Creating Diagrams using OpenOffice and LibreOffice
If you need to create a flowchart or diagram involving shapes and text, then the application you need to use is the OpenOffice Drawing module. The Windows equivalent of this would be Visio. You can invoke it from:
Applications→ Graphics → OpenOffice.org Drawing :
For Unity users, just click the LibreOffice Draw icon in the Launcher:
For Fedora users, search for "libre" in the Applications area:
Note: you may have to search for "Draw" using the Unity Search facility to locate it, as it is not listed in the Unity Launcher by default.
This should bring up a window that should look familiar to users of the other OpenOffice modules:
At the top is the familiar list of menus (File, Edit, View, etc), under which is a user-configurable list of shortcut icons (-all of which can be reached via a menu option if desired), including the current line and text style, font and text size. To the left is the preview/thumbnail window and underneath are all the drawing tools.
This layout is very similar to that of the Presentation module; this may be because the Drawing module appears to be a sub-component of this.
Let's attempt to create a simple flowchart using the drawing module. Assuming you are now have the blank Drawing module screen in front of you, click the down arrow by the greyed out rectangle and pick the “Rectangle, Rounded” icon:
Now move to the main window, left click and drag within the pane, until the correct size of box is created, then release the mouse button:
Double click the box you created and type “START”:
Select the whole box (-instead of just the text) by clicking on it, then use CTRL+C (-or Edit → Copy) to copy the shape and then CTRL+V (-or Edit → Paste) to paste a copy of the shape to the window. Move the copy slightly to one side (-by click-dragging it) so you can see the clone:
Double click the clone and type “STOP”; click away from the clone (-to deselect it) then click back on it to select the shape: drag it to it's final destination:
Now go back to the icon drop downs at the bottom of the screen and again click the down arrow for the “Basic Shapes” (-grey rectangle). This time, pick the “Diamond” shape:
Move back to the main window and click-drag until you get a diamond shape of the desired size, then release the mouse button:
Double click the diamond and type “Do I want to use Linux?”:
Again, let's create a clone of this decision box and click away from the diamond, then back on it, to select the whole shape. Type CTRL+C followed by CTRL+V, to create the clone, then click-drag the clone to be level with the “STOP” box:
Double click on the clone and overtype the text to read: “Are you mad?”(-you can probably see where we are going with this one):
Now go back to the icon drop downs at the bottom of the screen one last time and click the down arrow for the “Basic Shapes” (-grey rectangle). This time, pick the “Rectangle” shape (-the first icon)
Go back to the main window and click-drag until you get a rectangle shape of the desired size in line with the “START” lozenge, then release the mouse button:
Double click the rectangle and type “Install Linux”. Click away from the rectangle then back on it, to select the whole shape. Type CTRL+C followed by CTRL+V, to create the clone, then click-drag the clone to be level with the “STOP” box:
Double click the cloned rectangle and overtype the text with “Seek professional help”.
Back in the icon line, click on the arrow icon (-we can use the default):
Click drag from the “START” lozenge to the first decision box:
Continue to join up all the boxes in this way:
Double-click on the lines coming out of the decision boxes and type either “Yes”or “No”:
Hopefully, you'll end up with something like:
Save your new diagram:
Add the desired filename before clicking on the “Save”: