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May 29, 2007

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i was wondering if you could help me make wedding invitations. i'm doing a project on a wedding and all and would like to know if you could help.

Interesting, about the Wedding templates, since I use MS's templates all the time with OpenOffice.org. The problem with your example is the fact most people could not wake the heart shaped image. Those types of images are not something most people I deal with can do. Me, on the other hand, can do them once I find the rose I like.

Yes, there are a great number of things that people are paying others to do when they can do it for themselves. I have several people who could/would never install OpenOffice.org or any other software themselves. They are too scared to do such things.

After 30 years working with most types of computers, I will try any project, once.

Hi Tim,

The heart is a prefab shape in OpenOffice and the rose is a prefab fill, so I think it would work for many people. Exporting it to a gif is extra steps but there's a lot of clip art out there, and istockphoto.com has very low-priced nice images.

I totally agree that many people are too scared to do things that they could very easily do on their own. I like the story of a school district IT head whose school leaders were scared of learning OpenOffice....until they realized that they had been looking at it onscreen for the last two hours of the meeting and it looked pretty darned easy.

In general, whether it's changing your oil or making invitations or making pie, people end up missing opportunities because they're not willing to try something that makes them nervous. Here's a very non-computer example: I have sewn all my life and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that anyone with standard motor skills can sew on buttons, let down hems, patch jeans, take in that baggy dress at the waist, etc. Huge financial benefit in many ways but people really seem to think it's beyond them. A friend of mine takes her button-sewing-on to a tailor.)

In general, whether it's changing your oil or making invitations or making pie, people end up missing opportunities because they're not willing to try something that makes them nervous. Here's a very non-computer example: I have sewn all my life and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that anyone with standard motor skills can sew on buttons, http://www.batterygoshop.co.uk/asus/a31-s5-2.htm ASUS A31-S5 A32-S5 S52N S5000 S5200N S5N ,

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