Introduction to OpenOffice.org 2.0

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Introduction to OpenOffice.org 2.0. Presented at CICC Asia OSS Training, ICT Learning Center, Central World Plaza, Bangkok (18 Jan 2006))

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Introduction to OpenOffice.org 2.0

  1. 1. Introduction to OpenOffice.org 2.0 Isriya Paireepairit <isriya_pa@sipa.or.th> Software Industry Promotion Agency (Public Organization) Asia OSS Training, Bangkok This slide is licensed by Creative Commons Attribution License 2.5
  2. 2. History • Formerly StarOffice, by StarDivision • Acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999 • Open Sourced in 2000 as OpenOffice.org • 1.0 in May 2002 • 2.0 in October 2005 • Current version is 2.0.1 • 2.0.2 coming in Feb 2006
  3. 3. Downside of OOo 1.x • Lack of database application • User interface is different from Microsoft Office • Ability to read/write Microsoft format is not good enough • Stability • Platform integration (e.g. native look)
  4. 4. What’s New in OOo 2 • “Base”, new database application • OpenDocument as default file format • Very similar to Microsoft Office (UI, terminology) • Improvement in document filter • Native themes
  5. 5. Softwares in Suite • Writer - Word Processor • Calc - Spreadsheet • Impress - Presentation • Base - Database • Draw - Vector Drawing • Math - Mathematic Formular
  6. 6. Some limitations • Anyway, no one is perfect • Not 100% format compatible with Microsoft • Macro need much improvement • Lack some useful keyboard shortcuts • Require Java to run Base • Native Mac OS X Integration
  7. 7. Tips for Using OpenOffice.org Debian-based (e.g. Ubuntu) • Use packages from repository • Download from OpenOffice.org and convert by Alien ‣ sudo alien -k *.rpm ‣ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
  8. 8. Tips (2) Using Style is more productivity • Same concept as CSS • Consistence in document presentation • F11 for Style and Formatting pane • Style can import/export
  9. 9. Tips (3) To change default file format • Tools > Options > Load/Save > General > Always Save As To disable URL Recognition • Tools > AutoCorrect > Options
  10. 10. Menu Movement Page Properties/Formatting • MS: File > Page Settings • OO: Format > Page Header/Footer • MS:View > Header/Footer • OO: Insert > Header/Footer
  11. 11. Internationalization • OpenOffice.org 1.x can’t use Thai properly • SIPA’s solution for 2.0 release • “Use Professional” • Hired StarOffice Division (Sun Germany) to fix Thai-related bugs • Guarantee bug fixing on 2.0 timeframe • Budget: 2 million baht (~$50,000) • Just only 100 licenses for Office 2003 Pro
  12. 12. Demo • Mail-merge Wizard • Change Management • Database-Form Wizard

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