The Internet, December 19, 2004 -- for immediate release.

Gnumeric 1.4 is Here!

The Gnumeric Team is pleased to announce the availability of Gnumeric version 1.4.1. This is the first publicly announced version of the new stable 1.4 series, part of GNOME Office 1.2.

We have worked hard at producing the best available spreadsheet for a wide range of applications from simple numerical scratch pad, financial analytical tool, to scientific number cruncher.

More than a year has passed since the release of the 1.2 series and many things have been improved:

Improved Microsoft Exceltm compatibility:
Charts and images can now be exported, and objects (even Forms) are handled more smoothly. There is full support for all types of 'array' formulas and operators.
Better Charting:
Several new types of charts have been added, and many features, such as error bars, and non-linear plots, have been added.
Improved accuracy:
While Gnumeric 1.2 was already the best available source for accuracy in statistical calculations, Gnumeric 1.4 is even better. We are cooperating with The R Project to make this happen.
Win32 and small device portability:
It is now possible to run Gnumeric on Microsoft Windows. The port is not quite production ready, but is maturing rapidly. With a small loss of functionality Gnumeric can also build with only the Gtk+ library stack dropping the remainder of the GNOME library set for small devices.
Network transparency:
Gnumeric can now access spreadsheets stored on web servers directly.
Even more sheet functions:
We have added even more sheet functions to Gnumeric, for example a set of functions for telecommunications engineering. Gnumeric now has 470 sheet functions including all sheet functions in the North American version of Microsoft Exceltm XP, and more than 100 beyond that.
Rich and Rotated Text:
Multiple formats and fonts within strings, and in 1.4.2 rotated text is supported too. (This requires recent versions of Pango and the Gnome Print libraries.)
Improved printing:
Printing has been improved and is now using the same layout mechanism as on-screen. This should greatly reduce printing surprises. (This requires recent versions of Pango and the Gnome Print libraries.)
GTK+ 2.4/2.6 integration:
Gnumeric takes advantage of, for example, GTK+'s highly improved file selector.

Getting Gnumeric

Gnumeric 1.4 is available from the redesigned and updated Gnumeric home Page.

Looking Ahead

The 1.4 series is not the end of the line. You can see some of our future plans at our to-do list and our list of frequently asked questions contains the answers to common questions about features.


The 1.4 release is dedicated to the memory of lost colleagues, Chema (Grandma) Celorio who helped make Gnumeric as stable as it is, and Mel Seder who kept us smiling. They'll both be missed.

Team Gnumeric  
Morten WAll round powerhouse
Andreas GuelzowStats and so much more
Adrian CusterDocs
Emmanuel PacaudWidgets and charts
Hal AshburnerMore option pricers
Ivan Wongwin32 builds
J.H.M. Dassen (Ray)1.2 series maintainer
Jean BrefortCharts
Jon K HellanWidget wizard
Joseph PingenotNew website
Stepan KasalOLE2 export audit and non-gtk development

Gnumeric relies heavily on other projects: the Perl Compatible Regular Expression engine, The R Project, the GNU Linear Programming Kit, the lp_solve mixed integer programming solver, and of course GNOME.

Thanks are owed to the many people who have contributed patches during Gnumeric's development. Especially for the translators who wade through the tremendous volume of text in Gnumeric and deserve a lot of credit for dealing with the abstruse terms and jargon:

Abel Cheung, Adam Weinberger, Alessio Frusciante, Alexander Shopov, Alastair McKinstry, Andras Timar, Andrew Makhorin, Arief Mulya Utama, Artur Flinta, Asbullah Bin Pit, Carlos Perelló Marín, Changwoo Ryu, Christian Neumair, Christophe Fergeau, Christophe Merlet, Christopher James Lahey, Daniel Yacob, Danilo Segan , David Lodge, David Mosberger-Tang, Dom Lachowicz, Duarte Loreto, Etsushi Kato, Evandro Fernandes Giovanini, Fatih Demir, Francisco Javier F. Serrador, Frédéric Parrenin Funda Wang, German Poo-Caamaño, Gil "Dolfin" Osher, Guntupalli Karunakar, Gustavo Maciel Dias Vieira, Gustavo Noronha Silva, Jan Morén, John Gill Jordi Mallach, Jukka Pekka, Kjartan Maraas, Kostas Papadimas, Metin Amiroff, Miloslav Trmac, Nick Lamb, Nikos Charonitakis, Pablo Gonzalo del Campo, Pablo Saratxaga, Priit Laes, Raphael Higino, Robert Sedak, Rodrigo Moya, Stanislav Visnovsky, Stepan Kasal, Takeshi AIHANA, Tomasz Koczko, Tommi Vainikainen, Valek Filippov, Vincent van Adrighem, Wang Jian, Yukihiro Nakai