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New book: Taming Apache OpenOffice

This book is for anyone who wants to get up to speed quickly with Apache OpenOffice.org 3.4. It introduces Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector drawings), Math (equation editor) and Base (database), as well as common features

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Planning a new book

I am preparing to write a book on using styles and templates in Writer, aimed at intermediate and advanced users. I am considering doing it as a series of tutorials, each using a different example (such as a thesis, a

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OOo 3.3 Writer Guide published

The OOo 3.3 Writer Guide has been published. PDFs of the full book and of the individual chapters are available from this wiki page. OOo 3.3 Writer includes some major improvements in a few areas, including the Print dialog, increased

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Rewriting the chapter on master documents in Writer

I spent a large chunk of today rewriting the chapter on Master Documents in the OpenOffice.org 3.x Writer Guide. Much of the chapter described an elaborate workaround for a common problem, which has long since fixed by changes in the

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Readability Report for OpenOffice.org on Windows

I haven’t tried this extension to OpenOffice.org, because I don’t use Windows, but it sounds interesting (if not misused or abused as often happens with “readability” scores). Would like to hear from someone who has used it. The Readability Report

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