OmniFocus for Mac 2.0

May 22, 2014

Requires OS X 10.9

With its clean and uncluttered interface, OmniFocus 2 for Mac brings all the power you’ve come to expect and puts your projects and actions front and center. Even with the shiny new interface, we kept the original data format, so OmniFocus 2 syncs just fine not only with OmniFocus 2 for iPhone, but all three editions of OmniFocus 1 as well. OmniFocus 2 requires Mac OS X 10.9.2 or higher.

Standard and Pro

OmniFocus Standard provides the core functionality most folks need to get things done in a straightforward manner.

OmniFocus Pro adds power tools for those who like to tune and customize their productivity system: Custom Perspectives, Focus, and AppleScript.


  • Perspectives now hang out in tabs on the left edge of the window. We hand-crafted several perspectives for your convenience.
  • Projects, Contexts, and Inbox perspectives are similar to the OmniFocus 1 views they descended from, but have redesigned View Options.
  • Forecast is a new date-centric perspective for viewing your actions and Calendar events together, to keep your schedule in balance.
  • Review is a new perspective optimized to help you zip through the weekly(?) review you try to remember to do.
  • Completed and Changed perspectives offer a historical view of your data.

Other Design Changes

  • Status Circles provide a colorful nexus of information about each task: is it overdue, flagged, complete, repeating?
  • Quick Open lets you jump to any project, context, or perspective you can name, from a single keyboard shortcut.
  • A guided first launch experience to help you get off on the right synced foot.
  • Revised some terminology:
    • “start date” → “defer date”
    • “next action” → “first available”
  • Preferences got a make-over. Outlining behaviors for Escape, Return, and other keys in the main outline default to the New-Fangled (aka “Modern") set, but if you prefer the tried-and-true OmniFocus 1 behavior, you can opt for “Classic Mode” in the General Preferences. Default defer time is also customizable.
  • Inspectors are now embedded in the window, so you can keep all the details together, especially in full screen.

Behind the Scenes

  • The Anonymizer crafts a copy of your database with item names and notes replaced with X’s and such, for those times when we really need to see the structure of your database to chase down a particularly elusive bug.
  • Deep adoption of modern Apple technologies, poised for whatever they announce next.
  • AppleScript: While we’ve tried to maintain backwards compatibility where possible, some changes were necessary, particularly in terminology referring to user interface elements.
  • Backups are now limited to 100 and automatically discarded as newer ones are created.

OmniFocus for iPhone 2.1.1

February 18, 2014

Requires iOS 7

OmniFocus for iPhone v2.1.1 improves stability and restores support for links to projects, contexts, and perspectives.


Our primary focus for this release has been to improve the stability of the app. Thank you to everyone who sent us crash reports!

  • Fixed a crash encountered after syncing a change from another device which deleted a task which was due, flagged, or still in the inbox.
  • Fixed a crash encountered during first run setup when opening a link to automatically configure your sync settings.
  • Fixed a crash encountered when returning to the app after leaving it during the middle of an audio recording.
  • Fixed some crashes occasionally encountered when the list of tasks currently being displayed was updated in memory without corresponding updates being made on screen.
  • Fixed a crash encountered when canceling the edit of a context’s location.
  • Fixed a crash encountered when a device’s GPS reported an update to its current location while a context’s location was being edited by dragging a pin on a map.

Link Handling

  • Fixed a regression in version 2.1’s link handling which lost support for links to projects, contexts, and perspectives.

OmniFocus for iPhone 2.1

January 22, 2014

Requires iOS 7

OmniFocus for iPhone 2.1 includes localizations, search improvements, and fixes a handful of bugs.


  • OmniFocus is now localized in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.


  • Search now matches against item name, notes, assigned project name, and assigned context name.
  • Search now considers each term separately. For example, searching for “framistan calibrate” will match an action named “Calibrate the framistan”.
  • Perspectives with saved search terms now use the same query/filter rules on the iPhone as they do on the Mac.
  • If you have an iPhone 5 or newer, search results now appear as you type.


  • You can now use the iOS 7 “back” gesture, a drag from the left edge of the screen, instead of tapping the Back button.
  • Clarified summary text for projects and folders.
  • Fixed a crash when launching OmniFocus from a lock screen notification.
  • Fixed a bug where badge and item counts were not displayed correctly in some locales.
  • OmniFocus now has a built-in crash reporter.

OmniFocus for Mac 1.10.6

November 6, 2013

Requires OS X 10.6

OmniFocus 1.10.6 for Mac is a minor update which fixes a couple of compatibility issues with recent OS releases.

  • OmniFocus opts in to automatic graphics switching, significantly reducing the likelihood that OmniFocus will appear in the list of applications using significant energy on Mavericks.
  • Fixed a problem which caused OmniFocus to report that a file “could not be handled because OmniFocus cannot open files in the ‘Document’ format.” rather than creating the default database for some users on OS X 10.8.5 or Mavericks.

OmniFocus for Mac 1.10.5

October 14, 2013

OmniFocus 1.10.5 for Mac is a minor update which fixes a compatibility issue on OS X Mavericks when loading a large OmniFocus database.