Restarting Our Newsletter

by Derek R. on April 23, 2014

The following is the introduction from our rising-from-the-ashes newsletter. Issue one just went out.

Welcome

Hello, and cheers from Omni! After a bit of a hiatus (8 years!) our newsletter is back. It’s low-traffic — we expect to put one out a few times a year. It’ll be filled with all the usual content found in newsletters, like sneak peeks, maybe a feature or two, and news. And we’ll do our best to make sure the content is worth your time.

So instead of the product announcements we sometimes sent to this mailing list over the past few years (we forgot a few!), we’re switching to this new format. Keep watching our blog for more frequent, timely updates, or follow us on Twitter for all of our goings-on.

Continue reading the newsletter, and subscribe to get the next one.

Oh, and the other thing in the first newsletter? OmniFocus 2 for Mac is now in Public Test. Head to the product page to download.

An update on Heartbleed from Omni

by Dave on April 10, 2014

You may have already heard about a vulnerability called Heartbleed that affects secure communication with websites (summarized nicely at The Loop).

In response to this threat, Omni immediately updated OpenSSL to non-vulnerable versions on all of our servers. We then revoked and regenerated all SSL certificates and keys. It is safe to change your Omni Sync Server password at this time. We don’t have any evidence of malicious behavior, but due to the nature of this vulnerability, we’re recommending that all users change their passwords anyway.

Online Stencil Search Returns to OmniGraffle

by Dave on April 2, 2014

Starting with the release of OmniGraffle 5 in 2008, we partnered with Graffletopia to provide in-app search for their free online stencil repository. Last year, Graffletopia became a subscription service, which meant that any stencils hosted there were no longer available in OmniGraffle.

We still feel it’s important for the OmniGraffle community to have a free library of user-submitted stencils, and we still want it to be easy to search for stencils from that library from within OmniGraffle. Since Graffletopia no longer offers that service, we’ve created a free Omni Library which can be searched by OmniGraffle 5 and 6 (starting with v6.0.5, released today) and OmniGraffle for iPad. We’ve already seeded the library with stencils that we used to host on our own OmniGraffle Extras page, but we would love for you to submit your own stencils as well.

We will never charge for access to these stencils; that’s not a business we’re interested in pursuing. We’re only interested in offering stencils which our customers can download and use for free, so we’re asking for submissions of stencils that are Creative Commons 0, public domain, or otherwise freely distributable.

We look forward to your submissions!

OmniFocus 2 for Mac resumes testing, will ship in June

by Ken Case on March 26, 2014

Just the Facts

“When will OmniFocus 2 for Mac ship?”

June, 2014.

“Can I help you test OmniFocus 2 for Mac before it ships?”

Absolutely! If you helped us test the pre-Mavericks builds last year, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

After listening to your comments on the initial preview, and seeing the direction Apple was moving with OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, we took some time to rethink and redesign OmniFocus 2 for Mac. We’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we’re now ready to open the flood gates to share the new OmniFocus 2 for Mac with you.

Head on over to our download page to get the latest build of OmniFocus 2 for Mac.

More Detail, Please!

When we unveiled our plans for OmniFocus 2 for Mac last year and invited you to try our test builds, it was so we could learn from you which parts of the design were working well, and which parts still needed improvement. We didn’t know what to expect, so we weren’t sure how close we might be to setting a ship date.

The feedback you provided was generally positive: the new design was easier to navigate, and the new Forecast and Review modes were making it much easier to stay on top of all your projects.

But listening to your feedback, we also learned a lot about ways we could make the app even better—and we were further inspired by Apple’s latest designs when they unveiled iOS 7.

We paused our test builds and went back into heads-down mode to focus on the hard work of another round of design and development. Since that time, our team has been working tirelessly behind the scenes on a fresh design that preserves the best features of their original work while adapting to the latest changes to the platform.

With this new design in place, I’m thrilled to announce that OmniFocus 2 is now ready for its final round of testing.

New OmniFocus 2 test build

Next Steps

As noted at the top, any of the nearly 30,000 people who participated in last year’s testing are welcome to join back in!

What we’re most looking for at this point are any issues that make OmniFocus 2 harder to use for your particular workflow than OmniFocus 1 was. We’ll be giving your feedback a hard look between now and when we ship in June and trying to address as much of it as we can, so the sooner we hear from you the better.

The best way for you to share your thoughts with us is to contact us by email at ofpreview@omnigroup.com. We’ve also set up a Discourse test board which you can use to share tips and advice with other testers.

Thanks to all of you who took the time to test OmniFocus 2 for Mac during our private test last year! My hope is that each of you will be able to see how the feedback you gave us made the app even better.

If you didn’t sign up for the test last year but would like to be considered for future test releases, please head over to the OmniFocus 2 for Mac test sign-up page to get on the waiting list. (If you did sign up last year but have forgotten your login details, you can also use the sign-up page to retrieve those details.)

How to Contact Us

Now, go grab the latest build of OmniFocus 2 for Mac and let us know what you think! Here’s how to reach us:

And, as always, you’re welcome to reach out to me personally: I can be reached by email at kc@omnigroup.com, or on Twitter at @kcase.

We look forward to hearing from you!

OmniFocus 2 for iPhone Manual Available on the iBookstore

by David Lonning on February 26, 2014

OmniFocus saw a new member join its documentation family today, with the addition of the OmniFocus 2 for iPhone User Manual to the list of of our EPUB reference books available on the Apple iBookstore. The manual is updated for version 2.1, and is available immediately as a free (and DRM-free) download.

Our OmniGraffle 6 EPUB documentation celebrated a little milestone as well, with a host of quality-of-life improvements and clarifications bringing the OmniGraffle 6 for Mac User Manual up to date for version 6.0.4.

The OmniFocus 2 for iPhone manual joins the OmniGraffle 6 and OmniOutliner 4 EPUB manuals already available on the iBookstore in the 51 territories to which we're currently able to publish. If the books aren’t available in your country, please email us at support@omnigroup.com and we’ll provide you with a copy of the book you need.

Keep an eye out for more books coming your way!