Due to the rapid growth of OpenOffice.org, it frequently comes to the attention of new users who have no previous experience with OOo or with open source software. This chapter describes the project, its history and context, and summarizes some of the software's unique features. It explains the purpose of this book to potential readers, and it discusses the process of migrating from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org, while addressing the issues important to individual and corporate switchers.
2.0 Getting Started
This short chapter discusses two key actions: acquiring OpenOffice.org from its website or a CD distributor, and installing OOo on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. (Installation, of course, also explains how to un-install the software.)
3.0 “One Hundred” FAQs about OpenOffice.org
With subsections covering each of the suite's components (General Issues, Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math, Web, Data Sources and Forms, Macros, Scripting, and API), this chapter is the meat of the Tiny Guide. Each component's capabilities are described by the dozens of everyday tasks readers will want to accomplish in their regular work with the suite. Each task is illustrated in a clear and concise manner, covering the basic usage of OOo's features while pointing readers to discovering additional higher-level functions using the Tiny Guide as their starting point.
4.0 Where to Find More Information
A bibliography of sorts! Since this Tiny Guide to OpenOffice.org is intended as an introductory and reference work, advanced readers are likely to have questions that are not answered within. For those questions, consider some of the following sources of additional information.
5.0 The Project
What makes OpenOffice.org more than just another office suite (and causes the “.org” to be appended to its name) is the community of developers and users responsible for its existence and its constant refinement. Find out about the online and offline community resources of the project, both to provide further benefits as a user, and to allow your contribution to the project's growth.