How To Use Draw

Written by on February 9, 2012 in Graphics, Open Office - Comments Off

How To Use DrawThe Draw interface consists of a large area in the middle of the window where you do your drawings. You can strategically place toolbars surrounding the drawing area as well as information areas. Depending with your task in hand and preferences, the positioning and the set number of visible tools may vary. Thus, your preferential setup may look different. For instance, some users place the main Drawing toolbar to the left of the workspace while others may put it at the bottom.

In Draw, you can separate drawings over a number of pages for presentations. The Pages pane, found on the left side window delivers an overview of all pages that you make. If you do see the Pages pane on your setup, go to the View menu “View > Page Pane” to enable it. To make necessary changes to the page sequence, perform the ‘drag and drop’ function on target pages. The maximum size of a drawing page in Open Office Draw 3 is 300 cm by 300 cm.


You should see the numbered bars or the rulers on the left-hand and top sides of your workspace. If not, go to the View menu “View > Ruler” to enable it. The rulers display a selected object’s size on the page. When no object is chosen, the rulers show the position of the mouse pointer, which aids in positioning your drawing objects correctly. Rulers may also be used to manage object guide lines and handles, making the task of positioning objects easier. In the drawing area, the page margins are also exemplified on the rulers. By dragging the rulers with your mouse, you can directly alter the margins to suit your preference.

The Status Bar

The Status bar, at the lower part of the screen includes a number of specific fields.  The Information field displays what action is being performed or shows the object type selection. The Position field displays various information on selected objects such as:

  • In an object selection, a double-click action opens the Size and Position dialog.
  • When no object is chosen, the “left number pair” displays the position of the cursor.
  • While resizing an object with your mouse, the “right number pair” displays the width and height of the object. Sizes are shown in the current measurement unit defined in “Tools > Options > Draw > General”. In here, you can likewise alter the page’s scale. Another way to alter the scale of a page is to ‘double-click’ the number displayed in the status bar.
  • If there is no object selection, the “left number pair” displays the X,Y coordinates of the “upper-left corner”, and the “right number pair” shows the object size. These numbers relate to the selection outline and not to the object. The selection outline is the minutest possible rectangle that is able envelop visible portion of the object.

The Indicator Field. In the Indicator field, an displayed asterisk can be seen whenever a change is performed to the document and has not been saved to the disk. If you want to sign the document digitally, a right-click or double-click in the Signature field pops up the signature box. A document must be saved first before signing it. An indicator will be visible in this field, after the document is signed.

The Slide Field. The Slide field displays the number sequence for the current drawing page, plus the total number of pages that you have created. This is helpful when you are drawing several pages. If you choose an object, the field inside the parentheses displays the layer wherein the object is positioned within the drawing.

The Template field. The Template field displays what page template is currently used on a page. If you have saved a number of slide designs, you can choose one for the current work by a ‘double-click’ in this field and choosing Load after selecting a slide design.

The Vertical Bar. The vertical bar in the center of the Zoom slider exemplifies a 100%zoom factor. To alter the magnification view, click on the + and – signs, drag the Zoom slider, or right-click the Zoom level percent to display the pop up list of magnification values. Double-click the zoom level percent to open the “Zoom & View Layout dialog”.

Open Office Draw Features

Written by on February 5, 2012 in Graphics, Open Office - Comments Off

Open Office Draw ScreenshotDraw is just one of five components integrated in the Open Office suite. It serves as the vector graphics editor of the Open Office software package which gives you the freedom to design your own graphics in the easiest way. Developers of Open Office really aimed to come up with a good design to replace Photoshop.

Being a vector graphics drawing program, Open Office Draw can be used to quickly create graphical images. Vector graphics save and display images as simple geometric elements such as lines, polygons, and circles.  Draw works by using flexible connectors between shapes. Options in using drawing styles like the line style and its detailed features are frequently used by those who create images to enhance work documents in other Open Office components such as Impress and Writer. Flowcharts and diagrams make illustrations on complex documentations more visually appealing.

