Open for Testing: OmniGraffle 3 for iOS

by Derek Reiff on March 16, 2017

Earlier this morning we submitted OmniGraffle 3 for iOS to Apple for TestFlight approval. In it, of course, is a whole lot of work: we’ve made several big decisions that we think make OmniGraffle even easier, faster, and more powerful to use on iPad and iPhone.

OmniGraffle 3 for iOS. Ignore the battery percentage, please.

At the core of OmniGraffle are several major concepts users need quick access to: objects, groups, layers, artboards, and canvases. We’ve switched away from popovers and over to flexible sidebars in OmniGraffle 3. You can toggle the sidebar off or on depending on how you’re working, and what you’re working with, so that moving from object to object to make minor changes is much faster than before—less taps to get to the popover, to close it, etc. (And you can select multiple objects, too!)

That’s on the left. The sidebar on the right contains your usual Inspector gadgets. And, again, we’ve made some decisions to give you the most common settings at the top…with the ability to get into the nitty gritty just below it. On devices where sticking sidebars to either edge will completely hide your canvas, they’ll switch back to a popover.

We’ve gotten even closer to parity with OmniGraffle for Mac, too: Artboards, converting text to shapes, the Infinite Canvas, and more, are all set for testing.

Infinite and Fit-to-Canvas Modes

The Infinite Canvas is also a part of what we’re calling Canvas Modes. Something we’re trying—and we hope it works!—is making the distinction between fixed-size canvases, auto-expanding (when needed) canvases, and infinite canvases. We’re hoping to bring the same concept to the Mac, too.

Move the Tool Palette to each corner

The Tool Palette moves freely, too—mostly. It can be oriented either vertically or horizontally in each of the workspace’s four corners.

And there’s more! This is the first release that includes the groundwork for automation. It’s exactly like writing JavaScript—we’re using Apple’s JavaScriptCore framework on both Mac and iOS. As we wrote about earlier, we’ve enlisted Sal Saghoian to put it through its paces. You can learn more about Automation in OmniGraffle over at the website he’s been working on.

Help us test

So, you can help if you’d like! If you use OmniGraffle 2 already, think you could make use of OmniGraffle 3, or just really like testing software, we’d love it if you could help. You can check out the preview page to learn more about the new features, and sign up for our TestFlight.

Over the course of this public test, we’re looking for much of the same feedback we did during the OmniGraffle 7 for Mac test period: How does OmniGraffle accelerate or decelerate your workflows? What could be better? What do you like, but think we should come at from a different angle?

Discounts & Free Upgrades

In Ken’s Looking Ahead post, we shared that from January 24th on, all users purchasing OmniGraffle 2 will get a free upgrade to OmniGraffle 3. For customers that have purchased any version of OmniGraffle 2 before that, appropriate discounts will show up when look—just make sure OmniGraffle 2 for iOS is still installed on that device. Coming soon!

Have a great Thursday!

Touch Bar Support Added in OmniPlan 3.6

by Derek Reiff on December 7, 2016

Hot on the heels of Touch Bar support in OmniGraffle, today we’re happy to announce the same in OmniPlan!

OmniPlan 3.6 is packed with the usual bug fixes and improvements, but made even better with features just for Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro.

Project Planning With the Touch Bar

OmniPlan and Touch Bar

When we first saw the Touch Bar demoed on stage a month or so ago—specifically as a scrubber for Final Cut Pro X—we knew that investigating a Gantt chart control would be worth our time: your entire project, right there above the keyboard as primary input, with dynamic scrubbing.

But as well as being a Gantt Chart scrubber, you can customize the Touch Bar with everything else you’d find in the toolbar: leveling, rescheduling, Publish & Update, and more. When a specific task is selected, scroll through your resources to quickly assign them to said tasks.

Changing Touch Bar configuration

Free Trials on the Mac App Store

So that we can offer free 14-day trials, OmniPlan for Mac is now available as a free download on the Mac App Store. OmniPlan will continue to operate as a read-only viewer when the trial is over, too. (It’s exactly like the free trial that debuted with OmniGraffle 7.)

If you’re downloading OmniPlan 3 from the Mac App Store for the first time, you’ll have 2 weeks to demo, and switch between, Standard and Pro. Once it’s over and you’re ready to purchase, just use the In-App Purchase option via the OmniPlan menu bar. (If you own OmniPlan 2, you’ll be offered discounts; upgrading is quite easy.)

