Documentation and Related Resources

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In addition to this wiki, there are many places to find documention and other information about using NeoOffice. Many of these resources are written for OpenOffice.org, but most of the time they apply equally as well to NeoOffice. When working with information about OpenOffice.org, remember to use the Command key in NeoOffice when the OpenOffice.org resource mentions the Control key.

The resources below are all in English. Sometimes there are resources available in one language but not another. If you speak or read one of the other languages supported in this wiki, you may want to refer to this article in another language; links are provided at the bottom of the page. Resources specific to a particular module (Writer, Calc, Base, Macros, etc.) are more likely to be listed in the wiki pages dedicated to those modules than here.

Contents

[edit] Free User Guides and eBooks

NeoOffice User Guide Volume 2

This is a new manual, written completely from scratch by jgd and aussie149, that offers more in-depth coverage of some advanced NeoOffice features and supplements the original NeoOffice User Guide. The link is a direct link to the manual as a PDF (3 MB).

NeoOffice User Guide

This is a revision of the OpenOffice.org 2.x Guide, edited by aussie149, jgd and other members of the NeoOffice community to apply to directly to NeoOffice. The link is a direct link to the full manual as a PDF (18 MB). The individual chapter files, in .odt format can be downloaded here.

A Conceptual Guide to NeoOffice 2 for Mac OS X by R. Gabriel Gurley

This is the only NeoOffice-specific book that we are aware of. The book is available as a PDF (free download) or as a paperback book for purchase from Lulu, as well as from a variety of online retailers worldwide (see “Where To Buy” on the book’s web page above). The book is a 288-page guide written by an educator and includes ten hands-on lessons that walk users step-by-step through the creation of various documents.

OpenOffice.org 3.2 User Guides (PDF)

The official OpenOffice.org 3.2 user guides, available as individual chapters or complete books, in PDF format.

OpenOffice.org 3.2 User Guides (ODT)

The official OpenOffice.org 3.2 user guides, available as individual chapters or complete books, in ODT format.

Main OpenOffice.org documentation page

Includes links to user guides in wiki format as well as tutorials, howtos, and other documentation.

[edit] Ebooks and Print Books for purchase

A Conceptual Guide to NeoOffice 2 for Mac OS X by R. Gabriel Gurley

This is the only NeoOffice-specific book that we are aware of. The book is available as a PDF (free download) or as a paperback book for purchase from Lulu. The book is a 288-page guide written by an educator and includes ten hands-on lessons that walk users step-by-step through the creation of various documents.

OpenOffice.org Guidebook by Solveig Haugland

A comprehensive guidebook by a trainer with extensive experience with OpenOffice.org.

Training Workbooks by Solveig Haugland

Training workbooks on various modules/functions of OpenOffice.org. Lab files for working through the exercises are available on this page as well.

OpenOffice.org books available from www.lulu.com

From this site you can purchase print copies of the OpenOffice.org Guide and the OOo Authors guides to the various modules. Other books on OpenOffice.org are also available, in print and/or as a download.

[edit] Forums, etc.

Trinity Forums

The official support forums for NeoOffice.

OpenOffice.org Community Forums

A user forum for OpenOffice.org. An excellent source of information and assistance on the various modules of OpenOffice.org (and thus NeoOffice). Currently fewer posts are left unanswered than in the OOo Forums listed below. Many regulars in this forum frequent OOo Forums as well, so double posting is not reccommended.

OOo Forums

User-to-user support forums for OpenOffice.org. An older forum, now less used than the one above. Otherwise a good source of information and assistance on OpenOffice.org (and thus NeoOffice).

OpenOffice.org wiki

The OpenOffice.org wiki includes documentation pages. It includes FAQs, Howtos, etc. (See section above for more information.)

[edit] Blogs etc.

The blogs below are full of useful articles and tips on using OpenOffice.org.

Bruce Byfield

A prolific blogger and OpenOffice.org expert. A sampling of blog articles:
Configuring OpenOffice.org Writer
What New Users Need to Know About OpenOffice.org
11 Tips for Moving to OpenOffice.org
Back to School with Bibliographies
Sharing Files Between OpenOffice.org and MS Office
Fielding Questions, Part 4 - Mail Merges
That's Your Version: Version Control in OpenOffice.org

Solveig Haugland

A trainer and expert in OpenOffice.org. Her blog articles cover a wide range of tips and instructions. A sampling of blog articles:
Publisher Users: Making Postcards, Brochures, and Other Cool Stuff...
Creating Keyboard Shortcuts in OpenOffice, including Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts to Styles, a GREAT Feature
Sample Project for Joining Tables, Regarding Primary Keys
Creating Calculated Fields in OpenOffice Base
Using OpenOffice Draw: Creating a Drawing and Exporting the Drawing to GIF, PNG, JPG, or Other Raster Formats
There is also a list of her articles written for the enterprise linux site

Jean Hollis Weber

Technical editor and writer with over 30 years of editing experience. In addition to a blog, her site has separate pages for each module, with some links of helpful resources from various places on the net, and a free book on self-publishing using OpenOffice.org 3.

OpenOffice.org Help TNT: Tips'n'Tricks that somehow didn't make it to the help (yet)

A sporadically updated blog with tips on using various aspects of OpenOffice.org. A menu bar at the top lets you chose the module or category you are interested in.

OpenOffice Tips

A well organized blog of OpenOffice Tips, which can be searched by category. The blogger is in the process of changing to WordPress.

[edit] Tutorials

Visual tutorials

Visual tutorials from InPics provide tutorials for many common tasks in Writer, Calc, Impress, and Base.

Plan B for Openoffice.org

Screencast-tutorials.com provides online help for OpenOffice.org in the form of Plan-B animated software manuals

Tutorials for Openoffice.org

These well organized tutorials can be either viewed on-line or downloaded as Writer files (with supporting Calc, Impress, or Draw files, as appropriate). This means that you can print them locally and build-up a complete reference set. The early tutorials in each section are designed for those with little to no experience with office suites.

LearnOpenOffice.org

Web-based training and streaming video tutorials for OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice-Tutorials

Student created video tutorials for Open Office, including one on customizing the thesis template.

Bhikkhu Pesala's tips

The link will take you to the tips for toolbars, but there is a navigation bar on the right to other tips.

[edit] Related Articles in the Wiki

Sources of Templates
Sources of Clipart
Documentation/Support for Macros
Documentation on NeoOffice Base

[edit] Related External Links

The OpenOffice.org Documentation Project

An index of a wide variety of OpenOffice.org documentation and resources. Most of the OpenOffice.org resources listed in Free User Guides and eBooks section can also be accessed from this page. The OpenOffice.org Documentation Project includes links to the following:
User Manuals
How Tos
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Setup Guides
Application Online Help
Developer Documentation
Samples, Templates and Clipart
Tutorials
Articles and Reviews
Documentation from other OpenOffice.org projects
Third party resources
OOoForums
Archive

OpenOffice.org Help Outline

A comprehensive list of help resources for OpenOffice.org; if you don't find it here, you might find it there.

OpenOffice.org Support area

Another page on the official OpenOffice.org site, Links to:
free community Support,
commercial support and training,
OpenOffice.org books, and
general community resources.


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