Since all Open Office components share most of the core features, graphic exchange between all components is possible with just a few clicks. You can create your graphics and other drawings using the Draw module and just copy and paste it over to your Writer document. It has similar features to Scribus and Microsoft Publisher desktop-publishing software. Draw can also export its creations to the PDF format, use connectors for making organizational charts, supply Bézier curves, draw and integrate page style, deliver 3D functions with special effects and display dimensions and measurements.

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Open Office Draw – Toolbars

Written by on January 30, 2012 in Graphics, Guides - Comments Off

Create impressive sketches and diagrams with Open Office Draw. It really is your one-stop-shop for all your great drawing projects that easily helps you build 3D illustrations with special effects. It is so simple yet powerful enough to make you work like a pro.Working with Draw toolbars is just like kid’s play. You will tend to get excited every time you use them. You can display or conceal a variety of Draw toolbars, accordingly, depending on your needs.

To show or hide a toolbar, tap View > Toolbars. On the menu that is displayed, select which toolbars you want displayed. You can also choose the most appealing icons you wish to display on the toolbars. In Draw, a default selection of icons is displayed as toolbars but you have the option to hide some display only the most frequently used.

To alter the visible icons on any toolbar, click the arrow at the extreme right end of the toolbar and choose Visible Buttons. On the list displaying available icons, you can pick out which items to display. A checkmark beside an icon indicates visibility.

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What is Open Office Draw?

Written by on January 2, 2012 in Graphics, Open Office - Comments Off

DrawOpen Office Draw is the powerful graphics component of the latest version of Open Office, the most preferred office suite solutions in the business community today.  From the quick strokes of a sketch to a complex plan, Open Office Draw brings you the essential tools to handle diagrams and graphics in your documentations. Open Office Draw is a formidable tool for general or technical posters and the like, accommodating a maximum 300cm by 300cm page size.

Like the four other Open Office components namely Writer, Impress, Calc and Base, Draw allows you to conveniently place all your graphic styles, tools and elements needed to create a fantastic document or presentation around your computer screen for a ready-to-click single access. Open Office Draw is basically a vector graphics drawing program, but can also perform some functions to operate on pixels or raster graphics.  It gives you the knack to quickly create an impressive array of graphical images. It stores and displays an image as simple geometric elements such as circles, lines and polygons which allow easier scaling of the image.

Open Office Draw is fully integrated into the Open Office suite simplifying graphics exchange with all the other components. For instance, when you create an image in Draw, the same image can be reused in a Writer document by a simple ‘copy and paste’ method of the target image. You can likewise work with drawings directly from within other components like Writer or Impress, using a subcategory of the tools and functions from Draw.

Though designed not to rival high end components, Open Office Draw is in parity in terms of extensive functionality in graphic applications. It even has more functions to offer than the drawing tools integrated with office productivity suites like layer management, dimensions and measurement display,  Magnetic grid point system, three-dimensional functions that create small 3D drawings with lighting and texture effects, drawing and page style integration, Bézier curves and connectors for creating organizational charts.

Open Office Draw also shares the Styles and Formatting with the other Open Office components to allow you to manipulate objects to rotate in 2 and 3 dimensions and put rings, spheres, cubes and other shapes with the use of the 3D controller.

Open Office Draw gives you maximum leeway to arrange objects by grouping, ungrouping, regrouping, and editing grouped objects. You can also create photorealistic images with sophisticated rendering of your own perspective, transparency, texture, lighting effects, and just about anything your creative juices may solidify.

Construct flowcharts, network diagrams and organizational charts with ease using Smart connectors defining your own connectivity line. Linear dimensions are automatically calculated and displayed as you draw with Dimension lines.

The Gallery gives you pictures to use for clipart. You can also store and save your own creations in the Gallery for future projects. Another option would be to save your graphics in Open Document format so that you may be able to access your saved files from any Open Document compliant software utilizing this XML based format. What is even more exciting is that you can import plenty of graphics from all known common formats like the BMP, JPEG, GIF, WMF, TIFF and PNG and create Flash versions just by using Open Office Draw.  Waste no more time, download for free the latest version of Open Office Draw now!

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