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OmniGraffle Professional running under Mac OS X.
Developer(s) The Omni Group
Stable release 6.0 / September 25, 2013; 12 months ago (2013-09-25)
Operating system Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Lion, iOS (iPad)
Type Charting software
License Proprietary

OmniGraffle is a Diagramming software and digital illustration application for Mac or iOS iPad users[1] created by The Omni Group. It allows users to convey ideas, organize thoughts visually, and communicate these thoughts and ideas to the world. It may be used to create diagrams, flow charts, org charts, and illustrations. It features a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG interface.


Its uses include the creation of high quality graphics and visuals such as wireframes, flow charts, system designs, trees, and software class mapping. Visuals are often referred to as “graffles.”.[2]

Design Options[edit]

OmniGraffle design options include stencils, templates, canvases and layer-sharing, vector drawing, and smart guides. These design options allow users to not only make high quality visuals, but also create these visuals efficiently and effectively. Other features include auto layout and document management.

Design Tools[edit]

Stencils are files that contain clip art and may be used for OmniGraffle documents.[3] Stencils can either be custom-created by its users or may be downloaded through other stencil libraries, such as Graffletopia.[4]


Pre-loaded templates are available for users or users may also save visuals as templates for a strong foundation for consistent graffles.


Users may also create and share canvases and layers, with automatic updates available.

Vector Drawing[edit]

To minimize user-end visual creation, vector drawing also allows for infinite images.

Smart Guides[edit]

Smart-guides allows objects to snap to grids for accuracy and ease.


OmniGraffle provides easy filesharing and Visio support. Users can export their graffles to JPEG, BMP, EPS, GIF, HTML Images, Tempalte, Stenci, PNG, OO3, TIFF, Photoshop, SVG, Visio XML, and PDF.


In many respects, OmniGraffle is similar to Microsoft Visio. The Professional version of OmniGraffle can both import and export Visio files created using Visio's XML export function. OmniGraffle 5 can also open Visio's native binary .vsd files. However, Omnigraffle doesn't provide CAD integration, since it lacks some features such as DWG or DXF (AutoDesk file formats), import/export functions, among others. Also it is important to notice that layers cannot be shared among some versions of Visio and OmniGraffle.

Recent Updates[edit]

The April 2, 2014 release of the 6.0.5 version includes a revamped user interface, syncing capabilities across iOS devices, presentation modes for business solutions, and multiple formats for exporting and Visio support.[5]

Version History[edit]

OmniGraffle 4 added Bézier shapes and text-based hierarchical chart construction to the range of available tools. OmniGraffle 5 added Bézier connecting lines; previously connecting lines were bent to fit between their points which made them relatively easy to create, but difficult to control with any great precision.

OmniGraffle can output to PDF, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, EPS, HTML image map, SVG, Visio XML, PICT vector, Photoshop and BMP bitmap documents. It also allows mental-mapping techniques in organizing information, as well as a style manager, allowing layout of web page prototypes or PDF documents, as well as outlines or brainstorming documents. OmniGraffle uses Apple's plist XML schema to store the data. The extension is .graffle.

According to former Omni Group president Wil Shipley, Graffle "sort of stands for 'graph layout'... but in general it was a nonsense word invented just to counter 'Visio'." [6][unreliable source?]

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