OmniDiskSweeper 1.10

by Brent Simmons on March 22, 2018

OmniDiskSweeper — which helps you find files on your Mac to delete, so you can free up space on your drive — has been updated to work with recent macOS releases (it now requires macOS 10.12 and up).

Somebody somewhere is thinking “blast from the past!” and somebody else is thinking “OmniDiskWhat?” It’s true — we don’t update it often. But we do update it. :)


  • Compatible with macOS 10.13
  • Introduces “Trash” as the new default behavior, though you can still straight-up-delete if you prefer (hold down the option key)
  • New app icon!

Plus more — read the release notes. And go download the app. Enjoy!

PS Your correspondent just used it to delete a bunch of stuff from his drive. It was lovely.

Catching Up on The Omni Show

by Brent Simmons on March 12, 2018

You may have seen our earlier note announcing our new podcast, The Omni Show. We publish a new episode every two weeks, on Wednesdays. It’s usually about 30 minutes long.

We’re about to hit a major milestone. Number 10 — double digits! — will be published this Wednesday. This episode will feature Dave Lonning, Documentation Wrangler.

Recent episodes include interviews with Orion Protonentis, Software Test Pilot and swashbuckler, and Ainsley Bourque Olson, OmniPlan PM, knitter, and Nova Scotian.

But the one you should listen to first is the interview with Ken Case on the Omni 2018 Roadmap — where you can hear, directly from Ken, about our plans for the year. The episode includes lots of detail about OmniFocus 3, which is in testing now, and which we’re very excited about.

Also note: there’s a transcript for every single show, which means you can read instead of listen. Sure — we always like to go for bonus points. But there are very good reasons why this should be a standard practice for podcasts. (Thanks go to our intrepid producer Mark Boszko for wanting this and making it happen.)

OmniFocus Updates

by Brent Simmons on March 9, 2018

A big part of our new OmniFocus 2 for Mac and iOS releases this week is related to work on OmniFocus 3 — with these new versions, testers can run the beta and still run the shipping versions.

One example of this work is enhanced support for repeating items: our cool new schemes in OmniFocus 3 will be recognized by these latest OmniFocus 2 releases.

But that’s not all! There are a number of bug fixes, including fixes for database migration and a fix for a crashing bug with drag and drop. For more details, see the release notes for Mac and for iOS.

Even though we’re busy at work on 3.0, it’s important to keep OmniFocus 2 updates coming — and there will be more bug-fix releases, possibly as soon as next week.

The Receipt Checking Bug

We released OmniFocus for iOS 2.22 early this week, and some customers ran into a problem where OmniFocus didn’t realize that they had previously purchased a Standard or Pro license.

As support was helping affected customers as quickly as possible, our engineers rushed out a work-around in 2.22.1 — breaking speed records for turnaround time, because this is a serious issue.

And then, for reasons unknown, it took 36 hours for the otherwise quickly-approved update to appear on the App Store.

Our deepest apologies go to anyone affected by this. If you’re still stuck, please contact us as soon as possible so we can help you get up and running again: either email us, or call us at 1-800-315-OMNI.

OmniFocus 3 Progress

We have a couple dozen people testing OmniFocus 3 so far, and we will continue to add people — though not all at once, since we don’t need thousands of people finding the same bugs at the same time.

Feedback has been great so far! Detailed and valuable, yes, and also complimentary. People like it!

This is great because it lets us know we’re on the right path toward making the OmniFocus that you want. The one that helps you get things done your way.

For more about OmniFocus 3, read the second half of Omni Roadmap 2018 and listen to the interview with Ken Case on The Omni Show. (Or read it, since there’s a transcript on the page.)

We have about 7,500 people already signed up to help test — and you’re invited to sign up too. That is, if you haven’t already. :)

OmniOutliner 3 for iOS is here!

by Derek Reiff on February 14, 2018

Today we’re happy to announce the arrival of OmniOutliner 3 for iOS. It’s a big update that catches up to OmniOutliner 5 for Mac and adds iPhone X and iOS 11 support, support for printing, a focused, simplified experience for beginners in Essentials, and a lot of our most requested features for Pro customers.

