New OmniFocus Video: Perspectives!

by Michaela on May 7, 2008

Hey, friends. What is it that is up? We've just finished a new video about Perspectives over here. If you'd like to check it out, you can find it here.

If you'd like to check it out later, it can be found under 'Resources' on the OmniFocus page.

We've got a few more lined up and we'll be getting those out ASAP but if there's anything in particular you'd like to see for the future, please feel free to drop us a line or leave a note in the comments.

Hope you enjoy!


OmniFocus 1.0.1 now available

by Michaela on March 13, 2008

Good news, everyone! As the cryptic title suggests, OmniFocus 1.0.1 is now available. Here's a list of the haps:

  • Stability
    • Updated our error handling support to catch more cases where there is a possible problem and promote it to a crash, so that we can then fix it. Since OmniFocus always keeps its data in a saved state, the net effect of this is that any such exception won't be able to cause data corruption.
    • Copy a workaround for a bug in Mac OS X 10.5 that can cause a crash when using the keyboard to navigate between cells in the outline.
    • Fixed exception where committing editing on a row caused that row to be collated into a different group.
    • Fixed a few glitches in the AppleScript suite that could cause scripting errors.
    • Fixed exceptions when parsing some European date formats. Updated the date parsing to log details about the date format if there is a problem parsing a date, allowing the user to more easily gather the relevant information in the future.
    • Fixed an occasional hang when performing a manual check for updates when no updates are available.
    • Clicking on a link to a recently deleted task will no longer cause an error.
    • We now ignore and log exceptions raised from Growl.
    • Fixed bug causing the available/due soon/overdue timer to fire too often in some cases.
    • iCal syncing will now deal with unnamed calendars.
  • Interface
    • The Perspectives menu now always has options to make a new perspective or save a snapshot of the current view settings into the current perspective.
    • The Clear Perspective command has been folded into the Revert to Default View command, so you don't have to take two steps to get back to normal.
    • Actions created in context mode should no longer appear to be missing their project, once it is assigned.
    • Updated usage of shadows in the interface to match changes made in Mac OS X 10.5.
    • Empty projects with a start date will now get the normal project icon once its start date passes instead of getting stuck with the 'pending' badge.
    • The flag icon should now show up appropriately in HTML exports.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Various small updates to the online help.
    • Turned off some debug logging in the Clip-o-Tron 3000.
    • Software Update will now only show you builds on the same track that you are running. So, if you want to see sneakypeek builds, you'll need to manually download one sneakypeek build from the main OmniFocus site.
  • Internationalization
    • Fixed several issues that would prevent internationalization. No localizations are in place, but those are in progress for a future release.
And, as always, work continues. Thanks to all of those who helped out during the SneakyPeek!


OmniFocus coming for the iPhone

by Ken Case on March 6, 2008

A few hours ago, Apple announced the iPhone SDK!  We're still trying to download it (Apple's servers are overloaded), but it looks like it has all the features we were hoping for.

We're eager to get started on our first iPhone app—and, yes, that first app will be…  OmniFocus.

(Now to find out just exactly what we'll be able to do!)


Support Ninja gig available

by Brian on January 25, 2008

I actually posted this to our website last week, but forgot to post this on the blog. Go me!We've had a tremendous response to OmniFocus, and despite bringing on two support ninjas over the last year to help out with it, we're still struggling. Frankly, that sucks. Solution: more hiring!Visit our jobs page for more information.


OmniFocus wins Best of Show, TMO Editor's Choice awards

by Linda Sharps on January 17, 2008

Exciting news! OmniFocus has won a Best in Show award at the Macworld Expo this year. Oh man, I LOVE Best in Show. You know, “Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team?”—seriously, such a great movie.

Er, wait. Wrong Best in Show. This is the annual Macworld feature presentation that honors those products that have pushed the boundaries of innovation, quality, and overall creativity. Well, that's even cooler than a mockumentary about dog shows. Here's what the good people at Macworld wrote about OmniFocus:

“Plenty of Mac programs will help you manage your to-do list (including a few that are built right into OS X), but OmniFocus ($80) is one of the nicest ones we’ve seen. Like many of these to-do apps, it’s optimized for the Getting Things Done task-management system: That means Omnifocus makes it easy to capture new to-do items anytime one occurs to you, and it lets you assign to-do items to both projects and contexts (the latter being GTD-speak for where or how you’ll accomplish the job). Omnifocus also integrates nicely with OS X: it’ll sync with iCal, you can add tasks via e-mail, and you can search your to-do list with Spotlight. You can view your upcoming tasks from multiple perspectives—by project, context, as part of a project-planning outline—yet the interface is nice and clean.”

Wow, right? BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE. Not only that, but it seems OmniFocus also received an Editor's Choice award from The Mac Observer. TMO's first Editor's Choice Awards include 12 products that they feel represent the best of the best of the products being shown at Macworld, and we're thrilled to be included on their list. They wrote:

“As with seemingly all of The Omni Group's products, the company has developed a very Mac-oriented solution with OmniFocus that works very well, is easy to use, and is a cut above competing products.”

Congratulations to the other Awards winners, and a huge thank you to Macworld and The Mac Observer for the honors!