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quidire 2008-05-11 09:34 AM

Connecting OP to OF
 
OmniPlan is a forest-view tool, helping project managers visualise/organise and manage the progress of the team's work.

OmniFocus is an individual tool, aimed at assisting one person with managing their workload and tracking their various tasks.

Does it seem rather obvious that they should be linked?

For OmniFocus, the user (call him A) should be able to see tasks assigned to him, their due dates etc (populated from OP). He should be able to update OF to reflect his progress, and have that automatically reported to OP. Upstream progress on tasks of others, upon which his ability to execute his own work depends, should be visible to him.
Tasks that have changed, in due dates or whatever, should be reflected in OF and his attention called to those changes.
Other than the actual populating of tasks and updates regarding them (and maybe not even that), the OF interface oughtn't get cluttered up by this, so much as a new pane/interface, a sort of project Dashboard, would allow this information to be propagated into A's OF instance w/o undermining his ability to use OF.

For OmniPlan, some way to manage this interaction, as well as interface with the rest of the workplace IT ecosystem (meaning LDAP, etc) would be nice. Ideally a PM could:
a) modify their plans
b) view other PM's plans (read-only or not, based on permissions)
c) send updates to their team members
d) get updates automatically from their OF instances about progress through those team members' tasks
... all from within OP.

This interaction would probably have to be mediated through some central program, an OmniProject Server that might run on whatever machine hosts the local intranet. It could hold the information represented in each person's OF, the various OP instances, and provide synchronization. Having some centralised way to backup everyone's task information, provide reports on current activities, would all be very useful.

I realise these features aren't needed for very small workgroups, individuals, etc, but they would help w/ the adoption of these programs at (say) my workplace. Perhaps this implies an OmniFocus Pro and an OmniPlan Pro pair of products, either sold individually or packaged with OmniProject Server.

Thoughts?

-RS

Brian 2008-05-12 02:16 PM

We have plans to add some integration between the two applications, though it wouldn't be in the 1.x timeframe for either application. It would be OmniFocus/OmniPlan 2.0 at the earliest.

chefcrsh 2008-09-02 04:20 PM

I'm a new owner of OmniPlan and OmniFocus and just want to add my vote for the ability for the two to communicate. I'm a Chef so I have no idea how easy or simple that is to do, not my job :P.

pheller 2008-09-03 07:58 PM

Just lodging my vote for this integration too.

cbmackay 2008-09-16 04:59 PM

This is crucial, in my opinion.

skwirl 2008-09-18 03:49 PM

Added your votes to our database. Thanks for expressing your interest!

CorgiGirl 2008-09-23 06:05 AM

Please add in my vote as well! :)

Tate 2008-09-23 01:59 PM

Highest Priority
 
Obviously I'll add my vote in as I think would every user of your products.

More to the point, I think that this should be your highest development priority at Omni.

Clearly, you are all not sitting on your hands and I know that you pump out those nightly builds of betas at a startling pace! Still, I'd like to see a little more of that effort devoted towards the integration of these products. Not only do I think that would be a great boon to us current users, but I think it would be a great way to leverage the success of OF and bring in a whole other group of clients who really need this integrated environment. I'm a project manager and I know that I would consider managing my projects with an OF/OP combo. Currently I use OF for my personal task management, but have to pull in a patchwork of other software to accomplish higher level goals.

So, in short - mo'big (integrating products) less'small (hyper-detailed bugs/minutia)

skwirl 2008-09-24 04:00 PM

Integration between OmniPlan and OmniFocus is definitely a high priority here, don't you worry Tate. :-)

I'll add votes for you and CorgiGirl.

Tate 2008-09-24 05:57 PM

[QUOTE=akwong;47722]Integration between OmniPlan and OmniFocus is definitely a high priority here, don't you worry Tate. :-)

I'll add votes for you and CorgiGirl.[/QUOTE]
I'm sure it is and also that you don't need to hear my pontificating, but I just wanted to try to say something more than, "Me to." :)


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