OmniGraffle 5.1 beta 1 released

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The Omni Group is beginning work on the next version of OmniGraffle, the company’s flow chart application. Two versions of the application are available — a pro and a regular version.

Among the new features in OmniGraffle 5.1 beta 1 are Smart Shapes, a wedge/arc shape that can be resized in degrees by dragging the blue smart handles. The beta also includes numerous interface changes like having single clicks in the sidebars retain focus in the canvas area view and a second click or double-click will give focus to the Layer List or Canvases Sidebar.

The company brought back the Layer Selection indicator in the Canvases Sidebar and the Workspace Window is now a utility panel.

There were also numerous bug fixes in the release.

Both versions require Mac OS X 10.5 in order to run.

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