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December 08, 2006

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Daniel Feiglin

1. Order no. ....8523 arrived today in good order. Thanks.
2. The first things I looked for were ...in Appendix B - Advanced Topics. Instead of going into a plethora of minor details, let me suggest a Volume 2 - Advanced topics for professional users (I'm a Tech Writer). It should specifically include DTP issues such as doc version/change control etc..
3. From a cursory review of the book, I think that most of the questions (annoyances) arising from migration from MS Word 2k under Win 2k or Linux/CXoffice - are covered.
4. I looked at http://www.getopenoffice.org/workbooks.html
I don't know what's in the Advanced book, nor do I intend to fork out $22 for a 154 page workbook when what I need is more like "Guidebook".
5. Apart from your own blog, is there a list/blog for handling newbie questions of the "how do you ..." variety?

Solveig

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your comments.

>>I don't know what's in the Advanced book, nor do I intend to fork out $22 for a 154 page workbook when what I need is more like "Guidebook".

At
http://www.getopenoffice.org/workbooks.html you can click on the TOC link for any workbook and see the topics covered in that book.

For an advanced book, take a look at Jean Weber's Writer book, if you're not interested in my Professional Writer workbook.

"OpenOffice.org Writer: The Free Alternative to Microsoft Word"

>>5. Apart from your own blog, is there a list/blog for handling newbie questions of the "how do you ..." variety?

You can subscribe to and submit questions to the users@openoffice.org mailing list.

Bill Roberts

Documentation about how to use a database is sorely lacking. How can I set up events for button presses? How do I do complex reports (with group headers and footers as well as overall report headers and footers? Basically, I would like to see some intermediate level documentation for the database portion of OO.

Solveig

Hi Bill,

I do have some coverage of that in my Databases and Mail Merges workbook.


http://www.cafepress.com/getopenoffice.162066646
http://getopenoffice.org/tocs/databases20toc.pdf

You can also see a reports article.
http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2006/03/techtargetcom_a.html


However, the main issue is that the report tool is just not very robust yet.


I'll try to blog on your questions in the next week or two. Thanks for your suggestions.

Solveig

Silvio Grosso

Hello,
First of all thanks a lot for your guidebook.
I am interested in knowing if a new edition is going to be released?
Maybe after the release of OpenOffice 3 in September where a bunch of new features are going to be included (e.g the import of pdf).
Best regards
Silvio

Solveig

Hi Silvio,

Thanks! Yes, I'll be updating it with the 3.0 version. PDF Import is going to be huge!

Solveig

Newton

I would like to see a book, entitled " Real Database Aplications, only with Open Source Software" !

Solveig

Hi Newton,

Thanks for the suggestion. This is a popular idea; I'm going to see what the tools are like in 3.0 and proceed from there.

Solveig

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