Rounding out the company’s efforts to bring its most popular Mac apps to the iPad, Omni announced last week the release of OmniPlan for iPad. OmniPlan delivers an organizational planning tool with smart scheduling, enhanced collaboration features such as change tracking, and the added benefit of being available for use no matter which of your Apple devices you happen to have with you. For Mac and iPad users, the gold standard in office scheduling, Microsoft Project, simply does not exist. Luckily, the folks at Omni have delivered an app that is not only better looking, but is also jam packed with useful features.
Building on the desktop app’s famously intuitive and user friendly interface for scheduling, resource, and task management, OmniPlan for iPad delivers the same features and functions, but in a layout optimized for the iPad’s format. Front and center is the Gannt chart view showing your project’s timeline; tap the buttons along the top to access all the scheduling and collaboration features, including:
Smart Scheduling and Automatic Leveling: Let the app take care of optimizing your schedule so that vacations, unique work schedules, and resource availability are automatically scheduled to maximize efficiency.
Change Tracking and Auto-Update: Keep your copy of the project schedule synchronized using an OmniPlan server, and easily view, accept, or reject changes made by others with easily identified change tracking.
Filtering: Since the iPad offers less screen real estate, OmniPlan lets you zero in on particular tasks, resources, status, or even a date range, letting you view only those details you really need.
For project managers on the go, the release of OmniPlan for iPad breaks productivity and schedule collaboration free from the desktop. Now you can schedule, assign, and optimize project schedules for your team, and share it with them instantly anywhere your iPad has Internet connectivity. OmniPlan lets you manage simple or complex projects and workflows, and the new iPad app offers those same features on the go, a boon for today’s frequently remote, relentlessly mobile project manager.