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Are you ready for a Productivity Editors 101 series yet?

Fri 13 Apr 2007, 12:25 AM

by Ben Langhinrichs
My Rich Text 101 series has been very popular, and I have thought about starting a Productivity Editors 101 series to help people with similar topics inside the Notes/Domino 8 word processor, spreadsheet and presentation editor, but the product is still in beta.  Should I hold off until the release, or should I put out "beta 101" topics to start to introduce people to features and tricks that might not be obvious?  Any thoughts?

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What has been said:

579.1. Simon Scullion
(13/04/2007 00:41)

Hi Ben, sounds like a great idea to me. As someone who now has an "Office Suite" from MS, OpenOffice and now IBM installed, habit is the biggest barrier to making best use of the new editors....

Anything to help break bad habits can only be a good thing!

Cheers, Simon.

579.2. Do it now!
(04/13/2007 05:07 AM)

More information is always better. And honestly, I don't think we're going to see a lot of short-term changes in the Prod Editors anyway.

579.3. Ian Randall
(04/16/2007 06:14 PM)

Now is a good time as any to start I think.

However, in discussing how to use these new ODF Editors, perhaps it might also be an opportunity to open peoples minds to the potential benefits of integration between the Notes 8 client and a (cross-platform) standardized set of ODF editors.

Off the top of my head, examples of integration might include a practical example of mail merge, how to generate graphs from data in a Notes view or document and how to integrate a presentation with on-line Help or CBT.

If you focus on the ODF Editors being used as simply MS Office replacements then I feel that you might be missing their full potential.

This Rich Text 101 tutorial might also open some Business Partners eyes to the opportunities that these integrated ODF editors offer to them as extended development tools.