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hey Omni folks,

First off, huge thanks the amazing update. I liked OO3 too, but because of the lack of zooming and the not-so awesome style options, I did jump around to some other outlining programs (scrivener, evernote, workflowy), but now my dalliance with those programs is pretty much toast. I've been with OO4 throughout the entire testing period and I'm in love. Thanks so much.

After all the hard work, I hate to pile on new requests, but... one thing I'd love to see in OO4 are tags. In Evernote and workflowy I came to really love tag functionality (I've also seen people requesting "filters" in the forums. I feel tags would be a simple way to get the functionality those people want as well).

Workflowy is a great example of how to handle tags, and I bet it would be pretty easy to implement something similar in OO4. The way it works is that in the body of any outline bullet point, you can put a hashtag in front of a word to create a "tag." (So if it's a recipe list you would tag a post #vegetarian or #spicy). (maybe in OO you could hide these in the "notes" section).

So then if you search for or click on a specific tag, the program isolates all the bullet point notes marked with with that tag, regardless of what section they're in. (so if your recipe outline was organized by "entrees," "salads," etc, you could click the #veggie hashtag to see all vegetarian options across the board).

I'm a writer, so this function is really awesome for keeping track of various things in a long document (tags for specific characters, #actionscene, #plotholeNeedsfixing, etc...)

I'm hoping it wouldn't be too hard to implement. It's basically what you guys called "hoisting" in OO3 (not sure what the nomenclature is for OO4) where you focus on the bullet points in on one section of an outline. This is the same thing, but basically "hoisting" specific bullets across multiple sections. Maybe a script could even pull this off? Anyway...

Still loving this program without tags, but if you guys could add them, you'd have the most badass outlining app on the planet!
 
I see 2 issues. 1) there needs to be a list of tags and 2) there needs to be a good way to enter the tag. One way to accomplish this is to use a column - where you could put in as many tags as you wished. For example #trigger #phenotype. These can then be searched for in the sidebar search window. One way to keep a list of the tags is to make a level 1 entry "Key words or tags" and then remember to enter the tag.
 
That's what I've done and it works fine. If there aren't too many tags, you can create a Pop-Up List column, and store all your tags there. So you don't have to remember them. The list will pop up in the column, and you choose the tag from the list.

One interesting thing I've discovered is that if the tag is in a column, then the Search Results in the sidebar will show the Top Level Item for that found item.

But if the tag is in the same column as the text of the actual item, the Search Results will also show some of the selected text. This makes the Search Results more informative and easier to use.
 
By the way, a few years ago Rob Trew posted on this forum an AppleScript he created that would select all OmniOutliner 3 rows which matched a set of filtering criteria. In other words, if you created tags, the script would highlight every item that matched that tag. It was pretty cool, but it does not work in OO4.

Maybe Rob could be enticed to adapt that script for OO4.
 
i think this is a good idea, but i would still like to see (open meta)tags built in as a feature, searchable from spotlight, and potentially compatible with Mavericks tags and things like MailTags
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rogbar View Post
By the way, a few years ago Rob Trew posted on this forum an AppleScript he created that would select all OmniOutliner 3 rows which matched a set of filtering criteria. In other words, if you created tags, the script would highlight every item that matched that tag. It was pretty cool, but it does not work in OO4.

Maybe Rob could be enticed to adapt that script for OO4.
It looks that that script just needs to be updated to use "column type of [column]" rather than "type of [column]", and to look for the "styled text" column type rather than "rich text".

Those changes (and others) are noted in our latest support article:
AppleScript Changes in OmniOutliner 4
Here's a fixed version of the script (which I'm calling version 0.91, since Rob's previous post was version 0.9):

Code:
(*
SELECTS ALL ROWS MATCHING A SET OF USER-SPECIFIED CRITERIA
(AND/OR) MAKES A FILTERED COPY OF THE FRONT OMNIOUTLINER DOCUMENT
*)

-- Ver 0.91

-- Global functions determined by these settings
property pblnSELECT_ROWS : true
property pblnMAKE_FILTERED_COPY : false
property pblnPlaceQueryInClipboard : true

(*
	(PROMPTS THE USER FOR DESIRED (RANGE OF) VALUES FOR ANY COLUMNS 
	
	*** WHOSE HEADERS ARE SELECTED ***  
	
	(APPLE/CMD-Click on one or more column headers before running script )
	
	AND ALSO OFFERS TO FILTER ROWS BY:
		 - STATUS CHECKBOXES, 
		- NOTE TEXT,
		- OUTLINE LEVEL
	)
	
	NOTE - in response to prompts for column values or ranges, the string:
		
			missing value
			
	may be entered in place of numeric or date values, in order to search
	for rows for which no numeric or date value has been entered for a 
	specified column.
		
