The Internet, January 28, 2008 -- for immediate release.

Gnumeric 1.8 is Here!

The Gnumeric Team is pleased to announce the availability of Gnumeric version 1.8.1. This is the first publicly announced version of the new stable 1.8 series.

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.

It has been a little more than two years since the release of the 1.6 series and many things have been improved:

Improved Graphs

There are several new types of charts. Further, we now support regression lines fully.

New Print Engine

Gnumeric now uses the Gtk+ library's printing engine. This fixes a number of printing problems caused by the unmaintained Gnome Print library. That being said, it appears that Gtk Print (and/or lower level libraries) still has major issues on Win32.

Improved Function Compatibility

In order to facilitate spreadsheet sharing for users of Gnumeric with users of other spreadsheets, we strive to make the sheet functions sematically equivalent to their Excel counterparts, insofar Excel has such counterparts. However, we do not replicate bugs, inaccuracies, or arbitrary limits on for example argument sizes. To this end, we have improved and automated our test suite.

Improved and Extended File Format Support

We have improved our support for various file formats:

Format State
Native .gnumeric Significantly faster and lighter. Schema improvements.
ODF ( / OASIS) Improved import, and basic export added
MOOX (MS Office Open XML / ECMA) Basic import and export added
XLS (MS Office binary) Better charts and names, export for comments and hyperlinks.
123 Much-improved style import
Latex Table exporter.
SYLK Improved import with better encoding support, and an exporter.
DIF Improved import, and export.
Psion Better positioning and sizing.
SC Better function import.

The Gnumeric team does not envision using the OpenDocument Format as its native format.

The spreadsheet part of ODF, in its current form, is ill defined and has many, many problems. For example: (1) there is no meaningful discussion of what functions a spreadsheet should support and what they should do. Without that, there is little point in trying to move a spreadsheet from one program to another; (2) there is no provision for sharing formulas between cells; (3) there is no implementation -- writing an ODF exporter consists of reverse-engineering OpenOffice to see what parts of the standard it can handle. (Note: the preceding comments relate to the spreadsheet part of ODF only; we do not have an informed opinion on ODF for word processing documents, for example.)

We may revisit this decision in the future, should the situation improve. In the meantime, we will strive to maintain a reasonable importer and exporter.

Getting Gnumeric

Gnumeric 1.8 is available from the Gnumeric home Page.

Looking Ahead

The 1.8 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.


Gnumeric is the result of contributions from a lot of people. Currently active contributors are:

Team Gnumeric  
Morten WelinderCo-maintainer
Andreas GuelzowPrinting and Stats
Emmanuel PacaudCharts
Jean BrefortCharts
Jon K. HellanWidget wizard
J.H.M. Dassen (Ray)Debian maintainer
sum1One-man QA department

Other recent contributors include: Oliver Burnett-Hall, Hib Eris, Nils Kanning, Nick Lamb, Eduardo Lima, Joseph Pingenot, Klokan Pridal, Philo Vivero, Harun Vos, Götz Waschk, Luciano Miguel Wolf, Ivan Y. C. Wong, and Shixin Zeng. (Please let us know if we have left anyone out!)

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 Iivonen, 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