Custom OO Shapes

Custom OO Shapes Tutorial

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to download a library of Custom OO Shapes and make a small network drawing. This tutorial applies to the Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome web browsers.

Step 1: Download and open a library

Because we want to make a network drawing, we'll take the library of Basic Network Shapes.

If you use Firefox, follow the instructions marked with firefox. If you use Internet Explorer, follow the instructions marked with ie. If you use Google Chrome, follow the instructions marked with chrome.

(If you already took the library of basic network shapes, open it and skip to Step 2.)

1In the address field of your web browser, type or paste http://www.lautman.net/mark/coo/index.html.
 address bar
2Press Enter. The Custom OO Shapes web site appears.
3Find the category Basic Network Shapes. In the right-hand side of the table find the link download.
 right click
4firefoxchromeRight-click on the link download, and select Save Link As….
 ieRight-click on the link download, and select Save Target As….
5In the Save As dialog box, navigate to a folder where you want to save the library.
6In the File Name field, make sure the file name is Basic_Network_Shapes.odg.
save as
7Click Save.
8firefoxIn the Downloads dialog box, click Open.
 downloads
ieIn the Download complete dialog box, click Open.
 download complete
chromeFrom the downloads bar, click the arrow next to your download, and then click Open.
 download complete

Download of a library is complete, and the library of basic network shapes appears.

basic open

Step 2: Creating a network diagram

In this section of the tutorial, we'll create a network diagram with three elements: a cell phone, a cell tower, and a rack-mount unit.

1If you don't see the page pane in OpenOffice Draw (see previous illustration), display it by selecting View > Page Pane.
2Start a new diagram by selecting File > New > Drawing.
3Return to the Basic Network Shapes, and click Slide 2 in the Page Pane. The shapes on slide 2 appear.
slide 2
4Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard, and click the antenna, cell phone, and rack-mount chassis. OpenOffice surrounds the shapes with green handles.
selected shapes
5Copy the selected shapes by pressing Ctrl+C.
6Return to your new, blank diagram, and select Edit > Paste Special. The Paste Special dialog box appears.
paste special
7Select Drawing Format and then press OK. The shapes appear in your new drawing.
pasted shapes
8Click and drag the shapes so they are horizontally aligned.
aligned shapes
9Ensure you see the drawing toolbar. In the previous illustration, the drawing toolbar is on the bottom of the OpenOffice window.
drawing toolbar
If you don't see the drawing toolbar, display it by selecting View > Toolbars > Drawing.
10On the drawing toolbar, click the Connector button.
connector button
11Position the mouse over the antenna on the cell phone, and then click. Do not release the mouse button. Continue dragging the mouse to the top of the antenna on the cell tower. Release the mouse button.
cell to antenna
12Click the Connector button again on the drawing toolbar.
13Position the mouse on the bottom right-hand corner of the antenna and click. Continue dragging the mouse to the left-center edge of the rack-mount device. Release the mouse button.
antenna to rack
14Click and drag the rack mount device to a different position on the drawing. Observe how the connector remains attached to the rack-mount device.
moved rack

You completed your first network drawing using Custom OO Shapes. Don't forget to save it!

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