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oomfo is maturing and you will love it!

oomfo is maturing and you will love it!

by Sanket on May 9, 2011 · 3 comments

in News & Announcements

oomfo, as you might already know, is our way of jazzing up data in PowerPoint. It was born early last year after months of bath-tub ‘Eureka’ moments. Coming from the FusionCharts stable, it is a part of our obsessive-compulsive quest to make data more sexy.

Since it was born, we’ve had 15,000 beta users testing, playing and actually using oomfo for their presentations. Everyone has been generous with their feedback on the product, right from the bugs they encountered to enhancement suggestions. Incorporating all the feedback, today oomfo does a lot more than just make your data sexy. It now makes your data sexy…AND….powerful!

Naturally we can’t wait to show it off! Take a look!

oomfo - Awesome is back!

Why oomfo?

Because PowerPoint charts deserve better. They have been the same, limited and boring for too long. We surely cannot let that continue, now, can we?

So we decided to revolutionize the way data is visualized in presentations. Of course, you could always embed the charts from FusionCharts to your presentations using our comprehensive 10-step process. But we thought the world of PowerPoint needed something simpler. Something that was quick, intuitive and allowed you to focus on your data. So we brought in a simple wizard-based interface to help create stunning charts in a matter of seconds. It had all the animation and interactivity of FusionCharts that has been loved the world over. We were mighty impressed with the results.

And we decided to call it oomfo.

oomfo - Selecting the chart type

And in case you are wondering how we got to the name oomfo, here’s our thought process behind it – oomfo makes boring beautiful. It adds some real oomph to your presentations, and hence the name fits in perfectly.

Ok, let’s cut the BS. Here’s what the truth is – It is a 5-letter word which had a .com domain available and felt kind of good when rolled off the tongue.

What does oomfo do for you?

oomfo makes your charts look great with its animation and interactivity, gives you advanced capabilities like live data charting and offers charts that PowerPoint forgot to offer. Here’s everything you can do with it:

  • Give your presentations a great first impression: With exciting animation, beautiful gradients, 2D/3D designs and smartly thought-out layouts, your charts will look stunning every single time. Your audience is sure to go wow.
  • Communicate better with your audience: oomfo brings interactive capabilities like you have never seen before in PowerPoint. Want to show which data set you are talking about in a pie chart during your presentation? Just click on it and it will slice out beautifully. Want to hide a series of data in a combination chart so you can focus on the others? Just click on its icon in the legend and it will be hidden. Want to put a detailed analysis of a data set on the chart? Use the tooltips.
  • Make sure you have the right chart for your data: While PowerPoint is well covered on the basic chart types, when it comes to advanced charts, it looks like they forgot most of them. oomfo has you covered on these advanced charts as well so you have the right tool for all kinds of data. Use the Pareto chart for everything 80-20, the visually editable column and line charts for planning and forecasting, the Waterfall chart for showing increase and decrease in a value, the Marimekko chart for marketing analysis, and the Zoom Line chart for showing tens of thousands of data points in a single slide.
  • Plot live data on your chart: If you are a sales manager and need to present your team’s figures to your boss every month, why create new charts with updated figures every single time? oomfo can can pull live data from any URL. Just get salesforce (or the CRM system you use) to send you this data in XML and let your charts know where the data will be coming from. Set it up once, use it forever without having to go back to your boring spreadsheet. Use it for plotting marketing results, attendance numbers and even financial results.
  • Customize the charts in much greater details than PowerPoint allows you to: With oomfo, you can customize almost everything you see on the chart. Background, border, captions, divisional lines, formatting of the numbers, alignment of the labels, position of the legend, almost everything. You can add trendlines to the chart, highlight a data set and even add special animation styles for different chart elements. And in case you don’t want to spend so much time on the customization, you can simply make your charts match the presentation theme with a couple of clicks. Simple and effective.
  • Get highly portable charts: The charts you create with oomfo work pretty much anywhere. You can email it to your colleagues with the charts embedded as images. If any of them have oomfo installed, they can even convert these images back to the oomfo charts with just a click and enjoy all the animation & interactivity. You can also export entire slides as webpages that work across all browsers, unlike PowerPoint’s export which works only on IE. That’s how smart oomfo is.

If the possibilities of what you can do with these excite you, go get your hands on oomfo right now. That is, if you haven’t already.

Who’s behind oomfo?

oomfo is a FusionCharts project. It is backed by a small team of four developers led by Rahul, and the business minds behind FusionCharts.

oomfo is built in Microsoft VB6 and the charts are rendered using Adobe Flash coming from FusionCharts. Since we are embedding the Flash Player in PowerPoint, sometimes we get completely weird results. We then have to work weeks and weeks together just to get it back to the expected. But then, we have a hard-working team who are annoyingly stubborn about getting it right.

Plans ahead

Lots of them. oomfo has already won for itself a 15,000 strong beta community and people have been talking a lot about it. With all the feedback we collected and our own thoughts on how charting in PowerPoint should be, we have a lot of exciting additions to oomfo planned. In the coming versions, we will be adding gauges, data-driven maps and drill-down functionality to Oomfo.

oomfo is still in beta, and we are looking for all the feedback we can get. You share, we implement. As simple as it can get. And we all get a mind-blowing oomfo to add that much-needed awesomeness to PowerPoint. So if there is anything you think oomfo has to have, send it now to support@oomfo.com.

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