Printed copies of LibreOffice Math, Impress, and Draw guides

Printed copies of the LibreOffice Math, Impress, and Draw guides are now available from

LibreOffice Draw and Impress Guides Published

The full Draw Guide (for the vector graphics component of LibreOffice) and Impress Guide (for the presentations or slide shows component) are now available in PDF and ODT on the Documentation page of the LibreOffice website.

Printed copies are coming soon.

Transition to Apache

As many readers of this blog probably know, Oracle has given to The Apache Software Foundation. The project has been in transition since early-mid June. A lot of legal, technical and other details are still being worked out. The project is in what Apache calls the “incubator” stage.

If you are interested in keeping up with developments, and especially if you would like to be involved, I encourage you to join the ooo-dev list at Apache and contribute to the discussions there, or at least browse through the archives.

To subscribe to the list, send an email to

The archives are here.

The Apache incubator website is here.

Slideshow on Apache

I recommend this slideshow on Apache by Ross Gardler, Vice President of
Community Development, The Apache Software Foundation.

There is also a video of this presentation.

LibreOffice 3 Impress Guide and Draw Guide chapters published

Chapters in two more books have been published by the LibreOffice Documentation team:

LibreOffice 3 Impress Guide

LibreOffice 3 Draw Guide

PDFs and ODTs of the individual chapters are available from this page. Full books will be available soon. 3.3 Draw Guide chapters published

Individual chapters of the 3.3 Draw Guide have been published. PDFs of the full book and of the individual chapters are available from this wiki page. The full book is coming soon. 3.3 Impress Guide published

The 3.3 Impress Guide has been published. PDFs of the full book and of the individual chapters are available from this wiki page.

The printed edition is available from

Work is proceeding on the Draw Guide.

Print Edition of LibreOffice Calc Guide Published

The print edition of the LibreOffice Calc Guide (ISBN 978-1-921320-16-3) is available on

Free PDFs and ODTs of the full book and of the individual chapters are available from this page on the LibreOffice website.

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 magazine, a software user guide), and combine the tutorials into a book, along with a reference section at the back. Examples and context (when and why to use something) are essential, as are lots of diagrams to illustrate concepts such as the sequence of page styles in a book.

The book will be under CC-BY license and will be provided as a free PDF as well as in printed form and possibly in HTML on this website. It should be useful for users of both and LibreOffice (and other derivatives).

I am collecting topics on a wiki page on The Document Foundation’s website, and I will probably also put the list on this website.

You are very welcome to add your “wish list” of topics or examples to be included in the book. I don’t promise to include them all, but it will be a better book if I know what information readers want.

You are also very welcome to review and comment on the book as it develops. I will put drafts on my website for this purpose.

I suspect I won’t get around any time soon to updating the website version of my book on self-publishing, so those pages are mostly out of date, although you can still get the PDF from this page.

LibreOffice Math Guide published

The 3.3 Math Guide has been rebranded for LibreOffice and published in ODT and PDF formats. You can find them here: