OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials

OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials
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Table of Contents
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  • 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

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 380 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2010
ISBN : 1849690766
ISBN 13 : 9781849690768
Author(s) : Ruben Olsen
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other

Table of Contents

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

Ruben Olsen

Ruben Olsen has been making "visual stuff" since he touched his first computer, a Commodore PET 20, back in the late 70s. Since then he has played, worked,
loved, and cursed almost any computer system commercially available. He is no stranger to either the old IBM VM/SP or to the latest edition of the Apple Macintosh operating system.

Ruben received his M.Sc. in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool. He is currently the co-founder and CTO of Azurlis AS – company providing advanced telecommunication solutions.

The first time he created a diagram to illustrate an important fact was when taking his first university courses back in the early 90s. He hand-coded a simple diagram in Adobe PostScript and fed it directly to a laser printer, whereupon as the printer crashed horribly. Back then he learned the importance of having excellent diagrams to substantiate any argument.

For nearly two decades he has used diagrams and diagramming tools to illustrate important points and facts.

A few years ago he was working as a "technical hit-man" at a VoIP service provider – and this was the first time he came in contact with OmniGraffle. He fell deeply in love with the program – and this is a love that never has deminished even as the years have passed by.

When not spending time behind the computer designing and programming telecommunication solutions, he spend his time with his three cats, reading a good book, listening to some extraordinary good music, cooking tasty food, and watching a nice movie time with his lovely fiancée (by the time you are reading this – they are newly wed).

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What you will learn from this book

  • Get to grips with the basics and increase your OmniGraffle knowledge to create all the diagrams you will ever need.
  • Use tips and tricks to create some great visuals that stand out from the crowd
  • Learn everything about shapes: how to make your own and how to style shapes
  • Create diagrams based on shapes found in the built-in stencil library, create your own stencils, and import templates from Microsoft Visio
  • Communicate your information in an appealing manner by using OmniGraffle as a presentation tool
  • Use exciting functions like Mouseless Editing, Automatic Layout, and Outline to create your diagrams incredibly fast
  • Explore all the property inspectors that will help you in preparing the perfect diagram that you always dreamed of!
  • Improve your productivity with a bunch of time-saving keyboard shortcuts
  • Set up different workspace configurations depending on the task at hand to save time and effort

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


This is a very visual book with more than 750 illustrations and screenshots, never leaving any intermediate steps out from the tutorials. It contains precise tutorials that explain the various tools, how to use them, and the visual results. The examples used in the book are an excellent starting point for your own diagrams, both as ideas and as true diagrams – all the diagrams in the book can be downloaded for your own use.

Who this book is for

This book is written for both beginners and seasoned users of OmniGraffle. If you are new to the software, then this book will teach you everything you need to know to make stunning diagrams. For seasoned OmniGraffle users, this book contains a lot of tricks and techniques that will save their work and time.

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