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Last updated: January 24, 2018

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OmniGraffle can help you make eye-popping graphic documents—quickly—by providing powerful styling tools, keeping lines connected to shapes even when they’re moved, and magically organizing diagrams with just one click. Create flow charts, diagrams, UI and UX interactions, and more. Whether you need a quick sketch or an epic technical figure, OmniGraffle and OmniGraffle Pro keep it gorgeously understandable.

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Recent OmniGraffle news:

2018. OmniGraffle for Mac gets the new Stencil Browser experience

In the new version of OmniGraffle 7.6 for Mac the Stencil Browser can be positioned in the left or right sidebar, or the two views you’re familiar with: popover and detached window. You can add new objects to any stencil by dragging them from the Canvas to the Stencil Browser! (Just hold Option while doing it.) Multiple Stencils can be selected for use at a time, rearranging or reorganizing by with Folders is a snap, and more.

2017. OmniGraffle 7.5 gets big automation update

In OmniGraffle 7.5 for Mac, new automation features are introduced, a whole lot of functions and classes are improved, and a lot of bugs are vanquished. The release notes give all the details, but this is a big release if you’ve been working with Omni Automation. You can feel free to share your scripts and quick workspace improvements that Omni Automation brings to OmniGraffle.

2017. OmniGraffle gains drag and drop for iOS 11

The drawing and charting software OmniGraffle 3.2 has been updated for iOS 11 to take advantage of the new operating system's drag and drop features to change and improve how you work with the apps. OmniGraffle is often used for organization charts or for floor plans. You can get very elaborate and detailed, so much so that app designers can mock up in OmniGraffle how their software will look. OmniGraffle is also meant for just explaining things quickly so it has tools and features to make drawing fast. It's also got an extremely dedicated following among its users who share and sell collections of templates called Stencils.

2017. OmniGraffle brings its Mac-features to iOS

OmniGraffle released new version for iOS. It adopts the paneled design found on the Mac, which should make fans of that version feel right at home with the update. Navigation and object inspection are handled by the new panels. On an iPad or in landscape mode on a Plus-size iPhone, the panels slide in from the sides of the screen. On smaller iPhones or portrait mode on a Plus-sized iPhone, the panels slide up from the bottom of the screen. The app also brings the iOS version in line with the core functionality of the macOS version including features like artboards. It’s nice that OmniGraffle is Universal because it can be handy to make quick edits on your iPhone if that’s all you have, but using OmniGraffle is a much better experience on the largest iPad screen you can afford.

2017. OmniGraffle adds Artboards to presentation mode

OmniGraffle 7.3 added the ability to present your artboards in Presentation Mode. OmniGraffle’s Presentation Mode has always allowed you to treat each canvas like a slide to showcase them full screen—now you can present individual artboards, too. Presenting your individual designs, isolated from your busy canvas with artboards, only show your content within each boundary shape and above it in your layer hierarchy. To start a presentation, use the item in the View menu. When presenting, the up and down arrow keys move between canvases while the left and right arrow keys move between artboards.  To help with navigation, we’ve simplified the sidebar to minimize accidental clicks—just move the cursor all the way to the left.

2016. OmniGraffle 7 plays better with other graphics apps

Vector drawing and diagraming tool OmniGraffle for Mac gets a big update. With version 7, OmniGraffle supports an infinitely expandable canvas. When you start a new document in any graphics app and am asked to pick a size, it’s often no more than an educated guess at what my needs might be. OmniGraffle 7 plays better with other graphics apps. The app previously added support for exporting your work as an SVG file, but now, you can also import SVG graphics, which means OmniGraffle can become part of whole new workflows. Pro users can also take advantage of artboards in OmniGraffle 7. With the Artboard tool, you can draw any shape supported by OmniGraffle around objects on your canvas the same way you would draw shapes with the shapes tool.

2015. OmniGraffle released universal iOS app

The Omni Group has released a new OmniGraffle 2 iOS app transforming it into a universal application, that is now capable of running on Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. Besides, the developers added new language support for Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. The new OmniGraffle 2 iOS App also includes a professional upgrade that is available as an in-app purchase for $49 and provides support for the new Fill Effects and Filters that were recently introduced into OmniGraffle 6.1 for Mac. The new OmniGraffle 2 Pro upgrade effects offers Fill Blend and Filter effects making it possible for users to blur, pixelate, and magnify content behind a shape. The latest iOS App update also brings with it a new updated Layout that has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens.

2013. OmniGraffle Pro 6 gets a facelift

OmniGraffle 6 gets a modernized engine to enjoy and some interface changes to, well, get used to. Using version 6 is not dramatically different from OmniGraffle Pro’s previous incarnation. All of the tools and controls have been redrawn with an eye to making their functions easily understood at a glance. OmniGraffle Pro’s new Resource Browser offers various templates and shape collections called Stencils for creating these documents. If, say, you’re working on a new floor plan for an office, you can choose from the Resource Browser a space-planning template where 1 inch equals 1 foot. Then in the template you can drag and drop walls, doors, and furniture objects from the space planning stencils.

2008. OmniGraffle 5 adds support for Microsoft Visio files

The new version OmniGraffle 5 is remarkably powerful and flexible, and is a worthy refinement to an already mature product. The Pro version picks up some high-end capabilities, such as greater support for Microsoft Visio files, custom data tables for each object, sub-graphs for taming very large documents, automatic document scaling, ColorSync support, and a simple presentation mode. Upon launching OmniGraffle Pro, you’re presented with the option of creating a new document from a range of templates. The generally simple and utilitarian templates are grouped by type: Drawing, Brainstorming, Organizational Chart, Space Planning, and Miscellaneous. OmniGraffle Pro also writes to Visio XML, making it capable of round-trip sharing with users of Visio—a Windows-only product. All the formats I tested turned out sharp, accurate versions of the original.

2005. OmniGraffle 4 gets new Utility Drawer

OmniGraffle Professional 4.0, the latest revision of The Omni Group’s diagramming application, adds Utility Drawer, which slides out when you click the Utilities button at the top of the canvas and provides more automated route to diagram construction. In addition to the Canvases view, which shows all the canvases and lets you hide or reveal any subset of layers, the drawer includes a view—new in version 4—that displays your diagram in outline form. As you add items to the outline, OmniGraffle Pro assembles the diagram based on a style that you select from a menu at the bottom of the Utility Drawer. OmniGraffle Pro ships with styles for common types of diagrams, and you can define your own styles to add to the basic repertoire.