The Omni Group, the current leader is OS X development and makers of the ultra cool OmniWeb browser, have updated their OS X native chart tool, OmniGraffle. OmniGraffle allows users to draw all types of diagrams, like family trees, flow charts, and other graphs. The new version is a time limited beta release, but a final version should be available in the first quarter of 2001. According to The Omni Group:
OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and other directed or non-directed graphs. If you want to organize anything graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.This beta release of OmniGraffle includes a free license which will expire on February 1, 2001. This release will not function at all without a license, but future releases will allow you to use the application in a limited way without paying for it.Weid love to hear what you think about OmniGraffle: please send your bug reports, feature requests, and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.OmniGraffle features:
- A gorgeous and easy-to-use interface that takes full advantage of direct manipulation and is completely Aqua compliant.
- Select between 22 kinds of shapes, and change shapes after youive placed them. (Want your circle to be a square? No problem.)
- Color your shapes and lines with partially transparent ink.
- Export to PNG, PDF, TIFF, JPEG, and GIF format for easy cross-platform and web compatibility. (Full transparency information is preserved to the degree allowed by the target format: we recommend using PNG when producing content which is partially transparent.)
- Lines drawn between shapes or other lines "stick" to their origins and destinations, and automatically move when their origin or destination is moved.
- Much, much more...
OmniGraffle is currently available for free. You can find more information at the Omni Group web site.