Using StarOffice Special Edition (Special Edition Using) Paperback – 1 Jul 1999
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From the Back Cover
Special Edition Using StarOffice provides the information beginning to intermediate users need to created, edit, and publish effective documents using Linuxs freeware office suite. Learn the ins and outs of the word processor, the spreadsheet, the presentation software. Also, see how to take advantage of Linux native networkability for workgroup editing, Intranet document sharing and Web publishing.
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The problem that I usually encounter with references which cover the entire "suite" is that there is very little coverage of of the advanced features. This book is only partly guilty of these kinds of omissions. The advanced features ARE covered but just a tad lightly (I suppose we'll be seeing very in-depth, application-specific books someday in the future). Having used StarOffice for about 8 months now, this book made me aware that StarCalc had its own version of Microsoft Excel's Pivot-Tables.
This covers version 5.1 as was released by the original StarDivision or as is available now from Sun Microsystems. It covers both the Windows and Linux/Unix/Solaris versions and identifies subtle differences which you might encounter. Overall, it's a very good first reference with enough advanced topics.
I was very confused by the organization; each product has a 60-some page *introductory* section. I couldn't figure out where to look for just a simple procedure that tells me what I needed. When you can find a procedure, it's often a series of long, dense paragraphs; the information doesn't exactly leap out at you. And the illustrations, while very professional-looking, really aren't that helpful--the callouts are just the tooltips, which are built into the program.
This book has a lot of potential and a lot of information but it needs an industrial-strength organizational makeover. before it can be really helpful. It's better than the quickie 400-page books, but I guess I'm still looking for the book I need.
(It's also outdated, on version 5.1...sigh.)
The Special Edition book is a volumous tome of information that every skill level can use. The book is written in a manner that appeals to both the computer expert and the newbie user.
Each section of the book discusses the basic techniques that are used on a regular basis and then it progresses to more powerful techniques. Examples and illustrations are plentiful - which many people find helpful.
The index and table of contents is written is plain english - so it is not difficult to find the answer to any question you may have. The book also discusses the compatibility of StarOffice and other major office suites.
For expert level user tasks - macro designing, the book offers very little information on this area. But to find the answers on building the macros - I simply went to the Sun Microsystem's (The Makers of StarOffice) website and did some poking around until I found my answer.
Sadly, StarOffice 5.2 will debut this year and this book may be obsolete by teh time you read it - but if you plan to use or continue to use StarOffice 5.1 - then consider buying this book.
The price may be a bit higher then some of the "thinner" books - but in this case - you get what you pay for. Don't be a "Dummy." Purchase this book!
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