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I've tried to use the Pen tool in OmniGraffle Pro 5.2.1 to create custom shapes, but so far I've found the experience far less than satisfactory. I've used the pen tool in Illustrator quite a bit, and I've had some years of experience with Visio's drawing tools, but I've really had trouble with OmniGraffle's pen tool.

What I wanted to do was to create a wide and short rectilinear oval and a parallelogram. I decided to do this in Illustrator, and then believed I would be able to import the resulting shape into OmniGraffle.

I've tried exporting from Illustrator and then importing the shape into OmniGraffle with several data formats, including .svg, .emf and .pdf. What happens is that the shape gets imported and it looks all right on screen; but the vector path is not recognized in OmniGraffle. What this means is that I cannot change the fill or stroke of the imported shape.

Is there something that I'm missing? What's the best way to import custom-made vector shapes from other applications?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Jeff Chapman