Omni Group Releases ‘OmniOutliner’ for iPad

Omni Group, the developer of a number of productivity applications for the Mac, has released OmniOutliner for the iPad today. OmniOutliner, originally available for the Mac, is an idea outlining application with extensive flexibility and the ability to incorporate multimedia elements.

The moment we learned about the iPad we knew it marked a shift in the direction of personal computing devices,” said Ken Case, CEO and founder of the Omni Group.  “Each time we bring a productivity app to the iPad we redesign it from the ground up to take advantage of this new platform, and OmniOutliner for iPad is no exception. Our team has done an amazing job of making the app easier to use than ever, without sacrificing the app’s power.  OmniOutliner is the app I turn to whenever I want to collect and structure my thoughts, and it’s great to be able to take my outlines with me and work with them wherever I am.

OmniOutliner for the iPad costs $19.99. For the Mac, OmniOutliner ($39.99) and OmniOutliner Pro ($69.99) are both available in the Mac App Store. For a complete list of all Omni Group apps available in the iOS and Mac App Stores, click here.



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With all due respects, Steve, you get what you pay for, and in Omni’s case that generally means really terrific productivity tools that are a true pleasure to use, and are even inspiring to those of us who use them to design tools ourselves. The quality of the products is matched by the their service – I’ve NEVER emailed a company (other than Omni) and had the software engineer himself call me back to work through my issue, and in one case they actually released an update incorporating the fix to the minor glitch I’d identified within a couple of days.

Adam G.

None of that matters if it is over the price you are willing to pay for a product. While these tools would be nice I just can not justify the cost over the cheaper alternatives that work good enough for me to do what I need. I am sure there are those that have plenty of cash to buy things like this without blinking an eye but I am not one of them.

For a fact though the price is a roadblock for some users… the question is how many is some and how much is omnigroup losing because of the pricing that they have set? If they set the price to $50 for this I am sure it would sell but not as many as $20 and likewise for $10.

There is no doubt that this company has some of the best apps available for productivity. They of course have the right to set the pricing how they want and it must be working otherwise they wouldn’t keep the price where it is. It just doesn’t work for me.

For me I would pay $10 for this. I would also pay $20 for omnigraffle for ipad. That is just what it is worth to me which is all that matters to me.


Can’t argue with that! (Trust me, I would if I could…)


Okay Steve, clearly you’re right about this. Sorry I weighed in.


Although I have always appreciated the quality of Omni Group’s products and support, I also find it difficult to stomach the price.


Omni could have released their products at lower price points, sold many more units and would have become the industry leader in the product category. Then, they could have issued “updates” once or twice a year, again at lower prices, and would end up with the same or higher revenue per user from a greater number of users … But they didn’t.


Whilst I agree that omni groups pricing stands out from their peers, they are producing a quality professional product. Most of the $4.99 apps are single developer outfits who probably have other day jobs.

The omni group have an extremely active development pipeline, and for example last year as a Mac user of omnifocus was using their latest betas with cloud syncing. They had at least 7 new builds per week (not for general consumption) and on some days 2-3 updates per day. Their version update summary only gives an extremely short summary of all the interval development.

I don’t think their products are for recreational hobbyists, but if like me you use your tools to generate an income, then $20 is less than I spend on carparking.


I originally purchased OO Pro way back in 2006. I am still using it today. OO Pro survived Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard one MB and two MBPs in that time. All the updates I’ve received have been free. Not many other apps on my computer can make that claim. Money well spent.

Phil Earnhardt

On this week’s edition of MacBreak Weekly (#247), Andy Ihnatko recommends the iPad version of OO. The video version is available as a podcast through iTunes at
The audio version is available at
Andy’s review starts at 1:33:10. He has a nice setup at his house where he shows his iPad screen on a high-resolution monitor.

Clearly, the value proposition of the product is high for people who view a high-quality outliner as mission-critical for their work. Andy has used OO on the Mac for many years, and he now can get the full functionality on his iPad. Andy shows some interesting nuances that they have added to their tablet version of the product.

Mac users can download a 14-day trial from The Omni Group’s webpage. It’s too bad there is no trail available for the iPad.


I love Omni Group products, but I agree that they’re entirely overpriced. The only tool I still use and pay upgrade prices for is OmniOutliner Pro, but all their other tools I’ve either never bought — because of price — or stopped upgrading. No iPad app should be more than $10.

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