RobTrew

-- Version History
-- VER 0.1 	Global behaviour determined by settings of pblnSELECT_ROWS and pblnMAKE_FILTERED_COPY
-- Ver 0.2 	Exits quietly in absence of front document, suggests column selections if no criteria specified
-- Ver 0.3 	Bypasses previous use of list and record functions .osax 
-- Ver 0.4 	Field selector lists ALL columns in the document - not only those selected in OO GUI
--			(still preselects names of any columns that *are* selected in the GUI)
-- Ver 0.41 	Legible version of Query displayed if now rows are matched.
			Global property allows for legible version of query to be placed in clipboard
-- Ver 0.42 Fixed a bug which ignored columns selected in Field selector but not selected in GUI
-- Ver 0.43 Fixed a bug involving searches in the topic and rich text cells
-- Ver 0.5  Simplified text searches to a single step ("contains" and "is" buttons added below the text field)
-- Ver 0.6 Adjusted Run Script handling to allow launching from OO3 toolbar buttons
-- Ver 0.7 Corrected a bug in the handling of dates
-- Ver 0.8 Changed handling of dates for compatibility with 003 toolbar
-- Ver 0.9 Further adjusted date handling so that date range searches start 
	by default with time 00:00 and end by default with time 23:59:59
-- Ver 0.91 Updated for AppleScript changes in OmniOutliner 4

*)

-- 	Copyright © 2010, Robin Trew
--  All rights reserved.
-- 	
-- 	Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, 
-- 	are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
-- 	
-- 		- Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, 
-- 		  this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
-- 		- Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, 
-- 		  this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation 
-- 		  and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
-- 		
-- 	THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS 
-- 	"AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, 
-- 	THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. 
-- 	IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR 
-- 	ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
-- 	 (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; 
-- 	 LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, 
-- 	 WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) 
-- 	 ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

property popIS : "is"
property popNOT : "is not"
property popGE : "≥"
property popLE : "≤"
property popCONTAINS : "contains"
property pstrMissingValue : "missing value"

property pNullString : ""
property pTopic : "topic"
property pNote : "note"
property pCellValue : "value of cell id "
property pByLevel : "Filter by outline level"
property pByChecked : "Filter by left-hand checkbox"
property pZero : "0"

property pChecked : "checked"
--property pIndeterminate : "indeterminate"
property pUnChecked : "unchecked"
property pLevel : "level"
property pState : "state"
property pDate : "date"
property pSkip : "skip"
property pOK : "OK"


-- PROMPT USER FOR FILTER CONDITIONS
-- AND SELECT MATCHING ROWS

tell application "OmniOutliner"
	if (count of documents) < 1 then return
	set oDoc to front document
	
	-- GET A LIST OF CONDITIONS FROM THE USER
	set lstFilterConditions to my ConditionList(oDoc)
	if (count of lstFilterConditions) > 0 then
		
		-- TRANSLATE THE CONDITIONS INTO AN APPLESCRIPT "WHERE" STATEMENT
		set strWhere to my WhereString(lstFilterConditions, false)
		set strTranslation to my WhereString(lstFilterConditions, true)
		
	else
		display dialog "No conditions specified" buttons {"OK"} with title "Filter Omnioutliner"
		return
	end if
end tell

-- PATCH THE "WHERE" CONDITION INTO THE TEXT OF A SIMPLE SCRIPT
set strScript to "
script 
	on GetRows()
		set today to today()
		tell application " & quote & "OmniOutliner" & quote & linefeed & "
			set oDoc to front document
			tell oDoc
					return a reference to rows " & strWhere & "
			end tell
		end tell
	end GetRows
	
 	on today()
		set dteToday to current date
		set hours of dteToday to 0
		set minutes of dteToday to 0
		set seconds of dteToday to 0
		dteToday
	end today
end script
"

-- GET A REFERENCE (FROM THE PATCHED SCRIPT)
-- TO THE ROWS WHICH MATCH THE "WHERE" FILTER
try
	set oScript to run script strScript
on error
	display dialog "Problem in parsing query:" & return & return & quote & strWhere & quote
	return
end try
set refRows to GetRows() of oScript

if (count of refRows) < 1 then
	display dialog "No rows matching:" & return & return & strTranslation & return & return & ¬
		"found in " & name of oDoc buttons {"OK"} with title "Filter Omnioutliner"
	return
end if

if pblnSELECT_ROWS then
	-- SELECT MATCHING ROWS
	-- (Matching rows and their ancestors will be visible, and other material will be collapsed.
	-- You can use View > Expand All (Cmd-Ctrl-9) to re-expand everything)
	tell application "OmniOutliner"
		set expanded of every row of front document to false
		set refParents to a reference to every ancestor of refRows
		set expanded of refParents to true
		select refRows without extending
	end tell
end if

if pblnMAKE_FILTERED_COPY then
	-- MAKE A NEW DOCUMENT CONTAINING ONLY 
	--A FLAT (AND COLLAPSED) LIST OF THE FILTERED ROWS
	tell application "OmniOutliner"
		set oDoc to front document
		set docFiltered to make new document with properties {name:"FILTERED"}
		set width of topic column of docFiltered to width of topic column of oDoc
		
