One of the predictable sources of news affecting our plans is Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, so each year we leave space in our schedule to jump into that firehose of information—and when we emerge, we update our plans and share what we've learned about changes that might affect our roadmap.
Redesigning and rebuilding our apps based on the latest Apple technologies remains our current focus. This ongoing effort has now borne fruit with last year's OmniPlan 4 release, continues with the current OmniFocus 4 TestFlight, and—approaching over the horizon—is expected to lead to an incredible update to OmniGraffle.
Experience has taught us that our plans will need to adjust mid-year, when Apple shares how their platforms are evolving. We look forward to leveraging the latest platform improvements as we continue to redesign and rebuild our apps!
Our world is constantly changing, and each year we have to be prepared to adjust our plans. If we want our products to stay relevant for another twenty years, adopting the latest technologies is the right move.
I hope this year's roadmap gives you a sense of where we're headed next! When we think about what to focus on next, we think about how to build products that help you, our customers, be your most productive selves.
We think it's time to retire our custom document browser in favor of using Apple's built-in document browser—and with our iOS 13 updates this fall we'll be doing just that, making it easier than ever for you to choose where you want to keep our apps' documents.
We’re working on making it easier for businesses, schools, and other organizations to license and deploy our iOS apps. If you work for a business or school that might be interested in purchasing the iOS edition of any of our apps (OmniGraffle, OmniPlan, OmniFocus, or OmniOutliner), please get in touch! Our solution to this problem isn't finalized yet, and we'd love to work with you to make sure that we solve this in a way that will work for you.
As always, our roadmap for the year isn't the same as the actual journey we end up taking! It indicates the direction we're headed in, but the future is never certain—and if we actually want to get where we're trying to go, our plans need to adapt as circumstances change. Now that our iOS 11 work has shipped, where does that leave us with respect to our roadmap for the rest of the year?
From the dawn of the App Store, it’s always been our goal to provide the best possible App Store experience that we can for our apps. With the upcoming release of OmniGraffle 7, we can offer our standard unlocks of Standard and Pro, a free 2-week trial which unlocks all of the features of Pro and Standard, letting you freely choose between them. We can offer a discounted upgrade to the new Standard. And we can offer free upgrades to the new version to any customers who recently purchased the old app.