5 things you should know to master your office software [Microsoft, Mac or Open Source]

Regardless of the flavour of Office Productivity software that you use, be it OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, NeoOffice, Microsoft Office or Apple products including Pages, Numbers and Keynote… there are some basic skills that you should master to be really productive. This post highlights five of these skills. … [Read more...]

Is it time to switch to LibreOffice? [Oracle dumps OpenOffice.org]

"In a statement issued on Friday, Oracle announced that it intends to discontinue commercial development of the OpenOffice.org (OOo) office suite. The move comes several months after key members of the OOo community and a number of major corporate contributors forked OOo to create a vendor-neutral alternative." Source: ARSTechnicha.com Is it time to switch to LibreOffice? See the Oracle press … [Read more...]

Getting Help [Support for OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, NeoOffice]

One of the things about Open Source software is that a great deal of the help comes from the community. This is done through the community, and through an interface called a forum. Some people may not be familiar with forums, however as a way of getting assistance on specific problems they are pretty useful. Users response with different options and methods of approaching your issue or … [Read more...]

SOLVED – Java Issues on OpenOffice.org for Apple Mac Users

Earlier this week I posted 3 Options for Java Issues on OpenOffice.org for Apple Mac Users [Show Stopper]. I'm happy to report over at the reported bug page this is now solved, and for those that are experiencing difficulties you can apply a patch. If you find all the tech-speak a little intimidating, then please proceed to the page of Raphael Bircher who has a handy set of instructions on … [Read more...]

3 Options for Java Issues on OpenOffice.org for Apple Mac Users [Show Stopper – SOLVED]

Amazon affiliate: Mac Os X-Only Free Software: Textedit, Neooffice, Quicksilver, Camino, Adium, Bean, Colloquy, Shiira, Smultron, Seashore, Texshop, Cog, Growl Update: This issue has now been solved. :) I have been on leave for a month, and came back to a software update for Java 1.6 on my Mac. As usual, I installed it. Unfortunately, the next time I opened OOo to put together a tutorial, I … [Read more...]

DiscoveringOOo has been featured in the OOo-announce newsletter!

This site has been included in the OOo-announce newsletter! Please continue to spread the word and introduce friends, family and co-workers to OpenOffice.org! Check out more at: http://www.openoffice.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=announce&msgNo=427 and sign up for the newsletter. Also, a big "HI!" to all those who came here from the link in that newsletter. Please take a look around, and check … [Read more...]

How to Assign Special Characters in OOo [How-to Guide]

Often we need to use special characters that don't appear on our keyboard. For example, my keyboard doesn't have the pound sign (the one used for currency in the UK - £). Fortunately there has been a guide published which will allow you to see various methods for inserting these special characters in OpenOffice.org. So now you can insert all the ¥, ¤, ±, µ you want, using your preferred … [Read more...]

OpenOffice.org in the Cloud – Access your Open Office from anywhere in a browser

There has been some speculation as to whether Oracle will release a web-based version of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, however two companies have gone ahead and developed solutions for using OpenOffice.org through a web browser. OpenOffice Anywhere is charged at US$0.65 per hour, with 15 free minutes as a trial. Ulteo has 1Gb of free storage for your documents, and requires … [Read more...]

OpenDisc gives you OpenOffice.org and many other programs on one disc – free!

I'm always on the hunt for good open source resources, and OpenDisc is a fantastic one. Basically it's a site where you can download an ISO disc image and burn it on a CD. It is aimed largely at the education market - students and teachers on a budget, however anyone can download their disc images, and burn a CD. Note that it supports Windows only. You do get a lot in the download, with many … [Read more...]

5 Links to enhance your OpenOffice.org Experience

The following links should be useful if you wish to extend the functionality of your OpenOffice install. To install OO.o 3.2.1 version under Ubuntu, Muktware has these instructions...  Read More » Solveig Haugland comes to the rescue with OpenOffice.org clipart - It's nice to be able to just pull clip art from within the program. Some users find it difficult to navigate a file system, which … [Read more...]