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OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials

Book Description

This tutorial will help you create dazzling, professional-quality diagrams using Omnigraffle. From the fundamentals through to advanced techniques, it will have you communicating information more powerfully and visually in no time.

  • Produce high-quality professional-looking diagrams that communicate information much better than words

  • Makes diagramming fun and simple for Macintosh users

  • Master the art of illustrating your ideas with OmniGraffle

  • Learn to draw engaging charts and graphs to grasp your viewers attention to your presentations

  • A hands-on guide filled with visual step-by-step examples that cover both the basics and the advanced features of OmniGraffle

  • In Detail

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, why settle for anything less? Creating good visualizations to substantiate your ideas is essential in today's corporate environment. Use OmniGraffle's remarkably powerful and flexible features to get your diagrams right. Although fun to use, it can get cumbersome to find out exactly how to get what you want.

    This book will teach you how to make stunning diagrams without spending much time and energy. No matter if you have never used OmniGraffle, or if you are using it on a daily basis, this book will teach you how to get the most out of this splendid diagramming tool. It will first teach you the basics of the program and then extend your knowledge to a higher level.

    The book will teach you to make eye-popping visuals using a lot of useful, step-by-step examples. It begins with covering concepts that beef up your basics of using OmniGraffle. The earlier chapters will teach you to prepare dazzling diagrams from scratch with the many stencils, shapes, and fonts that are included in OmniGraffle. As your understanding of OmniGraffle broadens, the book will go even deeper to explain the less understood features of the software. It also covers some handy time-saving techniques such as workspaces and keyboard shortcuts.

    By the time you reach the end of this book, you will have mastered OmniGraffle to turn your ideas into diagrams.

    The only book to teach you everything about the best diagramming software for the Macintosh

