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OpenOffice.Org 1.0 Resource Kit

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Everything you need for, the best-selling StarOffice" Companion, adapted for

Includes the CD: official distribution, including great extras like macros and the Mac®OS beta distribution

For Windows, Linux, and Solaris platforms

Covers Writer, Web, Calc, Impress, Draw, databases and forms, and more

This practical, user-friendly insider's guide contains everything you need to install and learn today! With the Companion, you get the best-selling StarOffice"! Companion, adapted and updated for, plus the official CD, which includes software for all platforms and great extras!

Imagine an office productivity suite that's powerful, easy to use, has great extras (like a drawing program and database connectivity), and is absolutely free! The Open Source Project's partnership with Sun Microsystems makes this a reality for millions of Linux®, Solaris®, and Windows® users.

Learn for the first time, or explore the great new features in this release. Companion also incorporates solutions to questions from hundreds of users, both beginners and pros, making this the most practical, task-based book available. It delivers clear, step-by-step instructions on what you need to do to get your job done.

You'll find comprehensive coverage of all this and more:

Great information across applications:

Conversion to and from Microsoft® and StarOffice 5.2 file formats

Installation and setup tips:

How to install for either single users or network installations, for all platforms, with detailed instructions and key trouble-shooting tips Migration tips for StarOffice 5.2 users

Power-user tips, including:

How to print spreadsheet headings on multiple pages, modify XML to edit the files or customize, and importing text files into spreadsheets

Quick Start tutorials:

Learn the key features of each application, plus procedures on customizing to make using it simple and productive

Comprehensive coverage of each application:

  • Writer—Editing, formatting, mail merge, printing to postscript and PDF, long documents, version control, and comparing documents
  • Web—Creating Web pages with AutoPilot, hotlinks, viewing and editing source- animated GIFs, and scrolling text marquees
  • Calc—Formatting, data entry and calculations in spreadsheets (including the function AutoPilot), scenarios, Goal Seek, exporting to HTML, and inserting spreadsheets in other documents
  • Impress—Creating, designing, and delivering presentations, including custom presentations and animation
  • Drawing and image-editing features—Using the vast array of drawing tools including 3D, connector lines for technical diagrams, editing raster graphics like photos, and exporting to formats like GIF, EPS, and SVG
  • Connecting to data sources—Setting up data-source connections to spreadsheets, Access, Oracle® and other databases via JDBC and other standard access methods. Plus creating mail merges documents and labels with the user-friendly AutoPilot

Want to learn how to get things done with Companion is the practical, direct, expert guide you've been searching for, with all the software you need.

About the Author

Solveig Haugland has been writing, editing, and training for eleven years, helping newbies and techies alike learn about Java, accounting software, WebLogic, and of course StarOffice and She's currently a technical trainer and author through's web site (

Floyd Jones has ten years of experience creating documentation and training materials for a wide range of software products including accounting software, golf course management, and WebLogic. He currently does project management and documentation for WebLogic and StarOffice.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (March 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131407457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131407459
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,341,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Lance Wilcox on October 22, 2003
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With Microsoft about to make another snatch at your wallet with its release of MS Office 2003, it's more than ever worth knowing that you don't have to succumb, you don't have to shell out the $149-$499 Bill Gates plans to charge you in order to maintain the 76% profit margin he earns on the sale of his software suite. You can, instead, order The OpenOffice.Org 1.0 Resource Kit for $28 and receive a superb office suite, complete with a well-written 1,000-page manual that covers all of the integrated programs. Or, if you have broadband, you can go straight to the web site in the title and download the entire suite for free!
I discovered the software about a month ago and downloaded it on my office computer. My professional responsibilities call for heavy use of a word processor and light use of a spread sheet. I was able to download, install, and run without a hitch and found that these two functions, at least, are superb replacements for the MS Office software I had been using. Since my home computer has only a dial-up line, I ordered The OpenOffice.Org 1.0 Resource Kit for that and again had perfect success loading the suite from the included CD-ROM. I recommend the latter approach, in fact, even if you do have broadband, since the thorough, lucid manual will allow you, in short order, to make fuller use of the software than before. I am myself, for example, making much better use of the spread sheet than I ever made of Excel because of the detailed instructions in the manual.
The software and the manual have both made a believer of me. seems to me the most usable software yet to come out of the "open source" movement (I have hopes for Linux but they haven't yet been fulfilled). I have used OpenOffice.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Chris Rogers on March 4, 2003
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I bought ten of these kits for the people in my office, since we're switching the local rec center over to OOo. I really like it. It's one-stop shopping for the book and CD, and it's got a good range of information for the sysadmin (me) as well as people who are just running some spreadsheets. I heartily recommend the troubleshooting section of the install chapter. I also sat down my users and ran them through the tutorials in the book, and they're getting going with the product pretty well, esp considering they're not real intense computer people. It's a pretty fun book too, easy to understand without having to interpret.
This is a really good price. My own opinion is, nobody should be bothering to get the StarOffice product anymore, unless they're a huge business and really want support. StarOffice and are virtually the same (just some missing templates basically). This resource kit is really the best choice if you're looking to get something beyond a free download and trying to figure it out on your own. There's a lot of docs on the openoffice site but wrangling them all together and finding what you need can take some time. The book index is good so you can find stuff pretty easily.
I've used Haugland's StarOffice book, which is also excellent, at a previous job, and the OpenOffice book you get with this is quite similar. So just a note, if you already have the Staroffice 6.0 Companion, you don't need this book, but when you're telling your friends to ditch Microsoft, tell them to just get the OpenOffice resource kit and they'll be good to go.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Eric Krupin on June 26, 2004
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Knowing that it's mostly intelligent, clear-thinking people who will be willing to venture outside the for-your-own-good totalitarianism of Microsoftland, the authoress efficiently plots you a straight-line course to mastery of the product. She doesn't waste your time telling you where to find the File menu, or, at the other extreme, how to parse the source code. Her revivifying doses of occasional wit are actually amusing - unlike the Borscht Belt shtick found in the "For Dummies" volumes. And there's no bullstuff either. One section is aptly titled "How To Turn Off Annoying Features". And when she finds the DirectCursor feature more of a menace than an asset, she tells you in plain words to avoid it. Even the page layouts are refreshingly sane and uncluttered. I'm actually reading the thing cover-to-cover, believe it or not.
Best computer instruction book ever?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Maxwell on March 14, 2003
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If you have discovered the freedom, flexibility and cost-savings of open source software--namely,'s office suite, then your next purchase should be this book. There is documentation on the web but who wants to go searching for answers when you can have a printed resource within arm's reach.
This tome covers all of the component programs in the suite and turns over every stone to deliver to you all of the info needed to become proficient--or attain power-user status. It's up to you!
After you download or purchase the low-cost CDs of this otherwise free, open source program, buy this book. It's simply a natural extension of the office suite!
Here's to saving money for all of us! Cheers!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian Anderson on November 23, 2003
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I met Solveig at Comdex this week and was very happy to see that she's written a book for I've been making some progress learning the program on my own but it is clear already that I was doing it the hard way. Already since getting the book I have learned how to do repeating headings on spreadsheets, complex running headers in Writer files, and hyperlinked TOC entries. I have found everything I looked for. I think it's a good idea for any user to get the Resource Kit. You've already saved a lot of money on the software, and this book is worth every penny.
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