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special edition Using StarOffice Paperback – July 19, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0789719935 ISBN-10: 0789719932 Edition: Special
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Special Edition Using StarOffice provides the information beginning to intermediate users need to created, edit, and publish effective documents using Linux's freeware office suite. Learn the ins and outs of the word processor, the spreadsheet, the presentation software. Also, see how to take advantage of Linux' native networkability for workgroup editing, Intranet document sharing and Web publishing.
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Product Details

  • Series: Special Edition Using
  • Paperback: 1519 pages
  • Publisher: Que; Special edition (July 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789719932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789719935
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,923,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
To the best of my knowledge, this is one of the first books to try documenting the StarOffice suite. A bold challenge since much of the exhaustive documentation is either in German or scattered in a several newsgroups. This book has met that challenge rather well. If you are working with StarOffice, and need more than just the online help (who doesn't?), this book is currently (as of 10/99) probably one of the best out there.
The problem that I usually encounter with references which cover the entire "suite" is that there is very little coverage of of the advanced features. This book is only partly guilty of these kinds of omissions. The advanced features ARE covered but just a tad lightly (I suppose we'll be seeing very in-depth, application-specific books someday in the future). Having used StarOffice for about 8 months now, this book made me aware that StarCalc had its own version of Microsoft Excel's Pivot-Tables.
This covers version 5.1 as was released by the original StarDivision or as is available now from Sun Microsystems. It covers both the Windows and Linux/Unix/Solaris versions and identifies subtle differences which you might encounter. Overall, it's a very good first reference with enough advanced topics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Jacobson on November 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it definitely wasn't for Dummies, and I thought it would cover all of StarOffice's features. And by golly, it does. But darned if I can find what I need without wading through it for a half hour.
I was very confused by the organization; each product has a 60-some page *introductory* section. I couldn't figure out where to look for just a simple procedure that tells me what I needed. When you can find a procedure, it's often a series of long, dense paragraphs; the information doesn't exactly leap out at you. And the illustrations, while very professional-looking, really aren't that helpful--the callouts are just the tooltips, which are built into the program.
This book has a lot of potential and a lot of information but it needs an industrial-strength organizational makeover. before it can be really helpful. It's better than the quickie 400-page books, but I guess I'm still looking for the book I need.
(It's also outdated, on version 5.1...sigh.)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
StarOffice (SO) is a pretty comparable app, on windows it compares nicely to MS office (although I would give a _slight_ edge to MS office) and under Linux it has no competition. With excellent import/export filters it's a must for anyone who is a linux/solaris user.. I was pleasantly pleased with this book they don't spend a lot of time teaching how to use a mouse but come in at a middle level (and occasionally getting down right advanced) If all you want to do is type a few letters no need to get this, but if you want to do anything else it is ~$$ well spent
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Cooper on June 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Unfortunatly this was the third Star Office Help Book that I bought - I wished there was a review that discussed the book, instead of the progam - prior to my two other purchases.
The Special Edition book is a volumous tome of information that every skill level can use. The book is written in a manner that appeals to both the computer expert and the newbie user.
Each section of the book discusses the basic techniques that are used on a regular basis and then it progresses to more powerful techniques. Examples and illustrations are plentiful - which many people find helpful.
The index and table of contents is written is plain english - so it is not difficult to find the answer to any question you may have. The book also discusses the compatibility of StarOffice and other major office suites.
For expert level user tasks - macro designing, the book offers very little information on this area. But to find the answers on building the macros - I simply went to the Sun Microsystem's (The Makers of StarOffice) website and did some poking around until I found my answer.
Sadly, StarOffice 5.2 will debut this year and this book may be obsolete by teh time you read it - but if you plan to use or continue to use StarOffice 5.1 - then consider buying this book.
The price may be a bit higher then some of the "thinner" books - but in this case - you get what you pay for. Don't be a "Dummy." Purchase this book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
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This is a useful book to have around because the online help in Star Office isn't too friendly. It covers everything from getting started to pretty advanced stuff, such as desktop publishing and Star Basic (the built-in macro language). There is stuff it doesn't cover (such as advanced star basic programming for spreadsheets). However the stuff it does cover in its 1520 detail-packed pages is more than enough to become a real power-user. It does tell you how to publish StarCalc worksheets on the Web by the way (re reader from silicon valley's complaint below), on pages 556-558.
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