OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials

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  • 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

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.

  • 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
Page Count 380
Course Length 11 hours 24 minutes
ISBN 9781849690768
Date Of Publication 25 Oct 2010


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).