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OpenOffice.Org - A Reminder

by Mark on January 21st, 2008

I received Derek Gehl’s affiliate email asking for “The Top Five Things You Can’t Live Without,” went to the Marketing Tips Blog and saw 584 comments from folks responding to Derek’s plea. Since the topic at hand is really about the IMC’s new “turn-key” business creator, I began reading through the comments to see what everyone thought they needed above all else.

Besides the many who are looking for a product to sell, one specific request caught my eye. Colleen mentions that she has an idea for an ebook yet has no idea “how to do that.” Well, gosh, I thought by now everyone knew about OpenOffice.org.


There are six (6) components to the OpenOffice suite including the one I’d like to pass along, Writer. This is straight from the Writer description;

“WRITER has everything you would expect from a modern, fully equipped word processor or desktop publisher.

It’s simple enough for a quick memo, powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, etc. You’re free to concentrate on your message - while WRITER makes it look great.

The Wizards takes all the hassle out of producing standard documents such as letters, faxes, agendas, minutes, or carrying out more complex tasks such as mail merges. You are of course free to create your own templates.

Styles and Formatting puts the power of style sheets into the hands of every user.

Trap typing mistakes on the fly with the AutoCorrect dictionary, which can check your spelling as you type.

Reduce typing effort with AutoComplete, which suggests common words and phrases to complete what you are typing.

AutoFormat takes care of the formatting as you write, leaving you free to concentrate on your message.

Text frames and linking give you the power to tackle desktop publishing tasks for newsletters, flyers, etc. laid out exactly the way you want them to be.

Increase the usefulness of your long, complex documents by generating a table of contents or indexing terms, bibliographical references, illustrations, tables, and other objects.

Email your documents - WRITER offers direct connection to email software.

Make your documents freely available with WRITER’s HTML export to the web, or publish in Portable Document Format (.pdf) to guarantee that what you write is what your reader sees.

Save your documents in OpenDocument format, the new international standard for office documents. This XML based format means you’re not tied in to WRITER. You can access your documents from any OpenDocument compliant software.

WRITER can of course read all your old Microsoft Word documents, or save your work in Microsoft Word format for sending to people who are still locked into Microsoft products.”

It has been my experience that exporting an ebook to a pdf file to sell and market on the Web out of OpenOffice Writer is extremely simple. More importantly is what so many, for so long had trouble with from other software, making links “hot.” Writer offers no such challenge. I’ll recommend it in a heartbeat. Oh… and

It’s FREE! You can download it here…

Tags: Desktop-Publishing, Ebook-Creator, OpenOffice, OpenOffice-Writer, Word-Processor

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