StarOffice 5.2: How good?
Settings). Under Linux, it points to the KDE menu.
The top half of the star menu has the following StarOffice functions:
6.More -- Is further divided into:
1. HTML page
3. Master Document
9. Business Cards
To create a presentation, click on 'FILE' on the menu and select 'NEW'. Go
to 'PRESENTATION' or just click on start and then click on presentation.
Now select the type of template or create your own template and go on with
it. You can set the slides to change automatically (useful for corporate
presentations and training) and also set the duration for the display of
each slide. There are also different types of slide templates available
for the type of presentation you would like to create. Star0ffice 5.2
saves a presentation file with the extension of '.sdd'. For most
presentations, we found StarOffice to be very competent.
To create a spreadsheet, do as above and go to 'SPREADSHEET'. The
spreadsheet feels very similar to Microsoft Excel -- same look and feel,
same features and functions. The extension saved is '.sdc'. One can also
create Graphs, Pie Charts and Statistics on spreadsheets.
Documents are just like your Microsoft Word, it gets the extension of
'.sdw' and '.sgl' when you save a file. Page setup is the standard A4 that
can be modified as per requirements. The Font selection drop down bar
allows the user to preview the font style right there, instead of going to
Format > Character as in Microsoft Word 97. StarWrite does a very good job
for most editing jobs. People are not always looking for the range of
options that Microsoft Word provides. This review has been done on
StarWriter and we didn't face any problems. The lack of a good grammar
check takes a few points away but for the most part, this is a great
replacement for Microsoft Word.
StarOffice 5.2 comes with an HTML editor that is quite similar to
Microsoft FrontPage 98. Like Front page, the HTML editor puts in a lot of
unnecessary tags, which clog up the HTML code. Creating Framesets is also
a possibility in Star Office 5.2. This application generates code and
creates a frame according to the user's specifications. The HTML editor
may be fine for basic home pages but most people will want to use a proper