Ken Case Joins 58keys to Talk About OmniOutliner

by Omni on December 22, 2020

Ken Case (our CEO) was invited onto the 58Keys podcast to discuss how he uses OmniOutliner for writing with William Gallagher, a bona fide writer’s writer, and Deputy Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

About recording the podcast, Mr. Gallagher said, “I think Ken is so interesting in the interview. He is a joyous treat.” He further explained that OmniOutliner is “the outlining app for writers whether they like outlining or not. OmniOutliner is an ideas manager, a way to massage the mess in our writing minds out into a message, whether that’s a novel, script or an event. Ken explains what the app brings for writers, reveals why the Omni Group created it, and gives just a little hint about where it’s going next.”

And here’s what Mr. Gallagher wrote about the podcast in advance of it:

Speaking of software, Ken Case from the Omni Group agreed to talk about his firm’s major writing app, OmniOutliner. Today is the first day in months I haven’t opened OmniOutliner, but only because it’s early. I know for certain that later today I will be planning out two complicated articles in it, for instance.

Actually, that might be the moment in next week’s more than two hours of interviews that tickled me the most. Ken confessed that he’d prepared for the interview by making some notes in OmniOutliner –– and I had to confess right back that so had I. We both had this app on our screens throughout. Love that software.

You can watch the entire episode right here:

And you can try OmniOutliner for 14-days or learn more about OmniOutliner here.

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.

The Omni Show: How Dr. Luc P. Beaudoin Creates “Cognitive Productivity” Software

by Omni on November 10, 2020



This week, Andrew welcomes Luc P. Beaudoin, Ph.D., creator of the Hook app for macOS and author of “Cognitive Productivity.” Luc led the development of cognitive productivity software at Simon Fraser University, where he’s an adjunct professor of cognitive science and education.

Luc’s work, intertwined with his interest in project management and visual communication tools, led him to OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle, which he uses to build intuitive software based on his cognitive research. The study of cognitive science has influenced every facet of Luc’s life, especially when it comes to creating human-centric software that helps people become more productive individuals. For him, the goal of cognitive productivity software should be to enable people to develop applicable skills that make them better people, not just to (in his words), “memorize stuff.” His desire to help people spend less time searching for notes, images, and other information to stay in the zone during the creative process inspired him build Hook, an app that enables users to instantly “hook” relevant links to another resource that can be easily recalled when needed on Mac, the web, or in the cloud.

To learn more about Luc’s ongoing Hook projects and how he’s integrated OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, and OmniOutliner into every aspect of his work—and how you can obtain a discounted version of “Cognitive Productivity”—tune in to The Omni Show.

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