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dfclark 2007-10-11 09:37 AM

Timeline tool
 
I would like to find a timeline template/tool, that would allow me to specify the bounds of the timeline, and have it show the bounds and graduations along the line (in years, months, days, depending on the extents of the line). I want to attach boxes to the timeline with connector lines, that represent tasks, and indicate when they will be completed by their intersection with the timeline. For example, there are such templates in Visio.

macsailor 2007-11-21 05:42 AM

[QUOTE=dfclark;22667]I would like to find a timeline template/tool, that would allow me to specify the bounds of the timeline, and have it show the bounds and graduations along the line (in years, months, days, depending on the extents of the line). I want to attach boxes to the timeline with connector lines, that represent tasks, and indicate when they will be completed by their intersection with the timeline. For example, there are such templates in Visio.[/QUOTE]

The only tool I know of when we are talking about OmniGraffle is the script found at and downloadable at [url]http://www.petermcm.dircon.co.uk/software/og_timeline/index.html[/url]

I'm not sure if this would help you or not, but I hope it will.

dude 2008-01-27 04:54 PM

Timeline would be a killer feature for sure. I know this would be useful to law firms and police departments. Even for business's documenting certain events that need to be recorded for future references.

GLoveDC 2008-03-22 09:39 PM

I know of Windows software that does this: TimelineMaker Professional and TimeMap. You're completely on point that timeline functionality would be great for law firms and consultants (such as myself) who work in the legal fiels. Being someone who prefers to use the Mac OS X part of my Macbook Pro (as opposed to apps installed my Vista VM), I'd really like OminGraffle to add this functionality. I'm sure Omni could make it more intuitive and easier to use than the other products out there.

JKT 2008-03-23 05:10 AM

If the script is not doing it for you, and you need something now, then maybe the following will be adequate:

[url]http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/16773/bee-docs-timeline[/url]

Btw, I have no idea how good that software is - I saw it on the MacUpdate Promo page a few weeks ago, but didn't download it as I don't need the functionality.

Also:

[url]http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/23455/temporis[/url]

Again, I have no experience using it.

Hutch 2008-05-08 07:52 PM

Gantt-type?
 
My Windows colleagues also frequently use the Gantt stuff in Visio to product gantt-type timelines. Is there any OmniGraffle options for this?

offline 2008-09-14 09:53 AM

It's a needed template
 
Agreed - there are timeline tools for the Mac and OmniPlan (amongst others) deals with Project Management.

But - I need to create a timelines vis--vis the current Visio implementation on regular basis for conceptual illustration.

My druther would be to work in a single graphics program (I can do it all in Visio) on the Mac platform, and OmniGraffle Pro is the strongest contender so far. With a little bit of work, well -- it would be nice.

I realize you'll work on new features that appeal to the broadest market first, this is a business reality. But if you've got a creative programmer with a little time on his hands - you might find having the ability to deliver this functionality opens other doors and additional markets.

lennie 2009-05-07 02:19 PM

Add my vote for timeline functionality. I was hoping to see this in the latest release and was disappointed.

joedornan 2010-02-07 04:56 PM

another vote
 
Another huge vote in favour of a quick and easy timeline functionality...
-Joe

fudster 2010-03-18 12:04 PM

+1, this was really easy to do in Visio. I don't like doing it but the easiest way to achieve the timeline I need today is probably to start up my dusty old vmWare image.

bceaser 2010-06-23 09:06 PM

Count me in as well. I've had to produce timelines manually in OG and it is very timeconsuming. A more automated approach would be incredibly useful.

leozhong 2010-07-13 08:35 AM

+1

It's always painful for me to draw timeline with Omni. The only thing I used to do is to switch to MS Visio in vmware to draw a timeline in few seconds and then copy the diagram back to Mac for further editing.

I personally believe it's definitely not a difficult job for Omni to do it. Should be some priority things that need to be dealt by Omni product/project management system.

However, if it can't fulfill me with the timeline feature (after so many feature requests from Omni users I've ever seen), I'd doubt I can get this feature in the next few years.

I purchased Omni already but I am seeking the other tool. For now in my daily work in enterprise, MS Visio is still irreplaceable.

atl_adam_2020 2010-09-07 12:47 PM

I would like to cast my vote for a Timeline tool or plug-in to OmniGraffle.

mwg986 2012-10-17 09:48 AM

For anyone looking for some help...
 
I created a basic stencil to help get some one started. It's a quick attempt and I'll update with a new version once I work out what's best. I posted it on graffletopia. I can't post a link here yet because this is my first post. Add /stencils/931/ to the graffletopia domain.

EricE 2013-03-22 12:28 PM

[QUOTE=Hutch;36454]My Windows colleagues also frequently use the Gantt stuff in Visio to product gantt-type timelines. Is there any OmniGraffle options for this?[/QUOTE]

For Gantt charts I would use [URL="http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/"]OpenProject[/URL] - a surprisingly feature rich Microsoft Project clone. It makes managing tasks, their relationships to each other and durations really easy. And it's free as well as cross platform (Mac and Windows). It even does a reasonably good job of opening and saving MS project files - granted my project files area pretty straightforward as I primarily use it to manage my tasks, their relationships/dependencies and durations. I don't try to do resource allocation or other stuff that tends to get people frustrated with Project - but at first look OpenProject seems to have all that stuff too...


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