OmniGraphSketcher 1.0

When I first noticed, almost seven years ago, that there was no good software for sketching Economics graphs, I never imagined that this small observation would grow into such a major project. After several independent studies, conference papers, a masters thesis, and an acquisition, today my little project has reached a new milestone: the official release of OmniGraphSketcher 1.0.

This software application has always proven somewhat tricky to describe. I think this is partly because it is the first product of its kind, and partly because the word “graph” has such a wide range of meanings. I completely reframed the description at least five or ten times while writing my masters thesis. But my new favorite summary is by Omni’s documentation and UI master, Bill:

OmniGraphSketcher is a quick, straightforward tool for creating graphs, whether you have specific data to visualize or you just have a concept to explicate. And it doesn’t assume that you have gobs of free time and attention to learn how to use it.

You can find out more about OmniGraphSketcher in Linda’s entertaining Omni blog post and on the official product page.

As for me, I want to acknowledge again all the friends, mentors, usability testers, beta testers, and users who have continued to give feedback, find bugs, and suggest further improvements. The software would never have come this far if they had not repeatedly convinced me that it was actually useful.

So thank you, and enjoy OmniGraphSketcher! It’s a different kind of graphing program. I know there are many possibilities for expanding its functionality, and I look forward to exploring them. Even after seven years, this is version 1.0 – just the beginning.

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