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    Default What are the best user forums for LibreOffice and Gimp?

    I need some help and advice for these applications, asking things that may seem trivial (like where to set the default drive in Gimp) but are hard to suss out from the doumentation.

    Which of the various forums are best for a beginner to get basic answers to basic questions?

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: What are the best user forums for LibreOffice and Gimp?

    On Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:16:01 +0000, fohat wrote:

    > I need some help and advice for these applications, asking things that
    > may seem trivial (like where to set the default drive in Gimp) but are
    > hard to suss out from the doumentation.
    >
    > Which of the various forums are best for a beginner to get basic answers
    > to basic questions?
    >
    > Thanks.


    Try asking your questions here, someone may well know the answer and be
    able to help you - assuming you're using openSUSE.

    Otherwise, try the LibreOffice and Gimp websites to see if they have
    official forums. ISTR that LibreOffice does.

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    On Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:21:16 GMT
    Jim Henderson <hendersj@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    > On Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:16:01 +0000, fohat wrote:
    >
    > > I need some help and advice for these applications, asking things
    > > that may seem trivial (like where to set the default drive in Gimp)
    > > but are hard to suss out from the doumentation.
    > >
    > > Which of the various forums are best for a beginner to get basic
    > > answers to basic questions?
    > >
    > > Thanks.

    >
    > Try asking your questions here, someone may well know the answer and
    > be able to help you - assuming you're using openSUSE.
    >
    > Otherwise, try the LibreOffice and Gimp websites to see if they have
    > official forums. ISTR that LibreOffice does.
    >


    I'm not a forum user, preferring NNTP, and so have used the newsgroup
    "gmane.comp.documentfoundation.libreoffice.user" on the gmane.org
    news-server. When posting on that for the first time, you have to
    return an e-mail to confirm your identity but, once you've done that,
    it's like using any other news group. Its presence on this news-server
    shows that it's available via a mailing list
    http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/ but I find access
    via newsgroups to be easier on my mailbox than mailing-lists. ;-)

    Certainly for LibreOffice, it's best to do what Jim has suggested and
    use this newsgroup first because the openSUSE version of LibreOffice
    can be subtly different from the official LO version.

    There is also an NNTP newsgroup for GIMP - comp.graphics.apps.gimp.


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    Default Re: What are the best user forums for LibreOffice and Gimp?

    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post

    Try asking your questions here, someone may well know the answer and be
    able to help you - assuming you're using openSUSE.

    Jim
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    Many of my issues arise because of the always-thorny situation that I need to move between Google Docs, Microsoft Office, and LibreOffice when I collaborate with others. Formatting problems are impossible to overcome, of course, but any helpful hints would be appreciated. In general, I try to use stable old-school formats such as .doc and .xls and that seems to work about as well as anything.

    Here is a specific question: How can I set the Calc default on grid lines to be "Always On"?

    I have not used a spreadsheet without grid lines in years, and having to go through a multi-step process to turn them on every time I print is very annoying.
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    Default Re: What are the best user forums for LibreOffice and Gimp?

    Best bet for getting a response to a question is to always start a new thread for a new question.
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    Default Re: What are the best user forums for LibreOffice and Gimp?

    Here is a specific question: How can I set the Calc default on grid lines to be "Always On"?
    they should be


    start a new blank spread sheet and it WILL have rows and columns
    A through AU
    and
    1 to 1048576

    that is the DEFAULT on every spread sheet program
    have a look in
    "tools / optoins/ "

    and select "libreoffice calc / view "

    and under visual ads set "grid lines" to "show"




    as to " The gimp"

    i have been using ( and building the source and development code) since 2001

    what do you need help with



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    Default Re: What are the best user forums for LibreOffice and Gimp?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnVV View Post

    start a new blank spread sheet and it WILL have rows and columns
    My question was imprecise.

    In Calc, I do have the grid on screen, but I really want to set "print grid" to be the printing default so I don't have to go through a multi-step process every time I print a spreadsheet.

    Gimp is a nice program, I have used Photoshop Elements for many years and just wanted off the upgrade merry-go-round. I am a very basic user, but the small number of things I do regularly, I do them often.

    I am getting used to it after a few weeks and most things work pretty well for me, but, for starters, here are 3 things that I have not yet been able to find.

    (1) How do I change and set default directories for my files, particularly in Windows?
    (2) When I "export" a revised image, is there a way for me to immediately type the "quality" number into the box, rather than having to move the mouse up there?
    (3) Is there a way to get basic shapes such as circles and arrows for marking up photos? Please note that Photoshop Elements did not have a simple method for this, either, and I went into Microsoft Paint when I needed to do it.

    Thank you for your help. I will not thread-cr@p this one any more with tangental questions.
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    (1) How do I change and set default directories for my files, particularly in Windows?
    the default folders set for Gimp are normally fine
    in opensuse
    /usr/lib64/gimp/2.0/plugins
    and
    /usr/share/gimp/2.0/

    is the default system wide folder with the USER folder
    /home/YourUserName/.gimp-2.8

    but you ?? can ?? change them
    with gimp running
    click on
    edit / preferences
    and under folders on the left side
    but the default locations ARE where any plugin you build WILL look for them

    When I "export" a revised image, is there a way for me to immediately type the "quality" number into the box, rather than having to move the mouse up there?
    i take it you are doing what i would call a VERY BIG NO-NO ???
    saving a jpg as a jpg and resaving that resaved jpg as a jpg
    -- NOT GOOD !!!

    you will notice the very NASTY artifacts that you just added

    if you are NOT 100% done with a image, use the Gimp INTERNAL USE image format *.xcf
    ( just like you would in Photoshop you saved in the PHOTOSHOP INTERNAL USE FORMAT *.psd )

    for jpg's
    a save dialog WILL pop up
    1 to 100 "quality" and other settings
    ( you have to move the mouse or use the DEFAULT setting)
    i set the jpg default to 100%

    for "png format
    a pop with 0 to 9 compression ( 6 default)

    (3) Is there a way to get basic shapes such as circles and arrows for marking up photos? Please note that Photoshop Elements did not have a simple method for this, either, and I went into Microsoft Paint when I needed to do it.
    yes and no
    this can be simple OR very complicated depending on what you want and need

    you can import almost every photoshop paint brush and use them in The Gimp

    shapes ??? depending on what you want that might take a few steps
    like putting a smiley face ☺ that might be a bit more difficult

    for arrows i just draw them with a small paint brush and use the < shift> key for a strait line

    now if i have a TON of images to anoint
    i would use Inkscape for letters and arrows



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    Default Re: What are the best user forums for LibreOffice and Gimp?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnVV View Post
    for "png format
    a pop with 0 to 9 compression ( 6 default)
    ... why not a default of 9?

    AFAIR png compression is Lossless?
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    the reason for 6 is TIME

    the 2 to 5 % more compressed image at 9 will take 5 to 10 times longer to compress and open

    i keep it a 3
    this places images at about 80 % MAX but will open much faster



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