Archive for the ‘Draw’ Category

July

13

by Kaj Kandler

Based on a tip from the Ubuntu Community I developed this guide how to improve Open Office performance and more responsive.

Set the Open Office memory options for improved performance as follows:

  • Reduce the undo stack from the default 100 to less than 50. Keep in mind your own work style. If you are experimenting a lot, a value too small might let you run out of “Undo” operations pretty fast. If you are a slow typist, a single “Undo” might just be a single character typed.
  • Increase the graphics cache to  ~10% of your main memory, but no more than 256 MB. Consider how often you use graphics. Heavy use of Impress or Draw will require more.
  • Set memory per object to between 10MB and 20MB. Again this depends on what you are doing. If you are using embedded Active-X controls or large images/graphics this should be larger.
  • Set the number of objects to ~20.
  • Enable the OpenOffice.org Quickstarter if you use OOo more often. For occasional use it will only block memory that you could use better for other applications.

Watch a screencast of these these tips here.

June

13

by Kaj Kandler

Bruce Byfield has published another article about “Desktop Publishing with OpenOffice.org.”

Bruce does make a point that when it comes to replacing mid level DTP applications like Microsoft Publisher® one does not need to look at Scribus. OpenOffice.org Writer in combination with Draw do the trick pretty well. He thinks Writer is especially suitable for long texts like books, manuals or thesis. Those documents tend to be text heavy with moderate variability of page design. In case you want to be more graphic heavy with little text, such as brochures, fliers or other marketing material, he recommends to try Draw.

I think Bruce should know, after all he is an accomplished book author and writes frequently articles.

May

22

by Kaj Kandler

I would like to present today some new screencasts for OpenOffice.org Draw, the vector graphics application in the OpenOffice.org suite.

We posted some basic screencasts for OpenOffice.org Draw yesterday.

While these number of screencasts for Draw is still small, the set is already useful. Lets assume you want to create a flow chart. A novice user might create some rectangles, and draw ellipses and connect these with lines. However, this will require careful planning so you position all the boxes first and the draw the lines. If you need to move any of the shapes you also have to adjust the end points of the lines.

You are probably better off to draw shapes from the flow chart menu, which gives you all the elements that are normed for this type of drawing. Then use object connectors to build a flexible mesh of objects and their connections. These connectors stick to the connection port of the objects and do move with the objects.

Finally, you annotate your flow chart with text frames and add potential notes withcallout bubbles.

December

04

by Kaj Kandler

Do you need some drawing templates for OpenOffice.org Draw or Impress? I found this small but growing collection by Mark Lautman. Mark has created collections for Computer and Network Symbols, Home Entertainment, Office Layout, Furniture and more.

Mark’s Drawings are easy to use. Just download the documents he offers and click on a shape, copy, paste and use it as you need. These come in handy if you are illustrating your Impress presentation.

Way to go Mark.