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OmniGraffle Pro Review

7 years ago in Contributors, Reviews by Spencer Scott | 3 Comments

Recently, I needed to find an application that was “similar” to one I use on Windows, which was Microsoft Visio.  After asking around on Twitter, there was only one response from a bunch of people…..OmniGraffle.  Wow, how did I not run across this before?  Needless to say this was an app I had to grab, as just looking briefly at the screenshots on their website, I knew this would work for me.
Just to get you up to speed, OmniGraffle is an application to create diagrams, charts, layouts, mockups, and everything else in between.  My need at the time was to create a detailed network chart of devices, computers, wireless access points, etc.  I was anxious to jump in to Omnigraffle and see what it could do.
Upon start OmniGraffle presents you with a fair amount of templates to get you started.  These range from space planning, to organizational charts.  Of course, you can start with a clean slate by starting with a blank page.  OmniGraffle is one of those applications where you can jump right in and get to work.  However, you would be missing out on so many features that there isn’t enough time to describe them all.
OmniGraffles includes a ton of stencils, shapes, fonts, fills, and much more.  Much of this is common objects you would use when creating a document.  You don’t have to rely on these completely though, as you can use virtually any image by simply dragging it onto the canvas.  You can also create your own stencils, and there is even an online repository to download more.
Creating your chart is easy, there is no other way to put it.  Drag your objects onto the canvas, and then you have a huge range of tools at your disposal.  Just about everything is editable and adjustable, so the manipulations you can do to your design is almost endless.  Whether it’s a mockup of a website you are planning, or a network chart, you will not find anything better to create them with than OmniGraffle.
Trial downloads are available at http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/

Recently, I needed to find an application that was “similar” to one I use on Windows, which was Microsoft Visio.  After asking around on Twitter, there was only one response from a bunch of people…..OmniGraffle.  Wow, how did I not run across this before?  Needless to say this was an app I had to grab, as just looking briefly at the screenshots on their website, I knew this would work for me.

Just to get you up to speed, OmniGraffle is an application to create diagrams, charts, layouts, mockups, and everything else in between.  My need at the time was to create a detailed network chart of devices, computers, wireless access points, etc.  I was anxious to jump in to Omnigraffle and see what it could do.
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FileMaker Releases Bento 3

8 years ago in Articles, Contributors by Spencer Scott | 1 Comment

I have long been a fan of Bento, which is a personal database application for the Mac.  I have used it since version 1, and have had the pleasure of reviewing it several times since.  Bento fills a gap for people who need a database solution, but do not need an application like FileMaker, which […]

Dialing into PhoneView

8 years ago in Articles, Contributors, Reviews by John Fuller | 2 Comments

The iPhone is one of the most locked-down devices available today, yet, one software product is opening it up. PhoneView, from Ecamm, is built to give you access to the file system, your media, and more on your iPhone or iPod touch. First off, PhoneView can serve as a ‘Finder’ for your iPhone. It gives […]

iPhone App Spotlight: Flashlight

8 years ago in Articles, Contributors, iPhone App Spotlight, Reviews by John Fuller | 1 Comment

The iPhone may be capable of doing some pretty powerful and impressive things, but sometimes you only need it for simple tasks. One of these instances is seeing in the dark, which is where Flashlight comes in. While there are no shortage of flashlight emulators available in the app store, I’m using the free one […]

Cooking up Code with Espresso

8 years ago in Articles, Contributors, Reviews by John Fuller | 1 Comment

Web development tools for the mac are vast and plenty, yet Espresso is the newcomer to the game, from software veteran MacRabbit software. Within Espresso, websites are stored as ‘projects’, which include a folder hierarchy and Espresso project file. Existing websites can be transformed into Espresso projects by importing a folder. The interface to Espresso […]

iPhone App Spotlight: Prowl

8 years ago in Articles, Contributors, iPhone App Spotlight, Reviews by John Fuller | 2 Comments

Growl is one of the most popular, and widely used, Mac OS X utilities for displaying system-wide notifications. Prowl will now transmit your computer’s Growl notifications to your iPhone or iPod touch. The app takes advantage of the 3.0 software to send Push Notifications to you. Setting up the computer-to-iPhone connection is simple, you simply […]

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