OmniFocus now available as universal app for iPhone and iPad

by Ken Case on April 2, 2015

Since January, I’ve been blogging and tweeting about free updates to our iPad apps to make them into Universal apps that worked on both iPad and iPhone. In March, we shipped OmniGraffle for iOS, OmniPlan for iOS, and OmniOutliner for iOS. Today (April 2, 2015), we’re releasing the last of those universal updates: OmniFocus 2.1 for iOS!

Screenshot of OmniFocus for iOS running on an iPhone 6+

OmniFocus for iPhone was our first iOS (or rather, iPhone OS) app back in 2008. With OmniFocus for iPad in 2010, we added features like Forecast and a dedicated Review mode to take full advantage of the form factor. Both apps have seen major updates since then, and most of their features have spread across the OmniFocus family, but now that Apple has blurred the line between tablet and phone devices with the iPhone 6 Plus it seems like the right time to combine the iPhone and iPad feature sets.

That means that as of today’s release, you can do the following things on an iPhone:

  • Use OmniFocus in Landscape mode with a Sidebar (iPhone 6 Plus)
  • Use the Review perspective
  • Create Perspectives (Pro)
  • View perspectives with Project hierarchy (Pro)

This release isn’t just about bringing iPad features to iPhone—we’ve also added a couple of items to both iPad and iPhone that were pretty popular with our TestFlight testers (thanks folks!):

  • Show a custom perspective in the Today extension (Pro)
  • Completely customize your home screen and place perspective tiles in any order using drag and drop (Pro).

OmniFocus Universal contains a lot of smaller improvements and bug fixes, too.

To try to make the differences between the new Universal app and the existing iPhone app as clear as possible, we’ve created a little table listing supported devices and features:

Different editions of OmniFocus for iPhone and iOS

For customers who already own OmniFocus, we’ve tried very hard to preserve your existing investment:

  • If you already own OmniFocus 2 for iPad, you’re getting the Universal version as a free update today. If you’ve already purchased Pro, that carries over too. (If you don’t see it right away, try restoring your purchases.)
  • If you’ve been using OmniFocus 2 on your iPhone and would like to start using it on your iPad as well, you can buy the OmniFocus Universal Bundle using Complete My Bundle to preserve the money you invested in the iPhone app.
  • If you own OmniFocus 1 for iPhone or iPad, you can get the Pro In-App Purchase for free.

And, for those of you who already own OmniFocus 2 for both iPhone and iPad:

  • Customers who bought both OmniFocus 2 for iPhone and OmniFocus 2 for iPad are also eligible for a $10 rebate, reducing their cost ($20 + $30) to the current price of the Universal app ($40).

Also, please note that this isn’t a forced upgrade! If you’re not sure you need to move from OmniFocus for iPhone yet, that’s just fine: starting with version 2.5, we’ll be updating the iPhone app in lockstep with the universal app so that they both get improvements at the same time. (Version 2.5 will bring the universal app’s landscape support to the iPhone.)

I encourage you all to check out the new OmniFocus page on our site, to watch the app preview video in the App Store or on Vimeo, and to read our free user manual. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our support or sales teams—and you can always find me on Twitter as @kcase.

Enjoy!

OmniOutliner for iOS now available on iPhone and iPad

by Ken Case on March 19, 2015

In January, I announced that we would be providing free updates to our iPad apps to make them into universal iOS apps, designed to feel at home on both iPad and iPhone. We shipped OmniGraffle for iOS two weeks ago,OmniPlan for iOS last week, and this week we’re shipping the third!

Screenshot of OmniOutliner for iOS running on an iPhone 6+

OmniOutliner 2.3 ships today (March 19, 2015) and is a universal app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch! We’ve worked hard to bring OmniOutliner’s design and features to all of your devices running iOS 8.1 or later.

To get OmniOutliner for iOS, please visit the App Store. You can learn more about OmniOutliner by browsing our website, or by downloading our free, comprehensive user manual. You can also watch 30-second preview videos of OmniOutliner running on different iOS devices over on our vimeo page.

