Do you want to know more? 2-in-1 devices are fast becoming very popular, and after the success of Krita Gemini, the team behind it realised there were plenty of reasons to apply that same concept to other applications, and especially the others in the Calligra suite. In particular the Words and Stage components were deemed ripe for this treatment.
With that realisation was born the desire to create Calligra Gemini, an application encasing word processor and presentation components which would function both as a traditional desktop application with a mouse and keyboard, and transform into a touch friendly application on the go, changing the experience to one suitable for all-touch devices without the inconvenience of having to switch to a different application.
The Gemini applications combine the power of Calligra's main applications (in Calligra Gemini's case the main office desktop applications, at the moment Words and Stage), with pleasant and explicitly touch optimised experiences based around the same document types.
Calligra itself is a large suite of applications, split into three main categories (click on each type to read a deeper explanation of that type on the Calligra website):
The applications in the Calligra Suite shares some common UI concepts that gives it a modern look better suited for the wide screens of today. One of them is that most formatting is done using dockers which are placed at the side of the windows instead of on the top. This makes more space available for the actual document contents and avoids opening dialogs on top of it. If the user chooses, s/he can rearrange the placement of the dockers around the document area or even tear loose them and let them float freely. The arrangement is saved and reused the next time Calligra is opened.
There are many objects and shapes that you can insert into your document, such as geometric shapes, sheet music score, and many more amazing options. All of these shapes are available in all applications, which makes implementing these objects much easier.
Calligra uses the Open Document Format (ODF) as its main file format which makes it compatible with most other office applications including OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice and Microsoft Office. It can also import the native file formats of Microsoft Office with great accuracy, in many cases the best you can find.
A set of packages created using the Open Build Service, which allows for the creation of packages for a variety of targets. This also includes Windows, but we're not using that functionality for now.
The package which contains Calligra Gemini is named, simply, calligra-gemini, and after adding the appropriate repository for your setup, you should be able to simply request that package from the package manager. From the command line this would be zypper install calligra-gemini, and in Yast you should be able to simply search for calligra-gemini.
The package which contains the Calligra Gemini application.
Download the release notes for the current release of Calligra Gemini. This is a run-down of which features are currently available, and which things are not working as intended.
A zipped collection of demo documents, including Open Document, binary Microsoft and OOXML versions for both the word processor and presentation components of Calligra Gemini.
Home of the Calligra office suite, which Calligra Gemini is a part of. There you can find development news and information on new releases, and the various other parts of the suite.
The sponsors of KO's Gemini efforts, and producers of some very impressive processors.