OrgPlus Shows the Pecking Order

Human Concepts' OrgPlus 5.0 lets companies illustrate chains of command that are too complicated for apps such as Microsoft Office or Visio.

Human Concepts OrgPlus 5.0 lets companies illustrate chains of command that are too complicated for apps such as Microsoft Office or Visio.

OrgPlus, which shipped in July, is available in a $495 Professional version, which integrates with enterprise databases, and a $189 Standard version. Upgrades for either are $99.

Using OrgPlus 5.0, I found that even those with no art skills could quickly put together a polished organizational chart. The programs data import wizard makes it easy to import data in plain-text, Excel, XML and OPX (OrgPlus) formats.

Using the chart templates provided, I built an eWEEK Labs org chart—complete with contact information—in 10 minutes. The templates allow plenty of flexibility for the look and feel of each box.

It took a bit of time to get used to the interface and to set up associations among editors and Labs analysts, but it was easy to add links to Web pages and e-mail and to import photos.

OrgPlus Professional can connect to human resource databases via LDAP, ODBC, Oracle, SAP or PeopleSoft adapters or to a spreadsheet. Chart data can be refreshed on a predefined schedule—an especially handy feature for large organizations.

A new print preview function allows you to check work before printing or publishing a chart.

More information can be found at www.humanconcepts.com.

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