Today the Omni Group released the third and final installment of OmniFocus – OmniFocus 2 for iPad. I call it an installment because although OmniFocus is a standalone product for both Mac and iOS, it truly excels when used as a cross-platform task management solution. Current OmniFocus users like myself have been paitently waiting to replace our overly textured iOS 6-reminiscent iPad versions with something more suitable for the ecosystem of iOS 7 and beyond.
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If you're looking for an in-depth review of the just-released OmniFocus 2, Shawn Blanc did a great job at explaining what OmniFocus does and documenting its evolution through the years.
I don't need OmniFocus, but just reading Shawn's review makes me wish I had more projects to love the app as much as he does.
There was a time when I thought that I needed a powerful GTD app to be productive. Over the years, I've come to realize that all I need, really, is just a list of things to remember and some calendar events. I've been using Apple's Reminders and Calendar with iCloud as my primary todo systems for over a year now, and my schedule hasn't been disrupted by a cataclysm of missed appointments and overflowing todo lists.
It's with this mindset that I approached OmniFocus 2 for Mac, released today as a new version of The Omni Group's popular GTD software: fundamentally, I don't need the app. But as an old OmniFocus user who switched over to Apple's less flexible Reminders and stayed with it in spite of its (sometimes disarming) simplicity, I thought it'd be interesting to evaluate OmniFocus 2 with a fresh pair of eyes and a genuine curiosity for the work put into this new version.
First teased in December 2012, shown at Macworld 2013, and scheduled for a 2013 release date, The Omni Group has today announced that the new version of their popular GTD app OmniFocus, OmniFocus 2 for Mac, will be released this June. The Omni Group is resuming beta testing of the app with 30,000 testers today, and expects the final round of testing to focus on the changes the app has gone through in the past few months.
When I pictured what OmniFocus 2 for the iPhone would look like on iOS 7, I pictured simplified monotone icons in a table-view structure that the app has had since it was first released. The reason is probably because when I think of OmniFocus I think of powerful and quality software, however a bold interface is not a characteristic that would ever come to mind. When I opened OmniFocus 2 for the first time, I was shocked. Not to sound dramatic -- I did not fall out of my chair -- but it honestly took me a few seconds to absorb what I was looking at.
OmniFocus for iPhone was updated today to include a background location sync feature previously seen in apps like Downcast, Instapaper, and CameraSync.
Users can now leverage iOS' geofencing to tell OmniFocus to sync its online database in the background and automatically whenever they enter or leave a specific location. There's a new Background Sync screen in the settings where locations can be configured, which works similarly to Instapaper's one. Unlike CameraSync, I wasn't able to receive a local notification when I left or arrived at a location that triggered background sync.
The Omni Group is undoubtedly looking at iOS 7's new background app refresh options, but, until then, this is a nice (and common) workaround.
An interesting project by Paul Sidnell:
ofexport is a command line utility that reads and exports the task database from the OmniFocus application.
While similar to Robin Trew's export utility, ofexport has a series of extra options worth trying out. I'm particularly intrigued by the control you can have on date and calendar filters, as well as regular expressions. I constantly check on my OmniFocus todos through the calendar, so I'll make sure to test ofexport. [via Sven Fechner]
When editing my Drafts 3.0 review last night, I removed this sentence from the Reminders section:
"Again, I don’t use this functionality, but it’ll be interesting to see something like this being tweaked to work with Drafts and Reminders"
Sid O'Neill figured it out right away:
Drafts just updated today to version 3.0. There are a whack of new features but one that I'm most interested in is the new "list in Reminders" action. It makes it easy to add multiple actions to Omnifocus without requiring Pythonista.
I forgot Daniel Jalkut had a script to monitor Reminders and add todos to OmniFocus for Mac. If you're like me, you know you'll try to make this work with a Mac server and modified default sync times.