PacktLib: OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials

OmniGraffle 5 Diagramming Essentials


About the Author


About the Reviewers


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



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


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


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


More on Editing Diagrams

Creating your own shapes the easy way



Using OmniGraffle as a presentation tool

The ColorSync support


Making your Diagram Look Good

Manually adjusting diagram elements

Resizing shapes


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


Property Inspectors

The Grid Property inspector revisited

The Canvas Size Property inspector

The Document Property inspector

The Data Property inspector

The Note Property inspector


Canvases and Canvas Layers


Canvas layers

Working with layers

Layer settings

Working with shapes on layers

Shared layers

When to use layers


OmniGraffle workspaces

Your workspace