Happy iOS 13 Day!

by Brent Simmons on September 18, 2019

Big day!

In our September 2019 roadmap update, we talk about the work we’ve been doing this summer to get our apps ready for iOS 13.

First we had to make sure our apps behaved well on iOS 13, before even adding any features.

And then Dark Mode has had us looking at every pixel our apps place onscreen, and the new iPadOS multiple window feature had us reworking the internal structures of our apps. We’ve also been adopting Apple’s standard iOS document browser, which is another big and important chunk of work.

We’ve created a status page where you can see where we are with each of our apps. We’ll update it as statuses change — and we’ll post to this blog (and Twitter and elsewhere) as we do releases.

Work continues!

OmniGraffle with iOS 13 Features Now in TestFlight

by Brent Simmons on September 11, 2019

If you’re running a beta of iOS 13, and would help us out with testing OmniGraffle, we’d appreciate it! You can sign up to get OmniGraffle via TestFlight.

The biggest change is that OmniGraffle now uses the standard iOS document browser, which we’re adopting for our document-based apps. (This includes OmniOutliner and OmniPlan, already in TestFlight.)

This means you’ll be able to sync your documents using iCloud Drive or with third-party services such as Box — or host your own content via Git or WebDAV with apps such as Working Copy. If you‘re already syncing using OmniPresence, you can continue to use that as well.

Other iOS 13 features added in this TestFlight include:

  • Dark Mode: when the system is set to Dark Mode, OmniGraffle’s interface will appear dark (but it won’t touch your document colors)
  • Multiple windows (multitasking): work simultaneously on different documents using multiple spaces on iPadOS.
  • Context Menus: perform common actions quickly, via 3D Touch or a touch-and-hold gesture

Remember to always take care before installing beta software, particularly beta iOS (and macOS) releases. But if you do decide to help us test, please let us know how it goes: email omnigraffle@omnigroup.com or let us know on the #omnigraffle channel on the Slack group. Thanks!

But, before you go — here’s a screenshot showing OmniGraffle in Dark Mode:

Screenshot showing OmniGraffle running in iOS 13 Dark Mode.

The Omni Show: Reid Callan, OmniFocus Engineer

by Brent Simmons on September 11, 2019

On the latest episode of The Omni Show, Reid Callan joins the show to talk about adopting iOS 13 features in OmniFocus, which has been a big focus of this summer.

Reid started at The Omni Group as an intern, went back to school, then returned as an employee after graduation. Reid has two pets: Scout, a golden retriever, and Keiko, a very cool cat — and, when he’s not writing software or taking Scout for a walk, he plays basketball. And Destiny.


Testers Wanted! OmniPlan and OmniOutliner with iOS 13 Features Now in TestFlight

by Brent Simmons on September 5, 2019

OmniPlan and OmniOutliner with new iOS 13 features are now available via TestFlight! We’d love to have your help testing them — you can sign up for OmniOutliner or sign up for OmniPlan (or both!). These builds require iOS 13.

Both apps now use Apple’s standard document browser, replacing our older home-grown document browser.

We wrote about this in our late-July blog post Adopting Apple’s Standard iOS Document Browser:

In 2019, we think it’s time to retire our custom document browser in favor of using Apple’s built-in document browser—and with our iOS 13 updates this fall we’ll be doing just that. Instead of seeing our custom file browser, you’ll be presented with the standard iOS document browser—just like in Apple’s own iWork apps. Using Apple’s browser, you’ll be able to store and sync your documents using Apple’s built-in iCloud Drive, or third-party commercial options like Box—or even in cloud- or self-hosted collaborative git repositories using Working Copy.

There are a number of other iOS 13 features now supported:

  • Multiple windows (multitasking): you can now work simultaneously on projects (OmniPlan) or outlines (OmniOutliner) in multiple spaces on iPadOS.
  • Dark Mode: now used when the system’s appearance is set to dark
  • Context Menus: you can perform common actions quickly, via 3D Touch or a touch-and-hold gesture (OmniPlan only)

Here‘s a “Show All Windows” screenshot showing window groupings, Dark Mode, and the new document browser.

Screenshot showing several window groupings, running in Dark Mode.

Having support for these important features in testing gets us a long way toward delivering on our WWDC 2019 summer plans, and we very much appreciate your help by signing up for TestFlight builds.

But we should remind you that these apps are test builds running in iOS 13 — which is also a test build — and you may run into bugs nobody could anticipate. So please do use your judgment when deciding to install unfinished software. Thanks!

Also note: you can sign up to help test OmniFocus and OmniGraffle for iOS, but we don’t have test builds ready just yet.