It’s been a busy week for The Omni Group — they announced OmniObjectMeter yesterday and now an update to OmniOutliner, their tool for outlining and organizing information.
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OmniOutliner 2.0 now comes with an array of new features that support project planning and more detailed task management, according to Wil Shipley, President of The Omni Group.
Each Outliner document column now has a type associated with it, in order to provide column styles and perform functions. Column types include Rich Text, Text, Checkbox, Date, Number, Duration and Popup List. Duration lets you track the time invested in a project in terms of hours and days. Popup List contains user-defined values, such as Priority (high, medium, and low), or Owner (Dennis, Peter, Jim), that can be assigned to a specific task or item.
As of OmniOutliner 2.0, each column can have a summary type, which automatically sets a top level item value (such as “weekly grocery cost”) based on the item’s corresponding sub-values ( “soda” + “bakery items” + “produce,” for example). Summary values are summed from lower level numbers and durations. Group values can also be hidden on a per-column basis, to display values only at the leaf level.
Each item can now have a note that appears in a separate text area below the outline. A special note column displays an icon if an item has a note. Plus, there’s now auto-numbering of rows that include multiple numbering styles. Styles may be set on a per-level basis.
A free trial version of OmniOutliner 2.0 is available for download, with some limited functionality. An OmniOutliner 2.0 license costs US$29.95; registered users of OmniOutliner 1.0 can upgrade to 2.0 for $9.95. If you’ve bought a PowerBook or Power Mac since January and have OmniGraffle 1.0 already installed on your Mac, you can upgrade for the $9.95 price.