		-- COPY ADDITIONAL COLUMNS FROM ORIGINAL DOCUMENT
		repeat with iCol from 3 to count of every column of oDoc
			set oCol to column iCol of oDoc
			tell oCol
				set {varName, varType, varWidth} to {name, type, width}
			end tell
			tell docFiltered
				set oNewCol to make new column with properties {name:varName, type:varType, width:varWidth}
				if varType is popup then
					set refEnums to (a reference to every enumeration of oCol)
					duplicate refEnums to end of every enumeration of oNewCol
				end if
			end tell
		end repeat
		
		-- COPY FILTERED ROWS INTO NEW DOCUMENT
		duplicate refRows to the end of the every child of docFiltered
		set expanded of every row of docFiltered to false
		activate
	end tell
end if

----------END OF SCRIPT-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


----------FUNCTION DEFINITIONS--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-- PROMPT USER FOR DESIRED (RANGE OF) VALUES OF ANY COLUMNS WHOSE HEADERS ARE SELECTED,
-- AND OFFER TO FILTER BY STATUS CHECKBOXES, 
--      (if status checkboxes are not hidden in the front window)
--			View > Hide Status Checkboxes
--			View > Show Status Checkboxes
-- BY NOTE TEXT,
--      (if at least one note is expanded in the front window)
-- AND BY ROW LEVEL
--      (if at at least one parent row is collapsed in the front window)

-- RETURN A LIST OF CONDITIONS
-- LIST: {CONDITION, CONDITION, ...}
-- CONDITION: {FIELDNAME, {{OPERATOR, VALUE}, {OPERATOR, VALUE} ...}}

-- BEHAVIOUR:
-- If the user cancels at any prompt skip on to the next prompt
-- If the input is unparsable (generates an error)
--		Issues a warning, and skips on to the next prompt
on ConditionList(oDoc)
	using terms from application "OmniOutliner"
		set refSeldCols to a reference to every selected column of oDoc
		set refAllCols to a reference to every column of oDoc
		
		-- Get a list of the columns to filter on
		set lstSeldCols to name of refSeldCols
		if length of lstSeldCols is 0 then ¬
			set lstSeldCols to {name of (topic column of oDoc)}
		set lstAllCols to name of refAllCols
		set lstAllCols to my removefromlist("", lstAllCols)
		set lstDefaultProps to {"Status checkbox", "Outline Level", "Note text"}
		set {strStatus, strOutline, strNote} to lstDefaultProps
		set varReply to choose from list lstDefaultProps & lstAllCols with title ¬
			"Columns & properties to filter by" with prompt "Make multiple selections with" & return & ¬
			"Cmd-click" default items lstSeldCols with multiple selections allowed
		
		if varReply is false then return {}
		
		set {lstPropFields, lstColFields} to SeparateLists(varReply, lstDefaultProps)
		
		-- GET CRITERIA FOR THE COLUMNS WHICH THE USER HAS SELECTED
		set lstWhere to {}
		repeat with strField in lstColFields
			set lstCols to (every column of oDoc where name is strField)
			repeat with oCol in lstCols
				tell oCol
					set {strName, cType, strID} to {name, column type, id}
				end tell
				
				set strCell to pCellValue & quote & strID & quote
				
				-- where state is checked, state is unchecked
				if cType is checkbox then
					set recReply to display dialog "Select rows with " & strName & ":" buttons {pSkip, pUnChecked, pChecked} with title "Filter on checkbox state"
					set btnChosen to button returned of recReply
					if btnChosen is not pSkip then
						set strCellState to "state of cell id " & quote & strID & quote
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCellState, strName}, {{popIS, btnChosen}}}
					end if
				else if cType is styled text then
					set varCondition to TextFieldCondition(oDoc, oCol, strName)
					if varCondition is not missing value then set end of lstWhere to varCondition
				else if cType is date then
					set strNow to short date string of (current date)
					set lstOpVals to GetDateRange(strNow)
					if lstOpVals is not missing value then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCell, strName}, lstOpVals}
				else if cType is duration then
					set lstOpVals to GetRangeOpValues("Duration", pZero)
					if lstOpVals is not missing value then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCell, strName}, lstOpVals}
				else if cType is number then
					set lstOpVals to GetRangeOpValues("Number", pZero)
					if lstOpVals is not missing value then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCell, strName}, lstOpVals}
				else if cType is popup then
					set lstOptions to name of every enumeration of column id strID of oDoc
					set lstPop to choose from list lstOptions with title strName
					if lstPop is false then return
					set varPop to quote & (first item of lstPop) & quote
					set lstOpVals to GetOpForValue("Popup", varPop, {popIS, popNOT})
					if lstOpVals is not missing value then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCell, strName}, lstOpVals}
				end if
			end repeat
		end repeat
		
