How to Sign Up for OmniFocus Testing with iOS 13

by Brent Simmons on July 11, 2019

If you’re already running iOS 13, and would like to help us test OmniFocus for iOS — for compatibility and new features — visit Omni Test Signups and sign up. We’ll send you a TestFlight invitation once we have builds that are ready for public testing.

Then let us know how it’s going, either by emailing omnifocus@omnigroup.com or by posting on our Slack group. Thanks!

If you’re not already running iOS 13, please remember that it’s still in beta, and that means there are bugs. Please take this warning seriously — see Mac and iOS Public Betas and Omni Apps for more about this.

OmniFocus Subscriptions Can Now Be Purchased in Mac and iOS Apps and on Our Store

by Brent Simmons on July 10, 2019

With the release of OmniFocus 3.4 for Mac, you can now purchase an OmniFocus subscription from within OmniFocus for Mac as well as within OmniFocus for iOS and from our store.

Important note! You can still purchase separate licenses for OmniFocus for Mac and iOS — you don’t have to subscribe. Subscriptions are optional, and they’re not the best choice for everybody.

But, if you are considering a subscription, you should know that for $9.99/month, or $99.99/year, you can subscribe to OmniFocus Pro for Mac, OmniFocus Pro for iOS, and OmniFocus for the Web.

For more information about subscribing, read Subscribing to OmniFocus, which covers all the options.

If you have additional questions or need help, please contact support. Thanks!

New OmniFocus Feature: Dropped Actions

by Brent Simmons on July 3, 2019

OmniFocus 3.4 for Mac, OmniFocus 3.3 for iOS, and OmniFocus for the Web have all been updated with a new dropped actions feature that we’re pretty excited about.

Here’s the idea: sometimes you decide not to do a given task. You could delete it, or you could mark it as completed — but neither of those things are exactly right. What you really want to do is to drop it.

This way it’s recorded as dropped. It hasn’t just disappeared; it hasn’t been erroneously recorded as a thing you’ve done. Instead, you have a record of a path not taken, and that record could be helpful to you in the future.

How To Use It

On the Mac, you can mark an action as dropped by option-clicking in its status circle. Or you can choose the menu command Edit > Status > Dropped. Or click the Dropped button in the Inspector (it’s the circle with a line in the middle). Or right-click or ctrl-click on an item and choose Status > Dropped. Or type the option-space keyboard shortcut.

On iOS, you can use the Inspector or type option-space — and you can use 3D Touch or the swipe menu.

On the web, you can set the status to dropped via the Inspector.

The Special Case of Repeating Actions

Let’s say one of the first things you do every morning at work is to read your CEO’s latest tweets.

You’ve set up an action to repeat every week, Monday through Friday. But what do you do on the Monday of Memorial Day? It’s a holiday, and so you don’t even check Twitter. Do you mark it as completed, so that the task for tomorrow is scheduled?

Well, now you can mark it as dropped, which will schedule the next repeat of that action. This way you don’t have a record of doing a thing you didn’t really do.

Note that when you drop a repeating action, the app asks if you want to drop it forever — Drop Completely — or just drop it this one time: Skip This Occurrence.

Screenshot of a sheet showing options to Drop Completely or just Skip This Occurrence.

Note: Database Migration Is Needed

This is important: this feature requires some changes to OmniFocus’s database format, which means you’ll have to migrate your database. And this does mean you’ll need the latest versions of OmniFocus everywhere that you use it.

Once you’ve upgraded, you can migrate your database, and then you’ll have this cool and useful new feature.

Other changes

Dropped actions is definitely not the only new feature or enhancement! Read the release notes for Mac and for iOS to get the full scoop.

And, as always, please contact support whenever you need help. We’re standing by.

Mac and iOS Public Betas and Omni Apps

by Brent Simmons on June 24, 2019

As Apple rolls out public betas for macOS and iOS, we want to remind people that those are, by definition, unfinished pieces of software, and that it’s entirely possible that you’ll run into bugs.

This is no criticism of Apple: the whole point of a public beta is to get help from the public with finding bugs.

But here’s the thing: some of those bugs might affect Omni apps. And apps from other developers too, of course. You could run into trouble getting your work done.

If you do want to run the public betas, the best way is to run them on a device other than your main device. Or, if on a Mac, you could install the beta in a separate partition.

In other words, running a public beta is great because you can help Apple find and fix bugs, which benefits everybody. But just remember that, as betas, they’re not deemed ready yet for day-to-day use.

Worth noting: we release public betas too — see our Omni Test Signups page. When we fix a compatibility issue with a macOS or iOS public beta, that fix will usually show up in one of our test builds first.