- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; First Edition edition (August 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596008260
- ISBN-13: 978-0596008260
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I would recommending this for anyone who uses the OpenOffice.org suite and I can only hope that the author considers adding the missing suite applications as future volumes." Linux Magazine, November 2004
About the Author
Jean Hollis Weber has a Master of Science degree and over 25 years of experience as a scientific and technical editor in the fields of biology, mathematics, engineering, and computing. She has taught short courses in writing and editing and lectured to graduate and undergraduate classes in writing and editing at several Australian universities.
Top customer reviews
1 you get over 20 document formats to save your documents on from OpenOffic.org, and Star Office, to Microsoft. There is Plain text, Word, Star Writer, and office to name a few
2 it has a wide variety of fonts and styles to choose from, one of the first things you will notice is if like myself you've used Microsoft works for example the size 11 font on OpenOffice is larger them Microsoft Works so you'll have to reduce it get the size you want
3 it has tons of features, the toolbar has a wide variety of settings and functions, you can e mail from it, upload to the website easily, it has a paint brush formatter. I have OpenOffice.org 3.3 writer I love it right now I am like a kid in a candy store, hope this helps, and happy hunting
Update Jan 28 2013
My computer crashed and the story I had written and saved in OpenOffice was lost. Unlike Microsoft Works 9, and Microsoft Office Home and Student I have both they save your documentation when a computer crashes Open Office did not, luckily I had it on a site and sent a copy to my OneNote. I still think it's nice but I'd never store anything important in it again. My friend had it and lost things in it to
To the rescue: [...], a software package that includes nearly all the functionality of Microsoft Office (certainly all the functionality that I needed!) and even a few things that Office doesn't do (like creating PDF files directly without a separate program like Adobe Acrobat!) I downloaded the software, and immediately had a package of Office-like software free.
The only problem was that it is not well documented. Searching through a help file when you're trying to figure out how to do something is NOT fun to me. So I wanted a book, at least on the word processor, Writer. (The spreadsheet program, Calc, is pretty intuitive to me, but then I'm not trying to do things as fancy with it as I want to do in Writer!) And this book seemed the one to go with.
It has proved useful to me; I'm not sorry I bought it. But it has at least two shortcomings: (1) It describes an old version of Writer, version 1.1 while 2.4 is the current version, and (2) it has a woefully inadequate index. The first is not the author's fault; I'm sure she wrote about the version that was current when she wrote the book, but it does mean that sometimes it describes some feature that does not operate as she describes it, and I'm left trying to figure out how to do what I want to. But the second certainly IS her fault; I simply cannot expect to find what I'm looking for in the index and I'm usually forced to go trying to guess what chapter is likely to have what I want, then flipping through the chapter to find out if she discusses the topic I want to look up.
On the plus side, only two days after getting the book, I've succeeded in doing several things I never could figure out how to do before I had the book, so it has clearly proved useful to me.