		-- GET CRITERIA FOR ANY NON-COLUMN OO ROW PROPERTIES THAT THE USER HAS SELECTED
		-- Status, Level, Note cell
		tell oDoc
			repeat with strField in lstPropFields
				set strField to strField as string
				if (strField as string) is strStatus then
					set recReply to display dialog "Select rows with " & strStatus & ":" buttons {pSkip, pUnChecked, pChecked} with title "Filter on status checkboxes"
					set btnChosen to button returned of recReply
					if btnChosen is not pSkip then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{pState, pState}, {{popIS, btnChosen}}}
				else if strField is strOutline then
					try
						set lngDeepest to my MaxDepth(oDoc)
						set lngTop to (text returned of (display dialog "From outline level" default answer 1)) as integer
						set lngBottom to (text returned of (display dialog "To outline level" default answer lngDeepest)) as integer
						if lngTop is not lngBottom then
							set end of lstWhere to {{pLevel, pLevel}, {{popGE, lngTop}, {popLE, lngBottom}}}
						else
							set end of lstWhere to {{pLevel, pLevel}, {{popIS, lngTop}}}
						end if
					on error
						display dialog "invalid outline level - skipping outline filtering" buttons {"OK"} ¬
							with icon 2 with title "User entry error"
					end try
				else if strField is strNote then
					set varCondition to my TextFieldCondition(oDoc, note column, pNote)
					if varCondition is not missing value then set end of lstWhere to varCondition
				end if
			end repeat
		end tell
	end using terms from
	lstWhere
end ConditionList

-- Get a condition list for a Topic, Note, or user-defined Rich Text field
on TextFieldCondition(oDoc, oCol, strFieldName)
	using terms from application "OmniOutliner"
		set recReply to display dialog strFieldName & ": search term" buttons {pSkip, popIS, popCONTAINS} default answer "" with title "Filter on search string"
		set strID to id of oCol
		if strID is id of topic column of oDoc then
			set strTextCell to pTopic
		else if strID is id of note column of oDoc then
			set strTextCell to pNote
		else
			set strTextCell to pCellValue & quote & strID & quote
		end if
		
		set strButton to button returned of recReply
		if strButton is not pSkip then
			set strTerm to (text returned of recReply)
			if length of strTerm > 0 then
				set strTerm to quote & strTerm & quote
				return {{strTextCell, strFieldName}, {{strButton, strTerm}}}
			else
				return {{strTextCell, strFieldName}, {{popIS, quote & quote}}}
			end if
		end if
		missing value
	end using terms from
end TextFieldCondition

-- Translate a list of conditions into an Applescript WHERE statement
on WhereString(lstWhere, blnTranslation)
	set lngClauses to length of lstWhere
	if lngClauses > 0 then
		set strWhere to "where "
		set lstClause to first item of lstWhere
		set strWhere to strWhere & WhereClause(lstClause, blnTranslation)
		repeat with iClause from 2 to lngClauses
			set lstClause to item iClause of lstWhere
			set strWhere to strWhere & " and " & WhereClause(lstClause, blnTranslation)
		end repeat
	else
		return pNullString
	end if
	if pblnPlaceQueryInClipboard then tell application "Finder" to set the clipboard to strWhere
	strWhere
end WhereString


-- Translate a single condition into an Applescript WHERE clause
-- (used by WhereString)
on WhereClause({{strRef, strTrans}, lstOPValuePairs}, blnTranslation)
	if blnTranslation then
		set strField to "[" & strTrans & "]"
	else
		set strField to strRef
	end if
	if (length of lstOPValuePairs > 1) then
		set {{strOP1, strVal1}, {strOp2, strVal2}} to lstOPValuePairs
		"(" & strField & space & strOP1 & space & strVal1 & ") and (" & strField & space & strOp2 & space & strVal2 & ")"
	else
		set {{strOP, strVal}} to lstOPValuePairs
		"(" & strField & space & strOP & space & strVal & ")"
	end if
end WhereClause


-- Get a range of numeric values from the user
on GetRangeOpValues(strTitle, strDefault)
	try
		set strFrom to (text returned of (display dialog strTitle & " range: FROM " default answer strDefault with title strTitle))
		if strFrom is not pstrMissingValue then
			set rTest to strFrom as real
			set strTo to (text returned of (display dialog strTitle & " range: TO " default answer strFrom with title strTitle))
			if strFrom is not pstrMissingValue then set rTest to strTo as real
			if strTo is not strFrom then
				{{popGE, strFrom}, {popLE, strTo}}
			else
				{{popIS, strFrom}}
			end if
		else
			{{popIS, pstrMissingValue}}
		end if
	on error
		display dialog "invalid number - skipping numeric value filtering" buttons {"OK"} ¬
			with icon 2 with title "User entry error"
		missing value
	end try
end GetRangeOpValues

