From: Martin Sevior (msevior_at_seviorpc.ph.unimelb.edu.au)
Date: Tue Dec 16 2003 - 20:02:26 EST
On Wed, 2003-12-17 at 10:52, Alison Russell wrote:
> > Anyway, yes, AbiWord does envolopes. If you look at the page setup dialog
> > you'll an enormous selection of page sizes including many common envolope
> > sizes. Choose the one you want. You'll also probabally want to choose
> > "landscape mode" so the text is printed along the long dimension.
> > Now to print all you Christmas Cards, you probabally won't want to type in
> > each by hand,(thought it's a nice touch for the people who get them :-)
> > and if you've got a file full of names and addresses you can give each
> > envolope it's own name and address. To do this you need to use the mail
> > merge feature of abiword.
> > Place a name, address1, address2, city, state, country, postcode field on
> > your envolope as you wish.
> > There is a beautiful description of how to use mailmarge here:
> > http://www.crazy-wormhole.com/AlinaMeridon/AbiWord/abidocs/howto/howtomailmerge.html
> > I don't know why this wonderful set of documentation is not more easily
> > accessible from our website.
> Thanks Martin, this kind of succinct reply is just what I needed to be
> able to pass this info on to my Mum. Loving abiword, keep up the good
> work guys!
You're welcome! Just a bit more advice. It's easy to set up the file for
all the addresses if you use the Gnumeric spreadsheet. Just put the
names of the mail-merge fields as the top row of the spreadsheet and the
values for each envelope in rows underneath.
Save the spreadsheet as "comma separated variables" or *.csv
Then choose this file with the mail-merge dialog and place the fields
where you want them in your document. You can leave the dialog open
while you type and place them. It's all very fast and easy.
Dom wrote the mail-merge system under contract to an external company
and I think you'll find his implementation of it superior to every other
Word Processor. Certainly his clients love it. (See our press release
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