OmniFocus screenshot and feature overview

by Linda Sharps on April 20, 2007

The last time I posted about OmniFocus, I mentioned we were thinking about potential early betas and the like—ways to share what we've built so far, without hosing your data or giving you a terrible first impression of our newest app.

Some of us feel pretty strongly that it's time for you to have more information about OmniFocus, so you have a clearer picture of its features. We want you to be able to make informed decisions about whether OmniFocus has some of the capabilities you're looking for, because none of us want you to wait in limbo for our software when another solution may potentially fit your needs right now.

There are other productivity systems out there, and while I would surely lose my Marketing Weasel badge if I encouraged you to evaluate them, I definitely don't want you to avoid doing so out of inaccurate expectations about OmniFocus—expectations we may have unwittingly helped create by talking openly about OmniFocus's development process over these last months.

Today's blog post is meant to show you what OmniFocus looks like and tell you in general terms how it works. We are really hoping to have a beta (possibly a non-feature-complete version) available soon, but until then, here is a screenshot for your viewing pleasure:

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(Click for embiggened, annotated version)

Before I say ANYTHING ELSE, I have to explain that this is a work in progress, and what you see is not necessarily going to be in the final product. Omni's engineers, who are known for their perfectionist attention to UI, are absolutely horrified that this is being shown to the public, I can only imagine that it's similar to how I would feel if a bunch of people suddenly dropped by my house without warning. I'd be running around fluttering my hands and making panicked apologies for all the dog hair, and the clutter, and the—what is that, a banana peel? Oh my god—so let me re-emphasize a very important caveat on their behalf: this is a work in progress.

Some things that will change:

• You'll be able to add columns to the outline for due and start dates

• More styles will be added, to indicate things like completed/on-hold projects

• The Under Construction style bars at the top will be a preference, but included in the default view. (Just kidding.)

Now for the functionality! OmniFocus's main features include:

  • Quick entry panel, accessible via keyboard shortcut from any application
  • Import for kGTD documents
  • Focus feature for opening a specific folder or project in its own window
  • Project or context work views, both with extensive filtering and sorting options
  • iCal synchronization (enabling you to get to Palm and other devices)
  • Printing support that will include printing to index cards
  • Project outlines include hierarchical tasks and task groups
  • Pop-up calendars for assigning start, due and completion dates
  • Project and task filtering by project state, dates, next actions, available actions and more
  • Rich text support for project and task notes
  • Ability to attach files to any task or project

That's not a comprehensive list, but it covers the big stuff.

We should also tell you a few things we aren't doing in this 1.0 release:

  • Automatic synchronization between computers
  • Complex (non-sequential) dependencies
  • Web interface
  • Integration with OmniPlan (part of our long-term road map includes integration with OmniPlan, we just want to get the basics right first)

I know this post doesn't answer the important question of how you'll feel while using OmniFocus—will it integrate with your workflow? will it stay out of your way until you need it, then provide you with the right features in an intuitive way? (we hope so)—but hopefully this information is useful for you. Although posting an early screenshot isn't an ideal way to communicate a product's scope, it seemed important to share what we could at this point.

As for the question of beta timing, basically we are trying to come to some decisions internally about how much beta-ness we can expect you to put up with. There's still a lot of work to be done before OmniFocus is feature-complete, unfortunately, and limited resources to do it. Once again, I encourage you to sign up for the beta mailing list, so you hear from us as soon as we have news.

We're all truly grateful for the feedback and encouragement from everyone who has been following our work on OmniFocus. Thank you so much for your interest, and your patience.

OmniPlan 1.1

by Molly Reed on April 18, 2007

OmniPlan 1.1 is here! There are several enhancements in this release including improved import/export, leveling, printing and stability. We have also added some useful AppleScripts and improved some of the interface. Since we have made so many stability improvements, we do encourage all OmniPlan users to upgrade to the latest release version. You can view a complete list of changes in the OmniPlan 1.1 release notes.

This is a free update for folks who already own an OmniPlan 1 license. If you don't have a license yet, you can purchase one from our online store.

We are continuing to work on OmniPlan, so keep your comments and suggestions coming! You can contact us directly by way of our support page or by using the Send Feedback command in OmniPlan's Help menu.

Download OmniPlan 1.1 now!

OmniPlan RC6: OmniPlan Lives

by James on April 11, 2007

No really, this should be the last RC. RC5 would have have been the last but a particularly nasty bug involving dependency loop checking was discovered (also some kid dug up its corpse which was then coincidentally struck by lightning - too weird). Hopefully this will be the last RC to haunt your computer and Camp Crystal Lake will finally be at peace.

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Please 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, steals the remote control, 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 command in OmniPlan’s Help menu.

Download now!

OmniPlan 1.1 RC5

by Molly Reed on April 5, 2007

The engineers around here are so speedy that we already have a new OmniPlan 1.1 release candidate posted! This release fixes a crasher and we hope that it will be our final release candidate.

Please 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, steals the remote control, 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 command in OmniPlan’s Help menu.

Download now!

OmniGraffle 4.2 beta 3 is now available

by Joel on April 5, 2007

New name, same as the old name.

So, enough folks gave feedback about appending the major version number in the Finder name, plus we felt we could do better, so this particular version sports just plain old OmniGraffle and OmniGraffle Professional.

However, you may notice that when dragging version 4.2 beta 3 to your Applications folder that it does not replace the existing version that may have the same name. Instead, it lives alongside the older version in strange harmony like some uncomfortable doppelganger.

How can this be? I'll let the gentle reader guess, unless they want to cheat and go look at the release notes.

Please note that this will require manually getting rid of your old versions of OmniGraffle, but on the other hand it means that licensed users of Graffle 3 or Graffle 2 won't accidentally replace their old version with one that requires an upgrade fee.

Other goodies in this release are a spanky new disk image background with an alias to the Applications folder, and more importantly a fix to a crash when saving files with placed images that was plaguing the current pool of beta testers.

So, go, download, enjoy!