Job Opening: Kitchen Coordinator

by Brent Simmons on June 22, 2018

We need someone to help feed us! We have a decades-long tradition of wonderful food — of happy lunches and dinners — and we need help to keep that going.

We’re hiring a Kitchen Coordinator to serve two family-style meals a day, Monday through Friday, at our office in South Lake Union in Seattle. It’s a full-time position, with no nights or weekends required, and it comes with our complete benefits package.

See our jobs page for the list of qualifications and duties and for how to contact us.

If this job isn’t for you, that’s fine — but maybe you know somebody you could tell about it? Thanks! It’s a good job, and everyone here is nice. :)

OmniFocus 3 for Mac to Ship in September

by Brent Simmons on June 15, 2018

Ken Case, CEO of The Omni Group, tweeted:

Now that we’ve had a chance to evaluate how WWDC’s announcements affect our development schedules, I’m happy to share that we plan to ship the Mac edition of OmniFocus 3 in September.

We’ve got details…

OmniFocus 3 for Mac will be available from the Mac App Store and from our website. It will be a free download with a 14-day trial. The Standard edition will cost $39.99, and Pro will cost $79.99.

Everyone who bought a previous version of OmniFocus for Mac will get a 50% discount, and everyone who bought OmniFocus for Mac since our announcement last October will get a free upgrade. (Which also means that you can buy OmniFocus 2 for Mac today and you’ll get a free upgrade to OmniFocus 3 for Mac.)

OmniFocus 3 for Mac will bring tags, enhanced custom perspectives, interleaved Forecast, the Forecast tag, enhanced repeating tasks, and other new features already found in OmniFocus 3 for iOS.

How You Can Help

It’s not in beta-testing yet, but our team’s hard at work and it will be in testing this summer, and you can sign up to help test. We appreciate it!

If you previously signed up to help test OmniFocus 3 for iOS, you don’t need to sign up again. We’ve got you. :)

WWDC 2018 Roundup

by Brent Simmons on June 11, 2018

Omni folks who went to WWDC had a great time! Now that it’s over, and we’re all back in the office, it’s time to review the announcements and do some thinking and discussing. After WWDC each year, we often need to revise our plans to continue to do the very best for our customers.

This year there was nothing like a new programming language, or a big user interface overhaul, since not every year needs to be giant the way some are — but there are plenty of changes and cool new features to think about.

For some initial thoughts, you can listen to the latest episode of The Omni Show (or read the transcript). Recorded live right after the State of the Union on the first day, it features Ken Case and Liz Marley from Omni, Kristina Fox from Intuit, and Paul Kafasis from Rogue Amoeba.

And if you want to see some photos of people having fun, check out Adam Tow’s photos from the James Dempsey and the Breakpoints benefit concert for App Camp for Girls. You’ll spot Ken Case and Brent Simmons — conditional Breakpoints — in a few of those. :)

How to Find Us at WWDC

by Brent Simmons on May 31, 2018

A bunch of Omni folks will be in San Jose, California next week. Some of us will be attending Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and some will be attending other conferences and events.

You’ll likely find some of us at sjMacIndie Sunday evening — Omni is a Principal Sponsor. This event is a long-standing tradition at WWDC, and is a great way to start the week.

If you’ll be at the NextDoor Conference — which has nothing to do with that website about your neighbors; it’s next door to WWDC — you can find Ken Case, Liz Marley, and Brent Simmons at a live recording of The Omni Show, where Brent will moderate a panel that reacts to the WWDC keynote and State of the Union. Brent and Liz are also on a panel run by Matt Drance on Wednesday.

We’re likely to be spotted at other places, too: AltConf, for instance, and at the James Dempsey and the Breakpoints benefit concert for App Camp for Girls.

If you see any of us, say hi! We’re the kind of people who like kitties and puppies. We’re nice. :)

First Learn OmniFocus Session for OmniFocus 3

by Brent Simmons on May 31, 2018

Rose Orchard joins Tim Stringer for a Learn OmniFocus session, the first one that features OmniFocus 3 for iOS.

(Note: Learn OmniFocus is not part of The Omni Group. We’re just fans.)

Rose talks about how she uses OmniFocus 3, and about some of the new features such as tags, the Forecast tag (Pro), and enhanced custom perspectives (also Pro).

She also talks about TaskPaper syntax, integration with apps such as DevonThink and Drafts, and how she generates tasks in OmniFocus using Apple’s Workflow app.