OmniFocus for the Web Adds New Internationalization Settings

by Brent Simmons on October 18, 2019

We just updated OmniFocus for the Web — the browser-based companion to OmniFocus for Mac and iOS — with a set of new commonly-requested user preferences.

The app does detect your locale and set reasonable defaults, but there are times when that’s not actually what a given person might want. This situation can happen when, for instance, you aren’t permitted to change the system settings on a work computer — but your own preferences for language and so on are different from the computer’s settings.

So we’ve added the ability to set your language, date format, start-of-the-week day, and time format.

It’s as simple as this:

Screenshot showing popup buttons for language, date format, start of week, and time format.

To get there, just open the OmniFocus menu (click the checkbox in the very upper-left corner), then choose Preferences.

We don’t expect most people will need to use this feature — the detected defaults will be spot-on — but the people who need it really need it. Their productivity will be dramatically helped by not having to mentally translate times and dates, and maybe even the language itself, into something that works better for them.

In addition, we’ve added the ability to set the language on the login screen, and we’ve made UI improvements and fixed a number of localization bugs.

Read all about it in the latest change notes!

OmniPlan 3.13.1 for Mac Now Available — Better Compatibility with Catalina

by Brent Simmons on October 16, 2019

OmniPlan 3.13.1 for Mac adds a new “Plug-Ins” window, accessed from the Automation menu, for managing Omni Automation plug-ins.

It also includes a number of bug fixes that make it a better citizen on macOS 10.15 Catalina. It fixes a crash that could happen on exporting Reports; fixes a hang that could happen when subscribing to a web calendar with a never-ending event; deals with a system change that could cause corrupted change log files; and it removes some code, otherwise unused, that triggers a not-needed notification alert.

Read the release notes for all the awesome details. Happy planning!

OmniGraffle with iOS 13 Features Now Available

by Brent Simmons on October 15, 2019

OmniGraffle 3.11 for iOS isn’t just compatible with iOS 13 — it’s ready. Ready to boost your productivity with great new features.

The big ones in this new release of OmniGraffle are:

  • Native Dark Mode: when you switch the system to Dark Mode, OmniGraffle will appear in Dark Mode. (Note that this doesn’t, and shouldn’t, affect your document styles.)
  • Multiple windows: on iPad you can open more than one project window at a time.
  • Context Menus: you can quickly perform common actions via 3D Touch or a touch-and-hold gesture.
  • Standard document browser: by switching to Apple’s standard document browser, OmniGraffle gives you more flexibility with where you store your documents and how they sync.

Other changes include a new preference to control alignment behavior, support for three-finger system gestures, refreshed diagramming templates, and more. Read the release notes for the full scoop!

Note to OmniPresence users: you can continue to use OmniPresence to sync your documents, but you may want to read this support article about OmniPresence workflow changes.

PS Here’s a lovely screenshot of OmniGraffle running in Dark Mode with two documents open:

Screenshot of OmniGraffle running in Dark Mode with two documents open.

Now Hiring: Senior Front-End Web Developer

by Brent Simmons on October 14, 2019

From our jobs page:

The Omni Group is seeking a senior front-end web developer to build and expand the web edition of OmniFocus, our award-winning task management application. OmniFocus for the Web brings the productivity power of our native macOS and iOS apps to cross-platform customers.

You’d work with us in Seattle, enjoy good food, benefits, and your own office — and you’d work with a great bunch of people on a cool new app.

OmniFocus for the Web is built in React and Redux. To learn more, listen to (or read the transcript of) our podcast episode How We Built OmniFocus for the Web. Also read OmniFocus for the Web: Under the Hood.

PS Here’s a lovely view of Lake Union and Capitol Hill from our office. You’d get to enjoy this too — it’s a beautiful place to work. :)

View of Lake Union and Capitol Hill, on a sunny day, photographed at the offices of The Omni Group.

OmniPlan with iOS 13 Features Now Available

by Brent Simmons on October 9, 2019

OmniPlan 3.12 for iOS is now available on the App Store.

This release adopts a bunch of big, new, productivity-boosting features in iOS 13 — and we think you’re going to be as excited as we are at what OmniPlan plus iOS 13 does for your workflow!

The big new features in OmniPlan 3.12 are:

  • Native Dark Mode: when you switch the system to Dark Mode, OmniPlan will appear in Dark Mode. (Specifying the Dark or Light theme on a per-project basis is no longer supported.)
  • Multiple windows: on iPad you can open more than one project window at a time.
  • Context Menus: — you can quickly perform common actions via 3D Touch or a touch-and-hold gesture.
  • Standard document browser: by switching to Apple’s standard document browser, OmniPlan gives you more flexibility with where you store your documents and how they sync.

We’ve also improved Omni Automation support in this release. Read the change notes for more details.

Note to OmniPresence users: you can continue to use OmniPresence to sync your documents, but you may want to read this support article about OmniPresence workflow changes.

PS Here’s a beautiful screenshot of OmniPlan running in Dark Mode with two projects open:

Screenshot showing OmniPlan running in Dark Mode with two projects open.