Using Clipart

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Like document templates, clipart is big part of many uses of an office suite like NeoOffice. Unlike document templates, which many people can make for themselves, most users of office suites aren't artists who can fire up their favorite drawing tool (like NeoDraw) and create clipart, so third-party collections of clipart are even more important.

Commercial software like MS Office or AppleWorks often license commercial clipart collections to include in the package, but commercial licensing and free/open source software don't interact well on this point. NeoOffice includes a small collection of graphics in its Gallery, but don't worry; the clipart picture is not as grim as it might seem.


Sources of clipart

First of all, if you have existing clipart collections, either that came with another piece of software or you purchased separately, in most cases you'll be able to use them with NeoOffice. Changing software doesn't render existing clipart obsolete!

If you don't have any clipart, don't worry; the open source community has clipart that is freely available, too! We'll continue to update the list below with new sources of free clipart; if you have any to add, please let us know!

Freely-available clipart

In some cases, there may be restrictions on the use of these images, so always check the "Read Me" first. In particular, there are often situations where you can freely use images provided that you don't use them for commercial purposes, when you may be asked for a fee by the copyright holder.

N.B. Unfortunately, neither NeoOffice nor can open Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) files at this time, which is the most common vector clipart format in open source clipart collections. Many of the collections include PNG versions of the images, and there are tools available (Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, Seashore (with the SVG importer plugin), among others) you can use to convert SVG into other vector and bitmap formats.

Sources of photographic imagery

There are numerous sites on the web where you can find free photos to populate your Gallery for NeoOffice. Always check to see what conditions there are regarding copyright, usage, and licensing: these vary from site to site. And don't use these images for commercial purposes without checking copyright conditions very carefully - this may require payment to the copyright holder.

There are, to the best of our knowledge, no completely copyright-free photography collections to compare with the clipart collection available for download as one package at, since almost all photography sites only allow shot-by-shot downloads.

The following links are only for your information; we do not promote any of the sites (if you would like your site listed here, just give us the link and we will check it out). These are generally “free” sites, and/or links to public domain collections, with different copyright conditions in each case:

(Be aware that some of these sites have similar collections, so you may end up doubling up if you are not discriminating. There are literally hundreds of thousands of images in these collections)

You can also use resources you probably already have on your hard drive to make a new Theme:

  • open source collections
  • your iPhoto collection(s),
  • any free, non-restricted program collections elsewhere on your hard drive.

The Easy Way: OxygenOffice Professional

kami, a Hungarian developer for, has done a lot of the hard work for users. He has put together an extensive collection of nearly 3500 clipart items, including photos plus templates, which can be loaded up using the Extension Manager. A "Package Manager" was introduced in OOo 2.0.4 and renamed the Extension Manager in OOo 2.1. It is thus available in NeoOffice 2.2 on. This feature provides an easy way to install collections of templates, graphics, macros, or other add-ins that have been "packaged" into files with a .OXT extension.

First download kami's latest package from the OxygenOffice Professional site on SoureForge:

Select Download and you will be taken to the downloads page. Scroll down to the section listing "Extensions" and select the appropriate package. As noted in the license conditions below, the "non-free" packages contain some items which may have restricted license requirements. When you select a package, your download should begin immediately.

  1. After you download a package, select the Tools menu and then Extension Manager. In the Extension Manager dialog, highlight My Extensions and click Add.
  2. A file browser window opens. Find and select the package of clipart you want to install and click Open.
  3. On the Extension Manager dialog, select the package you just added and click Enable. (This "Enable" step may not be necessary in NeoOffice.)
  • Note from the package license :
This Extension - itself - has been licensed under term of GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). You can read and understand LGPL license here:
The main project - OxygenOffice Professional - and this Extension based on several contributors' work. Individual elements' license of this Extension might be different. Items in - non free - extensions may have more strict license. For more information please refer our license sheet:
-- for template items:*checkout*/ooop/trunk/documents/license/Template.ods
-- for gallery objects:*checkout*/ooop/trunk/documents/license/Gallery.ods
OxygenOffice Professional Team

license_en-US document V1.0.1

Using clipart or photos within NeoOffice

The first step to using clipart in NeoOffice is to make sure your clipart is in one of the types of graphics file formats that NeoOffice can read. Check out the list of vector and bitmap file formats NeoDraw can open; all of the formats in the left-hand (Open) column can be used as clipart. (If you need to use Computer Graphics Metafiles (.cgm), simply create a new NeoImpress document, open the CGM via Impress's Open... menu, then copy the content and paste it into your Writer, Draw, or Calc document. Similarly, you can copy graphics from existing documents and paste them into new documents—but please respect the copyright and licensing of those images or graphics.)

