(Note: This post is about Plasma Active, a community collaboration to bring KDE software to consumer devices. To learn more about Plasma Active, read this blog post.)
Today, Plasma Active is proud to announce our first Active App, or rather our first Active App suite. While interacting with what are generally referred to as "office documents" isn't what we may think of as "sexy" it's a very important set of functionality.
For Plasma Active, we've joined forces with Calligra which is a suite of office applications which uses the KDE Platform and has an active mobile and consumer electronics effort.
Calligra Active is currently in alpha, but this refers primarily to the touch interface. The file format compatibility with Open Document Format and Microsoft's Office Open XML is some of the best to be found in a mobile form factor. The Calligra team is currently working on a transition of the interface to QtQuick, but Plasma Active is already including the current mobile-targeted interface in the operating system images.
As you can see in the video above, there is already quite a bit of functionality, the performance is quite good and the rendering fidelity is solid. There is much work to be done between now and our fabled "9.10.11" date later this year in October, but the team is hard at work as can be seen at the recent Calligra development sprint which was attended by over 30 developers.
The focus on consumer electronic devices, quality software and a can-do community-driven spirit married with entrepreneurial efforts makes Calligra a perfect fit with the Plasma Active initiative and the entire Plasma Active team is excited to have them join us.
While speaking earlier this week with Inge Wallin, Marketing director at KO GmbH, about Calligra and Plasma active he noted that "[as] the main commercial vendor behind Calligra, we are happy to see Calligra developing so quickly. We have seen the business around the Calligra suite expand a lot in the mobile space during the last year, and the reason for that is its unique properties: flexibility, being light on resources and a very clean code base. Our goal is to make Calligra the default choice when it comes to free office applications in the mobile space. Engaging with Plasma Active is one more step towards realizing that goal."
If you would like to track Calligra development, install Plasma Active and track its development as we include new development snapshots every two weeks.
What will be our next Active App? Find out in two weeks time! Early next week we'll have updates on Contour and a recap of this past week's Plasma Tokamak 5 developer sprint and what this means for Plasma Active (spoiler: a lot of polish and new features).
To participate, join us on irc.freenode.net in #active, on the active and/or Plasma mailing lists and put Plasma Active on a touch-friendly device.