Project management now on your iPhone
OmniOutliner is for everybody, OmniFocus is for most people, but OmniPlan is is for comparatively few. It and the graphics app OmniGraffle can therefore seem the least important of the four Omni applications that have now been brought to the iPhone but if you do use OmniPlan, this is big news. If you don't but you are a project manager, it's big enough that you should take a hard look at OmniPlan.
Evernote Scramble released, offers uploading to iCloud, business card info to LinkedIn
Evernote has released a new scanning app today, including the ability to scan a document automatically upon launching the app. The app will locate the document in the camera's field of view, and sharpen the image of contents in view of the iOS device. Scans can be uploaded to iCloud or shared via AirDrop, text message or email. Business cards scanned by Evernote Scramble, the app can associate the information with the contact's LinkedIn account. Evernote Scramble is free to download.
App supports project sharing over WebDAV, MobileMe
The Omni Group is launching an update to its project management software, OmniPlan 2.0 today. The update adds collaboration capabilities, allowing managers to create and share projects with a team, and syncing over MobileMe, Omni Sync Server or a WebDAV server. Other added features include support for fiscal calendar years for scheduling according to business protocols, the ability to save filters for re-use in later projects, and new printing customizations, like flexible headers and footers and more margin control.
Apps add business, communications capabilities
SugarSync Inc has launched its file sync app for the iPad, SugarSync,and Citrix Systems has released its online meeting app GoTo Meeting. Also being released on the eve of the iPad launch is The Omni Group's OmniGraffle for diagramming, charting, page layout and website wireframing and OmniGraphSketcher for graphing and chart-making. The Omni Groups' completely redesigned its iPhone apps for iPad, with OmniGraffle focusing on diagramming and concept visualization, using Multi-Touch to draw shapes, drag in objects, and design elements. The app keeps lines connected to shapes even when they're moved, and includes smart guides, automatic layout, and a full set of built-in stencils. OmniGraphSketcher allows fast, simple graph drawing and data plotting -- It lets users create lines and data points, draw curves, and shade in important areas easily.
The Omni Group on Wednesday released OmniGraphSketcher 1.0, a program designed to help users build graphs for presentations. The tools combine data plotting capabilities of charting applications, but with a simple interface similar to a basic drawing program.
Omni Group product updates
Omni Group has announced updated versions of two products, OmniGraffle 5.1 and OmniFocus 1.5. The diagramming and layout program, OmniGraffle, features improved Visio compatibility with support for the Enhanced MetaFile format. The company also enhanced the interface with changes to the sidebar, with the highlight now falling on the selected layer for better readability. Users can also take advantage of several new drawing tools, including adjustable arc, wedge, and star shapes.
TimeTable 1.5 ($15) allows users to analyze and total the number of hours recorded in iCal. It can also find trends by searching the details of events and viewing the average, minimum and maximum times spend on projects. The update has added a new expandable to do drawer and an option for exporting "to do" information to text and CSV. The update has also fixed a problem that caused no-numeric characters in the hourly rate field to cause TimeTable to crash. [Download - 1.5MB]
In brief: We have published a review of OmniFocus, Snapshot has been acquired by LateNiteSoft, Blizzard is giving away World of Warcraft expansion pack keys, a REALbasic survey is now online and Mission Repair offers flat-rate MacBook LCD replacement ... We have posted a review of OmniFocus, a task manager from The Omni Group in Seattle, WA. It is loosely based on the vaunted Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy of David Allen, who holds the term's copyright. OmniFocus is not rigidly tied to the Getting Things Done approach, but strict GTD adherents can use it. This Tiger and Leopard compatible program has a simple and single purpose: To allow your computer to do the work of managing tasks -- from feeding the cat to making your first million.
OmniGraffle 5 released
The Omni Group today released OmniGraffle 5, an update to its diagramming and concept visualization software. OmniGraffle 5 boasts increased layout speed and new automatic layout options with the addition of the Graphviz layout engine. "Many of the standard OmniGraffle tools are more powerful, including the line tools which can now create Bézier curves, making drawing and connecting objects more flexible," the company said. The latest release also updates the toolbar for easy access to common text and object formatting options. OmniGraffle 5 is priced at $100, with upgrades from version 4 priced at $40. OmniGraffle 5 Professional is available for $200.
Omni Group updates
The Omni Group has released OmniGraffle 5.0rc1 and OmniOutliner 3.6.5. OmniGraffle 5.0rc1 is the latest beta release of the company's diagram creation software that refines AppleScript support for user data on models as well as graphics. OmniOutliner 3 is an update to the program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. OmniGraffle is priced at $80 for the standard edition and $150 for the professional version, with upgrades starting at $30. OmniOutliner is available in standard and professional versions for $40 and $70, respectively, while upgrades start from $20. OmniGraffle 5.0rc1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and OmniOutliner 3.6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
OmniFocus 1.0 released
The Omni Group today announced the final release of OmniFocus 1.0, its new advanced task management tool. OmniFocus is designed around David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” work-life management method, allowing users to quickly assemble notes and ideas into cohesive plans. The application assigns tasks to master projects, and can be viewed by context as well – such as “Go to the store” or “Garden work” – while automatic visual cues show the next step that needs to be taken. OmniFocus is currently shipping, available for $80; a 25-percent discount is available to users of OmniOutliner Professional.
OmniGraffle 5 public beta
The Omni Group recently announced a public beta for OmniGraffle 5.0, its diagramming and concept visualization software, adding in the ability to directly open Visio VSD files. The new version uses an entirely new engine in order to increase the speed of drawing and laying out ideas, and has more powerful tools, like the standalone and connecting line tools creating bezier curves. The toolbar has also been updated, allowing for easier access to common text and object formatting tools. The beta is currently underway, and The Omni Group will sell the Standard and Professional versions for $100 and $200 respectively.