18 Sep 2003 Jody   » (Master)

Gnumeric 1.2.0

That was painful. Its been almost 20 months since the 1.0.x series came out and we've spent alot of time tuning the engine adding features and puttering along waiting to get the charting engine back on line. I'd have prefered to have done 2 possibly even 3 stable releases in that time frame.

The new engine is now at the point where its architecture seems to have proven itself, and there are enough features implemented that its useful. sample

So what does the future hold ?

I'm dividing goals into 3 broad catagories

1) Improving Gnumeric

  • Split out libgnumeric
  • Finish implicit iteration for operators
  • XL export for charts
  • Conditional Formats
  • Pivot Tables
  • Scripting
  • Accessability
  • Make the jump to using the SAX parsers by default
2) Improving GNOME Office
  • Polish clipboard interaction to a high gloss
  • split out libgoffice
  • Integrate better with GNOME mime handling and release cycles
3) Improving interaction with other projects
  • Continue exporing use of uno. If we can embed lets embed gnumeric in Impress...
  • A VBA stream parser
  • Pie in the sky talk to OO folk about sharing the charting library. They need to write one, and complain that theirs is currently scatted throuht their system. Ours is designed specificly to enable new types as plugins. The is a weak point for MS Excel. If we combine efforts we might knock them down a peg sooner.

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