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v0.1 Beta release of openoffice.org addon

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Finally, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s 4:21 AM and I’m very happy to reach this stage with the openoffice addon.

You can download it Openoffice.org addon for clker.com integration . Installation is very easy, from the tools menu in openoffice, select Extension Manager. Click add, and point to the file. You will need to restart openoffice for it to work.

openoffice.org addon screenshot

This extension will show you the contents of your basket stored on clker, and will allow you to place any clipart image in the clipboard, then you can paste it in the correct place in your document.

Still there are some minor issues:

  1. The addon parent is currently null, so an extra window will appear in the task bar
  2. The way we place the picture in the clipboard is by loading it in draw, select all and copy then closing draw. There are better ways for doing this. You will notice that the screen will flicker especially if your using the ODG or the SVG formats since draw takes some time to render the vectors.

In case you wanted to play with the source, the addon source is here.

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Openoffice.org addon coming along

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

I’ve been working since yesterday on an addon to openoffice.org , which will directly insert images from clker.com . The way it works is by searching for the images you want, adding them to my basket , then going to openoffice.org and hitting the addon button.

Just from few minutes I got the basic idea to work, and the addon is accessing the contents of the basket. I would now give the openoffice.org team a super thumbs up on the UNO implementation and the way it is designed – also to the netbeans team.

I’ve been out all day today, eating almost at every stop turkey, stuffing plus driving for more than three hours from Germantown to Ocean City – yet I’m so excited about this addon and still working on it. I’ll see how much longer I will last before collapsing :) …..

Watch the website after thanksgiving for the release of the addon – I’ll do my best to get it out by Monday if not before.

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How to add clker images to openoffice.org

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Clker is a clip art project with a main of objective of integrating images inside different open source applications. An important application in our focus is openoffice.org. Openoffice.org will change the way we deal with office applications, and will provide us with lots of features and freedoms as it grows. There are a lot of applications that are in our focus as well including inkscape and koffice.

The first release of clker.com website includes most of openclipart.org wonderful collection exported to openoffice ODG format.

In order to insert an image from the website into your openoffice.org document follow these steps:

STEP 1, Copy the link location of the image you want to add. Use the ODG icon unless the image has no ODG version.

Copy link location for ODG files

STEP 2, In your open office, select INSERT -> Object -> OLE Object

insert ole in openoffice.org

STEP 3, Select create from file, and paste the URL in the edit box and press OK

Create from file

Openoffice will recognize the URL and will insert the clip art inside your document.

Happy clip arting :) .

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