We love a niche conference. CMD-D | Masters of Automation is just that, and we love everything about it. Put on by legendary scripting champion Sal Soghoian, CMD-D is set to cover the state of scripting and automation on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The conference is loaded with great speakers and topics—we’re happy to be a sponsor.
The day begins at 9 AM on August 9th. Buy your ticket now, and save 30% with the code OMNIROCKS!
Here’s a peek at a few talks and sessions:
iOS Automation with Workflow
Cross Platform Scripting on iOS and Mac OS with Omni Automation (That’s us!)
A Keynote by original AppleScript team member Jon Pugh
When launching OmniGraffle 3 on an iPad, you’ll immediately notice the Big New Thing: Multi-Column Layout. The Unified Sidebar is on the left; a brand new inspector sidebar over on the right.
THE SIDEBAR: We introduced the unified sidebar in OmniGraffle 7—all of the document’s objects, layers, groups, and canvases in one spot. Rearranging, labeling objects, zooming to an object on the canvas you can’t find, and bulk-selection are all easy from the contextual menu on each object (long tap).
THE INSPECTOR: We redesigned the popover—the inspectors from OmniGraffle 2 that required an extra tap for every use—to be a static sidebar with more common settings visible and less common, hidden. That means that when you want to specify the exact horizontal padding of your text block, you can—but those controls don’t get in your way when all you want to do is switch from centered to aligned left.
You can show or hide the new inspector and sidebar at any time, too. Tap the inspector icon or the Canvas icon at opposite ends of the toolbar.
THE FLOATING TOOL PALETTE: Tools should always be at the ready, but definitely not in the way. Collapse the new tool palette into a single object to open up the canvas, move it into any of the four corners, and change its direction by bumping the tools into the edge of your screen.
CANVAS SIZE MODES: Choose between three different canvas modes to get just the size you need. There’s Fixed: what you need when you know the exact dimensions. Flexible can expand in any direction you need to go, so just keep on adding objects. With Infinite, you’ll never even see the border of a canvas.
We’ve already seen some great scripts that show off its usefulness, and you can learn a lot more about the inner workings at omni-automation.com. The site was put together by our friend Sal Soghoian, a long-time champion of the power of user automation, who helped us put Omni Automation through its paces. (And if you’ll permit a slight plug, Sal has also put together a great lineup of speakers for his CMD-D automation conference next month, where anyone interested in automation is sure to learn a lot and to make some great connections!)
The rest of the story
We’ll go in-depth on all the new features over at Inside OmniGraffle, but here are a few more of the big ones:
Artboard Layers: Use artboards to organize your canvas and quickly move the objects contained within.
Hot Keys: Expanded keyboard shortcuts now include tool selection. Selection (v), Shape (s), Line (c), Text (t), Freehand (e), Artboard (a), Action (b).
Object Navigation: Use the context menu—long tap on an object or group—to zoom-to-fit in or scroll to your selected object(s).
App Lock: Protect your documents with a password and Touch ID.
Convert Text to Shape: Convert text to a shape to further tweak the Bézier points on each character.
SVG Import & Paste: Paste SVG code directly onto your canvas. SVG objects are automatically imported as native OmniGraffle shapes.
Of course, we’ve also improved a few thousand other things across the board, but we needn’t get too far into the specifics. You can see them all in our release notes.
We’ve always given discounts to customers that own a previous version of OmniGraffle for iOS and we’re not changing! If you own OmniGraffle 1 or 2, make sure either are installed on your device and we’ll be able to verify your ownership. You should see that discount automatically, but we have more info here if you need help.
Thinking about buying OmniGraffle for the first time? Standard is just $49.99. Pro is $99.99.
But when Tim Cook introduced iPad Pro in 2015, we saw even more potential and decided to push ahead to bring even more of the power of the desktop to that transforming piece of glass. One way to do that was to make the apps more efficient to interact with, making better use of iPad’s large touch screen. By replacing some of the popovers in our interface with slide-in panels, their controls can remain just one tap away rather than requiring that you open and close them every time you want to use them. OmniGraffle 3 is the first of our apps to ship with this new design.
Finally, as long-time readers of this blog know, we’ve spent a lot of time and energy over the years brainstorming and prototyping all sorts of ideas to try to provide the best possible App Store experience. With OmniGraffle 7 for Mac and now OmniGraffle 3 for iOS, we’ve solved many of the issues that have plagued our customers’ App Store experience over the last nine years: we now offer a free 2-week trial, upgrade discounts for existing customers (50% off!), and free upgrades for recent purchases–so customers who just purchased OmniGraffle 2 last week will get a free upgrade to version 3.
