OmniFocus is a personal task manager by the Omni Group for macOS and iOS. The declared goal of the program is to be able to capture thoughts and ideas into to do lists.[4] The program uses concepts and techniques described in the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. Allen's productivity system is commonly abbreviated as GTD.[5]

OmniFocus
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OmniFocus 3 running on macOS
OmniFocus 3 running on macOS
Developer(s)The Omni Group
Initial releaseJanuary 8, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-01-08)[1]
Stable release
  • macOS: 3.5.1 (February 14, 2020; 6 days ago (2020-02-14)[2]) [±]
  • iOS: 3.5 (February 11, 2020; 9 days ago (2020-02-11)[3]) [±]
Operating systemmacOS, iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad)
Available inEnglish, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Dutch, and Simplified Chinese
TypeTask management software
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.omnigroup.com/omnifocus/

HistoryEdit

OmniFocus has its roots in the Kinkless kGTD add/scripts for the Omni Group's OmniOutliner product.[6] Kinkless (kGTD) was developed by Ethan J. A. Schoonover to enable those following the GTD methodology. The Omni Group subsequently brought Ethan along with Merlin Mann to form a project team to create the OmniFocus application.[7]

In 2018, version 3 of OmniFocus was released for iOS and macOS. With the release, the previous concept of contexts taken from GTD was replaced with tags.[8][9]

PlatformsEdit

macOSEdit

OmniFocus is available for macOS.

iOSEdit

OmniFocus is available on iOS (including the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad).

AndroidEdit

The Omni Group does not have plans to provide an Android application for OmniFocus. Google Play lists various third-party applications that interface with OmniFocus through the Omni Sync Server (e.g., Focus GTD).

Web applicationEdit

On January 26, 2018, Ken Case, CEO of the Omni Group, announced in the Omni Group forums that OmniFocus for the web is under development. It will not be a standalone version; it will only sync with existing databases set up with the macOS or iOS versions of OmniFocus. A subscription fee will be charged for access.[10] In December 2018, Ken Case shared more details about the upcoming subscription service, where users could subscribe to get access to both the native OmniFocus apps and OmniFocus for the web, or just the latter with a reduced subscription fee. The option to make one-time purchases of the macOS and iOS apps will remain.[11][12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sharps, Linda (January 8, 2008). "Announcing OmniFocus 1.0". Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "OmniFocus Release Notes". Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "OmniFocus Release Notes". Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "OmniFocus 3 for Mac". Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Allen, David (2001). Getting Things Done. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-312656-0.
  6. ^ Forrest, Brady (October 21, 2006). "The Story of KGTD and OmniFocus". O'Reilly Publishing. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Roger, Cyril (May 8, 2007). "Omni Group interview: part 1". Softonic. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Christoffel, Ryan (May 30, 2018). "OmniFocus 3 Review: More Approachable and Powerful, All at Once". MacStories. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Orchard, Rosemary (September 24, 2018). "OmniFocus 3 for Mac: Multiple Tags, Enhanced Forecast, Powerful Perspectives". MacStories. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Omni Roadmap 2018". The Omni Group Forums. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Voorhees, John (December 4, 2018). "Omni to Offer Optional Subscriptions to OmniFocus and Its Upcoming Web Service". MacStories. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "Introducing Optional OmniFocus Subscriptions". The Omni Blog. December 3, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2019.

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