Om­n­i­graf­fle

The easy way to cre­ate di­a­grams for home, work or school

Mac Format - - RATED -

If you’ve ever needed to cre­ate di­a­grams for a school, work or home project, Om­n­i­Graf­fle (£79.99, om­n­i­group.com) has your back. A peren­nial MacFor­mat favourite, it en­ables you to make ev­ery­thing from hi­er­ar­chi­cal charts and soft­ware wire­frames to plans for your next kitchen or gar­den. Avail­able from the Mac App Store as well as from Omni Group di­rectly, Om­n­i­Graf­fle comes with a huge range of illustration tools, plus built-in shapes and sten­cils that make quickly cre­at­ing com­plex in­fo­graph­ics a breeze. If you can’t find the shape or sten­cil you’re look­ing for, Om­n­i­Graf­fle makes it easy to cre­ate and save your own, with ad­di­tional sten­cils avail­able free ei­ther from Omni Group or from its Om­n­i­Graf­fle user com­mu­nity at http://bit.ly/OU94gF.

One thing that counts against Om­n­i­Graf­fle is that there is quite a steep learn­ing curve, at least in the be­gin­ning, and the built-in Help menu is of lim­ited use. Luck­ily, the user in­ter­face is well laid out and or­gan­ised, and you can usu­ally find the op­tion you need in one of the in­spec­tors, which are avail­able as side­bars, pal­ettes or float­ing panes.

For more ex­pe­ri­enced users, Om­n­i­Graf­fle is also avail­able in a Pro version (a £79.99 up­grade), which adds even more ca­pa­bil­i­ties. There’s also a ca­pa­ble iOS version for iPad users (£39.99). It sup­ports the iPad Pro’s Ap­ple Pen­cil, and also of­fers a Pro up­grade as an in-app pur­chase.

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