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OpenOffice Draw 3.0


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OpenOffice Draw

Available for
windows* mac
linux** unix
java

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drawing diagrams charts openoffice

Open Office Draw, part of the Open Office package, wasn't designed to compete with high-end graphics packages but is an easy to use, effective drawing tool that makes it simple to create flowcharts, graphs and other illustrations from a fast sketch to complex plans. It provides plenty of tools and a variety of toolbars that really streamlines the creative process.

Draw is very user friendly. Unlike some other graphics applications, you can place the tools you use most around the screen and use them with a single click. The Styles and Formatting feature allows you to have all your favorite graphic styles at hand, eliminating time consuming searching. As you draw, the Dimension Lines automatically figure and display linear dimensions, freeing you to concentrate on the job at hand. Draw makes it simple to arrange and edit objects and also to group, regroup or ungroup at will. It also comes with its own clipart that allows you to create your own art and add it to Draw's gallery.

Another useful feature of Draw is the ability to manipulate objects in two or three dimensions with texture and lighting effects with the Rendering tool. There's no such thing as boring with Draw; it's capable of creating Flash presentations and importing graphics in formats such as GIF, JPEG, TIFF and others in general use.

Draw's toolbars include basic shapes, symbol shapes and a flowchart toolbar. There are even banners that will really liven up a presentation when text is added. Draw has so many extra features it's hard to believe it's open source. And when you save your work in the OpenDocument format you can access it through any compliant software.

Open Office Draw is a powerful, stable tool with a user-friendly interface. It's fast, intuitive and you'll be impressed with all the tools and conveniences it offers.

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