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OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials

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Ruben Olsen

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.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849690768
Paperback380 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

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
Your first diagram
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
Summary
Chapter 2: Stencils
Defining a stencil
The stencil library
Overview of the Stencils palette
Built-in stencils
Your first stencil-based diagram
External stencils
Searching and importing stencils from Graffletopia
Amending your income flow diagram
The details of the Stencils palette
The selected shapes Style Tray
Creating your own stencil
Creating stencils with cool graphics
Exporting your stencil
Importing Microsoft Visio Templates
Organizing stencils
Summary
Chapter 3: Shapes, Building Blocks for Diagrams
Differences from other software
Compound shapes
Singular shapes lines
Text shapes
Shape style properties
Ordering shapes
Grouping shapes
Adjusting shapes with the Geometry property inspector
The Rulers and Inspector Bar
Connecting shapes
Summary
Chapter 4: More Tools for Editing Diagrams
The Expanded Canvas Toolbar
Keyboard shortcuts for the Canvas Toolbar
Using the Pen Tool to create your own shapes
Fast diagramming using the Diagramming Tool
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
Using Automatic layout
Mouseless Editing
Using the Outline and List functions to create diagrams
Diagram Styles
Diagram Templates
Summary
Chapter 5: More on Editing Diagrams
Creating your own shapes the easy way
Subgraphs
Tables
Using OmniGraffle as a presentation tool
The ColorSync support
Summary
Chapter 6: Making your Diagram Look Good
Manually adjusting diagram elements
Resizing shapes
Gridlines
Aligning shapes to the document grid
Aligning shapes to each other
Easy shape selection
Easy re-styling of shapes
Color picker tricks
The color picker in detail
Summary
Chapter 7: Property Inspectors
The Grid Property inspector revisited
The Canvas Size Property inspector
The Document Property inspector
The Data Property inspector
The Note Property inspector
Summary
Chapter 8: Canvases and Canvas Layers
Canvases
Canvas layers
Working with layers
Layer settings
Working with shapes on layers
Shared layers
When to use layers
Summary
Chapter 9: OmniGraffle workspaces
Your workspace
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • 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.

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