OmniOutliner for iOS now available on iPhone and iPad

by Ken Case on March 19, 2015

In January, I announced that we would be providing free updates to our iPad apps to make them into universal iOS apps, designed to feel at home on both iPad and iPhone. We shipped OmniGraffle for iOS two weeks ago,OmniPlan for iOS last week, and this week we’re shipping the third!

Screenshot of OmniOutliner for iOS running on an iPhone 6+

OmniOutliner 2.3 ships today (March 19, 2015) and is a universal app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch! We’ve worked hard to bring OmniOutliner’s design and features to all of your devices running iOS 8.1 or later.

To get OmniOutliner for iOS, please visit the App Store. You can learn more about OmniOutliner by browsing our website, or by downloading our free, comprehensive user manual. You can also watch 30-second preview videos of OmniOutliner running on different iOS devices over on our vimeo page.

This particular app release has been long-anticipated: we’ve been wanting to bring OmniOutliner to iPhone for years. After all, our customers—you!—started requesting it the day the App Store opened in 2008, and when we shipped OmniOutliner for iPad in 2011 it sold 10,000 copies in the first three weeks! But for OmniOutliner to be really useful on an iPhone, we felt it was important to start by getting a solid syncing solution in place (which shipped in Q2, 2013). And then to modernize the iPad app for iOS 7 (Q3, 2013) and finally to ship OmniOutliner 4 for Mac (Q1, 2014). All of that work added up to a much longer delay than we wanted—but all of that work is now done, and we’re very pleased to (finally!) be shipping OmniOutliner for all iOS devices.

I personally use OmniOutliner for so many different things that I struggled over what to use as the screenshot, so finally (as you can see) I settled on showing a sampling of all its built-in templates. But I’m sure OmniOutliner is new to some of you, so perhaps I should back up and answer a basic question: What is OmniOutliner?

OmniOutliner is a tool for writing structured text. OmniOutliner stands apart from many other editors with its rich outlining capabilities, flexible column types, and support for embedded attachments (images, sound, or any other reference material). Our customers use OmniOutliner to write screenplays, budgets, inventories, books, class notes, legal briefs and contracts, syllabuses, and speeches. (In pop culture, Veronica Mars even used it to track a suspect’s browser history.) OmniOutliner is also flexible enough that many of our customers used it to manage their own task lists (with scripts like Kinkless GTD) before OmniFocus came along.

For those who have already been using OmniOutliner on iPad, here are a few highlights from the release notes:

  • Free Scrolling Outline — The outline view now freely scrolls, so the outline column can be scrolled off the screen.
  • Images — Image attachments will automatically scale down to fit the width of the column.
  • Updated Layout — The layout of the interface has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens as well as larger iPad screens. As a result, some controls have moved to new homes and some adapt themselves depending on your screen size and orientation. We hope we’ve done this in a way that makes the app even easier to use efficiently, but if you have any comments about any of the changes please don’t hesitate to email us!

That’s three universal apps down, one final app to go. Next up: OmniFocus for iOS!1


  1. OmniFocus is already available on iPad and iPhone, of course—but we’re building a free update to the iPad app which will make it into a universal app which runs on both iPad and iPhone. Current owners of the iPhone-only app who wish to upgrade to this universal app will receive a 50% discount. 

OmniPlan for iOS now available on iPhone and iPad

by Ken Case on March 18, 2015

In January, I announced that we would be providing free updates to our iPad apps to make them into universal iOS apps, designed to feel at home on both iPad and iPhone. We shipped the first of these universal apps two weeks ago, and last week we shipped the second!

Screenshot of OmniPlan for iOS running on an iPhone 6+

OmniPlan 2.1 shipped on March 12, 2015, and is now a universal app which runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices! With the Pro upgrade, OmniPlan can now import Microsoft Project (.mpp) documents created by Microsoft Project 2013 (in addition to 2003, 2007, and 2010)–and for the first time on iOS, OmniPlan Pro can also export documents to Microsoft Project (2013 only).

To get OmniPlan for iOS, please visit the App Store. You can learn more about OmniPlan by browsing our website, or by downloading our free, comprehensive user manual. You can also watch 30-second preview videos of OmniPlan running on different iOS devices over on our vimeo page.

For those who have already been using OmniOutliner on iPad, here are some highlights from the release notes:

  • MS Project 2013 Compatibility (Pro) — The In-App Purchase feature for MS Project Support (OmniPlan Pro) has been updated with import and export support for MS Project 2013 (.mpp) files.
  • Touch Gesture Granularity — Dragging a task bar’s duration will now move in more sane and manageable increments, based on the gantt chart’s current time scale.
  • Gantt Chart Performance — Horizontal pinch-to-scale is much smoother now.
  • Updated Layout — The layout of the interface has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens as well as larger iPad screens. As a result, some controls have moved to new homes and some adapt themselves depending on your screen size and orientation. We hope we’ve done this in a way that makes the app even easier to use efficiently, but if you have any comments about any of the changes please don’t hesitate to email us!

OmniPlan is having a great first week on the iPhone, and we’re incredibly honored to be currently featured on the App Store as one of the iPhone’s best new apps (both on the home screen and in the Business section):

Screenshot of the App Store featuring the OmniPlan 2.1 release

As I mentioned in my earlier blog post about OmniGraffle for iOS, we’re really appreciating being able to test our apps with hundreds of customers now that TestFlight is available! Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help test our apps!

That’s two universal apps down, two to go. Tomorrow’s release: OmniOutliner!

OmniGraffle for iOS now available on iPhone and iPad

by Ken Case on March 18, 2015

In January, I announced that we would be providing free updates to our iPad apps to make them into universal iOS apps, designed to feel at home on both iPad and iPhone. The first of these universal apps is now available!

