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Above All, A Practical Guide,
This review is from: The OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook (Paperback)
'Practicality' describes this book best. It is full of useful tips for situations that arise in 'real work.' It is not an academic or theoretical treatise, nor is it a true 'manual' in the sense of feeling the need to describe every option in every drop-down box.
The index is extremely well-done; it is easy to find the solution to a given working problem quickly and efficiently. For instance, I was working on an ebook that required numerous changes in page numbering throughout the book. This would have taken an hour or more on my own; with the Guidebook, I reached 'misson accomplished' status in about ten minutes.
To set the level here, I am no OpenOffice/StarOffice beginner; I have used the products back to the day before Sun bought out StarOffice and when the print manuals were completely, and only, in German. Yet, in just the first five pages of the Guide, I found two new tips, and it just got better after that. The 'demystification' of the use of styles is alone worth more than the price of the book.
The Guide is best for someone with some experience with office suites; complete beginners need to start with a tutorial book first. But if you have any level of knowledge, from rudimentary on up through expert, and want a large number of practical tips on how to really work effectively with OpenOffice, get this book at once.