The Omni Show: Evan McNulty, Software Test Pilot

by Brent Simmons on April 17, 2019

In the latest episode of The Omni Show, Evan McNulty talks about API testing for OmniFocus for the Web, coalescing crash reports, and whether Jim Correia (an OmniFocus engineer and good sport) is right or wrong. :)

He also talks about some dramatic personal changes and how and why they came to be — and we talk about his cool side project, a Safari Extension that benefits charities.

Enjoy! Listen in to find out whether Jim is indeed right or wrong.

Compatibility warning: macOS Mojave 10.14.4 cannot display some OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents

by Ken Case on April 12, 2019

Good afternoon, readers! It’s incredibly rare for us to have to do this, but I need to let our Mac customers know that the 10.14.4 version of Mojave which shipped a few weeks ago (on March 25, 2019) has a drawing bug which makes windows with large CoreAnimation layers fail to draw. In particular, OmniOutliner and OmniPlan customers have been telling us that since upgrading to 10.14.4, they will open some documents and end up seeing… nothing. Perhaps some empty borders around the window. (Or if another window is dragged over the space where that window should be drawing, they’ll see a trail of its old pixels.) This is most likely to affect customers who are using older hardware, but it also affects large documents on newer hardware.

We’re working with Apple to get this resolved as soon as possible, but for now it appears there’s nothing we can do to resolve this on our own. We’ll provide an update as soon as a fix is available. In the meantime, I’m afraid we need to recommend that any OmniOutliner or OmniPlan customers with older hardware or large documents hold off on updating to 10.14.4. (Earlier versions of Mojave are fine.)


UPDATE (April 14, 2019): Good news! We’ve been working with Apple and tested a fix that will be in the next Software Update to macOS Mojave. (I don’t know the timeframe for that update shipping to the general public, but I’m glad this fix is on its way!)

Optional OmniFocus Subscriptions Now Available

by Brent Simmons on April 4, 2019

We assume that most people will prefer to purchase our apps with a single up-front payment, because we believe that’s the best long-term investment for most customers.

But as our CEO wrote when introducing our plans for optional OmniFocus subscriptions, there are some customers who have told us they would prefer to license our apps using subscriptions.

To that end, customers now have the option of purchasing an OmniFocus Subscription, which gets you…

  • OmniFocus Pro for iOS
  • OmniFocus Pro for Mac
  • OmniFocus for the Web

…for $9.99/month or for $99.99/year. With your Omni Account you can sync between all three apps.

The new subscription is available as an in-app purchase in OmniFocus for iOS (which is a free download).

Again, we assume that most people will prefer to purchase OmniFocus for iOS and for Mac up front, and that’s still the primary option.

But, for some people — particularly people who haven’t bought OmniFocus before — this new subscription may be preferable. But do remember that it’s an option: it’s up to you.

Also note that — coming soon — you’ll be able to purchase a separate subscription for OmniFocus for the Web, for $4.99/month. This will be best for people who’ve already bought OmniFocus for Mac or iOS (or both) and who want to add OmniFocus for the Web.

Also: see this support article on how to access OmniFocus for the Web.

As always, if you need any help, please email omnifocus@omnigroup.com, and our Support Humans will help you get up-and-running!

OmniPlan 3.12 for Mac Now Available

by Brent Simmons on April 4, 2019

OmniPlan 3.12 for Mac includes important additions to the Network View: full task names are now displayed, and task data is shown in a tooltip when the cursor is over a variable in a task node.

It also includes numerous enhancements and bug fixes, from improved Dark Mode support and filters to performance and stability fixes. See the release notes for the entire — long! — list.

Here’s a screenshot of the Network View with long task names:

Screenshot showing long task names in OmniPlan’s Network View.

Also — since you’re here — we figured we’d remind you about our video series on Project Planning 101. Not sure how to get started? Check out these videos!

OmniGraffle 7 Enterprise for Mac Now Available

by Brent Simmons on April 4, 2019

OmniGraffle 7 Enterprise for Mac simplifies deployment for customers who want to take advantage of the App Store’s Volume Purchase Program.

For most customers, we recommend our normal edition — which uses in-app purchases to support free two-week trials, two levels of functionality (Standard and Pro), and upgrade discounts.

The list price and the functionality of OmniGraffle Pro are the same in both apps.

We will be making enterprise editions of our other apps available as well: OmniGraffle 7 Enterprise for Mac is just the first.

If you have any questions about site licenses, volume discounts, or business or organizational purchases, please email sales@omnigroup.com.

You can read more about the Volume Purchase Program (and related Apple business and IT topics) on Apple’s site at Apple at Work.

Screenshot of the OmniGraffle 7 Enterprise for Mac icon, which is different from the regular OmniGraffle icon in that it has a dark gray background.