The new OpenOffice.org Charting Tool Coming in OpenOffice.org 2.3

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For anyone who has grown weary of the current OpenOffice chart tool, or for anyone who has attended my classes and grown alarmed at hearing that charting is as much art as science, there is some relief in sight.

The chart tool has been improved significantly, and it's going to be included in OpenOffice.org 2.3, to be released roughly sometime this fall. If you're curious, you can download the developer version containing the chart tool here.

Here's a tour of it. I'm getting to know the details myself right now, but this is the gist. OK, a fairly detailed gist.

Here's the basic data we're working with.

Window 1: Chart Type

Note that you get a preview of the chart as you go along, in the document. This preview of course disappears when you click Cancel without creating a chart.

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