Another Way to Do Address Labels

Last year close to Christmas, I wrote a post about how to do address labels from scratch, with no form to help out. This year, I have found out that there is an extension that makes life much easier.

The first thing you will need to do, if you haven’t already, is to run the command:

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org

in order to get all of the pieces needed by openoffice.org base, the database software. Family Address Book is actually a database already set up, with instructions for use and a handy program for inputting new records. Here is the menu you get when you first click on the downloaded file:

I heartily recommend reading the instructions before you continue. The program is powerful, giving you three different ways to run your labels as well as other options for adding and looking at records. (My only negative comment is that I could not figure out how to delete or change a record without going into the Information Table. However, once you’re there, it isn’t so hard to figure out.)

Here is the form to add a new person or family. As you can see, the database stores birthdays, anniversaries and telephone numbers as well as addresses. This makes it more powerful than a simple address label program would be.

One other thing I recommend – that I didn’t do last year – is to save your database on an external medium. I have an external hard drive where my family address book odb file is now safely sitting. That way, I won’t accidentally delete it when I reinstall Ubuntu. (Reinstalls happen when you are testing an alpha. Lucid Lynx is in alpha already.)Technorati Tags: , ,

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