New on Inside OmniFocus: on Startup and Shutdown Routines

by Brent Simmons on August 23, 2019

In Managing Startup and Shutdown Routines in OmniFocus, Justin DiRose writes about getting into the flow intentionally — and, just as importantly, getting out of the flow at the end of the work day.

Justin writes:

Over the last few years I’ve used these routines, I have noticed I feel better about my day when I consistently apply them. Ultimately, I get more intentional, focused work done — and I am more present with my family when I’m not working.

That’s almost a perfect statement of what OmniFocus is for — accomplishing more every day and living a better life when not working.


Under the Hood with OmniFocus for the Web

by Brent Simmons on August 21, 2019

We just published a new article on Inside OmniFocus — OmniFocus for the Web: Under the Hood — which lists the various pieces that make up the web app.

The first thing, which might be surprising, is that it shares code — Objective-C and Swift code — that also appears in the Mac and iOS editions of OmniFocus. It also uses a number of components that were written specifically for the web.

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New Inside OmniFocus Article on Using Due Dates

by Brent Simmons on August 15, 2019

In this new article — To get stuff done with OmniFocus, take it easy on the due dates — Peter Akkies talks about using due dates not for intentions but for consequences.

Don’t give everything a due date, in other words. Even if you intend to get it done on such-and-such a day. Even if you’re quite sure you’re going to get it done, because you really mean to get it done that day.

Instead, use due dates for when the consequences matter — for when you’d lose a bid, alienate a partner, miss out on a life-changing deal.

For things you merely intend to get done, or when the consequences aren’t so dire, use other methods such as tags (especially the Forecast tag, if you have the Pro edition).

Read all about it!

OmniFocus for the Web Adds Forecast View

by Brent Simmons on August 8, 2019

OmniFocus for the Web — the browser-based companion to OmniFocus for Mac and iOS — has just added a commonly-requested feature: the Forecast view.

It works like the Forecast view in the Mac and iOS versions: it shows you what’s on tap for today and what’s coming up in the future.

By showing you what’s coming up, Forecast helps you plan better — you can see when a day has too many or too few things, and you can reschedule as needed.

And, by showing you what’s scheduled for today, Forecast gives you a resting place in the app: when you’re working, you can stay on that view and just do what needs doing next.

Here’s a screenshot — you may notice that it looks very much like Forecast on the Mac.

Screenshot of the Forecast view in OmniFocus for the Web.

As always, if you have any questions or need help, please contact our amazing Support Humans, who are standing by.

OmniPlan 3.13 for Mac: Omni Automation and More

by Brent Simmons on August 6, 2019

OmniPlan 3.13 for Mac is a very important release — it brings Omni Automation to the Mac (in the Pro edition).

The recently released OmniPlan 3.11 for iOS also includes Omni Automation. With this release of the Mac app, you can now write scripts that work in both apps — and your scripts can work with other Omni apps that support Omni Automation.

Omni Automation has been integrated into the app in a number of different ways:

  • You can save plug-ins (bundles of scripts) and access them from the Automation menu.
  • The Automation Console gives you a place to write JavaScript, run it, and see the results.
  • In Sync & Sharing Actions, the “Run a Script” action can run an Omni Automation plug-in.

Omni Automation gives you the ability to do things we would never have thought of — and do things that make sense for your workflow, that make your job easier. It’s powerful, and we think you’re going to love it!

To learn more, visit

Other changes: View Options in the Network View are respected when exporting and printing; opening projects with very wide Gantt charts is faster; scheduling bugs related to split and hammock tasks were fixed; Sync and Sharing Actions (Pro edition) now respects the selected view (at configuration time) when publishing to an image format.

For the full scoop, read the release notes.