborating with me already on the Bibliographic Database project for Calligra Words. It takes advantage of rather awesome desktop database capabilities that Kexi offers to other apps.

This time we covered fully fledged Mail merge for Calligra, an initiative that was planned long ago. It should be as easy as possible (no tinkering with database/data source as in LibreOffice) and visible in Words with some optional visibility in Kexi for premium integration. Like the Bibliographic Database, Mail Merge reuses certain features of Kexi so that provokes my attention. More on the Mail Merge Design wiki page.



Finally a small announcement about interesting opportunity: Karbon, Plan and Braindump apps from Calligra are looking for new Maintainers. That's rare opportunity for you!



                              

Comments

By the way, the style issue was reported at: http://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=137&t=109696&start=15#p257710


By Jarosław Staniek at Sat, 03/16/2013 - 17:26

Just tried kexi with bespin: http://wstaw.org/m/2013/03/12/plasma-desktopEf2611.png - reasonable well, right?
So the tiny glitch was related to the startup view, I guess it's fixable!


By Jarosław Staniek at Tue, 03/12/2013 - 21:17

It appears KDE 4.10 has added support for appmenu, including placing the application menu at the top of the screen, or in a titlebar button. These means it is now far more important to take this into account in Calligra's UI, as the only reason I use Calligra over LibreOffice, and this is probably also true for many others, is that it is extremely well integrated into KDE.


By beojan at Thu, 03/14/2013 - 15:38

Evidently, posting using Swype is a bad idea.

food should be fits
Beeson should be bespin


By beojan at Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:37

While I have no problems with novel usability ideas, the big white thing is quite ugly. I hope the final implementation will honor my desktop color settings.


By kamikazow at Mon, 03/11/2013 - 23:37

It's a mockup, I don't think the actual application would look exactly like this.


By beojan at Tue, 03/12/2013 - 07:03

Good news for users of the bespin style: Kexi look is fixed in version 2.6.4 now: https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/109894


By Jarosław Staniek at Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:21

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