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Sponsor: OmniGraffle and Asymco's ancient history

Prior to starting Asymco as a blog, I tried my hand at developing iPhone apps. I had a client, and we did manage to put together an app. I was writing the blog only as a means to provide some material to “fill out” the web site[1]. It turns out I was better at  blogging than at  app development but during that little time when I dipped my toe in the iOS  ecosystem I came across OmniGraffle.

I used an iPhone OS design stencil to do app mock-ups and was impressed at how easy it was. It has smart shapes, a large stencil library and contextual styling elements to guide you from rough outline to pixel perfection.

OmniGraffle is still the easiest and most elegant way to create website wireframes, process flows, organization hierarchies, and, even infographics (if you’re into that sort of thing).

There’s now an iPad version that lets you share the design process with anyone. Even through an Apple TV.

For ages 5 to 105, OmniGraffle is available here.

Note:

  1. The very first version of Asymco.com was posted in February 2010 and ran as an iWeb site hosted by Apple’s .Mac service. I even used iWeb as the blog authoring tool.
  • Anonymous

    I’ve been using OmniGraffle Professional since it came out and I absolutely love it. Very glad to hear they are sponsoring this site. They are just as head and shoulders about the competition as Horace and Apple are.

  • Neil

    I’m a big fan of Asymco (and user of OmniFocus though not OmniGraffle). Anyway, you write:

    “I used an iPhone OS design stencil to do app mock-ups ….”

    The verb “to do” drives me almost as crazy as the verb “to be.” It lacks meaning. The next time you write a blog post, search for do, did, etc. and replace them with stronger verbs. For example:

    “I used an iPhone OS design stencil to create app mock-ups ….”

    • http://twitter.com/jdsweet J Sweet

      And the award for Most Pedantic Comment of the Day goes to….

    • Guest

      Don not complain, admire his English. He is not a native speaker. English is something like his third language,

  • James

    Can you share what the app was for? Just curious :-)

    • http://www.asymco.com Horace Dediu

      Look up “Jongla” on iTunes App Store. I should say that it was an implementation based on a client specification not an original design by Asymco.

  • Marcos El Malo

    It should be pointed out how versatile omnigraffle is in a variety of fields. When I was doing on set technical work in the movie business, we used omnigraffle to plot out lighting set ups, to block action, even where to set up different departments off stage. I.e., the lights go here, the actors go here, set dressing and props goes here, grip and electric goes here, hair and make up over there, wardrobe there, and most importantly, CRAFT SERVICE is right here, between the grip truck and the set. ;)

  • gerry.croce

    Horace, thanks for this, but here’s the problem.  Looking at the first graph, the blue line of earnings per share is really taking off.  Anybody who was paying attention in the last couple of years sees that curve as similar to bad things like mortgage debt, oil consumption, CO2 production, etc. A graph like that sets off alarm bells, nothing good comes out of wild uncontrolled growth like that.  It says a brick wall lies just ahead.  It doesn’t make sense but people are scared and reactionary, and that’s not going to change for a long time. 

  • Anonymous

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