This particular app release has been long-anticipated: we’ve been wanting to bring OmniOutliner to iPhone for years. After all, our customers—you!—started requesting it the day the App Store opened in 2008, and when we shipped OmniOutliner for iPad in 2011 it sold 10,000 copies in the first three weeks! But for OmniOutliner to be really useful on an iPhone, we felt it was important to start by getting a solid syncing solution in place (which shipped in Q2, 2013). And then to modernize the iPad app for iOS 7 (Q3, 2013) and finally to ship OmniOutliner 4 for Mac (Q1, 2014). All of that work added up to a much longer delay than we wanted—but all of that work is now done, and we’re very pleased to (finally!) be shipping OmniOutliner for all iOS devices.

I personally use OmniOutliner for so many different things that I struggled over what to use as the screenshot, so finally (as you can see) I settled on showing a sampling of all its built-in templates. But I’m sure OmniOutliner is new to some of you, so perhaps I should back up and answer a basic question: What is OmniOutliner?

OmniOutliner is a tool for writing structured text. OmniOutliner stands apart from many other editors with its rich outlining capabilities, flexible column types, and support for embedded attachments (images, sound, or any other reference material). Our customers use OmniOutliner to write screenplays, budgets, inventories, books, class notes, legal briefs and contracts, syllabuses, and speeches. (In pop culture, Veronica Mars even used it to track a suspect’s browser history.) OmniOutliner is also flexible enough that many of our customers used it to manage their own task lists (with scripts like Kinkless GTD) before OmniFocus came along.

For those who have already been using OmniOutliner on iPad, here are a few highlights from the release notes:

  • Free Scrolling Outline — The outline view now freely scrolls, so the outline column can be scrolled off the screen.
  • Images — Image attachments will automatically scale down to fit the width of the column.
  • Updated Layout — The layout of the interface has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens as well as larger iPad screens. As a result, some controls have moved to new homes and some adapt themselves depending on your screen size and orientation. We hope we’ve done this in a way that makes the app even easier to use efficiently, but if you have any comments about any of the changes please don’t hesitate to email us!

That’s three universal apps down, one final app to go. Next up: OmniFocus for iOS!1


  1. OmniFocus is already available on iPad and iPhone, of course—but we’re building a free update to the iPad app which will make it into a universal app which runs on both iPad and iPhone. Current owners of the iPhone-only app who wish to upgrade to this universal app will receive a 50% discount. 

OmniPlan for iOS now available on iPhone and iPad

by Ken Case on March 18, 2015

In January, I announced that we would be providing free updates to our iPad apps to make them into universal iOS apps, designed to feel at home on both iPad and iPhone. We shipped the first of these universal apps two weeks ago, and last week we shipped the second!

Screenshot of OmniPlan for iOS running on an iPhone 6+

OmniPlan 2.1 shipped on March 12, 2015, and is now a universal app which runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices! With the Pro upgrade, OmniPlan can now import Microsoft Project (.mpp) documents created by Microsoft Project 2013 (in addition to 2003, 2007, and 2010)–and for the first time on iOS, OmniPlan Pro can also export documents to Microsoft Project (2013 only).

To get OmniPlan for iOS, please visit the App Store. You can learn more about OmniPlan by browsing our website, or by downloading our free, comprehensive user manual. You can also watch 30-second preview videos of OmniPlan running on different iOS devices over on our vimeo page.

For those who have already been using OmniOutliner on iPad, here are some highlights from the release notes:

  • MS Project 2013 Compatibility (Pro) — The In-App Purchase feature for MS Project Support (OmniPlan Pro) has been updated with import and export support for MS Project 2013 (.mpp) files.
  • Touch Gesture Granularity — Dragging a task bar’s duration will now move in more sane and manageable increments, based on the gantt chart’s current time scale.
  • Gantt Chart Performance — Horizontal pinch-to-scale is much smoother now.
  • Updated Layout — The layout of the interface has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens as well as larger iPad screens. As a result, some controls have moved to new homes and some adapt themselves depending on your screen size and orientation. We hope we’ve done this in a way that makes the app even easier to use efficiently, but if you have any comments about any of the changes please don’t hesitate to email us!

OmniPlan is having a great first week on the iPhone, and we’re incredibly honored to be currently featured on the App Store as one of the iPhone’s best new apps (both on the home screen and in the Business section):

Screenshot of the App Store featuring the OmniPlan 2.1 release

As I mentioned in my earlier blog post about OmniGraffle for iOS, we’re really appreciating being able to test our apps with hundreds of customers now that TestFlight is available! Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help test our apps!

That’s two universal apps down, two to go. Tomorrow’s release: OmniOutliner!

