Will you be on my OpenOffice.org 2.0 Book Team?
Some of you have seen this page on Amazon for the past, oh, decade. ;>
Due to weirdness with Amazon, I have not been able to get it off their site.
But! Now I am actually writing it! I've got content, it's goin' fast, it's going to be out by spring.
It's not going to be another 4-pound behemoth—I do like covering everything but there's also an important place for an 80/20, just-the-most-used-features, approach. The OpenOffice.org 2.0 book on Amazon will be around 500 pages and will not include things like master documents, macros, or basically the advanced features that are cool but less frequently used.
I might do an advanced “Part 2” kind of book, like the Core Java folks did with their books. But right now, we're looking at a good solid for-everyone sort of book with emphasis on the basics.
Not to say that it will be nothing but “To make text bold, click the B icon. See illustration at right.” This book will tell you how to do cool stuff, powerful stuff, stuff that will make your job easier and make you, with luck, pump your first in the air and say “I rule!!!”
That's where you come in.
I've got the main content, all the procedures and lessons that need to be in the book. But I've got a section for each chapter or chunk of chapters tentatively titled OpenOffice.org Power Tools. So for each main topic area I'll include cool powerful, not-overwhelmingly-complicated, widely applicable, power tips.
- PDF, of course, including File > Send > Document as PDFAttachment
- Making a template and assigning it to be the one you get when you choose File > New
I want to know what you think would be good additions to those sections. I want the book to really be something people will find valuable and a great resource for all those specific but really essential things that can muck up your day if you can't do them or they're a pain.
So tell me. What has saved your butt with OpenOffice.org? What did you think it couldn't do, that you really needed, and found out it could? (Or maybe you don't know how to do it, but really wish it could?)
Please leave a comment with suggestions. (The comments won't appear immediately; I monitor comments and trackbacks, due to a recent spell of interesting links from the folks peddling films of women with their ponies.) I'll repost this blog periodically to keep getting suggestions.
I'll of course credit anyone with a suggestion I use in the book. (By submitting a comment, you're saying that's OK. blah blah legal blah blah.)
I'll be posting parts of the book, as well, to get feedback. I want it to be clear, readable, fun if at all possible, and of course, really, really helpful.