As a matter of fact, the use of extensions is almost required in version 3.0 as the dictionaries and other linguistic aspects of the suite are handled via extensions. By default, you will go under the Tools menu, select the Extension manager and you will see a few (locked) extensions pre-installed.
The english, french and spanish language files are pre-installed and apparently locked in the version I downloaded from the Openoffice.org servers (I assume these files are locked in other flavours of openoffice). I like to fiddle with my installation so I downloaded a series of tools/extensions. Here they are with few bits of information about each one:
1. Pagination. This extension adds a simple “insert page number” menu under Insert and facilitates the application of page numbers, styles etc. Perhaps its usefulness lies with its simplicity.
2. PDF Import. This extension allows users to import pdf files in openoffice Draw and complete simple editing (as images). Nothing fancy, but if you want to simple clean up a couple of things (typos etc) and sources are not available, this extension may do the trick.
3. Template Pack by Sun. This is an English language version, although there are packages for other languages, including french, italian etc. It allows for the creation of specialized and professionally looking files, documents, letters, presentations etc.
4. Report Builder also by Sun. This extension provides tools for customized reports drawn from the openoffice.org database files.
5. Writer tools. This extension creates a separate Writer’s Tools top-level menu (next to the native Tools menu) and offers various tools and tips for writers using OpenOffice.org’s writer. Very nifty!!!
It also offers an additional extension to translate the writer file to xHTML files.
Finally, the last extension of the list is the Greek hyphenation/thesaurus/spelling dictionary file (it’s all Greek to you, I know 🙂 ).
What I also like is the update button which allows for periodic checkups and updates for each and every extension. Some extensions require you to scroll through their license agreement, but that’s acceptable, I guess.
Do you have any extensions that you use and you recommend? Post a comment
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