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Extensions for OpenOffice.org Draw

May 21, 2008, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Draw is probably the most under-estimated of the OpenOffice.org applications. Either users seem to expect it to be equivalent to the GIMP or Visio, or they fail to see its desktop publishing possibilities--but in all cases they are disappointed. Probably, that explains why the OpenOffice.org Extensions page has only a handful of Draw extensions. It may also explain why some of the few that are available are limited in functionality and awkward to use, and almost all seem to still be in heavy development.

"Like most OpenOffice.org extensions, those for Draw are installed via Tools -> Extension Manager. Usually, the easiest way to install them is by selecting My Extensions, and readying them for the current account only. Many of the extensions are written in Java, although a free implementation like IcedTea or GCJ is usually all that is necessary, rather than a copy of Sun's Java..."

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