OmniGraffle 4.2 beta 3 is now available

by Joel on April 5, 2007

New name, same as the old name.

So, enough folks gave feedback about appending the major version number in the Finder name, plus we felt we could do better, so this particular version sports just plain old OmniGraffle and OmniGraffle Professional.

However, you may notice that when dragging version 4.2 beta 3 to your Applications folder that it does not replace the existing version that may have the same name. Instead, it lives alongside the older version in strange harmony like some uncomfortable doppelganger.

How can this be? I'll let the gentle reader guess, unless they want to cheat and go look at the release notes.

Please note that this will require manually getting rid of your old versions of OmniGraffle, but on the other hand it means that licensed users of Graffle 3 or Graffle 2 won't accidentally replace their old version with one that requires an upgrade fee.

Other goodies in this release are a spanky new disk image background with an alias to the Applications folder, and more importantly a fix to a crash when saving files with placed images that was plaguing the current pool of beta testers.

So, go, download, enjoy!


OmniPlan 1.1 RC4

by Molly Reed on April 4, 2007

Oooh, a new OmniPlan 1.1 release candidate!  In this release we've fixed some leveling regressions, improved stability and added some import/export improvements.  Again, we really appreciate your continued feedback, which is bringing us ever closer to the final OmniPlan 1.1 release.

Please keep in mind that this release is still under development. Your feedback will help us improve the software, and we apologize if it crashes, corrupts your files, tracks dirts into the house, or otherwise misbehaves. A more stable release is also available.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments. You can contact us directly via our support page or by using the Send Feedback command in OmniPlan’s Help menu.

Download now!


OmniGraffle sez, “Hey look at me!!”

by Joel on April 4, 2007

From an iChat conversation with Bill this morning, he's on the left and I'm on the right:

Graffle 5 discussion

So, what this all means is that we're finally building nightly alphas of OmniGraffle 5, and it's going to be a long long time before anything comes remotely close to being public.

But, I thought it would be nice to distract from all the OmniFocus talk for a bit.

(oh, and OmniGraffle 4.2 beta 3 may or may not be out today or tomorrow)


Marching slowly but surely towards beta

by Linda Sharps on April 2, 2007

We were having a discussion this morning about OmniFocus and the work that remains to be done before we can post a beta. The opinion was put forth that a personal productivity app that is even so much as 90% completed might as well not work at all, since it would inevitably disrupt your workflow and ultimately reduce your productivity rather than improve it.

I can see how this might be so, but I'm interested in what you guys think. Would you rather start using an early, incomplete beta version of OmniFocus with—potentially—some missing features, or would you prefer to wait until the app is feature-complete and (mostly) guaranteed not to suck?

(DISCLAIMER: no such guarantee actually implied.)

At the moment, the question is sort of moot because the app is definitely not ready for beta, or sneaky peek, or even for posting screenshots. We've got a few big features to wrestle into place, and a lot of bug-crushing and UI-polishing, and only a small team of engineers to get it all done.

As we look ahead to the steps towards final release, though, it would be nice to get your opinion on the process. We know a lot of you have been waiting and WAITING to start using Focus, and I promise we are working really hard to get it in your hands.


Another manufactured holiday

by Linda Sharps on March 29, 2007

Here's the question I've been asking myself this week: am I too old to understand the appeal of Twitter, or not cool enough?

I'm not sure I like the answer either way.

Anyway, since I don't have any exciting product news at the moment, I thought I'd ask you folks to share some entertaining website distractions. Because it's, um, Omni Mouth Link Day! Oh, you didn't know about Omni Mouth Link Day? It's like Thursday, only with more links.

I'll go first:

• The ColorJack Sphere; handy for all kinds of design projects

Giant microbes! Aw, who's a little Borrelia burgdorferi?

Fantastic video of someone's entire wedding party doing the Thriller dance

Kent Rogowski's Bears: gosh, it looks like the perfect baby shower gift (“Hm, he doesn't normally cry like that . . .”)

Okay, blog readers—your turn. Spill your latest web finds, in the name of Omni Mouth Link Day!