OpenOffice.org is a free productivity suite that includes Draw, a fine graphics application. Getting started with Draw requires only a little practice. Although, as with any application, you might never use all the features and capabilities in Draw, you can quickly learn to use those features you want or need. This document contains information and procedures that can help you practice using Draw.
Icons and Tooltips in OpenOffice.org Draw
OpenOffice.org Draw icons help you select and perform various graphics tasks. Placing your mouse pointer over any icon displays a tooltip that identifies that icon. Some icons have down arrows that lead you to sets of associated icons. For example, at the bottom of the Draw window, if you click the down arrow at the right of the Curve icon, it displays a set of icons that let you draw multiple curve types.
Creating an Example Object in OpenOffice.org Draw
An OpenOffice Draw file is an OpenDocument Graphics (ODG) file that contains one or more objects, which are drawings, pictures, or images. To create a simple object, you can use one of the basic shapes available in Draw. To create an example object, do the following:
1- Open the OpenOffice.org Draw application according to your operating system. For example, if your PC is running the Ubuntu operating system, click “Application,” click “Graphics,” and then click “OpenOffice.org Drawing” to open Draw.
2 – Move your mouse to the “Basic Shapes” icon (as identified by its tooltip) at the bottom of the Draw window, click its down arrow to display a set of icons for basic shapes, and then click the “Circle Pie” icon to change your pointer to a crosshairs symbol.
3 – Move the mouse to place its crosshairs at the upper left corner of the work area. Click and hold the left mouse button, drag the crosshairs down and to the right until the Circle Pie object is a useful size, and then release the mouse button to display both the Circle Pie object and its preview in the left pane.
4 – Click the “Text” icon at the bottom of the Draw window to change your mouse pointer to a crosshairs symbol, use the mouse to create a text block below the Circle Pie object, type “Bob’s Fresh Pies” into the text block, and then format the text for easy reading. In this example, you can use Arial (a sanserif font), 40 point, and centered.
5 – Resize the text block by making it smaller horizontally, and then move it to a proper position over the Circle Pie object. (Please see the images above.)
6 – Click “Edit,” click “Select All,” click “Modify,” and then click “Group” to combine the Circle Pie object and its label object into a single object.
7 – Right-click the object, click “Line,” set the line Style (underLine properties) to “Invisible,” and then click “OK.” This maintains the appearance of your object in case you later resize its image file.
8 – Save the OpenOffice.org Draw file as “Bob’s_Pies.odg.”
Exporting an OpenOffice.org Draw Object
After you create an object in an OpenOffice Draw file you can export that object as an image file, which you can use anywhere, either online or in applications or documents on your computer. To export an object do the following:
1 – Navigate to and open the “Bob’s_Pies.odg” Draw file that you had created in the procedure above, Creating an Example Object in OpenOffice.org Draw.
2 – Click on the “Bobs Fresh Pies” object to select it.
3 – Click “File” and then click “Export” to display its window.
4 – Under File type, scroll to and select “JPEG.”
5 – Select the “Selection” option at the bottom of the Export window. This is very important; if you do not do this, you export the entire Draw page instead of only your selected object.
6 – Click “Save,” and then click “OK” to export your image as Bob’s_Pies.jpg, a JPEG file.
Hopefully, this document has helped you get started with OpenOffice.org Draw. For more information, please see Wikipedia: OpenOffice.org Draw