OmniGraffle 4.2.1 is now available

by Joel on August 22, 2007

Nothing bad happened, so there's been no changes since the release of 4.2.1 beta 2 last week (excepting a version number change and various street cred that comes from being legit).

Go grab it at the download page and enjoy!

Ethan Schoonover joins Omni; OmniFocus sneaky peek mailing list caught up

by Linda Sharps on August 20, 2007

You may have read this over at 43 Folders, but for anyone who missed it, we're super-thrilled to announce that Ethan Schoonover is going to be joining The Omni Group in the next few weeks. As some of you know, we've been working with him for quite a while during OmniFocus's development, and having him actually in the same building as us is going to be awesome.

Well, awesome for us, anyway. Ethan's probably going to run screaming after a day or two. Oh ha ha ha, I kid, we're not that bad.


Ethan will officially be on board at the start of September, he just has to move his family and belongings from Hong Kong to Seattle first. Which should prep him nicely for the feat of helping us heave OmniFocus towards a final ship date.

And speaking of OmniFocus, we have another good bit of news: we're all caught up with issuing sneaky peek invitations, and we've configured the mailing list to automatically send invitations within 24 hours of signup.

It almost sounds like this is now a public beta, doesn't it? Not quite yet. As I understand it, the reason we're not just making everything instantly available—without the added process of joining the list—is that first we want the app to be stable enough so that people can download it once and not worry about updating the build. Currently, the sneaky peek page has the last 5 builds available at all times, and we're encouraging everyone to continually get new updates.

If you'd like to give OmniFocus a try, you can certainly do so—just keep in mind that it's still a work in progress and you'll probably need to stay on top of the new versions we keep posting. That way you have access to the latest bug fixes, new features, improved UI, and occasionally, things that are horribly horribly broken in a number of mysterious and painful ways. O, the joys of building software!

On the other hand, if you'd like to wait until we release a version that you can use for more than a few days at a time, hang in there for the public beta. The timing remains uncertain, but we are certainly working our butts off on reaching that milestone.

I should clarify that by “we” I mean “everyone except the office cat” because her main job lately seems to involve producing repulsive horked-up hairballs in various, easily-stepped on places throughout our offices. And with that:

Welcome, Ethan! We're so excited to have you. Watch out for cat barf.

OmniGraffle 4.2.1 beta 2 is now available

by Joel on August 15, 2007


We've figured out the issue that was causing kernel panics when saving files for some users. Turns out, it had to do with the file icon getting written out. Kevin spied a line of code that was at fault, and was thinking of commenting it out, and then Ken was all, “Fly, you fools!!” and he jumped right up on the build machine and started bellowing “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!” at the kernel panic, and just like that it was gone.

Or, something to that effect.

Anyways, you can find the kindly release at the beta page, enjoy!

OmniPlan 1.1.2 is final!

by Skwirl on August 15, 2007

OmniPlan 1.1.2 is now available! Nothing has changed from 1.1.2 RC 1, but the highlights for 1.1.2 include Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard support, fixes for some Microsoft Project MPX and XML import bugs, a fix for importing .CSV files encoded in UTF-16, a fix for exports to OmniGraffle for French and Simplified Chinese users, and some localization fixes. You can view a complete list of changes in the OmniPlan 1.1.2 release notes here.

This is a free update for folks who already own an OmniPlan 1 license, so we encourage all OmniPlan users to upgrade to the latest version.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments about OmniPlan. You can contact us directly thru our support page or by using the Send Feedback commend in OmniPlan's Help Menu.

Download OmniPlan 1.1.2 now!

OmniGraffle and interactive design

by Linda Sharps on August 9, 2007

I recently stumbled across a very cool blog post during my regular aimless web surfing diligent Omni-related research, and I thought some of you might find it interesting—especially if you use OmniGraffle for wire framing websites (did you know you could use OmniGraffle for such a purpose? You totally can! OmniGraffle: Not Just For Adding Amusing Word Bubbles To Your Photos).

Check it out: Creating prototypes with OmniGraffle. “With this simple process you can create working prototypes with exported PDFs or HTML with clickable images/image maps.”