MacOS 10.15 Catalina and Omni Apps

by Brent Simmons on October 7, 2019

Happy macOS 10.15 day! We use and love our Macs here at Omni, as you’d imagine, and it’s always exciting when a newer, better macOS ships.

Our work this summer was mainly with adopting new features in iOS 13: Catalina took less of our time. For one thing, macOS already has features — such as multiple windows, Dark Mode, and context menus — that iOS is just getting now.

Our apps — OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, and OmniPlan — are all Catalina-compatible right now. There are a couple remaining glitches you may see: we’ll have fixes for those soon. But they’re non-critical and shouldn’t impact your workflow. See our Omni apps on macOS 10.15 Catalina support document for more details.

And, as always, please contact our Support Humans if you have questions or need help.

PS Bonus app! We’re updating OmniDiskSweeper for Catalina, with a new release possibly as soon as today. (Here’s the current test version.)

OmniOutliner Now Available with iOS 13 Features

by Brent Simmons on October 4, 2019

OmniOutliner 3.4 for iOS is now available on the App Store! This release requires iOS 13 — which is a great release for boosting your personal productivity, which we’re excited about. Your productivity is our passion!

The big new features in OmniOutliner 3.4 are:

  • Native Dark Mode: when you switch the system to Dark Mode, OmniOutliner 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 outline window at a time.
  • Standard document browser: by switching to Apple’s standard document browser, OmniOutliner gives you more flexibility with where you store your documents and how they sync.

But that’s not nearly all: we’ve made improvements to preview images, Omni Automation support, keyboard shortcuts, text editing, and more. Read the release notes for the full scoop.

OmniPresence users should take note: because OmniOutliner has adopted the standard document browser, we’ve had to change how you get to your OmniPresence files. Those files are in a subfolder in the OmniOutliner folder on your device. Also note that OmniPresence does not download larger files automatically — tap the OmniPresence icon in the file browser toolbar to download any missing files.

PS Here’s a lovely screenshot of OmniOutliner, running in Dark Mode, with two windows open:

Screenshot showing OmniOutliner running on iPad, in Dark Mode, with two windows open.

Join Ken Case at MacTech Conference 2019!

by Brent Simmons on October 3, 2019

Ken Case, CEO of The Omni Group, will be attending MacTech Conference 2019 (Oct. 16-18) — and he’d love to meet you. So please say hello when you see him!

Ken will be doing a QuickTalk, and he welcomes you to join the lunch discussion he’ll be leading at his table on Friday.

We’re sponsoring MacTech Conference 2019 at the Gold level, because it’s one of the great conferences in the Mac and iOS world. It’s one of those few times a year we get together, see old friends, make new friends, and learn all kinds of valuable lessons from our peers.

And, as a sponsor, we’re able to offer the community a registration discount: sign up here and save $400 off the full price!

OmniFocus with iOS 13 Features in TestFlight

by Brent Simmons on September 26, 2019

OmniFocus 3.4 is now available via TestFlight — it adds support for new iOS 13 features, and we’d love to get your help testing it. You can sign up here if you haven’t already. (Note: the TestFlight build requires iOS 13.)

(OmniFocus 3.3.6, the current release on the App Store, is compatible with iOS 13 but doesn’t add support for new features.)

Changes in 3.4 are extensive. Everything should be considered a work in progress, including functionality and design. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Multiple windows: On iPadOS you can create a new window by dragging the OmniFocus icon from the Dock or via App Exposé. You can also drag a folder, project, or tag row to the edge of the screen to create a new OmniFocus window showing that item’s contents, and we added an “Open in New Window” contextual menu item for Folders, Projects, and Tags.
  • Dark Mode: The app supports iOS 13 Dark Mode, and it follows your iOS system setting.
  • Contextual Menus: Long-press on an outline row to get a contextual menu with actions you can perform.
  • New Shortcut Actions: “Query Tasks,” “Add Task,” and “Get Database Object from Input” actions help you build more robust workflows using the Shortcuts app.
  • Modal presentations: Some presentations, such as the compact inspector, use the new card appearance when appropriate, which means they can be swiped downward to be dismissed.

We appreciate your bug reports! One thing to know, though: we can’t respond to bugs reported via TestFlight’s screenshot feedback feature. If you need a response, please use OmniFocus Settings > Contact Omni. Thanks!

Speaking of screenshots — here’s what the new Dark Mode looks like:

Screenshot showing OmniFocus running with iOS 13 Dark Mode enabled.

PS Reminder: you can check the iOS 13 status of each of our apps.

The Omni Show: Daniel Jalkut, MarsEdit Developer and OmniFocus User

by Brent Simmons on September 25, 2019

On the latest episode of The Omni Show, we’re joined by a guest from outside Omni — Daniel Jalkut, developer of MarsEdit, FastScripts, and other apps. Daniel’s also a blogger, podcaster, pizza-maker, and Dad, and you may know him from his many appearances on the internet. :)

We talk about how he uses OmniFocus — including his possibly unique way of working with Siri — to keep track of his busy life.