2010-11-08

Ease: An Elementary Presentation Application

GNOME Office has always had a pretty good word processor (Abiword) and a great spreadsheet program (Gnumeric). Abiword is fine for most things, though it can't fully support exporting documents in Microsoft formats (though it says that older versions of Microsoft Office Word did the same as well) and it doesn't support all macros. Gnumeric is great for statistical analysis, speed, and having every single feature present in Microsoft Excel (save a few). What GNOME Office has always lacked, though, is a presentation program. Sure, Evince could always display presentations, but there was no tool to create them. Now that's changed, as there's a new kid on the block: Ease (UPDATE: here's the link to the site).
Ease is supposed to be the tool to complete GNOME Office and is obviously trying to make it into the Elementary project as its website is clearly influenced by the Elementary project. Its aim is to make the creation of presentations a lot simpler. It's still a work in progress, as it can't export to formats other than PDF, HTML, or PostScript, among other issues. Naturally, I was curious to see how good it really is, so I fired up my Linux Mint 10 "Julia" GNOME RC virtual live system and installed Ease.
Well, unfortunately, work in progress it most certainly is. Ease just refused to start. I'm not entirely sure what's going on, as all the dependencies were properly installed within the live session. There could be a number of possible contributing factors: it could be because of the live session, the non-final status of Linux Mint, or the non-final status of Ease. I'm going to go with the third option. I had high hopes, and I still do, but I hope that Ease does get over these stability issues soon. When it does work, I hope to include it in Fresh OS along with Abiword and Gnumeric.

6 comments:

  1. You should be at "Ease" to put it in the trash where it belongs...

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  2. @Anonymous: I'm not, simply because the developer clearly states that this is alpha software and is hence likely to be unstable anyway. Plus, there are a couple of other factors (including the non-final status of the Linux Mint live CD on which I tested this as well as the fact that I tested it on a live CD as opposed to a full installation) that could have contributed to what happened. Finally, I like the goals of the project in that Linux really has never had a very good presentation creator, and this seems to be exactly what we need. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. LOL, development stopped 3 months ago because they got tired with shiny Vala and Clutter toys. Why mention that vaporware at all, despite their 'goals'?

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  4. @AzizaM: Out of curiosity, where does anything indicate that development has stopped for the last 3 months? The latest version was released just over 2 weeks ago, so that doesn't indicate to me that this project is vaporware. Furthermore, I saw this first on OMG!Ubuntu, and they usually don't report on dead projects (as far as I've seen). In any case, thanks for the comment, but please do let me know where this has been said or else please check your sources before commenting.

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  5. You're right, PV. AzlzaM also didn't care to check the progress in git.

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  6. @Andy: True that. Thanks for the comment!

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