The Omni Show: New Features in OmniFocus 3 for Mac

by Brent Simmons on August 22, 2018

In this special episode of The Omni Show, Ken Case, CEO of The Omni Group, and Dave Messent, OmniFocus Product Manager, join us to talk about the new features coming to OmniFocus 3 for Mac this September. Highlights include tags, fancy repeating tasks, interleaved Forecast, the Forecast tag, and enhanced custom perspectives.

We’re super-eager to ship — and we’re getting pretty excited about it. September is coming soon!

The Omni Show: The Tikinauts

by Brent Simmons on August 8, 2018

The latest episode of The Omni Show is a special featuring some of the tiki fans at Omni.

In case you don’t know what tiki is: think of bamboo bars with fancy, sunny drinks and stylized faux-Polynesian décor.

It’s a delightfully nerdy enthusiasm — there’s a decades-long culture of rum drinks and vibe, with ongoing invention, with history lost and found. A whole world to learn.

And it includes a big splash of DIY. Mark Boszko — our intrepid producer and one of the guests on this episode — built a tiki bar in his basement.

And, yes, darn right it has a volcano. :)

On Operating System Updates and Omni Apps

by Brent Simmons on July 31, 2018

We do our best to make sure our apps will continue to work normally after you upgrade your operating system. OmniGraffle 5, for instance, worked across ten years of macOS upgrades.

But we can’t guarantee this, because we can’t know what incompatible changes will come in the future.

There are two important things to know:

If you don’t upgrade your operating system, then the versions of the apps you currently have will continue to work.

If you do upgrade your operating system, you should expect to update your Omni apps to their latest versions. Often this won’t be a paid upgrade — but if we released a major new version between the OS release you were running and the new one, then it might be.

As part of our development and testing work, we run beta versions of upcoming operating systems, and when we see something break in one of our older apps, we often file a bug with Apple. (It’s not always straightforward enough.)

We also create a page on our support site that lists the versions of the apps that have been updated for the latest operating system, and it lists known compatibility issues with older apps.

At this writing we haven’t done pages for iOS 12 and Mojave, since they’re still in beta and things could change between now and when they ship. But you can see, for instance, our page for High Sierra.

(And: for businesses we offer a maintenance contract, which provides updates of our apps year-after-year. If that interests you, please contact

Sign Up to Help Test OmniFocus for the Web

by Brent Simmons on July 31, 2018

OmniFocus for the Web is getting close to testing — and you can sign up to help! Log in to your Omni Sync account, and then scroll down to the “OmniFocus for the Web Test” section to join the testing group.

Look for the testing icon:

Traffic cone with overlaid checkmark

Once it’s ready, we’ll notify you and let you know how to get started.

A few important notes:

  • It’s a web app that runs in your browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) — it’s not an app that you download
  • It’s a companion to OmniFocus 3 for iOS or Mac — it’s not a standalone app
  • This early version requires that you have OmniFocus 3 for iOS
  • It’s designed for people who need OmniFocus access while on a Windows or Linux computer (at work, for instance)
  • It’s not currently designed for Android or any other devices with a touch interface

For more about OmniFocus for the Web, read the section at the end of the Omni Roadmap 2018 about it, or listen to the episode of The Omni Show with CEO Ken Case where he talks about the roadmap.

The Omni Show: Tami Snyder, Operations Assistant

by Brent Simmons on July 25, 2018

In the latest episode of The Omni Show we interview Tami Snyder, Operations Assistant. She’s the Voice of Omni (whose recorded voice you hear if you call in), and she might be the company’s lone extrovert.

Tami, when she’s not at work here helping to keep things running, is a birth doula, owner of a drive-up coffee stand north of Seattle, and the doyenne, Pacific Northwest edition, of boutique-style yard sales.

What actually are boutique-style yard sales? Tune in to find out!