Introduction to OmniGraffle 4
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Navigating in OmniGraffle

Creating a new diagram

Adding text

Changing the background color

Changing stencil colors

Adding a hyperlink

Using your OmniGraffle diagram

Other types of OmniGraffle Drawings

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Creating a new diagram

Step 1:

Select a stencil from the Stencils palette, and drag it to your document.

Step 2:
Select a second stencil from the Stencils palette, and drag it to your document.

Step 3:
To connect your stencils, select the line tool. Note that the default line is curved, you will probably want to right click on the line tool and select a straight line or arrow (Figure 2).

Figure 2

Once you’ve selected your line style, click (and continue to hold down the mouse button) on your first stencil (notice that it glows blue), drag your cursor to the second stencil until the second stencil glows blue, then release the mouse button. When you select one stencil and drag your cursor to another glowing stencil you link these two stencils together. You can move them around and the line will move as necessary to maintain the connection.

Congratulations, you've connected your stencils.

Bonus: You may have noticed that you have choices on your type of connector. Select “lines and shapes” in the style inspector (Figure 3) and you will see tools for changing the style of your connector. Feel free to change the look of your connectors.

Figure 3

Step 4:

Continue adding stencils and connecting them until you have enough to include all of the steps in the business process being outlined. The example below illustrates a ten-step process (Figure 4).

Step 5:
Stencils can be resized or moved, and the connectors will remain intact. At this point, your diagram should look something like the following example (Figure 4).

Figure 4

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