OmniFocus public beta/introductory pricing

by Linda Sharps on November 16, 2007

BIG NEWS OVER HERE PEOPLE. After over 500 sneaky peek releases, which so many of you have been kind enough to give us feedback on, we are finally drawing the OmniFocus early release cycle to a close, with a bright and shiny final release date in mind: January 8, 2008.

As Ken wrote in his message to the OmniFocus mailing list, “We could probably go on indefinitely in this state: you continue to give us lots of great ideas for ways in which we could improve the software further, and it's hard to resist implementing a good idea when we hear it.”

For REAL. This whole process has taken a lot longer than we had initially guessed, partially because of all the amazing feedback we received along the way. Oh, the spirited conversations that OmniFocus has sparked as we've tweaked the way the application works, and that's just here in the office. I won't get into details, but take it from me: you do not want to use the term “bucket” around here for a while—lest you trigger a frothy-mouthed debate, liberal use of the Caps Lock key, and eventual frantic emailing back-and-forth of walrus images.

Anyway, we've decided not only to commit to a final ship date, but also offer you a special deal. From today until January 8, you can pre-purchase OmniFocus at its introductory rate of $39.95. Once the final version ships, OmniFocus will sell for $79.95—so buy now, and save 50%.

But Omni, you might be thinking. What will I actually get if I buy it now? This sounds like one of those BS marketing schemes where if I buy in the next hour I'll also get a set of steak knives.

Ha ha! Come on, you know us better than that! We would never give you steak knives, because then you might use them to stab us.

If you buy now, you'll get a license that will work in the final version of the software. We'll send you an email when the final version ships, so you'll know exactly when it becomes available.

In the meantime, you can continue to use the beta version, which we're opening up to the general public today. While the betas will still be expiring (so you're encouraged to download more recent versions and not be stuck with bugs we may have fixed), you can easily set your OmniFocus preferences to automatically grab the most recent builds.

Also, if you are an OmniOutliner Professional license owner, you get an additional 25% discount on top of the current introductory pricing. Quantity discounts, educational, and family pricing are all available on our online store.

Thank you for helping us make OmniFocus such a great piece of software, and thank you for your patience during our development cycle.

And now, the relevant links:

OmniGraffle 4.2.2 beta 2 is now available

by Joel on November 8, 2007

Well, we finished up the remaining compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.5, most importantly the bug where exporting to PDF could lead to creating a folder that the Finder thought was a Graffle file, and possibly overwriting the originating document.

Other notable fixes include the return of folder import and those folks using Subversion should have an easier time with Graffle documents saved out as file packages.

Full release notes and the beta download can be found at the OmniGraffle beta page.

OmniPlan 1.5 Beta 2 Released!

by Skwirl on November 7, 2007

OmniPlan 1.5 beta 2 is now available and is a free update for existing OmniPlan 1.x owners. This version includes a lot of bug fixes and enhancements, including a fix for an issue where OmniPlan would crash on launch for users who were in non-DST (Daylight Saving Time) time-zones. We'd like to thank all of you for sending in your crash reports and for being so patient with us as we worked on a solution. Now that the non-DST bug has been fixed, you too can check out all the latest features we've added to OmniPlan 1.5!

To learn more about the changes in 1.5 Beta 2, please see the release notes for more details! Also, keep in mind that this release is still under development. Your feedback will help us improve the software, and we apologize if it crashes, corrupts your files, or otherwise misbehaves. A more stable release is also available. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments. You can contact us directly via our support page or by using the Send Feedback feature in your copy of OmniPlan.

For current 1.5 Beta 1 users, you can use our nifty new software updater to download and install the new beta. For everyone else, go here to download the beta!