OmniPlan is the latest new iPad app from The Omni Group – released today on the iPad App Store. The Omni Group are the developers of one of my favorite, and most used, iPad apps – the superb OmniFocus app for task management.
OmniPlan looks like another very promising, powerful app aimed at project managers and anyone who has a need for a project planning and management app. Here’s a little slice of its App Store intro:
OmniPlan is designed to help you visualize, maintain, and simplify your projects. Break down tasks, optimize the required resources, and monitor your entire plan—all at a glance. Collaborate with your colleagues and share every detail, update a calendar with your days off, or mix and match. Accept and reject changes one-by-one or all in one go. OmniPlan provides features like Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, and milestones to let you manage all of your activities. OmniPlan helps you manage projects that are as simple or complex as you need them to be—without the complexity.
And some of its key features:
• Publish & Subscribe: Stop, collaborate, listen. Make changes to your project and see those from your collaborators with syncing; customize your availability and have your colleagues’ calendars update instantly.
• Change Tracking: Use change tracking to keep tabs on and review the changes you’ve made in your project so far. If you’re syncing, use change tracking to review, browse, and then accept or reject changes (task by task or en masse) from your collaborators.
• Friendly Interface: We designed OmniPlan to help you spend your time on more worthy pursuits than trying to figure out how to use project management software. OmniPlan’s intuitive approach helps you get things done and stays out of your way while doing so.
• Efficient resource allocation: With OmniPlan’s resource management, you can identify bottlenecks in your project and distribute workloads fairly and efficiently.
• Visual timelines: The Timeline (or Gantt Chart) view of your project displays activities in a calendar. Durations for each task are shown graphically in a time-phased diagram by day, week, month, quarter, or year. The Gantt view shows task start and stop times, dependencies, resources, or resource usage by task, all on a timeline. You can visually edit tasks and create dependencies (where a certain task can’t begin unless another has finished) by dragging and connecting them in the Gantt view. OmniPlan’s graphical display of your project’s information helps you quickly assess status and proactively manage deadlines.
• Violations: If your schedule has a logical impossibility – for example, the scheduled start date for a task occurs before the project start date – OmniPlan displays a violation window, with an explanation of the problem and suggestions of possible solutions (and links that automatically resolve the violation).
I don’t ever really need a project management tool like this one as even when I do have a project it’s of the scale that can be handled within OmniFocus and Evernote – so this is not an app I’ll be trying out.
If any of you get a chance to give OmniPlan for iPad a go, I’d love to hear what you think of it in the comments.
Here’s an App Store link for OmniPlan for iPad; it’s priced at $49.99.