-- Get a range of dates from the user
on GetDateRange(strDefault)
	try
		set strFrom to (text returned of (display dialog "date range: FROM " default answer strDefault))
		if strFrom is not pstrMissingValue then
			set dteFrom to cDate(strFrom)
			set strTo to (text returned of (display dialog "date range: TO " default answer strFrom))
			set dteTo to cDate(strTo)
			{{popGE, WrapDate(dteFrom, false)}, {popLE, WrapDate(dteTo, true)}}
		else
			{{popIS, pstrMissingValue}}
		end if
	on error
		display dialog "invalid date - skipping date value filtering" buttons {"OK"} ¬
			with icon 2 with title "User entry error"
		missing value
	end try
end GetDateRange

on cDate(strDate)
	date strDate
end cDate

-- Format date for WHERE clause
on WrapDate(dteAny, blnEnd)
	set dteBase to date "00:00" of (current date)
	if blnEnd then set dteAny to (dteAny + 1 * days)
	set lngDiff to (date "00:00" of dteAny) - dteBase
	
	set strForm to "(today "
	if lngDiff > 0 then
		set strForm to strForm & "+ ("
	else if lngDiff < 0 then
		set strForm to strForm & "- ("
	else
		return "today"
	end if
	
	set lngDiff to abs(lngDiff)
	set lngWeeks to lngDiff div weeks
	if lngWeeks > 0 then
		set strForm to (strForm & lngWeeks as string) & " * weeks "
		set lngDays to ((lngDiff mod weeks) div days)
	else
		set lngDays to lngDiff div days
	end if
	if lngDays > 0 then
		if lngWeeks > 0 then set strForm to strForm & "+ "
		set strForm to (strForm & lngDays as string) & " * days"
	end if
	set strForm to strForm & ")"
	if blnEnd then
		set strForm to strForm & " - 1)"
	else
		set strForm to strForm & ")"
	end if
	strForm
end WrapDate

on abs(numValue)
	if numValue < 0 then
		-numValue
	else
		numValue
	end if
end abs


-- Get a choice of logical operator from the user
on GetOpForValue(strTitle, strValue, {stropDefault, stropAlt})
	set {strOpt1, strOpt2} to {stropDefault & space & strValue, ¬
		stropAlt & space & strValue}
	set lstValue to choose from list {strOpt1, strOpt2} default items {strOpt1} with title strTitle
	if lstValue is false then return missing value
	if (first item of lstValue) is strOpt1 then
		{{stropDefault, strValue}}
	else
		{{stropAlt, strValue}}
	end if
end GetOpForValue

-- Find the deepest outline level of the document
on MaxDepth(oDoc)
	tell application "OmniOutliner"
		set lngMax to 0
		set lstLevels to level of every row of oDoc
		-- set lstLevels to «event ScTlLUon» lstLevels with «class FCdp» given «class PL2 »:{}
		repeat with lngLevel in lstLevels
			if lngLevel > lngMax then set lngMax to lngLevel
		end repeat
		lngMax as integer
	end tell
end MaxDepth

-- Used to divide the list of selected fields between column fields and built-in property fields
on SeparateLists(lstMain, lstSought)
	set lstIntersect to {}
	set lstRest to {}
	repeat with strSought in lstSought
		set strSought to strSought as string
		if (strSought is in lstMain) then set end of lstIntersect to strSought
	end repeat
	repeat with strMain in lstMain
		set strMain to strMain as string
		if not (strMain is in lstIntersect) then set end of lstRest to strMain
	end repeat
	{lstIntersect, lstRest}
end SeparateLists

-- Delete an element from a list
on removefromlist(oElement, lstList)
	set lstRest to {}
	repeat with oItem in lstList
		set oItem to contents of oItem
		if oItem is not oElement then set end of lstRest to oItem
	end repeat
	contents of lstRest
end removefromlist
 
Thanks so much for this, Ken. I just tried it out and it works great. It even works on text from Pop-Up Menus, which - unless my memory complexly fails me - it didn't used to.

In any event, this is a good feature. Even better than highlighting (as this script does) would be actual filtering (keeping parent items for context). Do you think that's scriptable?
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by probinson View Post
Thanks so much for this, Ken. I just tried it out and it works great. It even works on text from Pop-Up Menus, which - unless my memory complexly fails me - it didn't used to.
One of the features of OmniOutliner 4 is that you can now search for text in pop-up columns, and that feature carries over to scripts.

Quote:
Even better than highlighting (as this script does) would be actual filtering (keeping parent items for context). Do you think that's scriptable?
Rob Trew also posted a related script which makes a filtered copy of an OmniOutliner document. It just needed the same small edits as that first script; here it is:

Code:
(*
SELECTS ALL ROWS MATCHING A SET OF USER-SPECIFIED CRITERIA
(AND/OR) MAKES A FILTERED COPY OF THE FRONT OMNIOUTLINER DOCUMENT
*)

-- Global functions determined by these settings
property pblnSELECT_ROWS : false
property pblnMAKE_FILTERED_COPY : true
property pblnPlaceQueryInClipboard : false

(*
	(PROMPTS THE USER FOR DESIRED (RANGE OF) VALUES FOR ANY COLUMNS 
	
	*** WHOSE HEADERS ARE SELECTED ***  
	
	(APPLE/CMD-Click on one or more column headers before running script )
	
	AND ALSO OFFERS TO FILTER ROWS BY:
		 - STATUS CHECKBOXES, 
		- NOTE TEXT,
		- OUTLINE LEVEL
	)
	
	NOTE - in response to prompts for column values or ranges, the string:
		
			missing value
			
	may be entered in place of numeric or date values, in order to search
	for rows for which no numeric or date value has been entered for a 
	specified column.
		
