The Omni Show: How John Gruber Uses OmniOutliner

by Brent Simmons on December 11, 2019

In the latest episode, we talk with John Gruber, blogger at Daring Fireball and host of The Talk Show, about how he uses OmniOutliner.

He uses it for project management — for accomplishing a recent server move, for instance. He has a very-long-running outline called “Hacks” where he stores bits of scripts and command-line incantations.

Along the way we also end up talking about Think C, Filemaker, Silo, and interviewing Hair Force One. :)


Happy Thanksgiving!

by Brent Simmons on November 27, 2019

To everyone celebrating the US Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, we wish you the very best day. We’ll be celebrating too!

In the past few months, we’ve shipped updates to our Mac and iOS apps, and now we’re all looking forward to a long weekend with friends and family — and delicious food.

As always, we’re thankful for you. Last year, we wrote, “Because of you, we can do what we love — which is to make apps that help people get their work done, whatever it is, and hopefully have some fun while they do it.”

That was true then and it’s true now. So we’re going to take a few days off — and then re-open the office on Monday, ready to go!

iOS 13 Features: Check!

by Brent Simmons on November 22, 2019

All of our apps are now available with support for iOS 13 features! We’re excited about this — and we bet you are — because iOS 13 adds a bunch of new features that will help you be more productive.

See New in Omni Apps in iOS 13 for an overview of what’s new — plus videos that really show off some of the new features such as Dark Mode and multiple windows.

OmniFocus with iOS 13 Features Now Available

by Brent Simmons on November 21, 2019

OmniFocus 3.4 adopts new productivity features in iOS 13 — features that will help make you more powerful, so you can accomplish more every day.

Some highlights:

Native Dark Mode: when you switch the system to Dark Mode, OmniFocus will appear in Dark Mode. It looks cool, yes — but, most importantly, this makes the app more accessible for many people. (It can help with eye strain, too.)

Multiple windows: on iPad you can open more than one window at a time. When you need to make similar changes in more than one place, you can do so without having to flip back and forth between perspectives. When you need to refer to one perspective while working in another, you can have both visible at once.

Context Menus: you can quickly perform common actions via 3D Touch or a touch-and-hold gesture. This can help save on taps, and it helps with discovery — you can see at a glance what commands apply to an item.

Shortcuts with parameters: in iOS 13, shortcuts can take input, and data can pass from shortcut to shortcut. Among the new OmniFocus shortcuts is Find Items, which runs an advanced search on your items with filters based on status, project, tags, date, and more. You could use this to create a weekly report, for instance, or to send a list of items to someone on your team. (We’ll have more to say on new OmniFocus shortcuts in an upcoming blog post.)

There are a number of other changes, too, which will help you be more productive. Read the change notes for details!

PS Here’s a screenshot showing OmniFocus running in Dark Mode, on an iPad, with two windows open:

Screenshot showing OmniFocus running on an iPad, in Dark Mode, with one window showing Inbox and a second window showing Forecast.