OmniGraffle for iOS now available on iPhone and iPad

by Ken Case on March 18, 2015

In January, I announced that we would be providing free updates to our iPad apps to make them into universal iOS apps, designed to feel at home on both iPad and iPhone. The first of these universal apps is now available!

Screenshot of OmniGraffle for iOS running on an iPhone 6+

OmniGraffle 2.1 shipped on March 5, 2015, and is available on any device which runs iOS 8.1 or later. To meet the needs of our worldwide customers, it’s now available not only in English, but also in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. This free update also adds support for the new Fill Effects and Filters which we recently introduced in OmniGraffle 6.1 for Mac, and fixes a number of bugs and other issues.

To get OmniGraffle for iOS, please visit the App Store. You can learn more about OmniGraffle by browsing our website, or by downloading our free, comprehensive user manual. You can also watch 30-second preview videos of OmniGraffle running on different iOS devices over on our vimeo page.

For those who have already been using OmniGraffle on iPad, here are some highlights from the release notes:

  • Fill Effects (Pro) — Fill Blend and Filter effects are now available, making it possible to blur, pixelate, and magnify content behind a shape. (These effects are also available in OmniGraffle Pro for Mac, starting with v6.1.)
  • Editing Points — We’ve added a mode for editing the points of the current shape which you can access by selecting a shape or line, then tapping the new double-bordered diamond icon in the bottom toolbar. This mode makes it much easier to drag existing points, add points, and remove points.
  • Updated Layout — The layout of the interface has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens as well as larger iPad screens. As a result, some controls have moved to new homes and some adapt themselves depending on your screen size and orientation. We hope we’ve done this in a way that makes the app even easier to use efficiently, but if you have any comments about any of the changes please don’t hesitate to email us!

OmniGraffle for iOS has been very well received so far, and we’re incredibly honored to have been featured by the App Store as one of the iPhone’s best new apps (both on the home screen and in the Productivity section):

Screenshot of the App Store featuring the OmniGraffle 2.1 release

This is the first major iOS app we’ve shipped since TestFlight launched, and it was really great to be able to test this app with hundreds of customers. This let us smooth out the rough edges before we shipped, rather than having to scramble to fix issues afterwards. Our thanks to Apple for TestFlight, and our thanks to all of you who volunteered to help test our apps!

That’s one universal app down, three to go. Next up: OmniPlan!

OmniFocus 2.1 update now available for OS X Yosemite

by Ken Case on March 18, 2015

On February 19, 2015, we shipped OmniFocus 2.1—the first of several planned OmniFocus releases in 2015. It features a new look and new features for OS X Yosemite, as well as a few bug fixes. The file format and syncing remain compatible with all previous versions of OmniFocus, on Mac and iOS. Because of the changes to support Yosemite, OmniFocus 2.1 now requires OS X v10.10 or higher.

Screenshot of OmniFocus 2.1 with a vibrant sidebar, new toolbar icons, and a Today extension

As I noted in January, we’re still planning on adding features to OmniFocus that will make it sync more responsively, to be easier to scan visually, and to be more efficient to use. This release is an important first step on that path!

Some of the new features in this release:

  • Vibrant Interface — We adjusted the OmniFocus interface to better match OS X Yosemite. That included making new toolbar icons, adjusting the appearance of some other elements, and incorporating vibrancy where appropriate.
  • Extensions — OmniFocus for Mac now has Today and Share extensions, just like on iOS. To enable the Today extension, click Edit at the bottom of Notification Center.
  • Sharing — In addition to accepting content from other apps, the text of actions can be shared from OmniFocus using the share button in the toolbar.
  • Tear-off View Options Popover — When the View Options popover is open, it can be dragged away from the window and exist on its own.

In addition to adding info on these and the other new features in this release, the Help menu content has been completely reformatted to be easier to use and should also look better on Retina screens. For the full details on this and the other features, changes, and fixes, check out the Release Notes. As always, this update is available for direct download from Omni as well as on the Mac App Store.

(On March 16 we released OmniFocus 2.1.1, with several crash fixes which didn’t make it into February’s release of OmniFocus 2.1.)

P.S. — All our apps are getting vibrant interfaces in Yosemite (first OmniGraffle 6.1, now OmniFocus 2.1, next OmniOutliner), but if prefer your interfaces to be fully opaque you can turn off that transparency system-wide: open System Preferences, and look for the “Reduce transparency” switch in Accessibility preferences (under Display).