RobTrew + whpalmer4

-- Version History
-- VER 0.1 	Global behaviour determined by settings of pblnSELECT_ROWS and pblnMAKE_FILTERED_COPY
-- Ver 0.2 	Exits quietly in absence of front document, suggests column selections if no criteria specified
-- Ver 0.3 	Bypasses previous use of list and record functions .osax 
-- Ver 0.4 	Field selector lists ALL columns in the document - not only those selected in OO GUI
--			(still preselects names of any columns that *are* selected in the GUI)
-- Ver 0.41 	Legible version of Query displayed if now rows are matched.
			Global property allows for legible version of query to be placed in clipboard
-- Ver 0.42 Fixed a bug which ignored columns selected in Field selector but not selected in GUI
-- Ver 0.43 Fixed a bug involving searches in the topic and rich text cells
-- Ver 0.5  Simplified text searches to a single step ("contains" and "is" buttons added below the text field)
-- Ver 0.6 Adjusted Run Script handling to allow launching from OO3 toolbar buttons
-- Ver 0.7 Date filtering bug fixed by whpalmer4

*)

-- 	Copyright © 2010, Robin Trew
--	Additional code whpalmer4 2011
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property popIS : "is"
property popNOT : "is not"
property popGE : "≥"
property popLE : "≤"
property popCONTAINS : "contains"
property pstrMissingValue : "missing value"

property pNullString : ""
property pTopic : "topic"
property pNote : "note"
property pCellValue : "value of cell id "
property pByLevel : "Filter by outline level"
property pByChecked : "Filter by left-hand checkbox"
property pZero : "0"

property pChecked : "checked"
--property pIndeterminate : "indeterminate"
property pUnChecked : "unchecked"
property pLevel : "level"
property pState : "state"
property pDate : "date"
property pSkip : "skip"
property pOK : "OK"


-- PROMPT USER FOR FILTER CONDITIONS
-- AND MAKE A NEW DOCUMENT LISTING MATCHING ROWS

tell application "OmniOutliner"
	if (count of documents) < 1 then return
	set oDoc to front document
	
	-- GET A LIST OF CONDITIONS FROM THE USER
	set lstFilterConditions to my ConditionList(oDoc)
	if (count of lstFilterConditions) > 0 then
		
		-- TRANSLATE THE CONDITIONS INTO AN APPLESCRIPT "WHERE" STATEMENT
		set strWhere to my WhereString(lstFilterConditions, false)
		set strTranslation to my WhereString(lstFilterConditions, true)
		
	else
		display dialog "No conditions specified" buttons {"OK"} with title "Filter Omnioutliner"
		return
	end if
end tell

-- bug fixed by whpalmer4 2011/09/07
-- PATCH THE "WHERE" CONDITION INTO THE TEXT OF A SIMPLE SCRIPT
set strScript to "
script 
	on cDateScriptLiteral(str)
		(date str)
	end cDateScriptLiteral
	
	on GetRows()
		tell application " & quote & "OmniOutliner" & quote & linefeed & "
			set oDoc to front document
			tell oDoc
					return a reference to rows " & strWhere & "
			end tell
		end tell
	end GetRows
end script
"

-- GET A REFERENCE (FROM THE PATCHED SCRIPT)
-- TO THE ROWS WHICH MATCH THE "WHERE" FILTER
try
	set oScript to run script strScript
on error
	display dialog "Problem in parsing query:" & return & return & quote & strWhere & quote
	return
end try
set refRows to GetRows() of oScript

if (count of refRows) < 1 then
	display dialog "No rows matching:" & return & return & strTranslation & return & return & ¬
		"found in " & name of oDoc buttons {"OK"} with title "Filter Omnioutliner"
	return
end if

if pblnSELECT_ROWS then
	-- SELECT MATCHING ROWS
	-- (Matching rows and their ancestors will be visible, and other material will be collapsed.
	-- You can use View > Expand All (Cmd-Ctrl-9) to re-expand everything)
	tell application "OmniOutliner"
		set expanded of rows of front document to false
		set refParents to a reference to ancestors of refRows
		set expanded of refParents to true
		select refRows without extending
	end tell
end if

if pblnMAKE_FILTERED_COPY then
	-- MAKE A NEW DOCUMENT CONTAINING ONLY 
	--A FLAT (AND COLLAPSED) LIST OF THE FILTERED ROWS
	tell application "OmniOutliner"
		set oDoc to front document
		set docFiltered to make new document with properties {name:"FILTERED"}
		set width of topic column of docFiltered to width of topic column of oDoc
		
