11th April 2003 by Derek Kite

This Week...

Rewrite of smtp kioslave, SMIME support added to kssl, and continuing improvement to the rss dcopservice. KMail gets an mbox import filter.
According to the KOffice 3.1 Release Plan, today the KOffice repository is temporarily frozen, the first step towards a release. I asked Nicolas Goutte his impression of the new release:
So from my point of view the improvement are:
  • in KoPicture (picture handling for KWord/KPresenter):
    • better handling of EPS files by KoPicture
    • better handling of pictures in KPresenter (better caching.)
  • in the filters (especially KWord's):
    • new OpenOffice import filters (OOWriter, OOImpress, OOCalc and OODraw.)
    • new RTF export filter for KWord (and better RTF import)
    • new MSWord import filter for KWord (with the help of an external library)
KOffice still needs new volunteers, be it developers, document writers, bug managers, bug reporters, testers, users...
Lukáš Tinkl added:
I'd like to point out:
  • hyphenation for KWord and KPresenter, based on dictionaries from OpenOffice.org
  • Kexi (the new database frontent and admin tool)
  • almost complete import filters for OpenOffice.org (Impress->KPresenter, Calc->KSpread, Writer->KWord) with effort going on to develop export filters too
  • KSpread speedups, better and faster KPresenter image handling
  • whole lot of other new filters
The PS/PDF file handling vulnerability fixes are listed here. The whole announcement can be read at http://www.kde.org/info/security/ Distribution fixes are starting to appear. See http://lwn.net/security to check on your distribution status.
Two announcements this week. KPlayer and Kig have announced new releases.
KPlayer releases v 0.2.
KPlayer is a KDE media player based on MPlayer. It provides video, audio and subtitle playback from files, URLs, DVDs, VCDs, audio CDs and TV; full screen mode; fixed aspect options; progress and status display; seeking; volume, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation controls; and most importantly a user friendly interface.

New in the 0.2 release are maintain aspect options, zooming, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation controls, subtitle loading, frame dropping options, persitence of options between sessions, and many usability and user interface improvements.

KPlayer is licensed under GPL.
And Kig, a program for exploring geometric constructions releases the 0.4.
The Kig team is proud to announce the 4th release of the KDE Interactive Geometry program Kig. This version is the result of a large redesign of various parts of the code. The new design allows for many features, of which the first are already appearing in this release.

An (incomplete) list of new features follows:
  • A redesigned and now finally complete Macro facility, adding the ability for a macro to construct multiple objects at once, and to handle more complex object interrelationships.
  • A new and very flexible Transformation facility, featuring all common transformations like translation, point reflection, mirroring, rotation, scaling, stretching according to a line, and more...
  • Improved UI. The context menu's for objects have seen some very necessary improvements, making it more manageable, and adding new stuff like icons, and possible actions.
  • The file format has been redesigned to support the new design. However, a lot of care has been taken to ensure proper backwards compatibility with Kig 0.3 and before. Even old macro's are safely and transparently imported.
  • A generalized intersection facility. Intersections between most combinations of lines, conics, circles, segments, rays and cubics are supported, all via the same button.
  • A redesigned Locus facility, featuring better performance, significantly less memory consumption, correct dependency relations etc.
  • Various smaller improvements, featuring new object types, improvement of text labels, better KGeo file import, and of course various bug fixes.
I'd like to thank Maurizio Paolini, who has helped a lot in producing this release, in various parts of the kig code, and Franco Pasquarelli, who has done great work on the new locus stuff...

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