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You will find thoughts and opinions about free software and other important topics.

XRechnung Viewer Release 1.0

Some time ago I quickly wrote a little utility to render XRechnung documents on the free desktop, called XRView. This is the initial Bogpost. It was a very fundamental Qt Widget app that shows e-invoice docs that come in the XRechnung XML format, in a human readable view. It was never properly released, so recently I decided to wrap it up and finally cut a first release which people can find on the release page on Codeberg....

May 26, 2024 路 2 min 路 329 words 路 Me

Setup ownCloud Infinite Scale Real Quick

The ownCloud product Infinite Scale is going to be released in version five soon. The latest stable version is 4.0.5 and I am sure everybody checked it out already and is blown away by it鈥檚 performance, elegance and ease of use. No, not yet? Ok, well, in that case, here comes rescue: With the little script described here, it becomes really easy to start Infinite Scale to check it out on your computer....

December 27, 2023 路 3 min 路 483 words 路 Me

Open VFS Framework for the free Desktop

A few days ago Volker Krause posted this blog about the Nextcloud conference - a very interesting read. One of the topics is the VFS (Virtual Filesystem-) API for the Linux desktop. Indeed that is a topic for us at ownCloud as well, and I like to share our perspective on it, discussing it in the scope of the free desktop. The topic is very important, as 鈥渟yncing鈥 of data from and to cloud storages has changed over time....

September 29, 2023 路 3 min 路 461 words 路 Me

Kraft Version 1.1

Kraft (Github) is a desktop utility making it easy to create offers and invoices quickly and beautifully in small companies. Today we are releasing Kraft Version 1.1 with significant improvements for users and the Krafts integration with latest software such as cmake and KDE. It received updated dutch translations in UI and also for the manual. The application icon was fixed, and some cmake related fixes were done that make Kraft working with different versions of Akonadi that are available on different distributions....

September 16, 2023 路 2 min 路 236 words 路 Me

XRechnung Viewer

The XRechnung format is a E-Government standard for electronic invoicing. At some point it will be mandatory for every company dealing with German governmental partners to send the invoices in this XML format. Many commercial vendors have already caught up and provide ways to generate XRechnung formatted documents with their software. However, to my knowledge, the availability of open source end user software is very limited. Since the standard itself is at least very open and transparently documented, so I think it is worthwhile to also support it with free software on the desktop....

January 29, 2023 路 2 min 路 242 words 路 Me

Kraft on Windows

Kraft, which was released as version 1.0 after long time of active development, is targetted to the Linux desktop. My firm conviction is that the Linux desktop is very suitable for the target group of Kraft: In the small office of craftsmen for example, a Linux desktop is a great work horse which is stable, very well adoptable and has a great amount of applications that are stable and maintained....

January 2, 2023 路 2 min 路 217 words 路 Me

Kraft Version 1.0

It is a pleasure to announce that Kraft Version 1.0 was released last week. What is Kraft? Kraft is free software to create office documents like offers and invoices in an efficient way. It runs on the Linux desktop and suits small businesses of all kinds. After countless releases with version numbers 0.x, Kraft finally goes with version number 1.0 with this release. It is in production at several companies since many years, and with this release it got many more improvements that make it a really mature product....

December 27, 2022 路 2 min 路 409 words 路 Me

My New Blog

Welcome to my new blog. This is the successor of my previous blog on https://dragotin.wordpress.com. After paying wordpress quite some money to get an advertise free blog I decided to get rid of that and have my own hosted blog where I do not have to pay for not having battle ships or girls underneath my articles. Yes, that is true: Readers sent me screenshots with this kind of images....

November 13, 2022 路 1 min 路 86 words 路 Me

Kraft Version 0.98

We are happy to announce the new Kraft version 0.98 that is available for download. Kraft is software for the Linux desktop to handle quotes and invoices in the small business. This is a version packed with bugfixes and also new features. The most important fixes were in the area of the catalog handling: Based on bug reports from the community the catalog window was completely reworked. Drag and drop of items in the catalog, the sorting and reordering of items are now working properly and as planned....

May 23, 2022 路 1 min 路 199 words 路 Me

PDF Quirk Version Update

The good thing about this quiet holidays is that there is time to work on projects. I had a few nice changes of PDF Quirk laying around, and now finalized them to a new version. Please welcome PDF Quirk version 0.95! What is PDF Quirk? PDF Quirk is a little desktop utility to create PDF files from images, targeted to non nerdy desktop users. Sending PDFs is (still) often a requirement in offices where people are asked to transfer PDF files via email, or better by pushing them through their private ownCloud....

December 30, 2021 路 2 min 路 237 words 路 Me