Monday, March 23, 2009

version your thinking

Try this next time you are working through a problem or developing a new design in Omnigraffle.

Each time you add another major component or your mind flips around and you start another approach, just duplicate the canvas you are on and keep going. This will save all the various versions of your thinking with out interrupting the zen like trance you took 3 hours getting into.

Then when you have to stop to go to a meeting you can review your thinking and get right back to where you were.

p.s. i went cold turkey off Viso a couple months ago and i have never looked back!

3 comments: March 23, 2009 at 4:34 PM  

Hey, you really should try Flow by Grid Iron software. They keep version tracking for files... but now that I mention it, I'm not sure if they keep track of versions for Omnigraffle.

However I love your thinking preservation. A new canvas each time you make a leap in the right direction would be nice and non-destructive.

I have a similar method for PSD's. But it involves saving them as a new file, and appending a number to the end. Same method for graffles too.

So, "homepage-1.psd" becomes "homepage-2.psd" when I start to progress away from the very first splash of ideas.

I've got to the 70's with a particular page. Not sure if that's the best method, but it works for me.

Thanks for sharing! =)

Jason R. March 23, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

Oops. I should have linked you to Flow:

It's under public beta for now, works great for me. $250 if you want to buy it. I'm tempted, it does a lot of things that would save me tons of time!


Jason R.

tyesha March 24, 2009 at 7:40 PM  

whoa, that tool looks crazy. might be more than i need, but really cool to know about.

thanks for stopping by Jason! you are my first commentor. you win!

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