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Welcome back, user-defined motion paths in OpenOffice Impress 2.3

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OpenOffice.org Tips: Back in the good old days of 1.x, you could draw a line, then draw an object, and make the object move along whatever line that was. It was great. Then the lovely redesign of Impress came, and that user-defined motion path feature got lost along the way. It's back!

Using Zotero to manage OpenOffice.org bibliographies

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linux.com: If OpenOffice.org's own bibliography feature doesn't really cut it for you, you have several choices. One popular bibliography solution is Bibus, a cross-platform tool that integrates nicely with OpenOffice.org. It is, however, not the only bibliographical tool out there. In fact, there is another nifty tool called Zotero that turns Firefox into a powerful research tool.

OpenOffice's apparent mission creep

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matt asay: Apparently, OpenOffice 3.0 is intent on picking a fight with Microsoft Outlook. Bonne chance, mes amis. I don't mean to imply that it can't be done, but am rather suggesting that this is not the right way to go about it. Zimbra, sure. Or Mozilla's Thunderbird (standalone), sure. But bundled into OpenOffice? I'm not seeing it.

OpenOffice 3.0 Wants to Compete with Outlook

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cybernet: I was just over at the OpenOffice site browsing through some of their marketing materials to see if there was anything interesting. I came across a presentation and it walked through some of the most notable features that are expected to be released in the next big OpenOffice milestone.

A simple task manager for OpenOffice.org

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linux.com: If you spend most of your time in OpenOffice.org, you might want to be able to manage to-do lists and tasks without leaving the comfort of the office suite. Since Writer doesn't have such a feature, you can create your own no-frills task tool and at the same time sharpen your OOoBasic skills.

Office shootout: OpenOffice.org Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

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linux.com: I spent a couple of days testing OOo Calc and Microsoft Excel features for formatting, list-making, formulas, and formula tools. Since the range of user expertise in spreadsheets tends to be much wider than in slide shows or even word processors, I considered the programs largely from the perspective of an average user who might require a spreadsheet for home or business use.

The Great Showdown: MS Office vs. OpenOffice

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linux insider: OpenOffice works on Linux, Windows and Mac. It also supports a wider range of languages for its interface, and it's free software so you can adapt it to your needs or easily write add-ons.

Also: Thank you Michael, but no, thank you...
And: A fabulous way to do list numbering.

"Novell is not forking OpenOffice"

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linux.com: From recent media reports, casual readers could easily believe that OpenOffice.org, the popular free office suite, is fragmenting. Slashdot reported last week that Novell is backing an official fork, while Ars Technica suggested that if what was happening fell short of a fork, then it was still "serious fragmentation" and "not a good thing for the OpenOffice.org community." However, a closer look at the situation shows that what is happening is less of a dramatic split than the airing of long-time grievances and the media's discovery of a long-established institution.

Sun opens up OpenOffice

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matt asay: Jim Parkinson of Sun has been listening to critiques of OpenOffice's governance policies and responds with a post that suggests that Sun plans to address the problems. Specifically, Sun will be using the Sun Contributor Agreement (SCA) for code contributed to OpenOffice.

OpenOffice.org community conflict leads to fragmentation

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artechnica: In a blog entry posted yesterday, developer Kohei Yoshida expresses his frustration with Sun's excessively bureaucratic specification process and unwillingness to compromise and communicate with members of the community.

Michael Meeks on Sun and OpenOffice.org

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o'reilly onlamp: Michael Meeks hacks on OpenOffice.org (and other code) for Novell. While very few people question Sun’s generosity in purchasing Star Office and subsequently opening the code, there have been persistent questions regarding the community management of the project.

Office shootout: OpenOffice.org Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

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linux.com: How does the current version of OpenOffice.org (OOo) compare with Microsoft Office in its ability to produce slide presentations? To see how the two programs compare now, I installed Microsoft Office 2007 and OpenOffice.org 2.3, and went through the process of designing a slide show from start to finish. To my surprise, the results were more decisive than in my last comparison.

OpenOffice TIFF flaw affects Windows, Linux and Mac

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builder.au: Security experts have discovered TIFF-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities in OpenOffice, which could allow attackers to remotely execute code on Linux, Windows or Apple Mac-based computers.

OpenOffice.org Free Software Proves a Success at WalMart

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linux electrons: On July 18th 2007, Everex launched its first 'Back to School' PC with OpenOffice.org 2.02 into WalMart stores throughout the United States. The response was fantastic.

OpenOffice.Org 3.0 feature list

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/home/liquidat: OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon 2007) is taking place this week. Among the first information available is a talk about the future of OOorg. The conference is held in Barcelona until Friday. The first talks were today, and first files are available.

Adding a basket tool to OpenOffice.org

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linux.com: No matter whether you are working on an article, an academic paper, or a novel, research is a crucial part of the writing process. And as with any research, you need a place to save your notes, ideas, relevant links, and text snippets. While there are tools like Basket Note Pads and the Zotero Firefox extension, wouldn't it be nice if you could store and manage your stuff directly from within OpenOffice.org?

Will Mozilla fill Open Office product holes?

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dana blankenhornYesterday, Paula laid the smackdown on IBM for not going after Microsoft Outlook with its Symphony announcements. Before Big Blue could even rise from the mat, however, the Mozilla Foundation tagged me with news it was expanding its Thunderbird initiative with $3 million seed funding.

OpenOffice 2.3 and 3.0 (and IBM Symphony) Improve Interop With Office

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zdnet blogs: Even as its pushes the OpenDocument Format, OpenOffice.org — and new member IBM — are trying to deliver better compatibility with Microsoft Office. Good idea.

OpenOffice.org 2.3 Released

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Available for download now, OpenOffice.org 2.3 incorporates an extensive array of new features and enhancements to all its core components, and protects users from newly discovered security vulnerabilities. It is a major release and all users should download it.

FOSS is better 'alternative' to pirated software--advocate

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inquirer.net: There is an alternative to pirated software. You don't need to pirate software to use good software. We often read raids of shops and businesses using illegal software. People want to use software, and FOSS is an alternative.

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