  • Essentials: A simplified experience with a focus on outlining basics
  • Printing: Print your documents
  • Drag & Drop: Text for both versions; attach images in Pro
  • PDF Export: Real fast, with styles in place
  • Document Encryption (Pro): On a per-document basis
  • Omni Automation (Pro): JavaScript-based, cross-platform scripting
  • Slide-In Inspectors (Pro): Select sections or switch styles fast
  • Focus & Filter (Pro): Focus on a section, or sections, plus keyword-based filtering

Features and improvements are tucked in everywhere, so take a look at the release notes.



Essentials is brand new to this version of OmniOutliner, just like in OmniOutliner 5 for Mac, and also brings a lower price. Essentials is just $9.99 for new users. Last February, Ken made the case for Essentials:

But our goals for OmniOutliner 5 were much more ambitious than that. We didn’t want to just reach out to our existing audience; we wanted to introduce the joys and benefits of outlining to a much larger audience. We decided that meant two things: we needed to make the app much simpler, and we needed to make it much more affordable.

You’ll be able to print documents, add notes, export in different formats via the Share Sheet, and sync with OmniPresence (or your own WebDAV server). Another great thing is Open In Place: tap an outline in the Files app and it will launch in OmniOutliner, edits will be saved to the original location, and will remain in the Recent Documents section of your Resource Browser. (In this scenario, we’ve had great results with Dropbox and iCloud, though there are many other storage providers that work great as well.)


OmniOutliner Pro contains a hefty amount of new features, along with everything introduced in Essentials. (Like access to all of the new themes and printing, for example.)

This is the first release on iOS with Omni Automation. With JavaScript-based scripting in OmniOutliner, write a script for something simple or complex that works on both Mac and iOS. We’ve seen some great things in OmniGraffle with Omni Automation, and we’re looking forward to see what happens in OmniOutliner. (If you’re working on something already, we’d love for you to share it on Discourse!)

In the Section and Focus list, focus on specific sections of your outline, with support for multiple selections, too. The other tab, Filters, shows all of your saved searches, even the complex filters that you set up on the Mac. These slide-in sidebars are new, too: quickly focus on a few different sections at the same time, or style a row faster than ever.

Finally, protecting documents with a password has been a popular feature request over the years, and we’re very happy to bring it to iOS! You can set a password for any document you’d like from the Document Inspector. The document is encrypted on disk (which means it will also be encrypted on the server) with AES-256 encryption. Your documents are now safe from prying eyes and people wanting to get into dear-diary.ooutline.

Plus, a 14-day Trial

OmniOutliner joins the rest of our apps on iOS with a free, 14 day trial. It’s really easy to switch between Essentials and Pro, so deciding exactly what you need is effortless.

Getting the App

Download OmniOutliner 3 right now! From there, you can activate the trial or head straight to the purchase screen to see if you qualify for a free or discounted upgrade.

If you’re interested in the specifics of 3, you can check out the release notes, the product page, or ask us questions about features in the app via our Slack Channel or Discourse forums.

We really like OmniOutliner 3 for iOS, and we think you will, too. We’d love to hear what you think.

OmniPlan 3.9’s New Project Dashboard Features

by Derek Reiff on February 7, 2018

Recently we released OmniPlan 3.9, an update with all of the usual suspects: bug fixes, improvements, a new Project Summary Inspector, and a few new enhancements for Dashboard.

The Dashboard’s visible timeline can now be changed via the View options, includes total project effort, and has a less rigid project column. (You can now resize the column to accommodate longer project names!)

Project Dashboard View popover in OmniPlan 3.9

The new Project Summary Inspector displays total project duration, effort, variance, completion %, and cost. It doesn’t take up much screen real estate, but it’s very useful at getting a quick glance at how your project’s totals are coming along.

Screenshot of the Project Summary inspector showing project totals.

Release notes are here! Just check for updates.