If you choose Standard, you can always upgrade to Pro later for the difference in price.

Plus a little bit more

In addition to Touch Bar Support and free trials through the Mac App Store, we’ve added a new chapter about Touch Bar in OmniPlan’s Help (plus a new chapter on menu commands and more exhaustive explanations all around), cell highlighting to indicate the row you’re currently editing, and new Preference icons! Full release notes here.

Open for Feedback: the OmniOutliner 5 Public Test

by Derek Reiff on November 16, 2016

Let’s talk about OmniOutliner! After a few months in private testing, we’re excited to open up OmniOutliner 5 to a broader audience—specifically, we’re looking for feedback about its new Pro features and updated interface.

How we got to 5

We released OmniOutliner 4 for Mac in early 2014 with several new highlights: a modern design, a brand new outlining framework (which happens to be, more or less, house cleaning and code cleanup), document zooming, the new resource browser, theming, and more.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve added interface updates based on OS changes, row linking to reference other sections or documents, extra export options, and customization when printing.

Our goal is to continue along the path that has made OmniOutliner an app you trust to make you more organized and productive. And now we have something new to share.

A call for early feedback on OmniOutliner 5 for Mac

Much like our Public Test for OmniGraffle 7, we want to make sure we’re still heading in the right direction with cheers—or meaningful and constructive jeers—from a larger audience.

In this release, we’re looking for feedback on:

  • OmniOutliner’s new sidebar design and functionality
  • Rebuilt Inspectors
  • Row Filtering
  • Full Screen improvements
    • margins
    • auto-hiding sidebars and inspectors
  • Keyboard Shortcuts panel
  • .ooutline file format
  • Password Encryption (coming to a build soon!)

Wait, why haven’t you referenced Standard here?

Standard isn’t actually included in the initial test period! We’re still working on it, so right now you won’t be able to switch down to the Standard set of features.

More on that down the road.

And if you’re using OmniOutliner for iOS…

You’re going to need to sign up for TestFlight. Though we’ve built in support for the new file format we’re using with OmniOutliner 5, we haven’t yet started working on OmniOutliner 3 for iOS. If you do run into any problems with opening, saving, or using any of the documents you create, let us know!

Downloading the preview build

We’ve opened up the floodgates over on our Preview page. From there, click the download button and start using the new, better than ever, OmniOutliner Pro.

How’s everything feel? Did you find a bug? Or, do you have a suggestion on filtering or Distraction-free mode?

If you’re interested in chatting with others, we put together a special category over on Discourse for discussion; we’ll be there, but if you really want to make sure you’re heard, email us. (And email us if you have any questions about functionality, too.)

Cheers!

OmniPresence for Mac v1.5 now available with Sierra fixes

by Derek Reiff on October 20, 2016

Yesterday we released OmniPresence 1.5, an important update for macOS Sierra users. It focuses on one thing: playing better with Sierra, iCloud, and other sync services.

In this release, we’ve disabled the ability to place a synced OmniPresence folder inside the folders that iCloud could sync: ~/Documents/ and ~/Desktop/. (We disable those locations even if iCloud Desktop & Documents Folders is turned off.)

We also exclude the default sync locations for a few more file syncing services: Amazon Drive, Box Sync, Google Drive, OneDrive, and SpiderOak Hive.

So! That means the default location for a new synced folder is right inside your Home folder.

Another bonus: completely new documentation accessible via the sprocket in the OmniPresence menu.

Check for updates via the sprocket, read the release notes, or download OmniPresence 1.5.

Meet OmniGraffle 7

by Derek Reiff on October 10, 2016

This is OmniGraffle 7: a major upgrade focusing on quality of life improvements and new features, each making work faster and easier for anyone who thinks about UI, UX, graphics, or diagrams every day. And it’s pretty great.

 

When we introduced OmniGraffle 7’s public test phase, I talked about what we wanted to accomplish with this major upgrade:

OmniGraffle has had success over the years by being a very powerful, customizable, and reliable app for a pretty expansive set of use cases. In more recent years we’ve gotten feedback from UX and UI folks that said their jobs (and needs) are changing. This set of users were requesting features specifically to help design for high-density screens and multiple platforms, showing interactions, working on smaller screens, and more.

OmniGraffle 7 is the first in a line of steps aimed at improving and speeding up workflows for UX and UI folks, and Graphic Designers. The bulk of new features—and enhancements to older features—come by focusing on getting work done faster: less clicking, more focused tools, a polished interface.