		-- COPY ADDITIONAL COLUMNS FROM ORIGINAL DOCUMENT
		repeat with iCol from 3 to count of columns of oDoc
			set oCol to column iCol of oDoc
			tell oCol
				set {varName, varType, varWidth} to {name, column type, width}
			end tell
			tell docFiltered
				set oNewCol to make new column with properties {name:varName, column type:varType, width:varWidth}
				if varType is popup then
					set refEnums to (a reference to enumerations of oCol)
					duplicate refEnums to end of enumerations of oNewCol
				end if
			end tell
		end repeat
		
		-- COPY FILTERED ROWS INTO NEW DOCUMENT
		duplicate refRows to the end of the children of docFiltered
		set expanded of rows of docFiltered to false
		activate
	end tell
end if

----------END OF SCRIPT-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


----------FUNCTION DEFINITIONS--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-- PROMPT USER FOR DESIRED (RANGE OF) VALUES OF ANY COLUMNS WHOSE HEADERS ARE SELECTED,
-- AND OFFER TO FILTER BY STATUS CHECKBOXES, 
--      (if status checkboxes are not hidden in the front window)
--			View > Hide Status Checkboxes
--			View > Show Status Checkboxes
-- BY NOTE TEXT,
--      (if at least one note is expanded in the front window)
-- AND BY ROW LEVEL
--      (if at at least one parent row is collapsed in the front window)

-- RETURN A LIST OF CONDITIONS
-- LIST: {CONDITION, CONDITION, ...}
-- CONDITION: {FIELDNAME, {{OPERATOR, VALUE}, {OPERATOR, VALUE} ...}}

-- BEHAVIOUR:
-- If the user cancels at any prompt skip on to the next prompt
-- If the input is unparsable (generates an error)
--		Issues a warning, and skips on to the next prompt
on ConditionList(oDoc)
	using terms from application "OmniOutliner"
		set refSeldCols to a reference to selected columns of oDoc
		set refAllCols to a reference to columns of oDoc
		
		-- Get a list of the columns to filter on
		set lstSeldCols to name of refSeldCols
		if length of lstSeldCols is 0 then ¬
			set lstSeldCols to {name of (topic column of oDoc)}
		set lstAllCols to name of refAllCols
		set lstAllCols to my removefromlist("", lstAllCols)
		set lstDefaultProps to {"Status checkbox", "Outline Level", "Note text"}
		set {strStatus, strOutline, strNote} to lstDefaultProps
		set varReply to choose from list lstDefaultProps & lstAllCols with title ¬
			"Columns & properties to filter by" with prompt "Make multiple selections with" & return & ¬
			"Cmd-click" default items lstSeldCols with multiple selections allowed
		
		if varReply is false then return {}
		
		-- separate the default property fields from the user-definable column fields
		-- 		set lstPropFields to «event ScTlLInt» varReply given «class PL2 »:lstDefaultProps
		-- 		set lstColFields to «event ScTlLDif» varReply given «class PL2 »:lstPropFields
		set {lstPropFields, lstColFields} to SeparateLists(varReply, lstDefaultProps)
		
		-- GET CRITERIA FOR THE COLUMNS WHICH THE USER HAS SELECTED
		set lstWhere to {}
		repeat with strField in lstColFields
			set lstCols to (columns of oDoc where name is strField)
			repeat with oCol in lstCols
				tell oCol
					set {strName, cType, strID} to {name, column type, id}
				end tell
				
				set strCell to pCellValue & quote & strID & quote
				
				-- where state is checked, state is unchecked
				if cType is checkbox then
					set recReply to display dialog "Select rows with " & strName & ":" buttons {pSkip, pUnChecked, pChecked} with title "Filter on checkbox state"
					set btnChosen to button returned of recReply
					if btnChosen is not pSkip then
						set strCellState to "state of cell id " & quote & strID & quote
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCellState, strName}, {{popIS, btnChosen}}}
					end if
				else if cType is styled text then
					set varCondition to TextFieldCondition(oDoc, oCol, strName)
					if varCondition is not missing value then set end of lstWhere to varCondition
				else if cType is date then
					set strNow to short date string of (current date)
					set lstOpVals to GetDateRange(strNow)
					if lstOpVals is not missing value then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCell, strName}, lstOpVals}
				else if cType is duration then
					set lstOpVals to GetRangeOpValues("Duration", pZero)
					if lstOpVals is not missing value then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCell, strName}, lstOpVals}
				else if cType is number then
					set lstOpVals to GetRangeOpValues("Number", pZero)
					if lstOpVals is not missing value then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCell, strName}, lstOpVals}
				else if cType is popup then
					set lstOptions to name of enumerations of column id strID of oDoc
					set lstPop to choose from list lstOptions with title strName
					if lstPop is false then return
					set varPop to quote & (first item of lstPop) & quote
					set lstOpVals to GetOpForValue("Popup", varPop, {popIS, popNOT})
					if lstOpVals is not missing value then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{strCell, strName}, lstOpVals}
				end if
			end repeat
		end repeat
		
