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From Inge Wallin <>
Subject Re: Apache and ODF
Date Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:50:40 GMT
On Thursday, October 25, 2012 21:14:19 Rob Weir wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM, Andreas Säger <> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Today my wife got her new Kindle which comes with a document viewer
> > based on Apache Freetype for the rendering job and Apache POI which is a
> > Java library to parse Microsoft documents.
> > It handles doc(x)/xls(x)/ppt(x) but no ODF. Although I am not deeply
> > involved in this project, I feel somewhat embarrassed and alarmed
> > because in the year 2012 the Apache foundation develops excellent tools
> > to process proprietary file formats but fails to offer anything
> > equivalent for the free and much simpler ODF standard.
> > Is my assumption correct that
> > would be the remedy to solve that problem but due to a lack of
> > development resources it is not ready for the job?
> The ODF Toolkit is a Java library for manipulating ODF documents.  A
> classic use would be document automation, e.g., taking a document
> template and filling in data from a database, to create a new ODF
> document.  It does this all without any GUI, no OpenOffice required.
> It is not an editor, not a viewer.  It has no rendering, layout or
> calculation logic.  It operates directly on the document file.
> So ordinarily I'd say that this was not appropriate for a document
> viewer, certainly not without a layout engine.  But on something like
> the Kindle, with relatively simple layout requirements, the ODF
> Toolkit would be analogous to POI, and would make the task far easier.
> If you search for it, you will find various solutions for converting
> ODF to EPub.  But I have not seen something that does the same for
> Kindle's MOBI format.
> -Rob
> > Greetings,
> > Andreas Säger

Calligra Author and Calligra Words 2.6 that will be released as beta in next 
week has both a new Epub2 and a MOBI export. This is done because of the new 
Calligra Author application that is aimed especially at creating ebooks.

Upcoming versions will also have Epub3 support with dynamic contents.

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