Calligra Suite

The Calligra Suite is a free graphic and office suite by KDE that where possible, use the OpenDocument formats. The components cover the application range of popular Office suites from as LibreOffice, OpenOffice and Microsoft Office. Additionally, the package includes creative applications for painting, drawing and writing e -books. It emerged in 2010 from KOffice.

It consists of a frame -based word processor ( Words ), a spreadsheet ( Sheets), a presentation program ( Stage), a program for flowcharts ( flow), a vector graphic program ( Carboniferous), an integrated database ( Kexi ), a project management ( plan), a pixel-based painting and image editing application ( Krita ) and embeddable objects such as graphs or diagrams and formulas.

An automation of recurring operations is possible with the help of various scripting languages ​​like Python, Ruby and JavaScript, or via DBus.

The programs

The Calligra Suite consists of the following programs:

Word processing

  • Words used for word processing. It can be used to place individual components right next to the body text and frames ( frame). In conjunction with Kexi, described below, can - for example, to create form letters - to access a database.
  • Author is another word processing with publishing features. It uses the same techniques as in the background Words, however, uses a different surface and directed with EPUB export, etc. to authors of e-books. Author is positioned as an open- source alternative to iBooks Author. This word processor was first released with Calligra Suite 2.6.

Spreadsheets, charts, and formulas

  • Sheets ( formerly KSpread and Calligra Tables) is the spreadsheet of the package. You can also build complex mathematical formulas and statistics in addition to the creation of tables.
  • With KFormula can write and print formulas, but do not charge. It shows its full strength in the interaction with the other application programs such as Words and sheets. There, the formulas can be inserted.
  • KChart is in Calligra for creating and editing diagrams such as bar or pie charts, responsible, which can then be used in other Calligra applications.

Presentation and imaging

  • With Stage (formerly KPresenter ) can create presentations with pictures, effects are created when paging and animations.
  • Krita is a software for digital painting with image editing functions such as 16 -bit depth and color space CMYK support.
  • Carboniferous ( formerly Karbon14 ) is the vector graphics program of Calligra.
  • Flow (formerly Kivio ) is a program for drawing flowcharts. It was originally developed by the company theKompany and found later under the GNU General Public License. After this step, it was a component of KOffice.


  • Kexi is used to manage multiple databases. At the moment ( November 2012 ), SQLite, MySQL and PostgreSQL as well as Microsoft Access, FileMaker and Oracle Forms are supported. With KOffice 1.4 was the first practical publication and KOffice 1.5 released version 1.0 of Kexi. With KOffice 2.2 Kexi was inducted into the KOffice 2 series.


  • Braindump is a program for managing your notes and thoughts.


As the first Calligra component KPresenter 1997 was developed as a standalone application. In 1998 it KWord word processing. Later, other applications have been added that were bundled as KOffice.

After a long-running dispute with KWord developer, Thomas Zander, the rest of the development team on 6 December 2010 announced that KOffice is to be split off as of version 2.4 in Calligra Suite. This should primarily reflect the value of the software as a technology platform. With the renaming of the whole package, a renaming of individual components is associated. KSpread will be renamed Sheets, KPresenter in Stage Kivio in flow and KPlato in plan. KWord was not split, but instead developed a new word processor called Words.

The 2.3 series of KOffice has been maintained by the Calligra team. The development of KOffice 2.4 is almost exclusively operated since the spin-off of Thomas Zander, who in turn received, in addition to the development of KWord derivatives of KSpread KPresenter and Karbon14 under new names in KOffice 2.4. All other KOffice 2.3 components have been removed without replacement.

On 18 May 2011, the Calligra team monthly snapshots of Calligra Suite began to publish 2.4. It was originally planned, the final 2.4 version to be published in January 2012, but problems with the Undo / Redo function make for delays and the finished version was finally published on 11 April 2012.