OpenOffice.org Extensions: Writer's Tools

One of the perqs of being a journalist is that I often hear about software and events before most people. A case in point is Writer's Tools, an extension for OpenOffice.org Writer being developed by my fellow journalist Dimitri Popov, whose articles about macros have taught me most of what I know on the subject.As the name suggests, Writer's Tools is a collection of various utilities that might be useful for writers.

It's a little rough in places, being only at version 0.9.27, and possibly a little idiosyncratic, but like Emacs, Writer's Tools is so varied that it undoubtedly has something for everyone, regardless of their writing habits.

Writer's Tools consists of three parts: The basic extension, a couple of templates, and a Java database for some of the included tools. You can install the extension and templates using Tools -> Extension Manager, accessing the tools from a new top-level menu and the extensions from File -> New -> Templates and Documents -> Templates. To install the database, you need to open Tools -> Options -> OpenOffice.org Base -> Databases -> New. After installation, the database is largely transparent to the user, except for the dialogs that open to display the information stored in it.