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steve 2011-09-17 11:16 AM

OmniFocus to Markdown
I would really love to see some sort of markdown support built into omnifocus or via some sort of applescript or service. This would enable the user to share a project or perspective view with others. Here are some possible usage scenarios:
[LIST=1][*][B]Meeting Agenda[/B]: Keep a list of agenda items for a person or a group. Before the meeting, convert the context for that person/group to a well formatted agenda that can be put on an intranet, printed, or sent in an email.
[*][B]Project Reporting[/B]: Highlight a project(s) and convert them to markdown so that you can share them with a team or post the project status to a website.[/LIST]
Does this sound like it would be helpful? I have submitted a feedback request. I would appreciate any thoughts you would have on how to share the content of omnifocus with others.


CatOne 2011-09-17 12:35 PM

You can already export as HTML...

steve 2011-09-17 01:09 PM

Hi Catone,

The export to email works well for some situations, but it is limiting and bulky. After 200 lines you get:

[QUOTE]<table class="basic" id="omnifocus-report">
<tr class="omnifocus-project">
<td style="" class="level-1 wrap"><img class="project-active" />Get house painted</td>
<tr class=>
<td style="" class="level-1 wrap">contact fred for an estimate</td>
<td>Get house painted</td><td>email</td><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr>
<tr class=>
<td style="" class="level-1 wrap">pick out a color</td>
<td>Get house painted</td><td>Home Depot</td><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr>
<tr class=>
<td style="" class="level-1 wrap">remove junk on the side of the house</td>
<td>Get house painted</td><td>home</td><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr>

In markdown, this could be formatted in four lines that I can easily edit.

[QUOTE]# get house painted
* contact fred for an estimate
* pick out a color
* remove junk on the side of the house[/QUOTE]

With the markdown formatting, I can easily convert it to a PDF, a well formatted email, html, or drop it into a CMS that converts the text into the proper formatting.

TheWart 2011-09-20 02:58 AM

I'm with the OP that markdown composition capabilities would be nice to have.

RobTrew 2012-10-02 11:13 PM

The way I'm doing this now is with a Markdown (and [URL=""]FoldingText .todo mode[/URL]) export which [URL=""]I've added[/URL] to what was originally an OPML exporter.

The Applescript is a wrapper for a standalone Python script with options for filtering which data you export, so you can either select something in the GUI and export it with the Applescript, or [URL=""]use the Python script with something like Hazel[/URL] to run a regular batch job (or two).

Let me know if there are any adjustments to the Markdown output which seem desirable.


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