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New Kraft Release 0.54

blogheadI am happy to tell about the new release 0.54 of Kraft which was released a couple of days ago.

It is not only a maintenance release but also comes with a couple of new features, the most outstandig is the ability to handle a new document type, the delivery note which prints no prices. That closes a gap for interesting use cases. Here is a more detailed log of what was added to this release.

Kraft is KDE software to help people driving a small business. Emphasis is on small and business. We are not talking CMS, ERP or any other monster. Kraft is about a handy alternative for people who wrote their first 25 invoices using Libre Office and now start to think of how they could could be more efficient in doing that: Using structured templates, being able to create an invoice based on a quote that was done before, no need to fiddle around with slipping paragraphs, a proper address book, such stuff. zollstockSoftware for people who have other things to do than sit in front of their computer. Hard to understand for geeks like us who enjoy this technology, but yes, there are a lot of people who do not, who just use computers because they must, because they have a business.

I started to work on Kraft in 2006, and worked on similar software before, well, we all have our dark history. I always enjoyed doing software for people who would prefer to not use the computer. And the more I got involved into KDE the more obvious it became to me how perfectly KDE is able to help with that. High level classes, components to reuse, other projects aiming the same direction, and a community of helpful, friendly and open minded people. Also I think software like Kraft is a good addition to the KDE family as it has potential to bring more and different users to KDE.

However, if measured by the number of known users of Kraft, this idea failed completely. Compared to other KDE software, Kraft has disappointing little (known) users. Also contributors: Apart from very few brave developers who spent some time on Kraft, I am the only contributor. The reasons for that can be discussed in another thread.

What still keeps me motivated to work on Kraft is that the few users often tell how happy they are with it. And that Kraft really helps them to drive their business and save time. Also that they found with Linux and KDE a computer “environment” that really helps them reliably instead of facing them with scary stuff. That is really cool, and the best is that this recently happened more often than the years before.

That is what keeps me around with Kraft.

For the future, there are enough ideas: “Combined Kraft” which means using one instance of Kraft from distributed home offices, with ownCloud as sync hub, or an easy to use project management and of course a port to KDE Frameworks 5 to be able to ship for Mac and and and…

Well, it’s a pet project, and my day unfortunately does not leave very much energy behind for that currently, so don’t expect big movement, but be sure that there will be small steps.

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  1. May 13, 2014 at 23:54

    I’m very glad you’re doing this!
    It’s this kind of software where Free Software alternatives to – often ridiculously expensive – proprietary applications are often missing. I’m not currently a user because even though I do freelance work I only do it part-time while still doing my PhD and I write less than a handful of invoices a year.
    If I ever do freelance work full-time, I’ll definitely give Kraft a try and will bombard you with usability suggestions (’cause that’s what I contribute to KDE) then. You’ve been warned 😉

  2. May 14, 2014 at 05:22

    Is it possible to sign the invoice with smart card key in Kraft? 🙂

    • dragotin
      May 15, 2014 at 15:09

      I haven’t tried it yet, but Kraft simply provides pdf documents. If these could be signed, it works. Maybe you can create a feature request on sf.net/projects/kraft if something is missing. Thanks.

  3. GreatEmerald
    May 14, 2014 at 07:29

    Cool. I was looking into Kraft as a solution for writing invoices in one small business company, but unfortunately migrating is hard and they decided to stay with their obsolete Windows software instead. Some things that would have improved the situation is a way to generate monthly summaries, some import options (retaining transaction IDs) and more localisation options.

  4. Michael
    May 15, 2014 at 07:38

    Thank you, and because of your blog post on the planet, I’m going to check it out again. I tried it once before, but I remember there were a few bits that weren’t translated into English, and I didn’t understand the flow of the program; it wasn’t intuitive what to do next or how it all worked together.

    • dragotin
      May 15, 2014 at 15:10

      I am sad to hear that, since one of the ideas of Kraft is to make it as easy as possible. Maybe you can elaborate on what was not intuitive.

  5. AndyW
    May 15, 2014 at 14:45

    Is there a chance for virtualbox images so i can test the new version? Need to test the migration from 0.40 to 0.54.

    • dragotin
      May 15, 2014 at 15:10

      I haven’t updated the image from SUSE studio yet but will do if time permits.

  6. Sander
    May 15, 2014 at 15:02

    I just found out about your application through planet.kde, I’ll definately give it a try!

  1. May 26, 2014 at 17:45

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