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Beginning OpenOffice 3: From Novice to Professional (Beginning: From Novice to Professional) [Kindle Edition]

Andy Channelle
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Book Description

If you want to fly with OpenOffice 3.0, publish to your local wiki, create web presentations, or add maps to your documents, Beginning OpenOffice 3 is the book for you. You will arm yourself with new 3.0 tools, from creating wiki docs to automating complex design steps. OpenOffice has been downloaded almost 100 million times, and this is the book that explains why.

  • You learn how to adopt OpenOffice 3.0 innovations.
  • You see how to work across Windows, OS X, Google, and the Web, no matter what the format.
  • Mail merges and wiki docs will never seem so simple.

What you’ll learn

You will acquire skills in stylish document creation using a range of tools, by hand and via automation. No matter whether the documents are flyers or books, you will learn automation, design, remediation, sharing information, collaboration, presentation, and output. And author Andy Channelle will talk about reports and how to produce docs formatted for wikis, the Web, Google, and other platforms.

  • Design OpenOffice cross–platform documents and output them to all platforms.
  • Use OpenOffice on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • Deal with Word documents and wiki output alike.
  • Learn how to produce snazzy PDFs, GoogleOffice docs, and automated designs.
  • See how spreadsheets can be pretty and secure.
  • Explore the dustier corners of OpenOffice, from fonts to bibliographies.

Who is this book for?

OpenOffice 3.0 is for all of us. OpenOffice runs on Windows, Linux, and OS X: the audience is enormous, and 90 millions downloads speak clearly.

About the Apress Beginning Series

The Beginning series from Apress is the right choice to get the information you need to land that crucial entry-level job. These books will teach you a standard and important technology from the ground up because they are explicitly designed to take you from "novice to professional." You’ll start your journey by seeing what you need to know—but without needless theory and filler. You’ll build your skill set by learning how to put together real–world projects step by step. So whether your goal is your next career challenge or a new learning opportunity, the Beginning series from Apress will take you there—it is your trusted guide through unfamiliar territory!

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About the Author

Andy Channelle is a writer, designer, and educator. He has written for Linux Format, MacFormat, 3D World, and lots of other publications since the mid-1990s. He is a media educator and most recently successfully migrated to university teaching, working as a visiting lecturer/instructor in journalism and new media at the University of the West of England. Outside of these areas, he is also a new media consultant at Spike Island ( and has been intimately involved in the architecture, design, and deployment of the institution's new Drupal-based web site. Andy also holds a master's degree in new media.

Product Details

  • File Size: 16962 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1430215909
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 8, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKWK8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers exactly what it promises March 28, 2009
Beginning OpenOffice 3 walks the reader through using the most common features of OpenOffice, arguably one of the most powerful and complete office suite available. And best of all, it is free! Many companies and individuals are discovering it for the first time as they deal with the need to exchange files with others who are using the newest version of Microsoft Office. Given the choice of upgrading all their systems to the newest version or simply downloading OpenOffice 3, many are examining it as a viable option. OpenOffice 3 can open and edit files created with the newest version of Word and save them in a format the Microsoft Office can open and use.

This brings us to the purpose of this book. How do you find out how to use the features to achieve the results you want? One of the best things about this book is the approach the author uses. The entire book is project oriented so you learn by creating projects and solving problems in a real world scenario. The book covers all the different software components - word processing, spreadsheet, database, illustration, and presentation software. The author does an excellent job of focusing on and detailing the most common needs of a typical office. You can literally start from no knowledge of office suite software at all and learn how to become a proficient user in relatively short order.

The chapter on the word processing module starts from the very basics of opening a file or creating a new one. From there the author leads the reader through formatting, creating and using templates, paragraph styles and other common needs. Then he moves the reader through creating a newsletter, inserting graphics, word wrap, changing styles in a page and other advanced topics.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book and the software are both very good!!! March 17, 2009
I am a long time MS office user but when I got my new laptop I didn't want to pay for MS Office and I am totally against using "illegal" software so I installed OpenOffice. I had used it before but never stuck with it for long because I had access to MS Office. Well I am fine with OpenOffice so far. I dual boot my computer and have OpenOffice installed in both MS Vista and Ubuntu 8.10. (please Apple build a Linux version of ITunes)

I had only had limited "training" on the various office programs. I was really good with spreadsheets and databases but never a "power user" in word processing or presentations. Self I thought you should learn more about this OpenOffice thing. So now I have "Beginning Open 3 - From Novice to Professional" by Andy Channelle and started reading it and realize that this is a great way to learn some tricks on how to be more productive with office applications.

