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jameswattjr 2011-03-23 04:53 PM

Is there a web-based or online Omnifocus edition?
I own and use Omnifocus for Mac, iPad and iPhone, but I would really love an online app that I can use from my PC at work. If this were available, I would be in GTD heaven. Is this in the works? If so, will we see it any time soon?

aacuncius 2011-03-23 07:50 PM

I too have to use a PC at work. Although I love using Omnifocus on my iPad and iPhone, having it online to use would be fantastic. I am sure there are thousands that would agree.

Angelote 2011-03-24 01:01 AM

I'm on the same boat with PC use at work.

That would be a killer feature, I'm not yet using Omnifocus but Things, but I'm reading Creating Flow with Omnifocus before jumping aboard the ship

wilsonng 2011-03-24 02:28 AM

I worry about the times when I may not have 3G coverage and thus no access to the internet. Then I'll be screwed since I won't be able to access my OmniFocus database.

On the rare occasion that I get an ISP outage, I'm also screwed. I tend to like to keep my OmniFocus database on my iPad and thus have easy access. But it would be nice to be able to access my data when my iPad isn't handy.

I would have to guess that there will be a monthly or yearly subscription plan to subscribe to this service.

IIRC this is the business model that Google wants to get into - cloud apps. I believe that Microsoft is entertaining the idea of creating a cloud version of Microsoft Office as well.

Maybe this idea of cloud computing will really take off when broadband internet becomes as commonplace as FM radios.

Brian 2011-03-29 03:20 PM

This is something we've thought about but with so many other projects on our plate, we can't promise when or if we'd do something like this.

That said, it always helps when interested parties email the [EMAIL=""]support ninjas[/EMAIL] and let them know about their desire to see stuff like this happen. That helps us in our effort to direct the resources we do have in the directions that make the greatest number of customers happy at any given time. ;-)

tarmo 2011-04-08 10:04 AM

This is a huge gap for me, too. Used OF for Mac and iPhone heavily at home and liked it. And being locked to the PC and Outlook at work I still quite long tried to keep OF as THE task management system to avoid the extra pain of switching between different systems.
I finally realized how counter-productive it was to manually type work tasks into the phone (no keyboard there, you know ...). I then tried using two different systems. Not good at all.
Now I am sitting on a web-based solution with an iPhone app syncing to it. The desktop interface is similarly ugly and inconvenient both at home and work but then again I can manage my tasks the same way not depending on my location. Somehow this feels good for the brain. Still miss Omnifocus though.

whpalmer4 2011-04-08 10:47 AM

tarmo, why not use the [email][/email] facility to put stuff into your OmniFocus setup from your PC (or anywhere that you have the ability to send email)? If the issue is just that you don't like typing in actions on the iPhone, this should let you get away from some of that pain.


tarmo 2011-04-08 11:53 PM

Thank you whpalmer4. [email][/email] is a nice solution indeed. I did use it a few times and it worked well. But for me the issue is more about planning, organizing and reviewing rather than getting an occasional task into my inbox. The iPhone is not quite enough here (I really tried it for some time), the horsepower of a desktop is much preferred.

devastat 2011-04-09 12:19 AM

Another vote for a Web platform, that would be a necessity for me as i am using PC at work.

harrissilver 2011-04-12 09:38 AM

Another vote for a web-interface to OF
I was a straight Mac system user, so OF on mac, and iPhone was great. As I now am on a windows (groupwise) system at work, I've had to turn to my iPad OF as a solution, although definitely not the easiest.

I email tasks from my work inbox to my mail at home with Apple Mail and OF running on my iMac. The rules add each specific mail as tasks in my inbox. I've tried the 'send to OmniFocus' link, but it doesn't work that well for me, due to some configuration on our office mail server, which scrambles the link.

I tried using Nirvana, which looks great and showed some promise, but I just found I missed the power of OF and the great syncing across the platforms.

An OF web-interface, which would sync with the other platforms would be amazing. I also tried Nozbe to see if it could deliver, but I just found the interface difficult to work with. I even tried Spootnik, linking through Basecamp, but again just not that functional for me.

My final hope is either an OF for windows (which I doubt will ever happen - thankfully) or a web interface that can sync with the OF database.

devastat 2011-04-12 10:16 AM

The current trend seems to be going towards clouding and web platforming in regard of task and project managment. Wunderlist, GetFlow, Basecamp and many others are becoming popular and they are based on or heavily supported by a web platform. Things will have its own web interface once they get their cloud sync solution ready.

It would be very stupid from Omnigroup to not to follow up with the current trend, so I am hopeful that it will be one day implemented.

BruceWriter 2011-04-12 07:02 PM

No Mac -- web please
Currently iPad and iPhone only. Real pain for extensive data entry. Would gladly pay for web interface that synced. I vote "Yes please!"

