OmniFocus 3: Frequently Asked Questions

by Brent Simmons on September 25, 2018

We have answers for some questions people are asking…

OmniFocus for Mac

Light sidebar. This will appear in an update soon (though not the very next update, which is all about fixing bugs).

Dark Mode automatic switching. This will also appear in an update soon. OmniFocus will switch when you change the system setting. When in light mode, you’ll still be able to run with a dark sidebar, if you choose.

Notifications. The APIs changed in Mojave, and we’re working on bringing back notifications in a future release.

Installing without admin rights. If you don’t have permission to install to the /Applications folder, you can make an Applications folder in your home folder and install OmniFocus there.

Localizations. We’ll have localizations in an update soon, for Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish.

OmniFocus 2 Archive. Your old archive isn’t copied to OmniFocus 3 as part of the first run — but the first time you use the Archive feature in OmniFocus 3, the app will prompt you to copy it over.

Little Snitch. If it complains about OmniFocus and syncing, it’s because it’s actually a different app now, and you’ll need to create a new rule for it.

Tag locations. This is on our list of things we’d like to do, though we can’t promise when we might get to it.

Truncated titles. You can make titles not get truncated, via the View > Show Full Item > Always menu item.

Syncing with OmniFocus for iOS. Go for it. It worked when using OmniFocus 2 for Mac with OmniFocus 3 for iOS — but now that the Mac version has tags and enhanced custom perspectives, it all matches up.

OmniFocus for iOS

Siri Shortcuts. See our support article Using Siri Shortcuts with OmniFocus for instructions.

New Apple Watch complications. We’re working on adding support.

OmniFocus for the Web

Progress continues on OmniFocus for the Web, and you can sign up to help test.

We’re adding testers carefully, and we don’t have an ETA yet — we’ll let you know more once we have more to share.

OmniFocus in General

Forecast Tag. Which tag to use for the Forecast Tag is set on a per-machine/per-device basis, since it might be useful to have a different one on your iPhone than on your Mac at work, for instance. But this does mean that you need to set it in each place, if you use the feature.

Automation (OmniJS) and Collaboration. These remain on the roadmap, but weren’t scheduled for 3.0. We’ll let you know more when we have more to share.

Getting help. The fastest and best way to get help is still via Omni Support. Our Support Humans are awesome.