Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Calligra Author

My last blog was about eBook export from Calligra Words - or EPUB as the format is actually called.
But this was only the first step in a bigger plan. So today we announced a completely new member of the Calligra Suite: Calligra Author. As the announcement says: we are primarily targetting two different use cases:
  • Novelists who produce long texts with complicated plots involving many characters and scenes but with limited formatting.
  •  Textbook authors who want to take advantage of the added possibilities in eBooks compared to paper-based textbooks.
I am personally particularly interested in tablet computers and what they can do for textbooks and education. I think there is a big need for a tool to create interactive textbooks that make use of modern features like 3D models, multimedia and animations.

Apple has a good tool with its iBook Author that lets you write, edit and publish books on the iBook store. However there are big, big disadvantages for authors who use iBook Author: for one thing you are not allowed to publish books written with iBook Author anywhere else than the iBook store! It is also only runnable on a Macintosh computer (of course). So there is a need for a cross-platform tool that can do the same as the iBook Author and it should of course use open, standardized file formats.

This is what Calligra Author will be! We will work very closely with our users, the writers, to create a tool that fits their workflow as well as possible. And we will not go the not-invented-here  route but try to integrate with external components and applications to enhance the user experience.

If you are a writer that wants a good tool that will make you more efficient, come and talk with us. If you are a writer that wants to contribute, come and talk with us too. We already have a small team of writers that is writing our documentation and they can always use more hands (as it were).

I will keep you up to date with the developments of Calligra Author. So far there is not much to see. We have an application but it is just a clone of Calligra Words. As the time goes by, we will differentiate us more and more and when it is time for the first release when Calligra 2.6 comes out it in December it will be a full-blown application of its own.

Stay tuned!


Blogger Blackpaw said...

Excellent news, shall follow this with great interest and pitch in if I can help.

3:47 PM  
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8:14 PM  
Blogger Kyriakos Brastianos said...

Will be nice to use it as a notes app too.

8:14 PM  
Blogger marce said...

I have realized that there is no translation file named "author.pot" or alike in kde's localization.
Being this project so interesting, it would be very interesting to let translators work early on it.

12:18 AM  
Blogger StephanG said...

AWESOME!! I've been waiting for something like this!

"If you are a writer that wants a good tool that will make you more efficient, come and talk with us. If you are a writer that wants to contribute, come and talk with us too."

I'm an aspiring author. And, although I haven't published a novel yet, I've been writing on one for a long time, and I have two or three ideas I'd like to drop on your table. Where can I "come and talk with [you]"?

3:44 AM  
Blogger Abhrajyoti Tarafdar said...

3 cheers 4 Calligra suite...!!!
Braindump is just awesome...waiting for author...

10:22 PM  
Blogger ingwa said...

@marce: The initial code for Author is not yet in Calligra master so there is nothing to translate yet. But there will be very soon, hopefully already today.

@StephanG: I think the best way right now is to write in the Calligra Author forum at http://forum.kde.org/viewforum.php?f=249

6:57 AM  
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Blogger Lars Hendrickson said...

Looking for a PDF import plugin for my Calligra on my Linux 3.7.9-104.fc17.x86_64 x86_64.
I spent about 1/2 hour google search for the plugin. Couldn't find it. So I installed libreoffice (draw) for now.

12:29 PM  

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