OpenOffice.org Base – No Frills Document Management

Document management systems (DMS) are not necessarily reserved for companies with complex workflows and thousands of documents. A no-frills personal DMS can come in handy in many situations. You can use it to organise your research materials, or manage article submissions. While there are a few open source DMSes out there, most are geared towards companies who need to manage their complicated document workflow. Also, most DMSes are server-based applications which require some skill to deploy and maintain.

But why not build your own little desktop document management solution? After all, OpenOffice.org Base is a rather capable tool for creating databases, and the OpenOffice.org Basic built-in scripting language can help to add some nifty features to your database applications. Like the idea but don’t know where to start? No problem: this tutorial will guide you through the process of creating a simple document management database and adding a couple of useful features to it with OpenOffice.org
Basic macros.

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