StarOffice 5.2 Companion
||Author: Floyd Jones, Solveig Haugland|
List Price: $39.99
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Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (November, 2000)
Sales Rank: 45,724
Average Customer Rating: 4.57 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Essential for StarOffice 5.2
We were quite dependent on this book for the first months of using StarOffice, and then ordered the 6.0 update once we decided to switch to StarOffice 6.0 and OpenOffice. It's very nicely written, well organized, and it is easy to find the instructions for what one needs to do.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Very little database help
I'll confess that I bought the book for a specific purpose, namely, to get more detailed help with relational databases in Adabas (successor to StarBase). From the last sentence under the heading "The Database Tirade," "Relational databases ... are not covered in this book." (at p. 991). Needless to say, I'm sorely disappointed.
From the little that I've read, it seems reasonably well written and goes into more detail than the help files included with StarOffice. If you think the help files are beyond you and you think a more detailed explanation would help, this book may be for you. If you're looking for more information beyond the cursory scope that you find in the help files, keep looking -- this is not your book.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Superb writing style (even funny). Comprehensive coverage for beginner through intermediate user. Good introduction to StarOffice Basic programming. (None of my MS Office books is so well written.)
StarOffice 5.2 is a fantastic office suite (for Linux and MS Windows) at a fantastic price. The only way to learn the hundreds of SO features is with a book like this. Otherwise you'll never know the power of this software. For those trying to learn StarOffice 5.2 this book is required reading. (The book that comes with the purchased software package is less complete or fun and is more to get users started.)
· StarOffice 5.2 Writer Handbook
· StarOffice 5.2 Calc Handbook