The Omni Show: The Story of OmniPlan

by Brent Simmons on March 20, 2019

In the latest episode we talk with Ken Case, CEO; Ainsley Bourque Olson, OmniPlan PM; and Greg Titus, OmniPlan Engineer, about OmniPlan — how it started and where it’s going.

Are those beautiful Gantt charts rendered by code found in the wrecked spaceship of an extraterrestrial? Are we still using technology we found in ancient computers from the lost continent of Atlantis? What connection, if any, does OmniPlan have to the Bermuda Triangle?

We answer none of those questions. We tell the real story, infinitely more mysterious, about Greg thinking it would be fun to work on resource scheduling algorithms. Rational explanations for this elude us — but we’re sure glad he did, anyway. :)


OmniGraffle 7.10 for Mac and 3.10 for iOS Now Available with New Fill Shape with Text Feature

by Brent Simmons on March 6, 2019

OmniGraffle 7.10 for Mac and OmniGraffle 3.10 for iOS include a new Fill Shape with Text feature.

It’s a new option in the Text Position inspector: it fills the inner bounds of a shape with the label text. This makes it much easier to fit text in (for instance) a diamond shape (as in a flowchart) or create a text background for a Bézier shape.

Here’s a screenshot demonstrating the feature:

Screenshot of OmniGraffle for Mac showing text fitting inside a diamond shape.

Other changes in OmniGraffle for Mac include an option in the Line inspector to allow line labels to clip a line’s stroke; the ability to adjust the distance when Text Follows Path (in the Geometry inspector); and a number of improvements and bug fixes, mostly to do with text. See the release notes for the complete rundown.

Changes in OmniGraffle for iOS include a new Text Flow option in the Text Position inspector; text rotation controls; and other improvements and fixes. Read the release notes for the full scoop.

The Omni Show: Greg Titus, OmniPlan Engineer

by Brent Simmons on March 6, 2019

In the latest episode of The Omni Show, we interview Greg Titus, one of the first people hired by The Omni Group. He’s been here 25 years!

He’s seen a lot of company history — and tech industry history — while at Omni, which started out as a NeXT consulting company and later switched to products.

One of those products is OmniPlan, which Greg started writing for fun.

He talks about all that and more on the show. Enjoy!

The Omni Show: Brent Simmons, Marketing Human

by Brent Simmons on February 20, 2019

In the latest episode we interview Brent Simmons, Marketing Human and host of The Omni Show. You might wonder if he interviews himself, in some amazing tour-de-force of podcastery.

Nope! We used this one weird trick: we had Rose Orchard on as guest host. (We heartily recommend this trick for your own podcast, if you can swing it.) We interviewed Rose in a previous episode — and this episode was recorded later that same day.

Brent talks about what he actually does here (a question which even people inside the company are prone to asking him).

And then there’s something about his struggles for “thumb independence” that we didn’t quite catch, but that sounds entirely made-up.