OmniGraffle is great for wire frames and process diagrams
September 07, 2016

OmniGraffle is great for wire frames and process diagrams

Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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OmniGraffle is a great tool for creating static wire frames which can be used for requirements validation and user interface and experience design. Typically OmniGraffle is used by UX designers to create wire frames for development, but is easy enough for business analysts and project managers to use if needed. It's relatively inexpensive and delivers a big ROI.
  • Allows users to create low to high fidelity wire frames to validate requirements.
  • Allows developers to understand exactly what the UI needs to look like, along with the ability to include notes on the UX.
  • There are a number of stencils and other templates to help get started. It's quick and easy to use, and fast to learn.
  • The static wire frames are always an issue with any UI/UX tool. OmniGraffle users have to be very detailed in their design and notes so that a developer understands the click-through functionality.
  • OmniGraffle is not available for a PC - it's iOS only, which will create a problem if you're not a Mac user.
  • It would be nice if OmniGraffle was capable of importing a page or text file so the user doesn't have to create everything from scratch.
  • Ability for stakeholders to view and approve the UI before development begins. Saves on development time for UI changes.
  • Ability to quickly sketch out ideas and layouts for immediate approval from stakeholders.
  • Provides more depth to standard documentation.
  • Axure
I've used OmniGraffle in situations in which budget is tight and other tools are too cost prohibitive. For simple diagrams and process flows, and when you're using a Mac, OmniGraffle is the way to go. And although Axure and OmniGraffle isn't a true comparison because they're different tools, I still like Axure more than OmniGraffle.
I am a big fan of dynamic wire framing tools like Axure and iRise. OmniGraffle is great for static wire frames, which is often not enough to simply hand to a developer. Although most prototyping tools are more expensive than OmniGraffle, I'd still prefer the more dynamic tool. That being said, OmniGraffle is really good at what it does, and if you're using a Mac, OmniGraffle can't be beat.