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!


Announcing OmniFocus 1.0

by Linda Sharps on January 8, 2008

After many months of development and countless blog posts providing you with murky updates on our progress, what else is left to say . . . except SWEET FAT HOT HAM, OmniFocus 1.0 is here!

Yes, OmniFocus has finally shed its beta-ness and it's all ready for prime time. Uh, we hope. I mean, ha ha, we're pretty sure it won't eat your hard drive or anything! We totally fixed THAT bug.

To those who boldly test-drove OmniFocus throughout the beta process, we owe you a huge thanks for all your helpful feedback. Thanks, too, to those of you who sent us feature requests and ideas for how to make OmniFocus the best darned OmniFocus it could be.

It's just going to get better from here: we have big plans for OmniFocus 1.1 - 2.0 in the works. In the meantime, though, we're pretty pleased with how 1.0 has turned out, and we sure hope you like it too.

On licensing:

OmniFocus is now selling for $79.95. OmniOutliner Professional license owners are currently eligible for a 25% discount off the OmniFocus license fee.  Quantity discounts, educational, and family pricing are available at our online store.

You can download OmniFocus and use it in unlicensed mode (with no feature restrictions) for 14 days.

Other useful stuff:

• Watch the 15-minute OmniFocus Quick Start Video (180MB, 50MB iPhone version here)

• View our “At-a-Glance” handy-dandy Reference Chart

One more thing:

If you're going to be at Macworld next week, please come by our booth (#602) and say howdy! We'd love to meet you in person and answer any questions you might have. Well, unless they're along the lines of, “Why do you guys have such a lame blog?”, of course.


OmniFocus HowTo: Printing to 3x5 cards

by Brian on December 11, 2007

Got another question from a customer which I thought other folks might be interested in, so up on the blog it goes!

Q: Has there been any progress on index card printing? I've been checking through the New Features lists with each releases, but I haven't seen anything relevant. Have I missed something? It would be really great if I could print to index cards nicely.

A: You can do this, but it's not something that we mentioned in the feature list. What you want to do is set up a custom paper size, then tell OmniFocus to use that paper size when printing.

(This assumes your printer supports printing to 3x5 cards, of course.)

To set up a custom paper size, do the following:

  1. Open OmniFocus
  2. Select File -> Page Setup
  3. In the Paper Size pop-up menu, select “Manage Custom Sizes”.
  4. In the window that appears, press the plus-sign button in the lower left.
  5. Double-click the new item that appears in the left column, and rename it to “3x5 Notecard”.
  6. On the right side of the page, set the page width to 5 inches, and the page height to 3 inches.
  7. Adjust the printer margins to taste, or leave them on the default values.
  8. Press the Okay button to close the window and save your custom paper size.

You'll now be taken back to the page setup sheet in OmniFocus. Again, assuming your printer supports printing to 3x5 cards, you can now select your custom paper size in the “Paper Size” pop-up. Press the Okay button.

Do a test print (or preview), adjust to taste, and you're all set to take your OmniFocus info with you all pocket-sized.