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My latest use of OmniGraffle

June 27, 2007, 6:36 am

We’re finishing up a makeover of the girls’ playroom today into what I am calling “casual contemporary schoolroom” style. And OmniGraffle came in handy for making a scale drawing of the new layout (click to enlarge):

Picture 1-10

The room is 11 by 13 feet. Once I measured the room, I just drew an 8-inch-long rectangle and set the width to be 11/13 times 8 inches wide. Then I could go and measure each object we are putting in, and manually resize its drawing to have the right proportions using one of the inspectors in OmniGraffle. Conversely, and perhaps more helpfully, I could draw new stuff in the room with the proportions I wanted, then do the math to see how big they would be in real life, which helps me in shopping for that stuff. (For example, we haven’t bought the art table, but I now know from the drawing that it would need to be about 2′ long in order to look like it does in the layout.)

It was especially handy to have little resizable pictures of some of the items we are actually putting in the playroom, like the birds-eye view of the computer monitor and keyboard. These are part of some of the stencil packages that come with the software. And we could even experiment with the color scheme, as you see with the sofa.

I’ve already expressed my affection for OmniGraffle, and one of the reasons is that it’s usable for a lot more than making flowcharts.

Now I have to quit blogging and go move furniture and toys back in!

Update: It occurred to me that this would be a pretty good exercise in teaching kids how to work with ratios and proportions, in case any pre-algebra teachers are out there reading.

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