Tag - Omni Group
Editor's Note: as MacNN closes at the end of this month, we're showcasing our favorite pieces from its recent history. I'm William Gallagher, and I wrote this one about OmniPlan back in early 2015, so I should say first that the software detailed in it has been updated many, many times since then. I did like the software when I first reviewed it, and I like it even more now -- but the reason I picked this is that it was a deceptively hard piece to write.
We are unabashed fans of the Omni Group, and in particular of two of its four apps: OmniFocus and OmniOutliner. These are the company's To Do and outlining apps, and we use them across OS X and iOS. Not everyone on MacNN uses them, but those who do seem to either be actually using them constantly, or just talking about them all the time. They are very strong apps in their fields, and now we've got that out of the way, we want to point out a problem with them. This being Pointers, we'd also like to fix the problem.
On Thursday, the Omni Group will release a new major version of OmniPlan for iOS, version 3, which brings many of the features of the current Mac version to the mobile platform. The new version will debut at 10AM Pacific TIme on the iOS App Store, and will be one of the more expensive major iOS apps at $75 for the regular version, with the Pro version as an additional $75 in-app purchase. The current standard and pro versions, still available at the time of this report, cost $50 and $100 respectively, and will include a free upgrade to version 3.0.
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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE