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CareyB 2010-09-08 03:46 AM

Custom Perspectives Just Disappeared
 
I've emailed the Ninjii, and I'll let you know, but this just happened with no upgrade, and no changes. Yesterday they were there, and today they are not.

This is a Mac, iPhone, and iPad all syncing their native apps to a Webdav server.

Carey

RobTrew 2010-09-08 04:01 AM

Worth checking that it is not simply a sidebar filter setting:
[INDENT]View > Sidebar Filter > All Contexts[/INDENT]

curt.clifton 2010-09-08 04:05 AM

Strange. Any possibility one of the devices displayed a message about not being able to sync recently?

CareyB 2010-09-08 04:06 AM

[QUOTE=RobTrew;85142]Worth checking that it is not simply a sidebar filter setting:
[INDENT]View > Sidebar Filter > All Contexts[/INDENT][/QUOTE]

Perspectives Inspector shows only the defaults.

CareyB 2010-09-08 04:07 AM

[QUOTE=curt.clifton;85143]Strange. Any possibility one of the devices displayed a message about not being able to sync recently?[/QUOTE]

I suppose it's possible, but not that I noticed.

curt.clifton 2010-09-08 08:57 AM

Ugh. If you open one of your old backup databases, do they load perspectives?

Ken Case 2010-09-08 04:09 PM

This sounds like a somewhat rare bug which we've fixed for OmniFocus 1.8, which I recognize doesn't do you any good now—but hopefully it will do you some good once you've upgraded to 1.8 (which we're planning to ship tomorrow).

Our support ninjas can help you recover your lost perspectives by [URL="omnifocus@omnigroup.com"]email[/URL] or telephone (800-315-6664), or you can try to work through recovering them on your own by following my notes below…

The good news is your perspectives should be in your backups, as Curt suggests above. Unfortunately, OmniFocus only displays perspectives from the active database, so opening an older backup won't show you any of its perspectives. So what you'll need to do is to back up your current database, restore an older backup, save out your perspectives, restore your current backup, and load your perspectives.

First, make sure you have a current backup using File->Back Up Database.

Next, find your old backups (usually saved in Documents/OmniFocus Backups, though you can choose another location in General Preferences) and start looking for your missing perspectives by loading old backups with File->Revert to Database Backup. You can look at the contents of the Perspectives window to see whether you've found a backup with the missing perspectives.

Once you find your missing perspectives, you can use the latest [URL="http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnifocus/download/sneakypeek/"]sneaky peek[/URL] build of OmniFocus 1.8 to save your perspectives: in 1.8, you can save a perspective by dragging it from the Perspectives window to your desktop (or an email message or anything else which accepts a file drag).

Once you've saved the perspectives, you can restore your current backup, then add the saved perspectives back to your database by opening each of those perspective files you saved earlier.

Hope this helps, and sorry for the bug!

makesense 2010-09-08 11:56 PM

[QUOTE=Ken Case;85181]Hope this helps, and sorry for the bug![/QUOTE]

Hi Ken!

This is a programmer's error and not a bug. :)

Hope ghost window in Expose, random reset of the sidebar to default width were also fixed? These two are essential on every system (I myself had them in 100% cases on three different Macs, fully updated).

Regards

Ken Case 2010-09-09 10:42 PM

[QUOTE=makesense;85199]This is a programmer's error and not a bug. :)[/QUOTE]

With a respectful nod to Dijkstra, I'll have to agree! I'm glad we've now shipped a correction for that particular error.

makesense 2010-09-09 10:51 PM

[QUOTE=Ken Case;85313]With a respectful nod to Dijkstra, I'll have to agree! I'm glad we've now shipped a correction for that particular error.[/QUOTE]

Programmers are people. And making mistakes is an essential part of human's life. No offence.

As they say when a pilot or a doctor makes a mistake you know about it, but if a programmer makes mistake - oups, it's a bug. :)

It's fine when the 'bug' which is under control of a programmer results just in unexpectedly quit, but if it results in a data loss - ughhh.


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