OmniPlan 3 Examine App

Cannot open

I cannot even open this application. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled, click to open and it just sits at the bottom of my screen as if it is open. Would be happy to change my rating but I simply cannot even use the app.

can't test opening MS project documents

so... the 2 week preview solution is limited... must buy pro version to import MPP files. I can't test if I can open,manipulate, and save/distribute MPP files - My only criteria for purchase. Can't test. Can't buy.

Simple to learn but surprisingly powerful and sophisticated

I strted using Omniplan because a vendor was able to turn around schedules for me very quickly and they really liked it. I started with the standard version but later upgraded to the pro version when I needed the extra features—and I’m really glad I did. I’ve read some bizarre reviews that imply that Omni is trying to push the app as ‘free’ and then upsell you directly to the pro version—that’s nuts. Nobody is going to give you an app like this for free, and they really bend over backwards to let you try the app before you spend any money; far less money than what microsoft asks for MS Project. This app is simple enough to learn the basics and start putting out informative plans very quickly but it has a lot of features that you can uncover over time as you need them. There may be a few things I’d still like to see, but overall the product is reallly well designed and robust and I’ve built up a group of templates that now dramatically shorten the time it takes to develop plans and cost them out. I’ve been using project planning software for a long time (since the 90’s) and this is the best design I’ve seen. I recommend it to everybody who asks.

Loved the software before the update...

I paid for the software when I downloaded the OmiPlan 2 version and after the upgrade to v3 it doesn’t let me restore the purchases, nor lets me get a discount for the upgrade! What am I supposed to do, pay you another $150???

Easy to Use & World Class Support

Simple and easy to use, but with enough features for serious planning. I use this software in wide range of applications. From putting together a few simple milestones to align on roles and responsibilites with a small group to putting together a complex multi year project that require collaboration from multiple departments. Pros- Built in reports are clean, informational and breeze to export and share with teams on progress of projects. Dashboard feature is nice to see how multiple projects stack up with resources Monte Carlo simulation is a great feature. So far, they have proved more accurate than some of my planning Awesome support team- quick to reply and quick to resolve issues Cons- I can’t think of any right now.

Argh! I cannot buy it

Given that its sold into enterprises - folks wanting an alternative to MS Project… only having in-app purchases is impossible since VPP (Volume Purchaes Program) does not support that. And don’t ask me to go through a two month vendor management review to add a vendor to buy this direct - not to mention that tracking licensing for non-app store apps is a major pain that we try to avoid wherever possible. It would be useful to submit 2 apps - one a direct purchase and one an in-app model. Off to look at other options.

Free to download, but actually only trial version of a $300 app

Looks like it is a free app, but actually ony a trial version. Non-trial version is $300, which is more than any other app I have seen in the App Store. Basically this is "OmniPlan Pro Trial” and it should be named accordingly. I have no intention to even test it knowing that it will expire in two week. Will just search for another tool that does the same thing!

I like your app, but..

I would like to get “thick” bars like in the iPad version, is this possible in the OS X version?

Shame about the price

This app is really well written and easy to use. One, huge issue… You have pay $300 to get the ability to read and write MS Project files.

Powerful, flexible and reliable alternative to MSProject!

I’ve spent a lot of time seeking a viable Mac alternative to MS Project, and OmniPlan has grown into precisely that, particularly with OmniPlan 3. I do quite a bit of professional scheduling work (I’m an engineer, granted, not a PM), and find OmniPlan is wholly capable of everything I need from it, including some fairly elaborate estimation and analysis functionality. I continually have to interoperate with MSProject users, and am also very satisfied with OmniPlan 3’s capabilities there. Every version has improved very substantially, yet license and upgrade pricing remain very reasonable (particularly when compared to MSProject itself). I strongly recommend anyone seeking corporate-grade project management and scheduling capabilities on Mac take a look at OmniPlan!

Getting to the Pro Level

Love the look and Feel of Omniplan! Love the fact that they added Earned Value into the product and also network Diagrams (2 significant features for good PMs). LOVE the fact that I can do a PERT based estimation of a task (best, normal, worst) for each line! Like the monte carlo simulations (great work on this by the way!) Some things I would like to see: More pictures for the reporting (the reporting is good, but give me some line graphs for the Earned Value tracking) Risk Tracking - Please add the ability to create a risk against a task with the standard, likelyhood, impact, mitigation plan, etc. Even if you just give me a tab and some basics, would like to keep risk tracking in a single tool instead of creating another spreadsheet for that. Rating a solid 4 stars. Good product, but with just a bit more polish and a few more features it would knock MS Project off the radar.

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