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OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

OpenOffice is used by more that 15 million users and is becoming pupular application software in the World. Like any other program, it will take a while to learn. Dreamsoft provides comprehensive, hands-on training for OpenOffice.

Types of Training

Training can be easily customized to cover the topics you specify. The courses include:

  • A one-hour "just the basics" orientation to the entire program, preceding the training class itself.
  • A one-day class on the basics of the entire program: general setup plus Writer, Calc, and Impress and Draw. The Core Office Suite workbook is used.
  • An intensive one- or two-day class covering all major aspects of one of the applications: Writer, Calc, or Impress and Draw. The Comprehensive manual for Writer, Calc, or Impress/Draw is used. For more advance and comprehensige training, you can download the course TOC here:
Comprehensive Calc
Comprehensive Writer
Comprehensive Impress and Draw
Core Office Suite
Database and Mail Merge
Professional Writer

Training gives users the knowledge they need to use the software, and comfort with the change. Users who started the day apprehensively leave training with comments ranging from "That wasn't so bad" to "This is so much better than our old software!" to "I'm so excited my head's going to blow off!"




Related Articles

Article 1

MAMPU migrates to and ODF to increase freedom of choice and interoperability

The Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) has announced that the agency will be migrating to office suite as well as adopt the OpenDocument Format (ODF). In addition, Microsoft Office is to be phased out by end of 2008. The press release follows:

Putrajaya, 19th March 2008 - The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), today officially adopts a policy to migrate to the open source productivity suite. This is in line with the Malaysian Public Sector Open Source Master Plan, which calls for government agencies to reduce costs, increase freedom of choice and interoperability.

From April 1st, MAMPU will start adopting the OpenDocument Format (ODF), standard for all new documents created. ODF the ISO open standard for electronic documents is also the default format for The agency will also uninstall all copies of Microsoft Office by the end of 2008.

To ensure a smooth migration, presently over 80 agency staff have been trained by the Open Source Competency Centre (OSCC). Additional staff will then be trained internally by the IT department, which will also provide support for

Article 2

APDIP e-Note on Standards for Electronic Documents.
APDIP (Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme) of the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) has just published their e-Note 18 on Standards for Electronic Documents.


This APDIP e-Note provides a brief introduction to the history of document standards, explores the different standards for electronic documents and details the development of OpenDocument Format for Office Applications (ODF). It also looks at how governments worldwide have started to adopt ODF in public administration. This APDIP e-Note provides a brief introduction to the history of document standards, explores the different standards for electronic documents and details the development of OpenDocument Format for Office Applications (ODF). It also looks at how governments worldwide have started to adopt ODF in public administration.

Office productivity software is extensively used to create electronic documents, spreadsheets and presentation files. These documents are widely shared within and across government agencies, commercial industries, educational institutions, and across countries, cultures and time zones. With millions of users of office productivity software, computer literacy is now equated by many to literacy in operating a word processor, spreadsheet or presentation application.

The office productivity software industry has had a tumultuous history in the last two decades, much due to harsh competitions. In order to ‘lock’ users to their software by making it difficult for end users to easily read, edit and save their documents in other office productivity software, corporations have developed electronic document formats that are closed, proprietary and lacked adequate documentation.

The closed nature of the documents have resulted in problems of electronic archeology: documents created by users 10 years ago or less cannot be opened with 100 percent fidelity in modern office software.

In response, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) started its work in 2002 to define an open standard for office documents (the ODF) to ensure interoperability between different office productivity software.

Governments and administrative bodies have been quick to recognize the merits of ODF and have started to integrate ODF as national policies for document use and exchange. This APDIP e-Note provide some examples from Australia to the US.

Other open standards discussed in this APDIP e-Note include the Microsoft-released Office Open XML and Adobe Systems’ Portable Document Format.

Article 3

MAMPU OSCC achieves savings of RM40m with open source

Say it with me slowly, forty million big ones !

That's how much government agencies have saved by deploying open source software in favour of proprietary, and costly licensed technology in government ministries, departments and agencies.

A massive big up is due to the folks at MAMPU and the Open Source Competency Centre (OSCC) for this.

And these are just the ones they know of, not the other open source deployments done without informing OSCC. And they're rightly so to be proud of it in their inaugural newsletter.

What makes this newsletter more phenomenal is that it actually quantifies some of the savings in moving towards open source we've long spoken about. This is a real number, by a real user and a large one at that.

With the economy fast going down the shitter, business and the operations of both the public and the private sector still must go on. And we need software, the lifeblood of the new economy more than ever before. Given these encouraging figures, one would hope that its clear that open source has a role to play in assisting our bootstrap efforts in these times of want.

With us folks in the open souce community learning from our past mistakes, the software we produce is becoming much more user friendly and palatable to the non-technogeek crowd, allowing even mom and pop to partake of gems like OpenOffice.Org and Firefox. The more tech savvy will migrate to MySQL or perhaps even a KDE/Gnome desktop, thus making the transformation complete.

Vendors are beginning to recognize this, with already a couple of them offering Linux-based desktops on their netbook/mini-notebook lines, at a substantial cost savings to the Windows-based versions of the same. Big ups to them too, for finally realising where the demand is.

Given these happenings, its really nice to sit and watch the work of the past couple of decades come to fruition. To know, as my good friend Asohan pointed out, that open source has arrived a while back and is permeating our lives in its own ubiquitous way.