    Table of Contents

    1. OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials
      1. OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. Acknowledgement
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      7. 1. Getting Started with OmniGraffle
        1. What OmniGraffle is—and what it is not
        2. What's in a name?
        3. Setting up OmniGraffle before you start
        4. The OmniGraffle workspace
          1. The canvas
            1. The toolbar
            2. The inspector bar
            3. The drawing area
            4. The style tray
          2. The inspector palettes
            1. Selector and keyboard shortcuts
          3. The stencils
        5. Your first diagram
          1. Step 1: Start with a blank canvas
          2. Step 2: Add the first task
          3. Step 3: Add task—writing article
          4. Step 4: Connecting shapes
          5. Step 5: Adding another workflow step: Done editing
          6. Step 6: Moving a shape
          7. Step 7: Adding the editor check
          8. Step 8: Workflow step—publish on the front page
          9. Step 9: Workflow step—publish on the front page
          10. Step 10: Publishing!
          11. Step 11: The icing on the cake—making your diagram spring into color
            1. The Canvas Style Tray
        6. More on moving shapes around the canvas
        7. Saving diagrams
        8. Exporting diagrams
        9. Handy tips regarding inspectors
        10. Tips and pitfalls—tips on how to make great visual diagrams
          1. Tip 1: Do some planning before you start
          2. Tip 2: Colorize gently
          3. Tip 3: Use few fonts
          4. Tip 4: Consider your output media
          5. Tip 5: Symmetry is better than asymmetry
          6. Tip 6: Have one, and only one, focus point
          7. Tip 7: Apply the Golden Ratio to stand alone diagrams
          8. Tip 8: Use titles, figure captions, and legends
          9. Tip 9: Be liberal with white space
          10. Tip 10: Be consistent
        11. Summary
      8. 2. Stencils
        1. Defining a stencil
        2. The stencil library
        3. Overview of the Stencils palette
        4. Built-in stencils
          1. Common stencils
          2. Maps stencils
          3. Organization charts stencils
          4. Science stencils
          5. Software stencils
          6. Space planning stencils
        5. Your first stencil-based diagram
          1. A helping guide
          2. The incoming cash flow
          3. Adding expense buckets
        6. External stencils
          1. Omni Group downloads
          2. Graffletopia
          3. Commercial stencil sources
          4. Importing MS Visio stencils and templates
        7. Searching and importing stencils from Graffletopia
          1. The manual method of importing any stencils
          2. The automatic method of importing stencils from Graffletopia
        8. Amending your income flow diagram
        9. The details of the Stencils palette
          1. Overview of the palette sections
          2. The Stencil Library Controls
            1. The Stencil View Mode buttons
            2. The Stencil Action button
            3. The Stencil Search function
          3. The Stencil Folders pane
            1. The Stencil Library
            2. The Recent Stencils section
            3. The Favorite Stencil section
        10. The selected shapes Style Tray
        11. Creating your own stencil
        12. Creating stencils with cool graphics
          1. The vector side of things
          2. The legal side of using third party graphic files
          3. Creating a stencil with fancy graphics
            1. Using svg Detective to convert the SVG file
            2. Using InkScape to convert the SVG file
        13. Exporting your stencil
        14. Importing Microsoft Visio Templates
        15. Organizing stencils
        16. Summary
      9. 3. Shapes, Building Blocks for Diagrams
        1. Differences from other software
        2. Compound shapes
          1. Shape types
          2. Adding a text caption to a shape
          3. Drawing a copy of an existing shape
          4. Favorite shapes and styles
        3. Singular shapes lines
          1. The Line Style inspector
          2. Midpoints on lines
          3. Line types
          4. Bézier lines in detail
          5. Line endings—tails and (arrow) heads
          6. Reversing a line
          7. Line Hops
          8. Favorite line styles
          9. Line labels revisited
        4. Text shapes
          1. Favorite text styles
        5. Shape style properties
          1. Shape stroke inspector and the color of a stroke
          2. Fill color and fill type
          3. Shadow type, color, and size
          4. Text type (font), color, and size
          5. Placing images inside shapes
        6. Ordering shapes
        7. Grouping shapes
          1. Creating a group of shapes
          2. Ungrouping a group of shapes
          3. Resizing shape groups
        8. Adjusting shapes with the Geometry property inspector
          1. Line Label controls
        9. The Rulers and Inspector Bar
          1. The Shape Inspector Bar
          2. The Text Inspector Bar
          3. The Canvas rulers
        10. Connecting shapes
        11. Summary
      10. 4. More Tools for Editing Diagrams
        1. The Expanded Canvas Toolbar
          1. The floating Canvas Tool palette
          2. Customizing the Canvas Toolbar
          3. The Canvas Toolbar preferences
        2. Keyboard shortcuts for the Canvas Toolbar
        3. Using the Pen Tool to create your own shapes
        4. Fast diagramming using the Diagramming Tool
          1. Diagramming Tool Modifier keys
        5. Style replication using the Style Brush Tool
        6. Replicating shapes using the Rubber Stamp Tool
        7. Editing magnets using the Magnet Tool
        8. Zooming the Canvas
        9. Moving around the canvas
        10. Using the Action Browse Tool and the Action Property Inspector
          1. The Action Property inspector
            1. The Jumps Elsewhere action in detail
        11. Using Automatic layout
        12. Mouseless Editing
          1. Keyboard shortcuts and OmniGraffle
          2. Your brain may thank you for using keyboard shortcuts
        13. Using the Outline and List functions to create diagrams
          1. The Outline function
          2. The List function
        14. Diagram Styles
        15. Diagram Templates
        16. Summary
      11. 5. More on Editing Diagrams
        1. Creating your own shapes the easy way
          1. The Subtract Shapes menu command
          2. The Union Shapes menu command
          3. The Intersect Shapes menu command
          4. The Make Points Editable menu command
          5. The Big Wedge Experiment
        2. Subgraphs
        3. Tables
        4. Using OmniGraffle as a presentation tool
          1. Creating a presentation
          2. Starting, navigating, and stopping your presentation
          3. Advanced presentation mode
          4. Actions and presentation mode
          5. Changing the color and behavior of the presentation highlight
        5. The ColorSync support
        6. Summary
      12. 6. Making your Diagram Look Good
        1. Manually adjusting diagram elements
        2. Resizing shapes
          1. Size to Fit Image
          2. Make Natural Size
          3. Making shapes the same size
        3. Gridlines
          1. Enabling gridlines
          2. Adjusting gridlines
        4. Aligning shapes to the document grid
        5. Aligning shapes to each other
        6. Easy shape selection
          1. What OmniGraffle defines as similar shapes
          2. Selecting connected shapes
        7. Easy re-styling of shapes
        8. Color picker tricks
        9. The color picker in detail
          1. The Color Wheel
          2. The Color Sliders
          3. The Color Palettes
          4. The Image Palettes
          5. The Crayons Palette
          6. The Patterns Palette
        10. Summary
      13. 7. Property Inspectors
        1. The Grid Property inspector revisited
        2. The Canvas Size Property inspector
          1. More on scaling your diagram
        3. The Document Property inspector
          1. More on file format options
        4. The Data Property inspector
        5. The Note Property inspector
        6. Summary
      14. 8. Canvases and Canvas Layers
        1. Canvases
          1. Naming your canvases
          2. Adding, deleting, and rearranging canvases
        2. Canvas layers
          1. A visual explanation of canvas layers
        3. Working with layers
          1. Adding a new layer
          2. Duplicating and copying a layer
          3. Rearranging and moving a layer
          4. How to merge two layers
          5. Deleting a layer
        4. Layer settings
          1. Visibility
          2. Printing
          3. Locking a layer
        5. Working with shapes on layers
        6. Shared layers
        7. When to use layers
        8. Summary
      15. 9. OmniGraffle workspaces
        1. Your workspace
        2. Summary