OmniFocus 4.3

This week The Omni Group released version 4.3 of OmniFocus with several nice improvements:

  • New Focus Filters: This version introduces device Focus Filters to customize visible app data based on the current Focus mode.
  • Enhanced Automation: A new Favorite Perspective shortcut and automation options for perspective displays using Siri commands or your device focus.
  • Apple Watch Improvements: Faster, more reliable syncing with paired iPhones, and automatic sync error resolution.

However, the thing that stands out for me with this release is that it is shipping simultaneously on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Vision Pro. I know The Omni Group took heat for the delay in getting to version 4 and rebuilding the app in SwiftUI, but that’s exactly why they can ship new features to all platforms on the same day.

Also, it’s not lost on me that I’m a bit biased.

OmniFocus 4.2 Brings Relative Dates to Perspectives

OmniFocus continues to evolve, and with the release of version 4.2 it brings a slew of enhancements that promise to improve your productivity whether you’re on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch (or even using the new Apple Vision Pro). A few features stand out:

Custom perspective rules are the big one for me. New filtering rules based on dates, repeating tasks, and project groupings allow for more granular organization and review of tasks. You can also set perspective views on relative dates (today, tomorrow, yesterday, and any variation thereof.)

It’s worth noting that this update went out to all versions of OmniFocus simultaneously; I consider that a benefit of SwiftUI.

The Omni Group (Sponsor)

This week MacSparky is sponsored by the Omni Group. One of the most interesting things I saw last week at WWDC was Sal Soghoian’s presentation about JavaScript integration with the Omni applications. The Omni Group has been hard at work adding JavaScript integration. They currently have it on betas of OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle. Using this, Sal was able to prepare an outline in OmniOutliner that automatically generated presentation slides in OmniGraffle. The documents were linked and making changes in one affected data in the other. Impressive! It was really powerful and available on both Mac and iOS.

Seeing how much time the Omni Group is spending putting this advanced automation in place just affirms my decision to buy their software. The Omni Group truly wants to make the best possible software for Mac and iOS. If you’re looking to be more productive, I recommend checking them all out.

OmniFocus — to get more productive

OmniGraffle — to make beautiful diagrams and images

OmniOutliner — a powerful outlining tool

OmniPlan — for project planning

Check out the Omni Group today and let them know you heard about it at MacSparky.