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Creating diagrams in OpenOffice.org Draw and Impress

May 19, 2010, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"OpenOffice.org's tools for creating diagrams are easy to ignore. For one thing, their controls are extremely small. For another, they are pitifully under-documented in the online help, which plods through the options without explaining what they are or why you want to use them. Then, just to really confuse you, the full set of tools is available only in Draw and Impress, although Write and Calc users might also want them. Yet despite these handicaps, OpenOffice.org's diagram tools work well enough that many users should find no need for more sophisticated tools such as Dia.

"Diagrams require a degree of precision in placement. For this reason, before you start constructing a diagram, maximize the OpenOffice.org window and change the zoom to at least 120%. You may also want to select View -> Grid -> Display Grid to give you some guidelines for placing pieces of diagrams. Should the grid not be precise enough, you can change it in Tools -> Options by going to the Grid pane for the applications you are using."

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