OmniGraffle 3 Reference Manual for iOS

Appendix C

Opening, Placing, and Exporting Files

This appendix provides you with a quick overview of the file and image types supported by OmniGraffle, and the methods for getting content into or out of OmniGraffle.

Opening Files

You may open the following native OmniGraffle files by tapping their icons in the Document Browser or in the Files app on iOS 11:

  • OmniGraffle Document (.graffle)
  • OmniGraffle Stencil (.gstencil)
  • OmniGraffle Template (.gtemplate)

OmniGraffle also supports opening OmniOutliner files (.oo3 and .ooutline), and if you have OmniGraffle Pro OmniGraffle Pro you can also open Microsoft Visio XML files by doing the following:

  1. In the Files app, locate the OmniOutliner or Visio file and touch and hold on the icon momentarily; when you release your finger, a contextual menu appears.
  2. In the contextual menu, tap Share; a sheet slides into view.
  3. In the sheet, look for the row of app icons, and tap Copy to OmniGraffle.

OmniGraffle copies and opens a new file, saving it to the On My [device] folder on your device. The original source file remains where it was. To access OmniGraffle’s On My [device] folder in the Files app, choose On My [device] ▸ OmniGraffle.

OmniGraffle Pro The following Microsoft Visio file formats are supported for opening with OmniGraffle Pro:

  • Drawing files (.vsd, .vdx, and .vsdx)
  • Templates (.vst, .vstx, and .vtx)
  • Stencils (.vss, .vssx, and .vsx)

Placing Files with Drag and Drop

OmniGraffle supports drag and drop on iOS 11 in both directions. You can drag images into or out of OmniGraffle to the another app when multitasking on iPad.

Dragging into OmniGraffle

You can drag the following file types onto a canvas:

File Type Standard Pro
PDF (.pdf)
SVG (.svg)
PNG (.png)
JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg)
GIF (.gif)

For example, you can drag image files into OmniGraffle from the Photos app, or from any webpage. Images can be placed inside objects or directly onto the canvas.

Dragging from OmniGraffle

Conversely, you can also drag objects, layers, and canvases from OmniGraffle’s sidebar—or directly from the canvas itself—to other apps. This enables you to quickly export objects from the canvas or place them in other apps on iPad.

For example, you can drag items from the sidebar or canvas to:

  • ...Files, where you can move it into another app’s local folder or save it to iCloud Drive.
  • ...Photos, adds an image file to your photo library.
  • ...Mail, adds an image file of the item you dragged as an attachment.
  • ...Notes, adds an image to the Note.

By default, when you drag out of OmniGraffle to another app, a vector-based PDF file is exported to or placed in that app. The exception, however, is if you drag out of OmniGraffle to an image-editing app such as Photos. In that case, the objects you drag out from OmniGraffle are rasterized and saved as a PNG image.

Regardless of what the receiving app accepts, an artboard includes the objects above it, and a layer includes its objects with a transparent background.

Exportable File Types

The following image and file types can be exported from OmniGraffle via the Share menu the export slash share button in the document browser or document toolbar. OmniGraffle stencils and templates are also created directly from the Share menu.

File Type Standard Pro
Modern OmniGraffle (.graffle)
Legacy OmniGraffle (.graffle)
PDF (.pdf)
PNG (.png)
OmniOutliner (.oo3)
Microsoft Visio XML requires OmniGraffle Pro (.vdx)

The Modern OmniGraffle file type is used by OmniGraffle 3.14 for iOS and 7.16 for Mac and later, while the Legacy OmniGraffle file type is compatible with earlier versions.