Enjoy the app! We’re already working on OmniGraffle 3.1. Make sure you let us know what you think by emailing, calling, or sending a note on twitter!
OmniOutliner 5 is for writing with structure, while OmniGraffle 7 is for designing precise, beautiful graphics like website wireframes, room layouts, process maps, family trees, and more. For those times when it would help to visualize your outline as a hierarchical diagram, you’re in luck: OmniGraffle Pro can make this easy.
To import an OmniOutliner file into OmniGraffle Pro:
Open OmniGraffle Pro and choose File > Open
Select an OmniOutliner file (the extension is .ooutline) and click Open
In the Import Outline dialog that appears, select a themed template such as Circles or Lines
Now you’re outlining with diagrams. Or diagramming with outlines? You probably get the idea.
Bonus Tip: Once your outline is in OmniGraffle, you can still quickly add-to or reorganize your outline: open your Graffle’s Outline Editor with View > Show Contents > Outline. (And don’t forget about customizing your keyboard shortcuts, too!)
OmniOutliner for Mac and iOS is a tool for writing, planning, taking notes, hashing out big ideas, or simply collecting information. In OmniOutliner 5 Pro, we introduced a way for you to work faster and make the app more your own: Keyboard Shortcut Sets.
Whether you prefer shortcuts you know from another app or your team needs to work in a specific way, you can customize just about every keyboard shortcut available in OmniOutliner 5 Pro. Plus, you can keep your customizations to yourself, or export them to share within your company or even on the internet.
To access this wonderful and keyboard-ful new power in OmniOutliner 5 Pro:
Go to the OmniOutliner menu > Keyboard Shortcuts. A small window opens with a list of every shortcut you can customize
Click in any shortcut box
Press the key combo you would like to use
The shortcut is immediately updated and saved
We hope Keyboard Shortcut Sets help OmniOutliner 5 Pro to feel like even more of a home for your writing, notes, and next great idea.
A few quick tips
There are some key details to note about how all this works:
Search is your friend - Use the search box at the top of the window to find the specific command(s) you want to change
It’s easy to revert your changes - Have no fear. A back arrow will appear next to every shortcut you change. Click an arrow to revert its shortcut back to the default
Know your shortcut sets - As soon as you change your first shortcut, OmniOutliner automatically creates a new set at the top of this window. You can easily revert all your changes at once by clicking the collection menu at the top of the Keyboard Shortcuts window and picking “Default”
Managing your sets is easy - To rename, share, or delete your shortcut set, or to import a set shared with you, click the gear icon next to the set menu
OmniOutliner Essentials is the starting point for those new to outlining. (Or OmniOutliner!) If you collect information, create lists, explore Big Ideas, or write just about anything, you need Essentials. If you also need an introduction, let’s get to work.
What It’s For
At its core, OmniOutliner Essentials is an app for writing with structure. You can write a novel, take notes, collect ideas, create nested lists, sort tasks, and on and on. What OmniOutliner Essentials brings to the table is a unique set of tools for organizing, visualizing, and styling your writing.
For example, say you’re writing a long blog post or going all the way for a novel. In OmniOutliner, major sections or chapters can be collapsed out of the way as you work on others. You can add notes to headings and each paragraph, then collapse and reveal those when you need them. Instead of just words on a page, your writing becomes components you can manage, and it gets even more powerful from there.
If taking notes or creating lists is more your thing, OmniOutliner Essentials has a strong suite of tools to style and organize your documents. You can indent and outdent as much as you want, apply heading and highlight styles to each line for distinction, and there are ample keyboard shortcuts to let you work as quickly as possible.
When it comes time to organize your list, OmniOutliner Essentials has a wealth of tools for sorting, creating tasks, moving a line throughout the document, adding notes to each individual item, then hiding and revealing everything on command.
Tinker with a few of these key aspects of OmniOutliner to get an idea of what’s possible:
Use File > New to create a new OmniOutliner document, then pick from one of the templates available in the Resource Browser
Press Return to create a new row - everything you do in OmniOutliner will be added to a row
Use Tab to indent your new row under the previous row
Use Shift-Tab to outdent a row one level
Use arrow keys to move up and down through your rows
When editing a row with child rows (rows that have been indented under it), click View > Collapse Row (or use Command-0) to collapse everything under that row. Now you’re outlining with gas
Use the Format menu to style your rows and help them stand out. OmniOutliner Essentials has a good selection of built-in Header and Highlight styles from which to choose
These tips should get you started with the writing and organizational power OmniOutliner Essentials can bring to nearly any project. If you want to learn more, check our extensive Support section with more documents and videos that delve deeper into OmniOutliner’s extensive tools, the differences between OmniOutliner Pro, and our complete, downloadable manual.