Screenshot of OmniGraffle for iOS running on an iPhone 6+

OmniGraffle 2.1 shipped on March 5, 2015, and is available on any device which runs iOS 8.1 or later. To meet the needs of our worldwide customers, it’s now available not only in English, but also in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. This free update also adds support for the new Fill Effects and Filters which we recently introduced in OmniGraffle 6.1 for Mac, and fixes a number of bugs and other issues.

To get OmniGraffle for iOS, please visit the App Store. You can learn more about OmniGraffle by browsing our website, or by downloading our free, comprehensive user manual. You can also watch 30-second preview videos of OmniGraffle running on different iOS devices over on our vimeo page.

For those who have already been using OmniGraffle on iPad, here are some highlights from the release notes:

  • Fill Effects (Pro) — Fill Blend and Filter effects are now available, making it possible to blur, pixelate, and magnify content behind a shape. (These effects are also available in OmniGraffle Pro for Mac, starting with v6.1.)
  • Editing Points — We’ve added a mode for editing the points of the current shape which you can access by selecting a shape or line, then tapping the new double-bordered diamond icon in the bottom toolbar. This mode makes it much easier to drag existing points, add points, and remove points.
  • Updated Layout — The layout of the interface has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens as well as larger iPad screens. As a result, some controls have moved to new homes and some adapt themselves depending on your screen size and orientation. We hope we’ve done this in a way that makes the app even easier to use efficiently, but if you have any comments about any of the changes please don’t hesitate to email us!

OmniGraffle for iOS has been very well received so far, and we’re incredibly honored to have been featured by the App Store as one of the iPhone’s best new apps (both on the home screen and in the Productivity section):

Screenshot of the App Store featuring the OmniGraffle 2.1 release

This is the first major iOS app we’ve shipped since TestFlight launched, and it was really great to be able to test this app with hundreds of customers. This let us smooth out the rough edges before we shipped, rather than having to scramble to fix issues afterwards. Our thanks to Apple for TestFlight, and our thanks to all of you who volunteered to help test our apps!

That’s one universal app down, three to go. Next up: OmniPlan!

OmniFocus 2.1 update now available for OS X Yosemite

by Ken Case on March 18, 2015

On February 19, 2015, we shipped OmniFocus 2.1—the first of several planned OmniFocus releases in 2015. It features a new look and new features for OS X Yosemite, as well as a few bug fixes. The file format and syncing remain compatible with all previous versions of OmniFocus, on Mac and iOS. Because of the changes to support Yosemite, OmniFocus 2.1 now requires OS X v10.10 or higher.

Screenshot of OmniFocus 2.1 with a vibrant sidebar, new toolbar icons, and a Today extension

As I noted in January, we’re still planning on adding features to OmniFocus that will make it sync more responsively, to be easier to scan visually, and to be more efficient to use. This release is an important first step on that path!

Some of the new features in this release:

  • Vibrant Interface — We adjusted the OmniFocus interface to better match OS X Yosemite. That included making new toolbar icons, adjusting the appearance of some other elements, and incorporating vibrancy where appropriate.
  • Extensions — OmniFocus for Mac now has Today and Share extensions, just like on iOS. To enable the Today extension, click Edit at the bottom of Notification Center.
  • Sharing — In addition to accepting content from other apps, the text of actions can be shared from OmniFocus using the share button in the toolbar.
  • Tear-off View Options Popover — When the View Options popover is open, it can be dragged away from the window and exist on its own.

In addition to adding info on these and the other new features in this release, the Help menu content has been completely reformatted to be easier to use and should also look better on Retina screens. For the full details on this and the other features, changes, and fixes, check out the Release Notes. As always, this update is available for direct download from Omni as well as on the Mac App Store.

(On March 16 we released OmniFocus 2.1.1, with several crash fixes which didn’t make it into February’s release of OmniFocus 2.1.)

P.S. — All our apps are getting vibrant interfaces in Yosemite (first OmniGraffle 6.1, now OmniFocus 2.1, next OmniOutliner), but if prefer your interfaces to be fully opaque you can turn off that transparency system-wide: open System Preferences, and look for the “Reduce transparency” switch in Accessibility preferences (under Display).

Omni Productivity Pack coming to iPhone in Q1, 2015

by Ken Case on January 8, 2015

Diagramming. Project planning. Outlining. Task management. For several years, the Omni Group’s highly-acclaimed suite of productivity apps has been helping people put their iPads to work—and we’re very pleased to announce that we’re bringing the entire suite to iPhone.

All of Omni’s currently shipping iPad apps will be updated to be Universal apps, designed to feel at home on both iPad and iPhone. If you already own any of our current iPad apps, you will soon be able to use them on your iPhone at no additional cost.

What about OmniFocus for iPhone?

Since all of the apps in the Omni Productivity Pack will run on both iPad and iPhone, there will no longer be any need to purchase a separate app just to run OmniFocus on iPhone. The price for the new Universal app will be just $39.99 (a savings of $9.99 compared to the current two-app pricing for customers using OmniFocus on both devices)—and it will be a free upgrade for anyone currently using OmniFocus 2 for iPad.

Customers who want to upgrade from the iPhone app to the Universal one can simply pay the difference in the prices by taking advantage of a $20 Complete My Bundle option we’ll make available. Of course, we’ll continue to update OmniFocus 2 for iPhone, but Pro features such as custom perspectives will only be available in the Universal app.

We really appreciate the early support from those of you who have already purchased OmniFocus 2 for both iPhone and iPad. To show that appreciation in a concrete way, we will be offering a $10 USD* rebate once the Universal app has shipped so that you won’t have paid any more for the two apps than someone who buys the Universal app.

  • Payable in USD via check or Paypal, from a US bank.