I am planning to make a new native word processor for Haiku but I didn’t really want to say anything until I started making some progress. It is all planning stages now but I have been thinking about it for a while.
My initial goal would be to have similar features to GoBe Productive or Google Docs. Nothing anywhere near modern Word or LibreOffice Writer, at least not for some time. If I could use it to write the Haiku financial report similar to what I released earlier this month and produce a PDF then I would be pretty happy.
I also would like to seriously think about also having sharing and commenting support to mimic Google Docs, but obviously that would need some sort of server support or a fancy peer-to-peer system. I am a big fan of the idea of local first software so this is inspired by that a bit, and of course Google Docs (and I know many here are not Google fans, hence the idea of making this alternative.)
Anyhow it is easy to talk and make promises, and harder to deliver, but I am pretty serious about this and well, letting the community know might help motivate me a bit. Of course depending on how this goes I would also consider then other aspects of an office suite too and maybe even more fully replicating GoBe Productive which allowed intermixing the different parts of the app in one document. But one step at a time.
Finally as far as a time frame to be realistic I would say I’d like to have a rough alpha version within the next year, maybe in time for me to “eat my own dogfood” and use it for the 2022 Haiku, Inc. financial report.