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.

The Omni Show: Writer William Gallagher On How OmniFocus Streamlines His Workflow

by Omni on August 25, 2020

In this episode of The Omni Show, host Andrew Mason is joined by William Gallagher, a writer and nonfiction author known for his work on the radio drama “Dr. Who.” As the deputy chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, William has been freelance writing since 1994 for outlets like BBC’s Radio Times and AppleInsider. He is also the host of “58keys,” a YouTube series dedicated to helping writers get the most out of Apple gear.

With 26 years of experience navigating the unpredictable world of freelancing, William shares with Andrew how OmniFocus and OmniOutliner have helped him organize ideas and track progress on projects, which has been essential to his success.

As most freelancers know, the creative market can be unpredictable. When William unexpectedly found himself out of work, he began searching for task management software to help him make sense of creative chaos. OmniFocus helped him streamline his workflow so he could capture valuable pitch ideas and view the full scope of potential new projects—a juggling act that often hinders many freelance writers from achieving their productivity and financial goals. William’s increased productivity led to more writing opportunities—and with OmniFocus in his corner, he was able to stay on top of invoicing and get paid for his work.

To learn more about William’s OmniFocus productivity processes—and how he uses OmniOutliner to workshop new projects—tune in to The Omni Show. To find out what makes people so passionate about apps from the Omni Group, download OmniFocus 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.