The Omni Show: Privacy Special - Part 2 with Cindy Cohn and Ken Case

by andrewjmason on May 3, 2021




In today’s Omni Show episode, we conclude our two-part privacy special by welcoming the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Executive Director, Cindy Cohn, into the conversation.  Ken, Cindy, and Andrew chat about why you care about your privacy and user agency as it relates to iOS’s recent update (Click here to catch up on part one).

We then broaden the conversation to include techniques and tips you can use to better protect your privacy as you surf online.

You can find out more about Omni’s ongoing commitment to your privacy in our brand new privacy page.

Find out more about the EFF’s amazing efforts at protecting your digital rights here.

To hear more about how Omni protects your privacy as you stay productive—tune in to the Omni Show.

Achieve more of your goals when you download OmniFocus, OmniPlan, OmniGraffle, and OmniOutliner for Mac. And if you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com. Our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help.

The Omni Show: Privacy Special - Part 1 with Ken Case

by andrewjmason on April 26, 2021



Today, we welcome our CEO, Ken Case, back on The Omni Show for the first in a two-part special, focused on privacy.  With Apple’s recent changes in iOS privacy handling, Ken and Andrew talk about how it affects Omni apps and what it means for you.

In this episode, Ken & Andrew break down what changes are happening in iOS, what extra measures Omni took in programming our apps to protect you, and just how we go about keeping your data…..your data.

You can find out more about Omni’s ongoing commitment to your privacy in our brand new privacy page.

To hear more about how Omni protects your privacy as you stay productive—tune in to the Omni Show.

Achieve more of your goals when you download OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, and OmniOutliner for Mac. And if you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com. Our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help.

Omni’s Privacy Stance: Your Data Is Your Own

by Ken Case on April 21, 2021

With each iteration of iOS 14, Apple has made it easier for customers to make informed decisions about their own data and privacy—and at the Omni Group we’re 100% behind these improvements.

Through all the decades of our history, customer privacy has been an important value for us. It’s fundamental to who we are, guiding our decision-making from day one.

When you visit our website, we don’t track any information about you or use analytics tools from third parties that would let them track you. The only thing we want to track is data about our own site and how well it’s is helping the people who visit it: so we keep some relatively basic, anonymized logs about visitors and usage, which are never associated with any visitor’s identity.

When you use our apps, there is really only one thing we need to know: whether you’ve licensed the app, or are simply using it for free (either as part of our free two-week demo, or as a free viewer once the demo expires). The best way for us to know whether you’ve licensed the app is for you to register a purchase with your Omni Account, so we can give you credit for that purchase no matter where you log in.

There are other ways we respect your privacy, such as using end-to-end encryption when you sync OmniFocus data through our servers. It’s super important to teams, critical in an enterprise, but just as important to an individual. You can learn about these approaches and more on our privacy page.

I could go on and on, and probably will in an upcoming Omni Show podcast. Apple’s support for privacy is not new, but the tangible step they’re taking in iOS 14.5 of asking for permission is meaningful—so this seemed like a great moment for us to articulate our support for the cause of protecting your privacy.

With the terrific improvements in iOS 14, we take heart that we’re not the only company with these values. We appreciate the support and attention this brings to treating each of you with respect. We would and will continue to value your privacy no matter what other organizations do, of course—but we hope that these changes will inspire more businesses to join in.

The Omni Show: Designing OmniPlan 4

by andrewjmason on April 19, 2021





How do you improve on a Gantt chart?  What’s the Outline View all about?  Is there a delta between customers’ wants and needs?  How about Universal purchases?

Today on the Omni Show, we answer these questions and more with an exclusive peek behind the curtain of OmniPlan 4’s development process.

Ainsley Bourque Olson (Product Manager) & Andrew Abernathy (User Experience Designer) share details of the dance that is developing product experiences along with our customers. Join Andrew, Ainsley, and Andrew as they chat about the design process, which results in the perfect UX fit for even the pickiest project managers.

To learn more about how you can use OmniPlan for powerful project management—tune in to the Omni Show.

Achieve more of your goals when you download OmniPlan for Mac, iPad or iPhone—and if you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com. Our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help.

Introducing OmniPlan 4 for iPad and iPhone

by Ainsley Bourque Olson on April 13, 2021

OmniPlan 4 for iPad and iPhone, available today, introduces a brand new Outline View on iPad and iPhone, optimized for quickly creating and organizing projects, with fully customizable column display and enhanced keyboard navigation support. In addition to this powerful new view, this release brings new scheduling features like recurring tasks and manual task scheduling, originally introduced in OmniPlan 4 for Mac, to iPad and iPhone, as well as a wide range of improvements throughout the app, making OmniPlan easier than ever to use for day-to-day project management tasks, no matter how complex your project is.

And now, for the first time ever, OmniPlan is available as a universal purchase: get full access to OmniPlan 4 on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone with a single purchase or subscription, so your project schedules are always available when you need them.

Setting up task recurrence rules in OmniPlan 4 for iPad

Highlights

  • Universal App Licensing Get full access to OmniPlan 4 on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone with a single purchase or subscription.
  • Outline View:
    • Project Outline: Quickly create and organize projects in a dedicated Outline View.
    • Customizable Columns: Fully customize column display in Outline View. Select a pre-configured column set, or hide and show individual columns as needed.
    • In-line Editing: Update a task’s Title, Effort, Duration, Resources, Prerequisite, Dependents, and Effort Complete without ever leaving the project outline.
    • Keyboard Navigation: Navigate & organize your project outline via keyboard shortcuts when connected to an external keyboard.
    • Scribble Support: Start writing on an existing task in Outline View to insert text, or cross out text to delete it. Write below the existing project outline to quickly create a new task.
  • Scheduling:
    • Recurring Tasks: Tasks can now be scheduled to occur at daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly intervals.
    • Manual Task Scheduling: Tasks now support manual scheduling. Tasks set as scheduled manually will use the start and end dates you provide; OmniPlan will not attempt to automatically reschedule them. (Manual task scheduling replaces the “locked” task date functionality offered by previous OmniPlan versions.)
  • Inspector:
    • Inspector Appearance: Appearance, layout, and organization of all inspectors have been updated to increase discoverability and improve access to functionality.
    • Dates: Dates are now input via the iOS 14 system date picker interface, which supports selecting dates and times in a calendar popover.
    • Project & Resource Notes: Project and Resource Notes can now be viewed and edited in the inspector.
  • Keyboards: OmniPlan no longer relies on custom on-screen keyboards to input dates or numeric values like effort and duration. Instead, OmniPlan presents either a date picker or the native iOS keyboard. This change is intended to simplify the experience for entering numerical values and improve compatibility with hardware keyboards.

Creating a new project outline in OmniPlan 4 for iPhone

OmniPlan Pro subscriptions are available for $19.99 a month or $199.99 for an entire year. If you prefer to purchase OmniPlan as a one-time traditional license, OmniPlan Standard is available for $199, $399 for Pro. Customers who own a previous version of OmniPlan are eligible for a 50% discount on upgrades to traditional licenses of OmniPlan 4. If you previously purchased OmniPlan 4 for Mac, simply install OmniPlan 4 on your iPad or iPhone and sign in with your Omni Account to unlock your purchase.

We are proud of the success of OmniPlan 4 for Mac since its launch nine months ago, and our team is incredibly proud to have now brought this release to iPad and iPhone. To get started with your free two week trial of OmniPlan 4, download OmniPlan 4 on your Mac, iPad or iPhone. If you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com—our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help!