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November 11, 2003

Visio v Omnigraffle Pro

Okay, I need a really objective comparative study on this. Are there any power users of both Visio and Omnigraffle out there who could give me an opinion?

I tend to work in PC-based offices a lot. And I use Visio a *hell* of a lot. I particularly like having multiple sheets in one file so I can contain all of a project in one place. Normally I could persuade my employers to cough up for this, but I'm increasingly hopping between companies where that's not an option. (Um, did I mention that the machine I'm typing this on only has 64MB of RAM?) So I find myself ever-reliant on my powerbook for this, which presents me with a problem.

Vanilla comes-with-your-powerbook Omnigraffle alone isn't enough to do the things I want, and while OG3 Pro has multiple sheets, they're nowhere near as usable as the "excel-style" ones of Visio. And I miss being able to just click on an object and start typing when I want to label it. Mind you, it's only $120 or so.

Or should I just buy Virtual PC and Visio Pro? Bloody expensive (200 and 500 quid respectively, but then I'd probably buy VPC sooner or later anyway for all that client-facing compatibility)

Has anyone used both extensively who could offer an opinion?

(And I do mean *extensively* - I depend on this for putting together sitemaps, wireframes, IA, flowcharts etc etc etc)

Posted by Tom Dolan at November 11, 2003 03:58 PM

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Don't know visio well, but I'd not be without Omnigraffle. Not sure you need Pro though - you probably only need the upgrade to version 3. It's infinitely more powerful than 2.0.

Posted by: Tom Coates at November 15, 2003 01:03 PM

Currently working on day-by-day trial licences on Pro, and it's pretty good.

Wish it could export as a multi-page PDF rather than tons of seperate ones, and - as mentioned - it should be possible to just start typing with an object selected if you want to label it, but they're small complaints.

Definitely considering buying it if this gig carries on.

Posted by: Tom Dolan at November 19, 2003 06:47 PM

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