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Copy high quality images from OmniGraffle to TextEdit Apps
I create little documents in TextEdit with embedded OmniGraffle diagrams. However, even if you use Copy as PDF from OmniGraffle, the pasted image is in TIFF format, and looks bitmapped when printed. The solution is to route the images via Preview, using the following simple procedure.
  1. Copy the OmniGraffle image as usual -- no need to select copy as PDF.
  2. Switch apps to Preview, and select File -> New from clipboard.
  3. Drag the file icon in the title base of the new Preview window into TextEdit.
Hey presto -- vector PDF image in TextEdit. To test this trick, try it both ways, and use Print Preview to examine the difference in quality. Sadly, this trick does not work in Word.
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Copy high quality images from OmniGraffle to TextEdit
Authored by: JimF on May 21, '04 01:39:10PM

Great hint - works well. But, if you're going to convert a presentation into PowerPoint at some point, the Graffle graphics don't convert well (in general, PDF graphics in Keynote don't convert well when they're rasterized into PowerPoint).

To get around this, I usually export each OmniGraffle page/graphic as a high-res TIFF or PNG (I use 288 dpi). Then I "place" that into the Keynote presentation. It looks just as good as Keynote when saving the presentation in PPT format.



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Copy high quality images from OmniGraffle to TextEdit
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on May 21, '04 03:31:09PM

That would actually be ppi (pixels per inch) and not dpi (dots per inch), which is the way it would be printed using half tone screening. I'm aware this is the common terminology though.

Also 300 ppi is a much better resolution to use, especially if you are going to print something, since it divides well to 150 line screen (dpi) evenly.



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Copy high quality images from OmniGraffle to TextEdit
Authored by: NeutronMonk on May 22, '04 08:51:00AM

This is a handy tip. It also works with Illustrator. Methinks that the reason it doesn't work with Word is because of how Word works with PDFs (uh, poorly, at least with the v.X version). I would note, however, that one must drag the Preview title bar icon onto an already open TextEdit document for this to work- if you drag it onto the TextEdit icon in the Dock and have a new document open, you just get a text document of "gibberish".



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Copy high quality images from OmniGraffle to TextEdit
Authored by: darndog on May 23, '04 08:25:40PM

Can you not create a pdf from word by pressing Apple+Shift+4 and dragging a selection over the graphic/page you want?



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Copy high quality images from OmniGraffle to TextEdit
Authored by: pualo2 on May 24, '04 01:19:28AM

Unless I'm mistaken, a PDF so created will consist of a low-resolution bitmap.



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Copy high quality images from OmniGraffle to TextEdit
Authored by: NeutronMonk on May 24, '04 09:44:26AM

This tip concerns the importation of vector PDF images from OmniGraffle into TextEdit (or Illustrator- where, by the way, you can tweak the Graffle image by layer). Word won't import the image properly.

To make a PDF from a Word document (or any other document, for that matter), simply select Print, then Print as PDF.



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Authored by: NeutronMonk on May 24, '04 12:52:52PM

This may qualify as a stand-alone hint. As many have, I too have been frustrated by Word's inability to properly deal with importing vector art. As the current hint indicates, you can use Preview to get a vector PDF from OmniGraffle that can be imported into TextEdit or Illustrator, but not Word. However, I tried exporting from OmniGraffle as an HTML image map (for test purposes at 300dpi as a TIFF- it makes for a big file, might try other settings), and lo and behold, the image in Word looked great on the screen and also printed beautifully! I also brought in Illustrator PDFs to Word via this option in OmniGraffle- worked great!



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