Using OpenOffice.org For Book Layout

Tuesday, 2009-July-28 at 02:32

How to Layout a Book with OpenOffice.org: Part 1 – Make Tech Easier

It is all in your head: the plot, the characters, the locations, and even the scenes, but for some reason, staring at the blank page and blinking cursor makes you freeze. You like the idea of writing a book but cannot imagine actually completing it. If that feeling sounds familiar, then this might be the right article for you. Even if you have written a book and have it all ready to go, you may intend to self-publish it, start your own publishing company, send it to an editor, or just layout your book so you can see how it looks.

There is a long list of reasons why you might need to prepare an OpenOffice.org document in book form, and once you have learned how to do it, you will have a useful skill that you or people you know may need in the future. You can use this method for both print publications and e-books

Be sure to read the article, the comments, and the next twp parts of the article. One of the things this covers is the file format to use (export to PDF). The PDF export options have improved for OpenOffice.org (OOo) 3.0. I was recently working on a computer that had version 2.4.1 and found myself surprised at how few options there used to be.

Now that Microsoft officially considers OOo to be a competitor, we need to show off the additional capabilities of the software. First up, the ease in setting up and using styles, which makes longer documents and documents which will be subject to extensive editing easier to deal with. Native use of the vendor-neutral ODF file formats is another plus. As other products also implement this format (and improve their implementations so they interoperate), it will be less and less necessary to buy any specific vendor’s products in order to communicate. (Could this account for the way ODF was implemented in MS Office 2007 SP2?)

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