In the past few months, many of you have downloaded and provided valuable feedback. We’re really grateful for your feature requests, ideas, and workflow suggestions and excited with how they affected the finished product! In the last several weeks we’ve been clarifying many of the new tools and interactions, and we think we’ve gotten most of it right. (That’s not to say we think we’re done adding and advancing features!)

What’s New in OmniGraffle 7?

There are a lot of features worthy of more than just a sentence or two, but here are a few words about our favorites:

  • Infinite Canvas: In 7, toggle the direction in which your canvas grows. It’ll expand automatically whenever and wherever you need more room.
  • SVG Support: When we first implemented SVG export in OmniGraffle, there were very few other apps that did the same, so we didn’t worry about Import. In 7, you can paste SVG code directly on to your Canvas or drag in a file.
  • Artboard Layers: Artboards not only fix the problem of multi-resolution assets, but they also make organizing and moving your artwork intuitive in OmniGraffle. (Artboards affect anything above them in the stack inside its bounds or overlapping—sort of like a container or group, without group behavior unless you want it.)
  • Convert Line to Shape: Convert any line to a shape in 7. Once you have a shape, add a gradient or work with its Bézier points to tweak line endings!
  • Convert Text to Shape: Though we didn’t build in a font editor, we did add a great way to style or tweak your text’s characters. When converting a set of text to a shape, you’ll have access to fill, blends, stroke—everything you already use OmniGraffle for.
  • Point Editor: A brand new tool for 7, the Point Editor makes it easy to access each point on every object. Bounding boxes no longer get in the way.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: We get a lot of email about keyboard shortcut preferences. In 7 you can choose your own shortcut for each and every menu bar command or setting, and we included a few sets from other apps: Illustrator® and Sketch.

But there’s even more! Our release notes tell even more.

Trying and Buying OmniGraffle 7

For the first time ever, our 14-day trial is available in both the Mac App Store and the version you download directly from us—it’s never been easier to buy OR try OmniGraffle.

Late last month our CEO, Ken, wrote a blog post about the big change for the Mac App Store version:

The app is now a free download. When you first run the app, you’re asked whether you’d like to start a trial or purchase a license. But before you purchase anything, we also explain that discounted pricing is available to existing Mac App Store customers.

You should read more about why this was important for us to do, but at the heart of it is being able to offer both a 100% free trial and the exact same discount that we’re able to offer on our own store.

For new users, the price is exactly the same as OmniGraffle 6: $99.99 for Standard, $199.99 for Pro. Already own OmniGraffle? Current customers get a 50% discount. (And recent purchasers get the upgrade for free. More details about all upgrade options here.)

OmniGraffle 7 Live Workshops

We have a few Facebook Live events planned to show off OmniGraffle 7 workflows. Head to our Facebook page, Like or bookmark the page, and come back at showtime! We’ll do our best to get the word out right before it starts, too.

Introducing OmniGraffle 7 on October 18th at 11am PST:

OmniGraffle Product Manager, Dan Walker, takes you on a tour of the new features in OmniGraffle 7, from Infinite Canvas to Artboards, the redesigned Sidebar, and more.

Artboards in OmniGraffle 7 on October 19th at 11am PST:

Dive deep with Dan Walker into the new Artboards features in OmniGraffle 7, and learn how their flexibility can make your workflows more efficient.

UX Design with OmniGraffle on October 20th at 11am PST:

UX Designer Andrea McVittie shows how to design a small iOS app, moving your sketches and app ideas into OmniGraffle to create mockups to share with your team.

More Tips on Inside OmniGraffle

There are millions of ways to get your point across in OmniGraffle, though we’re positive we don’t know them all. We’re launching a brand new website, Inside OmniGraffle, to show off as many of those millions as we can. From the basic tips like drawing an orthogonal line, to more involved processes, like setting up artboards and Artboard Layers.

Have a trick you’d like to show off? Send it to us—we’d love to include them.

What a year!

If you need help with anything OmniGraffle, contact support by email at omnigraffle@omnigroup.com, by telephone at 1-800-315-6664, or on Twitter at @OmniGraffle. Have purchasing or upgrade questions? Email our sales team or reach them at the same number above.

We hope you enjoy OmniGraffle 7! Tell us about the weird (or perfectly normal) things you’re making with it.

We’re so excited to pull the cover back on this one! A ton of work from everyone here at Omni made it happen, and we’re already hard at work on its first free update. Expect to see even more new features out of this release.