We’ve previously run articles about Project Management apps for tablet computers and, of course, made a feature of Project Management apps for iPads. With the latest version of the iPad, iPad HD, just released – we thought it a good idea to look again at Project Management apps for the iPad and can now add to that previous list the new version of OmniPlan which is itself due for release later in the year.
OmniPlan is a well known desktop Project Management application that will soon be made available in a version that will free Project Managers from being chained to their desks – with the release of a version for the iPad. So, wherever you go – your GNATT charts can go with you and you can zoom in and out of the time-line or finer details with ease by using the ‘pinch and swipe’ functionality of the iPad. The iPad version of OmniPlan will have the same engine behind it as the OmniFocus task manager software – so you’ll be able to enable multiple users to update your project with everyone then being able to see those updates immediately, meaning everyone knows exactly what the status of the project is all the time. Needless to say, as PM, you can review and then approve or decline submissions to the project plan – just as if you were sitting at your desktop.
The price, the cloud and other Omni products.
Expect OmniPlan to be available from the the Apple app store for around $100, half the desktop price. However, being a universally available and shareable app means that you’ll need to access cloud services – so there’s an added cost. You’ll need to use iCloud for this as well as other ‘cloud’ storage systems, like Dropbox, do have compatibility issues with the Omni file formats, which are specifically written for Mac OS X with extensions for iOS. Some readers may be aware that Omni also produce other software useful to Project Managers such as OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle – all of which are also available on the iPad platform.