Spiral script for OmniGraffle

Example spiralIt draws spirals in the OmniGraffle drawing package.


  1. Download Applescript icon spiral.zip (8 KB).
  2. Install the script.
  3. In OmniGraffle open a new document and select Script > Spiral.
  4. In the first window that appears, enter the desired radius for the beginning of the spiral...
  5. The following window asks for the end radius. (This doesn't necessarily have to be larger than the start radius.)
  6. Enter the angle you want your spiral to be, in turns of a circle. 1 gives you a 360° spiral, 2 gives 720° etc.
  7. Hit OK... tada!A very simple spiral.

Some coloured spirals joined together.

Tips and other uses

Resizing and rotating these things is a bit if a pain. Select more than one object (possibly even a spiral and a dummy object you make temporarily) to get the usual resizing handles. Alternatively, the geometry palette lets you resize and rotate numerically.

Because there are so many points on the spirals it can be difficult to move them around. If one is already selected chances are clicking on it again will select a point. Chances are this isn't what you want to do! It's easier to deselect it and then click on and drag the previously un-selected one.

Known 'features'

Things to maybe get around to some nice day


Version history

1.0 (2005-05-16)
Initial release. Apparently works with OmniGraffle versions 3.2 beta 1, 3.2 and 3.2.1. Should also work fine with corresponding Pro versions of OmniGraffle.