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How to create a professional-looking book cover with the GIMP

  
  
  

Self-publishing books is hugely popular nowadays. In an article on self-publishing, WikiHow advises hiring a designer to create a professional-looking cover for your book. Of course you can go that route, but you may be able to accomplish just as good a job by using one of the most powerful image editing tools available – the GNU Image Manipulation Program, better known as the GIMP.

Image annotation in GIMP, Dia, and OpenOffice Draw

  
  
  

The GIMP is a wonderful image editor, but it might be overkill if all you want to do is annotate an image. If you want to highlight a part of an image, so that for example the audience for your presentation can focus on a particular aspect, you'll probably find it easier and more intuitive to do that in a program such as Dia or OpenOffice Draw. Let's see how to annotate an image in all three programs.

How To Create an Ebook with OpenOffice.org

  
  
  

Do you want to see your name on the front page of a book? It's easier than you might think. First, write the book. Next, follow these simple steps to prepare an ebook using the free OpenOffice.org desktop publishing application.

More Open Source Alternatives for the Office

  
  
  

In the first of our two-part series, Open Source Alternatives for the Office, we examined open source applications that can be used to replace some of the most popular Office 2007 products. In this article, we'll take a look at open source alternatives to additional Microsoft products commonly used in the office—Publisher, Groove, Visio, and Project. The factors we'll consider for each Microsoft product and its alternative(s) include cost, localization, supported platforms, documentation, extensions, and support.

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