SOURCE: The Omni Group

April 28, 2005 12:10 ET

The Omni Group Announces Support for Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger"

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 28, 2005 -- The Omni Group has announced updates for OmniGraffle and OmniOutliner that will include support for features in Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger." The new versions will be available the same day Tiger ships: April 29, 2005.

The Omni Group's diagramming and drawing program, OmniGraffle and OmniGraffle Professional, will include support for Spotlight's new search functions. Spotlight for Mac OS X Tiger allows users to search files and applications, not just for titles but for the contents inside files or documents as well.

"Tiger is by far the most impressive update to the Macintosh operating system since the initial release of Mac OS X itself," says Ken Case, CEO of The Omni Group. "With new technologies like Spotlight and Automator, Apple has made sweeping changes under the hood which deliver immediate workflow benefits to our customers. We're very pleased at how easy it was to integrate Tiger's new technology into our productivity applications, making it possible to quickly search for and process OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle documents."

"Tiger has hundreds of new features, like Spotlight and Automator, which make it the most advanced operating system in the world," says Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We're thrilled to see The Omni Group leverage the innovations in Tiger to develop unique and powerful productivity tools."

With Spotlight, you can search for OmniGraffle files that contain specific text items in shapes or on labels, and you can search by number of shapes, canvases, or layers. Find all your OmniGraffle files that contain five or more shapes, or include the word "network," then save your searches with Spotlight's Smart Folders feature that automatically updates as you add, modify, and remove documents.

OmniOutliner and OmniOutliner Professional will also be updated with Mac OS X Tiger-specific features. The outlining and organizational application will include support for Spotlight, so all OmniOutliner documents can be searched for text in text columns, names and count of named styles, names and count of columns, number of rows, number of checked/unchecked and mixed state rows, maximum item depth, and number of attachments. You could write a Spotlight query like "find all the OmniOutliner 3 files that have a named style called 'Urgent' with some unchecked items."

OmniOutliner will also include a suite of Automator actions in an upcoming beta. Automator for Mac OS X Tiger allows you to create Workflow files that perform batch operations on documents without having to learn a scripting language. With Automator, you will be able to automate tasks in OmniOutliner easily, without needing to use AppleScript.

The updates will be free for licenseholders and will be available at:

http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/download/ and http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/download/

ABOUT THE OMNI GROUP:

The Omni Group develops productivity applications exclusively for Mac OS X. The Omni Group is the developer of OmniWeb, a web browser offering far more than standard browsing features which won a 2004 Macworld Editor's Choice Award; OmniOutliner, an outlining and organizational tool which was awarded first place, US category, in O'Reilly's 2003 Mac OS X Innovators Contest; and OmniGraffle, a diagramming application that won both a Macworld Editor's Choice Award and a MacUser UK Maxine Award in 2003. Founded in 1993, The Omni Group is located in Seattle, WA.

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