Thursday, 31 July 2008

OpenOffice.org Training

STTM has launched a series of courses designed to support businesses in changing to using OpenOffice.org.

More details are on the OSTM website.

OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

PC Pro Magazine delivers its verdict on Version 2:
Our pick of the low-cost office suites has had a much-needed overhaul, and now battles Microsoft in terms of features, not just price. OpenOffice.org 2 earns six stars in Issue 135, Jan 06.

The magazine's reviewer concludes:
OpenOffice certainly doesn't lack features compared to the market leader, and most of its ease-of-use issues stem from people's familiarity with Microsoft Office rather than an inherent problem with the program itself. As such, you should certainly try OpenOffice's offering before donating another UKP100 or more to Microsoft's coffers. After all, it's free.

STTM has developed the following courses for OpenOffice:

* OpenOffice Transition - moving your word-processing and spreadsheet work to OpenOffice;
* OpenOffice Writer - working with the word processor in OpenOffice;
* OpenOffice Sheet - using the powerful spreadsheet and graphics of OpenOffice;
* OpenOffice Impress - slide shows and much more;
* OpenOffice Draw - a powerful vector drawing tool (see a sample workbook);
* OpenOffice Base - developing database applications.

More details are on the OSTM website.