Office Party: Party in Style: Too Much Fun with OpenOffice.org Styles
Novell Connection Magazine: Office Party
Party in Style: Too Much Fun with OpenOffice.org Styles
by Kendra Dalin
Novell Connection Magazine – Q1 2007
Here’s an excerpt:
Touted as a compelling and arguably superior alternative to Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org begs the question: is it as good as it’s cracked up to be? I’ve headed canary-like to mine the depths of this free suite alternative, testing its limits by using it to complete common and advanced business tasks. If I report back to you in short, desperate breaths that the suite is impossibly difficult to use, you will know better than to send in more miners. But if I come out of this experiment alive and well, you may just have to ask yourself, as I asked myself, “Why not give it a try?” (See Trouble Me.)
If you have not been following this series and have not yet seen OpenOffice.org, you might want to back up for a moment to establish your context here. Download and take a look at this open source office suite (OpenOffice.org) or in the interest of time, read previous articles in this series for background basics.
If you have time to read only one of this series’ previous articles, read the December 2006 article titled, I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat, which sets the stage for this discussion. In that article, I share the results of my attempts to format, export as .pdf, and create a template for my community newsletter, The ABC View, using OpenOffice.org Writer (OO Writer).
This article adds to the template discussion by explaining how I used OO Writer to incorporate Styles into and thereby improve the usefulness
of The ABC View template. With the template and associated styles, creating new editions of The ABC View is now easier than ever. The template spares me from having to repeatedly create the newsletter’s static elements, and Styles enable me to reproduce, with the click of a button, the newsletter’s varied text, list and frame formats.