Archive for April, 2008

Why OOo Templates And Not MS Word??

You know, a lot of people ask me why I decided to create ebook templates for use exclusively within OpenOffice Writer and not develop them for Microsoft Word.

Well, here’s the short answer . . .

Because OOo Writer is FREE!

The longer answer is . . . .

There are plenty of free resources for ebook templates for use inside MS Word, but not even a handful for OOo Writer.

One highly respected friend of mine asked me why I wouldn’t just create ebook templates in both formats so that I wouldn’t leave any “money on the table”. And, he had a great point.

But, honestly, I tried converting the templates over to MS Word, and what a friggin nightmare that was!!

The images didn’t show up, the table formatting was all wrong, the text looked like crap, etc., etc.

And talk about a pain in the a$$ trying to use MS Word as compared to the ease of OOo Writer. Wow. It was simply something that I wouldn’t want to do again.

Now I have a question . . .

Why Are People Still Using MS Word And NOT Using OpenOffice Writer??!?

All around, the program is much better than MS Word. It’s easy, simple, and fast. Not to mention it’s 100% totally FREE! Who could ask for more than that? I don’t know, maybe someone who likes doing things the hard way?

The last thing I’m going to say is this . . .

If YOU are still using MS Word, I think you might want to switch over to OpenOffice Writer. It’s a better program that makes more sense.

You can download the entire OOo Suite of programs free from here:

Whoever said you can’t get anything decent for free wasn’t talking about OOo!

How To Edit EZ Ebook Templates

All right. Several people have asked me about how to edit the EZ Ebook Templates, and really, it’s not that complicated at all. That’s why I call them “EZ” Ebook Templates ;-) .

But, if you are on the fencepost as to whether or not you should purchase the package due to a “learning curve”, this detailed tutorial might help you make a clearer decision.

How To Edit An EZ Ebook Template Easily

This section will explain to you how to go about making use of any EZ Ebook Template.>

First, let me say that each of the included ebook templates were saved in .ODT format. The reason for this is to make using them much easier for those that are well seasoned in using OpenOffice Writer, and for those that are not.

You can save them as a “template” for reuse in your version of OpenOffice Writer in just a few easy steps.

I would recommend though that you first get the template looking just as you want it to before saving it as a template for OpenOffice.

Here’s how to save it as a real template. . . .

STEP 1: Load The Template You Want Inside The OpenOffice Writer Program

To do this, simply navigate to the folder that contains the .ODT file you wish to open.

Then just double click on the ebook template file you want to open, as pictured above.

STEP 2: Save It As A Template

Once it’s opened up, all you need to do is click on >> File > Templates > Save. .

Then you can make any further settings necessary such as template name, etc.

Again, saving these .ODT ebook templates as actual “templates” isn’t a necessity to use them. Most people are going to want to simply open them up, make adjustments to them by adding their text, images, etc., and then hitting the “One Click PDF” button to generate a PDF ebook.

You may want to adjust the font settings to something more suitable to your ebook needs. The font being used throughout many of the included .ODT templates is called Myriad. And in two different styles: Myriad Pro and Myriad Pro Condensed.

Myriad Pro Condensed is what is being used for these words as you see them here.

It has been set at a 13 px size. Again, this can be adjusted to your liking. You may decide to go with something a bit easier to read.

You can make adjustments to the fonts by highlighting all the text you wish to change by left clicking and dragging over the text area with your mouse, and then selecting a different font from the drop down menu on the text tool bar above in the upper left hand side (as pictured below).

You can get more information on how to make further adjustments with the EZ Ebook Template Manual that is included with the EZ Ebook Template Package #2.

In other tutorials, I will explain in greater detail how you can make adjustments to the header and footer graphics for the templates using Adobe®Photoshop® 7 or higher.

In this first tutorial, I’m going to show you how to add new colors to the default color palette of OpenOffice Writer.

I have to say, I haven’t tried this method with the other OOo tools, so you may have to try it and see if it works for them as well.

All right, let’s get straight to it. . . .

Step 1: Open Up OOo Writer
You can do this by opening up a new Text Document. And, once done, you should see this:

STEP 2: Select >> Tools > Options On The Main Bar
To do this, click the Tools Link as pictured below, and a drop down menu should open.

