Open Test of OmniFocus for the Web Drawing to a Close

by Ken Case on May 22, 2019

Hi, all! Thanks for all of the great feedback during the open test period of OmniFocus for the Web!

I just wanted to give you all an early heads up that the public test of the web app will start to require a paid subscription late next week (after we’ve updated our online store to offer a $5/month web-only add-on subscription).

Subscribers will be welcome to continue to use the public test if they wish (continuing early access to features like the Forecast perspective that are still in development), or to switch over to the more stable production site.

For reference, here are links to both sites:

Whether or not you end up subscribing, thank you very much to all 20,000+ of you who signed up for the public test! Your participation and feedback have been very helpful!

(Feedback? I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on twitter at @kcase, or send me email at

OmniFocus “Dropped” Actions Testing

by Brent Simmons on May 16, 2019

“Dropped” status for individual actions is coming up in the next releases of OmniFocus (for Mac and iOS). If you’re interested, and willing to run test builds, please sign up to help test!

This feature opens up workflows in lots of OmniFocus systems — most notably the ability to skip an instance of a repeating action.

Let us know how it goes! You can choose Contact Omni from the Help menu, or post to the Slack group in the #omnifocus channel.

The Omni Show: Tim Ekl, OmniFocus Engineer

by Brent Simmons on May 15, 2019

In the latest episode, we talk with Tim Ekl, OmniFocus engineer, about what parts of OmniFocus he works on. (A big part of it is model code and syncing.)

We also talk about life before Omni, about how his Rose-Hulman professor Curt Clifton came to Omni on sabbatical and then suggested Tim apply for a job.

Then there are the hobbies. Turns out Tim likes to run servers. Well, who doesn’t? :)

macOS 10.14.5 Fixes Compatibility Issue with OmniOutliner and OmniPlan

by Brent Simmons on May 13, 2019

In a previous blog post, we noted a compatibility issue: in macOS 10.14.4, some OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents (large documents, generally) wouldn’t display.

We’re very happy to report that our testers have verified that macOS 10.14.5, released today, fixes that bug.

If you’re running 10.14.4, we strongly recommend that you upgrade.

Side note: Apple’s release notes actually say “Fixes an issue that prevented certain very large OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents from rendering properly.” Their release notes don’t usually mention specific third-party apps! But this time it made sense.

Technical note, for the curious: OmniOutliner and OmniPlan use Core Animation layers, and the bug appears to have been related to very large numbers of layers. Now fixed!