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The OmniGraffle app for iPad ($49.99 USD) is a powerful diagramming tool that enables you to use your tablet’s screen as a canvas for creating detailed charts and diagrams that utilize lines, shapes, objects, and text, all of which are fully customizable in terms of sizing, color, and visual effects.

Use this app to help organize your thoughts, present information in an easy-to-understand format, graphically showcase complex tasks or ideas with flow charts, demonstrate the hierarchy within a team or organization, or graphically explain any type of multistep process.

You use a simple drag-and-drop interface that requires just one finger to format diagrams using a vast library of stencils (predrawn shapes). However, you can also draw diagrams freehand on the tablet’s display. The app has a large collection of diagram templates and charts built in, and you can easily customize them to meet your needs.

After you’ve created diagrams on the iPad, you can print them wirelessly, convert them into PDF files for easy sharing, or export them to the Mac version of OmniGraffle (priced at $99.95 USD for the standard edition or $199.95 USD for the professional edition). The developer of this app, The Omni Group (www.omnigroup.com), also offers a handful of other Mac and iPad apps designed for task management, outlining, and graph drawing and data plotting. Go to www.omnigroup.com/products/omnigraffle for more information.

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