From that menu, at the very bottom, you should see the Options Link. Click it.

A new window will open up and look like this:

You will need to select the word “Colors” from the left hand menu. Like this:

Then the window should change to something like this:

STEP 3: Add A New Color
To do this, simply click on the “Add” button. A new window might pop open that says you already have a color with that name and to change it to a new name. If not, when you hit the “Add” button, you should see a new color swatch image show up at the bottom of the color palette list, like so:

To change the new swatch color, simply add in your own RGB or CMYB settings in the appropriate areas highlighted below:

You can also simply change the color by pressing the up/down arrows to the sides of the RGB or CMYK percentages.

When you finally get a color that you like, you will see the bottom color swatch box change:

Then, all you need to do is hit the “Modifiy” button and your color swatch will now be set to your specifications and added to the default color palette.

If you’re looking for premade color schemes, a great place to find some are at the Color Schemer Website.

While ColorSchemer is a terrific tool, it is only trial ware, and will expire. Therefore, I suggest you pick up the Color Pic tool from

Using it, you can pick up any color anywhere and have the RGB and CMYK values right there to add inside of OOo color palette.

I do hope this tutorial helped you, and be on the look out for the next one!

Amazing Photoshop Tutorials – FREE!

Last night, I was searching for a simple online tutorial that would show me how to create a carbon fiber background that would seamlessly tile.

I Googled it up and found an unbelievable source with plenty of tutorials called, including a carbon fiber background tut.

I first thought, when I saw the tutorial, “Wow, this is gonna take me forever to do!”

But, to my pleasant surprise, it took me about 5 minutes — give or take, as I had to go back and forth to complete the steps.

The point is, IT WAS SOOOOO EASY!!

I was flabbergasted.

It was so simple, I thought, well, I’ll check out another tutorial then. So, I happened across a chrome tutorial.

Guess what?

It was just as easy to follow as the first one!

And the outcome, OUTSTANDING!

Turns out, by following the tutorials, you get the exact same effects.

Oh, and by the way, I have Photoshop 7, and the graphics turned out just as good as they looked on the website where the tutorials were listed.

Best of all, every one of them are 100% FREE.

You can’t get much better than that.

So, my advice, if you need to brush up on your PS tricks, then bookmark It’s one resource I, for one, won’t ever be without again!

WSO Section Password Protected

No, not on the Warrior Forum, silly! Inside my website :-)

I wanted to keep things fair to all other Warriors and not blantanly make my WSO (Warrior Special Offer)’s available to anyone NOT a fellow Warrior.

So, in order to see all the WSO’s available, you’ll need to have a private password.

What is it?

Well, to get it, you’ll have to email me a request for it.

Sorry, but that’s the only way you’ll gain access to that section of my site.

Now, it doesn’t cost anything beyond you taking time to send me a quick email to access the page. But, if you want to buy one of the WSO’s listed, you’ll have to pay the Warrior, just like everyone else.

To get the secret password, simply send me an email with “WSO Password” in the subject line to: and I will personally send you back the password.

I apologize if this is confusing, but I felt it was best, and fair to my fellow Warriors :-)

Well, that’s what I’ve heard anyway.

I’m gonna put the direct link right here on top before I do a break down on my thoughts about the free tool.

The name of the tool is Paint.NET and it’s pretty cool.

First off, it is indeed 100% free to use and download. And that’s a plus, especially for the budget conscious ;-)

Second off, if you’ve used Photoshop before, then finding your way around this program shouldn’t be too complicated. Many of the tools available to use inside it are just about the same.

There are some differences, though.

But overall, it’s a decent tool for being free.

The one downfall is that, from my own inspection, it couldn’t handle images with a .psd extension.

What does that mean?

Well, it means that if you have images that were created for use with Photoshop, such as a .psd image, they won’t open inside of Paint.NET.

But, as I said, if you’re on a tight budget and don’t have cash to spend on higher end graphics editing tools, then this might be a solution for you. And, if you don’t like using GIMP.

As a bonus, Michael Fortin has set up a video tutorial showing you what can be done with Paint.NET here:

Pretty much, you’ll have to decide for yourself if this is something you can make use of.

You’ve got nothing to lose by downloading it and checking it out.

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