Need to include some pointers here to articles about vector vs. raster graphics for clipart; best choices for Neo for vector are EPS and WMF (or PICT if you have old Mac collections); for raster, PNG and GIF

If you just use clipart occasionally, you can simply use the Insert Graphics… function (Insert menu, Graphics submenu, From File… option) to select a piece of clipart and insert it into your document. There's one caveat here: unlike opening "text-like" documents, the graphics code in use here can't guess which type of file something is; the filename extensions of the files have to match exactly the ones in the list referenced above.

Using the NeoOffice Media Browser

NeoOffice 2.2.4 and later support a Media Browser, similar to Apple's iLife Media Browser, for accessing pictures, music, and other iLife-managed media. Instructions for using the Media Browser are in Chapter 5 of the NeoOffice User Guide Volume 2

Listing your clipart or photos in the Gallery

If you have lots of clipart or photos and use them frequently, it would be nice not to use the Insert Graphics… function every time you want to add a graphic to a document. Fortunately, there's an easy way to have all your clipart readily accessible from with NeoOffice...add it to the Gallery. (Adding clipart to the Gallery only adds references to the clipart in NeoOffice; it doesn't move or duplicate your clipart collection, so you don't lose any disk space nor do you have to worry about moving your clipart.)

The following instructions assume that you've downloaded part of the Open Clip Art Library mentioned in the links above, but the steps are the same for any clipart or photo collection, including those already on your Mac.

  1. Download the clipart of your choice from one of the links noted above and decompress the archive. Please respect the terms of usage established by the respective sites.
  2. If NeoOffice is the only software you want to use the clipart with, you might want to strip any file formats that are not useful from that folder now:
    1. Open the folder in the Finder.
    2. Select "List view" from the Finder's View menu or from the folder's toolbar.
    3. Click the "Kind" heading so that the files appear sorted in order by their format (e.g., .jpg, .png, .svg file types) and delete the formats you do not need; again, consult the list of supported vector and bitmap file formats; the Gallery can also contain WAV, AIFF, and AU audio files for presentations).
    4. Repeat the above steps for any subfolders within those folders, and don't forget to empty trash afterwards.
  3. Organize up your clipart in folders based on subjects (e.g., holidays, sports, borders). This will help you find items later and allow you to create separate groups ("Themes") for each subject in the NeoOffice Gallery; you may have to search through and rearrange your downloaded clipart before proceeding.
  4. Move the clipart folder to a place of your choice, e.g. your user's ~/Documents folder (keeps the clipart easily available for use with applications other than NeoOffice) or to a location on the disk or network that's accessible to others (if you wish to make the clipart available to all users of your Mac or your network).
  5. Launch NeoOffice.
  6. Click the "Gallery" icon on the toolbar (top-right, looks like a picture frame), or select "Tools" on the drop-down menu and then click on "Gallery" to select it.
  7. Click the "New Theme" button directly above the list of existing collections (again, top left).
  8. In the resulting dialogue, click the "General" tab and add a name for your Theme (e.g., Sports).
  9. Click the "Files" tab to prepare to select the clipart files you want in this Theme.
  10. Click the "Search Files" button to search for and select the clipart folder whose contents you want in this Theme. When the correct folder is highlighted, click the "Select" button.
    • N.B. Selecting a folder which contains sub-folders will cause the contents of the folder and all sub-folders (recursively) to be added to the new Theme. If your clipart folder contains sub-folders for different subjects (e.g., holidays, sports, borders) intended to be in different Themes, be sure to choose the sub-folder (e.g., Sports) rather than the main clipart folder in this step.
  11. Click "Add All" to add all the files showing in your list to the new Theme, and then "OK" to close the dialogue.
    • Repeat steps 7-11 for each folder/Theme you wish to add. Other NeoOffice users on your Mac will have to follow these steps to add the clipart to their Gallery as well.
  12. If you want to change a Theme's name later on, just ctrl-click the Theme from the list of Themes and you can rename it (you may want to give it a name which reminds you where it came from, e.g., "Animals_oca_collection" or "Animals_aa42").

Using the Gallery to insert clipart into a document

To insert a piece of clipart into your document, just open the Gallery if it's not already open, select your Theme from the list at the left, and select the piece of clipart you want to use. Then drag the graphic into your document (or ctrl-click on it to set additional options when inserting).

That's it; your existing clipart collections are now readily available from within NeoOffice!

Special thanks to all the contributors to the "Clipart" thread on trinity who developed these instructions and provided links to sources of free clipart!

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