How Psychiatrist Kourosh Dini Maintains Balance with OmniFocus

by Omni on October 27, 2020



In this episode of The Omni Show, Andrew welcomes Kourosh Dini, a psychiatrist, musician, author, and productivity expert. For Kourosh, maintaining a balance between work and play is essential to boosting overall productivity.

In the podcast, Kourosh shares how he uses OmniFocus to keep track of everything—from running his practice to creating music, writing, and even playing video games. Kourosh believes “guided play”—scheduled time to do what brings you joy—is a concept anyone can apply by scheduling fun moments in the same way we do work tasks. Because OmniFocus allows Kourosh to prioritize, monitor, and allocate time spent on work and play—boosting productivity in both areas—it’s the only productivity software he trusts to effectively put his guided play strategy into action. With OmniFocus, Kourosh keeps a harmonious rhythm between what he has to do for work and what he’d like to do for play.

To learn more about how Kourosh uses OmniFocus to maintain balance—and his mindful approach to play and productivity—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.

The Omni Show: How Entrepreneur Allen Pike Stays on Task with OmniFocus

by Omni on October 13, 2020



In this episode of The Omni Show, Andrew is joined by Allen Pike, co-founder of Steamclock Software, a software company that designs and develops a variety of apps in Vancouver, Canada. A self-described “pixel crafter,” Allen attributes the success of Steamclock Software—which just celebrated its 10-year anniversary—to building software that people love. The company’s latest passion project, “Two Spies,” was recently in the spotlight as a featured Apple app.

In the podcast, Allen shares how OmniFocus helps him prioritize what’s important versus what’s urgent. For Allen, having an accurate understanding of what needs to get done is an essential component in running an efficient business—and accomplishing his professional and personal goals. With OmniFocus, Allen gets the perspective and tools he needs to maintain workflows and boost productivity at work and at home, especially during the pandemic. Allen believes task management is a vital step in establishing and achieving goals. “I often actually encourage people to learn a bit about the relationship they have with their work, and what work they want to be doing—and how to prioritize it by working in a simpler system,” Allen says.

To tame chaos and maximize productivity at work and at home, 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.

The Omni Show: How Photographer Aaron Hockley Uses OmniFocus to Maximize Productivity

by Omni on September 29, 2020



In this episode of The Omni Show, Andrew is joined by Aaron Hockley, an award-winning photographer who has been recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). In 2014, Aaron’s work placed third in the commercial illustrative category at the PPA Grand Imaging Awards. Aaron serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Professional Photographers Association, for which he also officiated as president in 2017 (and he’s been nominated for the role again this year).

Aaron’s passion for photography began as a teenage hobby, but he ended up pursuing a professional career in the tech world doing software development. In 2008, Aaron started his photography business—officially taking his hobby-turned-side-hustle to the next level. His work has evolved to include several types of photography: special events, conferences, trade shows, company meetings, business spaces, portraits, and products.

In the podcast, Aaron shares how he uses OmniFocus to keep his personal and professional life on track—a crucial balance for a business owner, husband, and father of two. OmniFocus helps Aaron stay on top of multiple workflows, prioritize upcoming tasks, and keep an eye on projects in progress. With the Custom Perspectives feature, Aaron keeps his calendar in sync and easily manages engagement with his network—and it’s just one of the many OmniFocus features that help him get things done. “Being able to manage all of these areas of my life does require investing a little bit of time and energy into task management,” Aaron says. “I often describe OmniFocus as a tool kit that people can use to build the productivity system that works for them.”

To boost your productivity and balance life’s challenges efficiently, 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.

What’s New with iOS and iPadOS 14

by Omni on September 16, 2020

Since the announcement of iOS 14 in June, we’ve been preparing updates to our apps to take advantage of new features coming to iPhone and iPad—and ensure smooth operation for our users.

Now that the operating systems are here, we’re happy to share the status of these updates.

OmniFocus for iOS: OmniFocus 3.9 for iOS, the version now available, is built to run great on iOS 14. OmniFocus 3.10 for iOS adds support for new features (specifically the new date picker) and is in TestFlight starting today.

OmniOutliner for iOS: OmniOutliner 3.6 for iOS, available now, is updated for iOS and 14. OmniOutliner 3.7 for iPadOS adds enhanced Scribble support and will be available in TestFlight later this week (if you’re interested in signing up to test OmniOutliner 3.7 when it is available, keep an eye on our test sign up page and the @omnioutliner twitter account).

OmniGraffle for iOS: OmniGraffle 3.15 for iOS is built to run great on iOS 14 and is available now.

OmniPlan for iOS: OmniPlan 3.14 for iOS is updated for iOS 14 and will be submitted to the App Store soon. Work continues simultaneously on the next major version of OmniPlan for iOS.

In addition to these iOS 14 updates available now, development continues on an update to OmniFocus for iOS with support for the new iOS 14 widget styles. We’re excited to share this and more soon.

If you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com—our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help.

The Omni Show: Harvard Professor Dr. Alyssa Goodman On Data Visualization with OmniGraffle

by Omni on September 14, 2020

In this episode of The Omni Show, Andrew is joined by Dr. Alyssa Goodman. Alyssa’s impressive resume includes titles such as: Robert Wheeler Willson professor of applied astronomy at Harvard, co-director for science at the Radcliffe Insitute for Advanced Study, and a Smithsonian Institution research associate. Throughout her career, Alyssa has explored how to share complex information with data visualization and computer simulations.

Alyssa’s interest in data visualization and astrophysics led to the creation of Glue, a multidisciplinary tool designed to help users explore relationships within and between the data sets often studied in astronomy and medicine. Drawing on her background in physics and astrophysics, Alyssa was inspired to figure out a way she could use data visualizations and computer simulations to address climate change—a novel approach in 2008. She soon saw the potential in using data visualizations for financial, global, and health simulations. At this time, most people had no idea what a computer simulation was—integrating data in this manner was not yet taught in schools.

For over a decade, Alyssa has worked to help others understand the value of computer simulations and data visualizations. Her dedication to this work has helped shape how both are now used as powerful forecasting tools to solve a myriad of complex problems. In 2009, Alyssa designed The Prediction Project, an initiative dedicated to explaining the value of modern predictions and helping others learn more about predictions through formal online courses.

In today’s episode, Alyssa shares with Andrew how she used OmniGraffle to create her follow-up to The Prediction Project: the Path to Newton, an interactive visualization of the prevailing thought patterns and discoveries leading up to Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity. Using tools like OmniGraffle and Tableau enables Alyssa to cross-section vast amounts of sophisticated information without merging the data. Her advice to others tackling data sets: “Learn how to use tools that let you integrate different data sets and have different views of them because you can learn much more from wide data than you can from big data.”

Diagram created with OmniGraffle
Diagram created with OmniGraffle.

To learn more about Alyssa’s work—and how she uses OmniGraffle to filter, group, and map out complex data—tune in to The Omni Show. To create your own data visualization resources, download OmniGraffle for Mac. And if you have any questions or feedback, email support@omnigroup.com—our amazing Support Humans are standing by, ready to help.