We're inside the OmniGraffle interface now, and I want to start going over the various parts of that interface so you're familiar with them. In particular, I want to look at the toolbar, which is right up here, and the canvas, which is the whole area that you're working on. As you would expect, these two things work together in tandem. So the toolbar has several tools arranged including the Selection tool, which you will spend a lot of your time on, as well as the Shape tool, the Line tool and etc. There is something special about this toolbar in OminGraffle, which is one click gets you single use of that tool.
So that's the Shape tool, and all I'm really wanting to show you is that if I make a shape, because it's single use, it reverts back to the Selection tool which will let us select, adapt or, in fact, delete that shape. However, if I double-click one of the tools, that's going to be persistent use. Do you see how it's dark now? And if I make a shape up here, I can then continue to make shapes until I activate another tool. The other thing about the toolbar is that it is extendable.
So this divider button here opens up some of the more advanced tools. And we'll be working with some of these. But for now it's just important to know that they can be hidden or revealed with the divider. So the canvas down here is where you will see all of your work. And it's a very gooey environment. You can click, drag, move things around, especially with the Selection tool. And you can just basically manipulate to your heart's content. The only other thing to point out about the canvas is you have rulers to take measurements, and those can be adjusted.
We'll look at the units and how to adjust that. And also that you can zoom in and out in the program. So if you need to take a close look at something you can go up to 800% or in fact all the way up in the the new version to 6400%. Of course, 100% is where you'll spend most of your time. So that's the toolbar and the canvas, undoubtedly where you'll be spending a lot of your time in OmniGraffle.
- Create your first diagram
- Getting around the interface
- Working with shapes
- Adding and modifying text
- Create custom stencils
- Replicating shapes and styles
- Customizing the toolbar
- Using templates
- Adjusting units and scale
- Import images and folder structures from Finder
- Using Presentation mode
Skill Level Beginner
1. Navigating the Interface
2. Working with Basic Diagram Elements
3. Taking Control
4. Using Stencils
5. Time-Saving Shortcuts
6. Advanced Techniques
7. Importing and Exporting
8. OmniGraffle 6 Pro Highlights
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