At Omni, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve the user experience for our customers, and today we are pleased to announce the release of the OmniGraffle 6 User Manual, freely available on the iBookstore.
We’ve produced the OmniGraffle 6 User Manual using EPUB3, so it can take advantage of everything iBooks for iOS and OS X Mavericks has to offer. Not only is the book free, it’s also DRM-free. By offering the book through the iBookstore, you’ll receive notifications whenever we update the manual, just like you do when we update one of our apps.
EPUB3 makes it easy for us to “version” our documentation, so that when you download an update, all of your notes and annotations aren’t lost. If you’ve enabled iCloud syncing in iBooks on iOS and OS X, the notes you make are available wherever you go.
This release on the iBookstore is part of a new initiative to improve the relevance and accessibility of our documentation. We value your feedback and want to hear from you about what you like, dislike, or would like to see from us in the future. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
OmniGraffle 6 has been out for just over a month now — it’s doing great and we’re really proud of it. Right now we’re hard at work on the next update incorporating a lot of the feedback you’ve given us. Keep it coming.
In the meantime, here are some features we can’t live without. GIFs within.
Manual Guides can be copied to other canvases. Just drag-and-drop whatever you have selected and they’ll be copied over to another canvas in the sidebar. To get rid of the originals, just hit Delete.
Point the Resource Browser to your Home folder to bring in stencils, templates, and documents to 6. If you’re moving from OmniGraffle 5 to 6, you’re also moving in to a sandbox where we don’t initially have access to your previous work. To bring that stuff in, select “Add Resources to Library” from the Gear menu. OmniGraffle looks in the selected folder—you might just select your Home folder—for anything Graffle-related and adds them to 6. (Visio files excluded.)
Fill properties on lines (double-stroke). Set a line’s stroke to double; you’re now able to fill the space between each stroke.
Scale Stroke and Font. This is one of those features you won’t be able to do without — it shaves off a lot of time when resizing objects.
Mask an image on canvas. Another great non-destructive option. When manipulating images, just throw in the entire image. You can mask out what you don’t think you need. Re-mask it later if you do!
Graffle in PostScript points, Apple points, or screen pixels. When you’re developing for Retina displays or for the web, set 100% zoom in the Canvas inspector to equal some useful representations.
Text on a curve. Easy to use and one of our most popular feature requests ever.
Change zoom level on all selected canvases. Changing the zoom level on any canvas you have selected will apply the setting to each.
Export to Photoshop with layers intact. Workflows for a lot of people just got real simple. Made possible by our good friend Gus at Flying Meat! Gus makes Acorn, an image editor.
Name stencil objects for reference & search. With our new stencil browser, search got great. And now that search is great, you can name stencil objects to find them easier. To name an object, edit the stencil, select an object, and use the Properties inspector!
Import Xcode projects for fun. Drag a folder containing an Xcode project and we’ll show you the stuff inside: frameworks, categories, protocols, variables, and methods. Oldie, but awesome.
Important detail: Only Mac App Store purchases apply. Upgrades are only available within the same store. More…
We released OmniGraffle 6 about 5 weeks ago and, starting November 9th at 9 a.m., you can download it from the Mac App Store. With it comes all the same features you’ll find in our store — even a discounted upgrade to Professional if you’re running a copy of OmniGraffle 5 from the Mac App Store. You can check out all the requirements for upgrading on our support page.
“So how’d you get upgrade pricing?” is a question you might be asking. (Which makes sense; we’ve been after it since the beginning of the App Store!)
Because we’ve switched to an in-app purchase to add Professional features like AppleScript, Visio import and export, and more, OmniGraffle starts at $99.99. (As it has for a while.) If you have OmniGraffle 5 Standard or Pro installed via the Mac App Store—it must be via the Mac App Store, not ours—we can offer discounts based on prior purchases.
Your copy of OmniGraffle 5 from the Mac App Store needs to be installed — we need it to verify your purchase, and you can delete it later. If you didn’t purchase from the Mac App store, follow these instructions.
From the OmniGraffle menu, select In-App Purchase.
We’ll ask you to point us to your copy of OmniGraffle 5 — you’ll see an extra option to purchase the upgrade for $49.99 if you own 5 Standard; and you’ll see it’s free if you own 5 Pro.
Now you have OmniGraffle 6 Professional, from the Mac App Store, for $99.99. If you’re upgrading from Standard? $149.98.
What if I already purchased 6 from your store?
That’s great! You don’t have to change a thing: purchases made from our store are able to take advantage of more flexible pricing options than we can offer in the Mac App Store. If you wish you’d known about this plan sooner so you could have purchased version 6 from the Mac App Store instead of from our store, please contact email@example.com and we’ll be happy to offer you a full refund.
Email us if you have any questions.
(We’re sorry for any extra hassle this causes: until today, we weren’t sure whether Apple would approve this strategy in the App Store. It seemed reasonable to us—but then again so did OmniKeyMaster!)
Just like you, we’re really excited about today’s release of OS X Mavericks. In case you’re wondering, here’s the compatibility status of each of our shipping apps:
OmniPlan 2.3.1 has some rendering and exporting issues in Mavericks, but we’ve submitted version 2.3.2 to the App Store and it will be available later today from omnigroup.com.
We’re not aware of any issues with OmniOutliner 3.10.6 or 3.10.5, and the OmniOutliner 4 test builds are running great. Update: It looks like OmniOutliner 3’s Quick Look preview generator isn’t working in 10.9. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.
OmniGraffle 6 is good to go, and if you haven’t upgraded yet, 5.4.4 is too.
A note on the OmniFocus 2 Private Test: We’re loving what Mavericks is doing for our development process, but new builds aren’t ready for testers yet. Since the currently available test builds have significant issues when running on Mavericks, we recommend that testers revert to OmniFocus 1.10.5 and wait for an announcement.
That’s it! If you run into any issues with any of our apps after updating OS X, please don’t hesitate to email our Support Humans or give us a call at 1 800-315-6664 (10am-5pm Pacific Time).
Mail Drop is a feature of the Omni Sync Server that many of you have been using for quite a while. After a year of private and public testing we’re ready to drop the “beta” badge and recommend Mail Drop to all of our customers who use Omni Sync Server with OmniFocus.
If you’re not familiar with Mail Drop, the concept is simple: send emails directly into your OmniFocus Inbox. For example, if your Twitter client doesn’t support “Send to OmniFocus” natively, but does let you email tweets, send that latest Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen photo to a special @sync.omnigroup.com email address. The next time you open your OmniFocus Inbox, you’ll see it waiting for the artistic Photoshop you planned on your bus ride home.
Here are some other ways you might use Mail Drop:
Bridging the gap between your Windows PC at work and your OmniFocus system.
Processing actionable emails on your iPhone or iPad.
Setting up a special email address to allow a partner to delegate actions directly.
So what are you waiting for? Log in to your Omni Sync Server account and create your first Mail Drop address. If you have questions that aren’t answered by our Mail Drop Support Article, drop our support humans a line.