The first few chapters introduce "Writer" the word processing application. You can do way more than I have ever tried. Chapter 1 one starts easy but not slow - it brings in Versions which are cool - I have not used that before and now I really like it. Just like CVS you create versions of a document that you can go back to. Then template documents - I guess it's pretty cool if you send out similar documents.

Chapter 2 - Design using writer - it's like a full featured desktop publishing software you can create some pretty fancy layouts. The next chapter goes into more detail on formatting, automatic fields, automatic table of contents and layout. Plenty of detail to really understand what you are doing.

Next we move into spreadsheets - which I have good experience with. I am pleasantly surprised by the depth of features and formulas that are there.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book January 27, 2009
By Woodman
Beginning Open Office 3:
From Novice to Professional

Apress / [...]

A Review

I had a chance to review this recently published book and my overall impression is very positive. The author has spent time getting to know the program and how it works.

In a series of chapters he explains each of the components and uses a project paradigm to show the common features of each of the parts of the office suite. This not only shows how the different aspects of each program work with each other, but also gives an idea of a workflow that can be used to develop similar projects. While this workflow may not work for you, it is a base to start from and sometimes getting started is the hardest part.

After starting with straightforward projects he graduates into more complex methods of not only using the programs by themselves, but also how the parts of the office suite can work together. He is very good at showing some of the more esoteric things that can trip you up.
Throughout the book he notes how OO.o differs from Microsoft Office, where they're similar, and there's a section that discusses some tests involving importing and exporting files between the two office suites. He finishes up by talking about some of the common extensions that can be used to make life with OpenOffice easier and more productive.

There are a couple of factual errors that I found, but those relate more to cross platform considerations and not so much with the program usage itself.

I will note that the most jarring thing I found that increased the difficulty of reading this book is the lack of "calling out" program specific references (like dialog items, etc) by the use of a different font.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
When all else fails, read the manual!
Published 1 month ago by Chaplain Bob
1.0 out of 5 stars Book description limited
Very limited. Does not go into any detail on how to use the spreed sheet. We don't have time to figure the commands out. Excel and Lotus books went into great detail.
Published 5 months ago by John Poletti
The book needs a simple tuitorial that is a step by step process accomplishing the task and pictures showing where on the computer the action should be taken. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jesse james
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money.
This is one of the poorest books I have ever purchased. Save your money and go walk around the block. That will definitely do you more good.
Published 8 months ago by GI
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to teach you all you need to know about using Open Office...
I am learning how to use the Calc portion right now and it's great to have this book to guide the way.
Published 17 months ago by Jane L Files
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference for Open Office
When I discovered that Open Office was not just a clone of MS Office, I decided I needed a hard copy reference. I found it in this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Larry Badgett
3.0 out of 5 stars Book was fine
Would not purchase again. Book was very good, writing style was good as well. Definitely better book than the OO program.
Published 19 months ago by Judith Treidler
5.0 out of 5 stars OpenOffice manual
Immediate shipment. Arrived in perfect, new condition in a few days. Couldn't be any better. Would purchase thru him again.
Published on October 20, 2011 by Clamor
1.0 out of 5 stars Best to Look Elsewhere
I liked the idea of free word processing. I bought the book for reference since I'm a beginner. I am writing an e-book and things are going fine until I opened up the columns and... Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by cabnboy
3.0 out of 5 stars Novice yes, professional no
This book has a nice layout and is easy to read. However, it is not a good choice for somebody like me, an experienced Wordperfect user who is migrating to Openoffice Writer. Read more
Published on March 24, 2011 by Stephen Cobb
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Andy Channelle is a writer and educator who works for the University of the West of England. He specialises in journalism and new media and is also involved in various web projects.
Since 2001, Andy has been a full-time writer for magazines including Linux Format, Mac Format, PC Plus and 3D World - prior to this he worked for various newspapers and magazines - and has recently finished a degree in Cultural and Media Studies and a Masters degree in New Media.
In addition to writing he also occasionally takes on web projects and recently assisted in the development and deployment of
He lives in Thornbury near Bristol with his wife and two children and enjoys playing guitar, drums and keyboards and playing with computers. He has recently started writing his first novel.

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