The Omni Group Newsletter

The Omni Roadmap 2019

We recently published our annual Roadmap blog post, where we look back at the previous year and ahead to the new. We also published a follow-up as a special episode of The Omni Show with CEO Ken Case.

Last year was very busy, with several major new releases: OmniOutliner 3 for iOS, OmniFocus 3 for iOS, and OmniFocus 3 for Mac.

And this year will be no less busy: we’re close to launching OmniFocus for the Web, and we’re working on new features for OmniFocus — automation and sharing linked tasks — and new features for our other apps.

But also, importantly, as Ken Case writes, “the overall theme of our work for 2019 across all our product lines will be to improve the flow of using our apps.” We’ll be reviewing how customers navigate our apps and how integration works. We’ll be fixing bugs, including those rare crashing bugs, and improving performance.

We’re dedicated to making apps of the highest quality, and to do that — in Ken’s words — “we think it’s important to take a step back from time to time, to make sure that all the features we’ve already built are as polished and useful to everyone as they can be!”

And — one more thing to know — if you’re planning to buy one or more of our apps, you might want to do so before March 11 when we raise prices.

Inside OmniFocus

Since the last edition of this newsletter, we’ve published a series of tips on using OmniFocus.

How to Exclude Tags in a Custom Perspective applies to both Mac and iOS editions. The rest are tips for Mac users:

The Omni Show

In How We Built OmniFocus for the Web, published last October, we talk to CEO Ken Case and others about the interesting technical challenges in building a web app based on code written for Mac and iOS. We also talk about solving design and security issues and about using Python and React. It might be a bit of a geeky listen, but it’s a revealing look behind the scenes of your favorite shipping-soon web app from Omni.

We’ve also published recent interviews with Molly Reed, Chief Operating Officer; Tim Wood, Chief Technology Officer; Derek Reiff, Front-end Web Developer; Rose Orchard, Author and Podcaster; and Brent Simmons, Marketing Human.

Enjoy! The Omni Show celebrated its first birthday last fall, and we’ve got lots of great new shows coming in 2019.

OmniPlan 3.11 for Mac: Dark Mode

OmniPlan 3.11 for Mac supports Mojave Dark Mode — and it’s beautiful!

Important note: switching to Dark Mode does not change the colors in your document’s styles. You can customize those colors via the Styles View.

OmniPlan 3.11 also includes Dark-Moded-themed versions of its built-in templates, so you can pick templates that match your favorite interface style – and you can get ideas for colors to use in documents you’ve already made.

Read the release notes for all the lovely details!

Omni Presents

New pictures of Omni’s fur friends appear every Friday on our microblog!

Here’s a video from Molly Reed. Her scary-smart and mischievous Bengal cat Cleopatra is totally trolling Mara the Safety Dog. What a Very Good Kitty is Cleo! And Mara is, as we all know, the best dog.