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Live a productive, contextual life with OmniFocus 2 for Mac. Keep work and play separated with contexts, perspectives, and Focus. Ignore the irrelevant, focus on what you can do now, and accomplish more. And do it all much faster than before.
OmniFocus' interface was designed and organized around your data—your stuff—to make it easier and more natural for you to quickly get ideas into and out of the app, whether you’re using Getting Things Done™ (GTD™) or any other productivity system. It's powerful enough to use on its own, and syncs through the cloud with your other devices running OmniFocus (also available for iOS and Apple Watch).
OmniFocus 2 features everything you need to seriously get stuff done:
• Reliable sync with NEW push triggering using our free service or your own server. Keep your entire database at your fingertips by syncing with OmniFocus for iOS and Apple Watch (available from the App Store as a separate purchase).
• A flexible hierarchy: keep all your to-dos in one list or use as many levels of Folders, Projects, Groups, and Actions as you need to stay organized
• Customizable Layout: Choose a fluid view that automatically shows and hides fields as needed, or use Custom Columns for scannable, tabular lists.
• Assign contexts based on location, people, energy level—whatever you need to get the task accomplished
• NEW Customize OmniFocus' look with the colors and fonts of your choosing.
• Sharing Extension captures content from any app that has a Share button
• Today Extension shows you OmniFocus items due today right in Notification Center
• Collect from anything that can send email—Omni Sync Server’s Mail Drop adds items directly to your OmniFocus Inbox
• Attach (or link to) important reference material.
• Open the Forecast perspective to see your due items for each day alongside events from your OS X Calendar.
• The Review perspective (NEW IN 2) makes sure nothing falls through the cracks.
Starting from a solid, simple user experience, we added Pro features for customizing OmniFocus and making it even more powerful. Pro is available via In-App Purchase and free to customers who purchased OmniFocus 1 from the Mac App Store:
• Custom Perspectives: save and revisit custom views for specific tasks or situations: “Show me the chores I can do in five minutes” or “What do I need to follow up on with the people from the planning meeting?”
• Customize the OmniFocus sidebar and home screen just like you customize your iOS Device's home screen.
• AppleScript support enables all kinds of cool workflows.
• Focus feature lets you block out stuff that isn't immediately actionable.
• Display any perspective in Notification Center with the Today Extension
For more information, please watch the video on our website!
If you have any feedback or questions, we’d love to hear from you! The Omni Group offers free support: you can reach us by email at email@example.com, by phone at 1-800-315-6664 or +1-206-523-4152, or on Twitter at @omnifocus.
If OmniFocus empowers you, we would appreciate an App Store review. Your review will help other people find OmniFocus and get more done.
What's New in Version 2.8.1
OmniFocus 2.8.1 is a minor update focused on bug fixes.
• Encryption — Fixed a problem where updating your encryption passphrase would not update the underlying encryption keys, meaning that someone who had your old passphrase could still decrypt your data.
• Encrypted Local Documents — We once again prompt for the encryption passphrase when you open a non-default document (for example by double-clicking a .ofocus document in Finder) that is encrypted. In v2.8, we offered to download the sync database, which didn’t make sense in this case.
If you have any feedback or questions, we’d love to hear from you! The Omni Group offers free tech support; you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1–800–315–6664 or 1–206–523–4152, or tweet @OmniFocus.
If OmniFocus empowers you, we would appreciate an App Store review. Your review will help other people find OmniFocus and make them more productive too.
It has a steep learning curve. But, once you got it, the app reveals its true essence: purely dedicated to alleviate your (professional) life. Stay focused, stay productive.
Creating a mind like a calm pond
OmniFocus is excellent. It’s solid; it syncs between my three Macs and my iPhone and iPad seamlessly; it does what it should and does it well.
The Omni Group has been refining this software for years. It was always best in class; it just keeps getting better. It’s a great platform for anyone moving beyond a very simple one-dimensional task list. It pairs very well with Daivd Allen’s Getting Things Done. It’s the best way to keep track of all the things you need to do or are responsible for. If you subscribe to David Allen’s philosophy, the idea is to write down everything as soon as you think of it, which frees your mind so you aren’t always uneasy, wondering if you are forgetting everything.
Everyone sets OmniFocus up a little differently, but I find spending some time getting contexts right is very important. I try to give a project, context, and due date to tasks wherever possible. Contexts can be a bit tricky. I mostly use home, office, office support (when I actually have to BE there to use photocopier, etc.), telephone, waiting, and agenda. When putting items into the waiting and agenda contexts, I always put a full name in the notes or in the task title. This lets me quickly search for a colleague’s name when I’m with them to create an instant agenda for a 1:1 meeting.
The one downside of OmniFocus for some is that it does not make it easy to assign priorities to items. If you’re good at assigning due dates, then OmniFocus works well because you can look at tasks in calendar mode. You can also search the web for ways to use tricks to assign priorities, but OmniFocus claims not offering direct support was deliberate. Priorities change. A lot, for most people, and I’ve never found assigning priorities very helpful. However, if you can’t work with a to do list that doesn’t support priorities well, think about this before committing.
How I Keep Track of My Life (Even When My Life Doesn’t Keep Track of Me)
BEFORE you buy ANY task management tool…
Watch 2-3 videos of it on YouTube and make sure it ACTUALLY fits into your workflow.
Whenever you switch to a new tool, there is ALWAYS a hit to productivity as you learn the ins-and-outs of it.
But if the new tool simply isn’t a good fit, you’ll be LESS productive (even if you become a master)!
If you follow the “Getting Things Done” (GTD) method David Allen created, then OmniFocus will fit your digital life like Cinderalla’s glass slipper.
Much like any powerful tool, there are more TIME-SAVING features than you can comprehend when you first start using it.
Don’t get discouraged!
Here’s what you should do instead:
Use what is instantly helpful for your task management goals right now.
So you’ll hit the ground running!
Not only is OmniFocus intuitive, but also be comforted in the fact there are many online resources to help you squeeze the most juice out of the app as well.
And be comforted in the fact The Omni Group has superb technical support, so if your items aren’t syncing, and you don’t know why, they’ll be right there to help.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Jan 05, 2017
- Version: 2.8.1
- Size: 27.5 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: The Omni Group
- © 2007-2016 The Omni Group
Compatibility: OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor
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