OmniFocus timing (some guesswork required)

Some nice people from Macworld magazine came by last week to visit the Omni offices, including the formidable Mr. Jim Dalrymple, who challenged us with the same question I'm sure some of you would like the answer to.

Jim: “So when is this OmniFocus going to be released, anyway?”

Me: *chokes on a slurp of coffee, narrowly avoiding spraying the entire table Gallagher-style*

Jim: “Wow, you must really suck at poker.”

I like to think my near-asphyxiation was just coincidence, but then again, maybe I was a little overly excited to hear what our official answer would be. Every time I ask, I get one of the following Engineer Brushoffs:

“The bug graph is holding steady this week.”

“(Something incomprehensibly technical).”

“Look, something shiny!” (runs away)

And my favorite,

“It will be done when it's done.

(Do you feel my pain? DO YOU?)

I actually can't remember exactly what we told Jim (he was probably too busy snickering at my Coffee Inhalation of Doom, anyway), but here's our most recent best guess at a date for an OmniFocus beta: late April or early May.

It's been really difficult to make accurate estimates for this product's timeline, and I hope the April/May timeframe is on target. My apologies in advance if it's not, but I thought it would be better to give you what information we can, rather than none at all.

As a reminder, you can sign up to be on the beta tester list here, and we've posted some FAQs here.

Oh, and one last thing, here's a work-in-progress draft of the OmniFocus icon. What do you think?