BasherBrain 2013-04-08 08:41 AM

OmniFocus as a Web Application
I am sure I am not the first to request an OmniFocus web application. As a mac user forced to use a PC at work, the ability to use OmniFocus on the web would complete the ultimate utility of OmniFocus as an all encompassing productivity tool. I think the "Email Processing" features are great, but are a limiting work-around for those who are forced to rely on a PC (Outlook) to manage work calendars, tasks, and events; especially when network firewalls and security restrictions act as additional hurdles to use of apps on mobile devices while at work. The entire suite of Omni products would benefit greatly from web accessibility in the "cloud".

Is there now, or has there ever been consideration for OmniFocus as a web application?

whpalmer4 2013-04-08 09:13 AM

It has clearly been considered over the years, but it has never bubbled to the top of the to-do list. I suspect it never will. Lots of work, perhaps not much gain, and they already have plenty to do (at a pace which seems to be slowing as the number of staffers increases).

Lizard 2013-04-09 03:38 PM

We've certainly talked about OmniFocus for the Web, and Mail Drop is sort of a baby step in that direction. However, we are currently pouring our OmniFocus time into the Mac app.

Ken Case 2013-04-09 04:04 PM

[QUOTE=whpalmer4;122244](at a pace which seems to be slowing as the number of staffers increases)[/QUOTE]

Our pace of development is not slowing.

Right now, we have these projects on our plates:
[*]Sandbox every Mac app. This is actually a huge amount of work for every single one of our teams, but ideally has zero user-visible impact. (Not clear if that's actually an achievable goal, but we've been working very hard to make the sandboxing transition as seamless as possible.)
[*]OmniPresence. This involves creating one new Mac app, significant updates to three iPad apps, and significant work on the back end. And some additional work to our Mac apps.
[*]OmniFocus 2.
[*]OmniOutliner 4.
[*]Completely rewritten Microsoft Project importer for OmniPlan to support modern versions of both OS X and iOS.
[*]Re-architected the Microsoft Visio importer for OmniGraffle to support modern versions of both OS X and iOS.
[*]OmniKeyMaster, to provide upgrade pricing to our App Store customers.
[*]OmniGraphSketcher 1.3.
[*]OmniGraffle 5.4.3.
[*][Other Major Work Yet To Be Announced][/LIST]
And with all this going on, we just shipped a major update (and a few follow-up bug fix releases) to OmniOutliner for iPad (v1.4.x, adding audio recording).

nick101 2013-04-10 11:10 PM

[QUOTE=Ken Case;122305]Our pace of development is not slowing.
Right now, we have these projects on our plates:

So that's Mondays; what about the rest of the week? :)

mash 2013-07-18 05:31 PM


It could be a vastly encouraging for those who buy omnifocus without mac.

marketanomaly 2013-08-18 07:23 AM

+1 for web app/pc app
It would be great to be able to use OmniFocus on my PC at work.

chinarut 2013-08-19 07:31 PM

make it happen!
[QUOTE=nick101;122341]So that's Mondays; what about the rest of the week? :)[/QUOTE]

lol. we get you're busy @Ken! make OmniFocus Web happen! ;-)

wilsonng 2013-08-20 01:37 AM

In general, web applications are great because they are cross-platformable. But they are unable to take advantage of specific OS hooks because they have to be generic enough to work on multiple platforms. You'd probably lose the quick entry box among other things.

And if you are in a cellular dead zone and unable to contact the server (for example, going through an underground tunnel), you are SOL.

Omni Group would also have to rewrite their business model and enter into a web business model. Going into cloud computing isn't as easy as you'd think. Look at Apple. They've screwed up MobileMe, had a lot of hiccups with iCloud, and are still trying to iron out the Mac App Store.

We've also seen quite a few cloud based task management apps such as Astrid has gone belly up. So converting OmniFocus to a web app isn't a sure shot.


There are plenty of other cloud-based task management apps available with their own strengths and weaknesses. Why not give those a go first? At the moment, it doesn't look like Omni will be going full cloud computing in the near future. The closest they're getting is the OmniFocus syncing solution - not a full web app.

psidnell 2013-08-20 05:36 AM

[QUOTE=Ken Case;122305]
[Other Major Work Yet To Be Announced]

That'll be the long rumoured meal tracking app OmniNomNom.

felixc 2014-03-11 05:02 AM

FWIW, +1 for web-based app.
I'd love to have a web-based app someday.

mushudog 2014-04-02 10:46 AM

Good bye Omnifocus
This is not only about web based is more with keeping up with the current reality (delegation, support material, Dropbox or evernote integration, calendar and so on...).
I have been using OF for 5 years now on Apple products...I like the flexibility it offers...but from a GTD perspective- an all in one solution - OF is far behind what is available.

I was hoping that OF2 would bring something new- I saw that they are now resuming development.

Too late I guess. After researching and testing I decided last weekend to transfer my OF projects to IQTELL. It looks like it is going to become the best full integrated GTD app.

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