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yogeshwersharma 2012-04-09 10:24 AM

undo redo records in omnifocus
Hi there,

I am new to Omnifocus. One feature I miss (or rather, haven't been able to find it yet) is the ability to see the most recent changes I have made. Sometimes, I make some changes (let us say, 4 of them) and want to undo 2 of them.

1. When I hit Cmd-Z, it undoes some change, but I have not idea what did it undo.
2. Then, if I happen to hit Cmd-Z one too many times, then I want to hit Cmd-Shift-Z to redo, but I have no idea what did the program redo.

Is there a way to know the recent history of changes, so I don't end up undoing crucial changes.


whpalmer4 2012-04-09 10:47 AM

No convenient way that I've seen. You can look at the Edit menu to see what Undo is going to undo, in broad terms, and you can make a perspective that shows actions in order of their most recent changes. If you're really determined, it is possible to examine the changes in the database transaction history.

yogeshwersharma 2012-04-09 10:50 AM

Hi whpalmer4, yes, I have been using a perspective in which I sort by Changed field. Where is the Omnifocus database stored? May be I will look into it. Thanks for your quick reply, ~yogi

whpalmer4 2012-04-09 11:11 AM

The local copy of the database is kept in ~/Library/Application Support/OmniFocus/OmniFocus.ofocus, which is a package file. Inside you'll find a bunch of zip files, 1 of which contains the compacted database (0000...), a number of which contain client descriptions, and the rest are recent transactions which haven't been compacted into the database yet. The recent transactions are linked together in chains through their file names. You can view one of these files in the Terminal via
unzip -p <filename> | xmllint -format -

once you have connected to the directory via

cd "$HOME/Library/Application Support/OmniFocus/OmniFocus.ofocus"

Let the learning adventure begin :-)

yogeshwersharma 2012-04-09 09:51 PM

Hi whpalmer4, thanks for initiating me with starting commands. I just wrote a python program to extract all tasks and their modified date from 0000... file. Thanks again for your time and help. ~yogi

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