Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Mind maps with OpenOffice.org Draw? Related functions.

Essential features related to mind maps

Color Bar
I prefer changing the colors of shapes easily. I need the color bar. Go to View > Toolbars > Color Bar.
You can select the shape or shapes you drew and change their colors by selecting the color buttons on the Color Bar (at the bottom of this screen).

Line and Filling

I prefer the Line and Filling toolbar to change the colors of lines and shapes easily. Go to View > Toolbars > Line and Filling

You can see the Line and Filling toolbar just above the horizontal. Select a line or a shape and try different colors.

You can change how wide a line looks.

Ellipse (Oval)
You can draw an ellipse (oval) by:
  1. selecting the button and
  2. point the mouse pointer on the page and
  3. drag and drop the mouse pointer.

Enter your keywords

You can double-click an ellipse to enter your keywords. Alternatively, you can select the ellipse and press the function key "F2" on a keyboard before entering your keywords.


You use a connector (an arrow, straight or curved) to connect two shapes and when you move either shape, the connector moves at the same time. This is the advantage of using a connector instead of an arrow.

If you do not know what a connector is, press the ninth button from the left on the Drawing toolbar at the bottom.

Then, point your mouse pointer at the edge of a shape and drag until the connector reaches the edge of another shape. Now, release the mouse button.

Try to select a shape with the connector and drag the shape. You should see the connector moves when the shape moves.

Transparency look

Sometimes you want a transparency look of a shape. Here is how:
  1. select the shape
  2. right-click it
  3. select Area
  4. select Transparency
  5. select Gradient
  6. click OK

Export an image

You can select a shape or the whole page and export an image (e.g. save the page as a JPG file).
File > Export... > (choose your file format) > (type the file name) > Save

All the features above have helped me to make mind maps. You can do the same. Enjoy!

1 comment:

treegb said...

Thanks for info.