The Omni Show: How Sal Soghoian Uses Omni Automation

by andrewjmason on December 7, 2020



Today on The Omni Show, we talk with Sal Soghoian. Sal joined Apple Inc. in January 1997 to serve as the Product Manager Automation Technologies Worldwide. For two decades, those technologies included AppleScript, Automator, Services, the Terminal, and Apple Configurator, among others. His journey then led him to join forces with the Omni Group to work on the ambitious Omni Automation framework implemented throughout the entire product suite.

In this episode, Sal shares equal parts inspiration and education: He gives details of his journey that led him from Apple to the Omni Group. He reasons through the power and potential of automation. He also shares about why the cross-platform automation that the Omni Group has recently implemented is SUCH a big deal.

To learn more about how Sal uses the Omni Group’s software to unlock the power of automation—tune in to The Omni Show.

Find tools as powerful as you when you download Omni Software for Mac and iOS—and if you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com. Our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help.

OmniFocus 3.11 for Mac Adds Widgets to Big Sur

by David Lonning on December 2, 2020

Following the recent release of OmniFocus 3.10 for Mac as a Universal app for M1 and macOS Big Sur, we’re happy to announce that OmniFocus 3.11 for Mac is now available.


This update brings Forecast and Perspective widgets—quickly becoming a popular feature in OmniFocus for iOS—to the Mac for the first time.

In macOS Big Sur, widgets appear in the updated Notification Center on the right side of the screen. Click Edit Widgets beneath any existing ones to add the new OmniFocus widgets. As with OmniFocus for iOS, these include:

  • A Forecast widget with a calendar view for today and the days ahead

  • A Perspective Items widget with a list of upcoming items in a perspective of your choice

Both of these are available in small, medium, and large widget sizes, and can have their font size customized to suit your needs.

Widgets on macOS Big Sur are just the latest in a line of OmniFocus features—from Quick Entry to Omni Automation—developed specifically to empower your work on Mac. We can’t wait to hear how this update is helping you accomplish more every day.

OmniFocus 3.11 for Mac is available as a free upgrade for all OmniFocus subscribers and all owners of OmniFocus 3 for Mac. Try it for free by downloading OmniFocus 3 for Mac from the Omni website or the Mac App Store.

Ken Case on Apple’s M1 and the future of the Mac

by Omni on November 27, 2020

Ken (our co-founder and CEO) was invited on The Changelog podcast in the wake of Apple’s “One More Thing” event to share his early experience with M1-powered Macs and what this means for the future of the Omni Group on the Mac platform.

Ken and The Changelog guys discussed:

  • The Omni Group’s many platform transitions over the years
  • What it took to get our apps ready for Big Sur and the M1
  • How Apple can optimize their chips in ways Intel won’t
  • Ken’s early benchmarks of building our apps with the M1
  • And much more 😉

On that last point, Ken had this to say:

So what I’m finding – one of our apps takes about ten minutes to build on an Intel MacBook Pro; the latest one that you could get, maxed out with 32 GB of RAM, and so on. And when I pulled the M1 Air and I tried doing the same build, it took five minutes and fifty seconds.

You can listen to the entire episode (which includes a great interview with Apple’s Tim Triemstra as well) right here:

The Changelog 421: The future of Mac – Listen on Changelog.com

Or, if you’d prefer reading to listening, there is a great transcript of the episode right here.

The Omni Show: How Podcaster and Blogger David Sparks Uses OmniFocus

by Omni on November 23, 2020



In this episode of The Omni Show, Andrew welcomes David Sparks, a podcaster, blogger, and automation enthusiast. David’s wonderfully “no-nonsense” approach to thoughtfully handling his varied responsibilities is the key to him continuously serving his community and fanbase.

In the podcast, David shares how OmniFocus is his system of choice for exploring how new routines, automations, and tactics can improve anyone’s life. Utilizing OmniFocus, David is able to template and systematize his responsibilities with ease. David and Andrew consider the impact of habit apps, automation, contextual computing, and other factors that affect our productivity level.

To learn more about how David uses OmniFocus to stay productive—from his business law practice to his multiple podcast shows—tune in to The Omni Show.

Achieve more of your goals when you download OmniFocus for Mac—and if you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com. Our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help.

All About Inspectors in OmniPlan 4

by Omni on November 18, 2020

OmniPlan 4 is home to a variety of reimagined and redesigned inspectors (the panes on the right side of the main window that contain information and controls related to what you’ve selected) to help you find the things you need, and take control of those things once you’ve found them. Here’s your guide to the most-used controls available now.

Project Inspector

Kick off a new project’s structure and chronological flow with the Project inspector. This inspector contains all the tools you need to edit information related to the project as a whole—from title to file type and everything in between. With the Project inspector, you can set how the project is scheduled (including start and end dates), how your project displays units of time and currency, the number of hours in a work week, and more.

Milestones Inspector

Follow the critical path and track the time between project milestones with the Milestones inspector. This inspector allows you to set a slack limit for the project’s critical paths, monitor critical paths to individual milestones, and choose the color you prefer to highlight critical paths (so that your projects are on-schedule and color-coordinated).

Task Inspector

Fine-tune the details of individual tasks in your project using the Task inspector. Here you can see which resources are assigned to each task, adjust resource contributions, and add or remove existing resources from a given task. If you’re getting really detailed, you can also customize attributes—scheduling, descriptive details, dependencies, and more—for selected tasks with this inspector.

OmniPlan 4 introduces support for scheduling tasks manually. If there’s a piece of work that must happen on a certain day and time, setting it up in the Scheduling section is a breeze.

Resource Inspector

Assign and keep track of the work done by personnel and other project resources using the Resource inspector. Here you’ll add and edit important details about staff members, equipment, and raw materials used to complete a project. Stay on top of every resource’s workload and how their tasks intersect with the Assignments section. (Pro tip: The Resource inspector is most useful when you’re using OmniPlan in Resource View, so switch over to get the full power at your fingertips.)

Styles Inspector

Set up the visual appearance of your project with the redesigned Styles inspector, a streamlined replacement for OmniPlan 3’s Styles View that provides easier access to advanced styling options all in one place. With the Styles inspector you can edit every visual aspect of the project document, from the outline and Gantt chart to the appearance of individually selected tasks. Select your preferred font and customize item color, row color, and more (and if there’s a collection of style attributes you come back to often, you can save them for next time with Named Styles).

Custom Data Inspector

Add custom “extras” to your project with the Custom Data inspector, now in one convenient location with OmniPlan 4. Depending on the selection you make, you can add information to your project as a whole or update individual tasks and resources with notes, custom key/value data, and linked file attachments.

Lost in a world of inspectors? If you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com—our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help.