		-- GET CRITERIA FOR ANY NON-COLUMN OO ROW PROPERTIES THAT THE USER HAS SELECTED
		-- Status, Level, Note cell
		tell oDoc
			repeat with strField in lstPropFields
				set strField to strField as string
				if (strField as string) is strStatus then
					set recReply to display dialog "Select rows with " & strStatus & ":" buttons {pSkip, pUnChecked, pChecked} with title "Filter on status checkboxes"
					set btnChosen to button returned of recReply
					if btnChosen is not pSkip then ¬
						set end of lstWhere to {{pState, pState}, {{popIS, btnChosen}}}
				else if strField is strOutline then
					try
						set lngDeepest to my MaxDepth(oDoc)
						set lngTop to (text returned of (display dialog "From outline level" default answer 1)) as integer
						set lngBottom to (text returned of (display dialog "To outline level" default answer lngDeepest)) as integer
						if lngTop is not lngBottom then
							set end of lstWhere to {{pLevel, pLevel}, {{popGE, lngTop}, {popLE, lngBottom}}}
						else
							set end of lstWhere to {{pLevel, pLevel}, {{popIS, lngTop}}}
						end if
					on error
						display dialog "invalid outline level - skipping outline filtering" buttons {"OK"} ¬
							with icon 2 with title "User entry error"
					end try
				else if strField is strNote then
					set varCondition to my TextFieldCondition(oDoc, note column, pNote)
					if varCondition is not missing value then set end of lstWhere to varCondition
				end if
			end repeat
		end tell
	end using terms from
	lstWhere
end ConditionList

-- Get a condition list for a Topic, Note, or user-defined Rich Text field
on TextFieldCondition(oDoc, oCol, strFieldName)
	using terms from application "OmniOutliner"
		set recReply to display dialog strFieldName & ": search term" buttons {pSkip, popIS, popCONTAINS} default answer "" with title "Filter on search string"
		set strID to id of oCol
		if strID is id of topic column of oDoc then
			set strTextCell to pTopic
		else if strID is id of note column of oDoc then
			set strTextCell to pNote
		else
			set strTextCell to pCellValue & quote & strID & quote
		end if
		
		set strButton to button returned of recReply
		if strButton is not pSkip then
			set strTerm to (text returned of recReply)
			if length of strTerm > 0 then
				set strTerm to quote & strTerm & quote
				return {{strTextCell, strFieldName}, {{strButton, strTerm}}}
			else
				return {{strTextCell, strFieldName}, {{popIS, quote & quote}}}
			end if
		end if
		missing value
	end using terms from
end TextFieldCondition

-- Translate a list of conditions into an Applescript WHERE statement
on WhereString(lstWhere, blnTranslation)
	set lngClauses to length of lstWhere
	if lngClauses > 0 then
		set strWhere to "where "
		set lstClause to first item of lstWhere
		set strWhere to strWhere & WhereClause(lstClause, blnTranslation)
		repeat with iClause from 2 to lngClauses
			set lstClause to item iClause of lstWhere
			set strWhere to strWhere & " and " & WhereClause(lstClause, blnTranslation)
		end repeat
	else
		return pNullString
	end if
	if pblnPlaceQueryInClipboard then tell application "Finder" to set the clipboard to strWhere
	strWhere
end WhereString


-- Translate a single condition into an Applescript WHERE clause
-- (used by WhereString)
on WhereClause({{strRef, strTrans}, lstOPValuePairs}, blnTranslation)
	if blnTranslation then
		set strField to strTrans
	else
		set strField to strRef
	end if
	if (length of lstOPValuePairs > 1) then
		set {{strOP1, strVal1}, {strOp2, strVal2}} to lstOPValuePairs
		"(" & strField & space & strOP1 & space & strVal1 & ") and (" & strField & space & strOp2 & space & strVal2 & ")"
	else
		set {{strOP, strVal}} to lstOPValuePairs
		"(" & strField & space & strOP & space & strVal & ")"
	end if
end WhereClause


-- Get a range of numeric values from the user
on GetRangeOpValues(strTitle, strDefault)
	try
		set strFrom to (text returned of (display dialog strTitle & " range: FROM " default answer strDefault with title strTitle))
		if strFrom is not pstrMissingValue then
			set rTest to strFrom as real
			set strTo to (text returned of (display dialog strTitle & " range: TO " default answer strFrom with title strTitle))
			if strFrom is not pstrMissingValue then set rTest to strTo as real
			if strTo is not strFrom then
				{{popGE, strFrom}, {popLE, strTo}}
			else
				{{popIS, strFrom}}
			end if
		else
			{{popIS, pstrMissingValue}}
		end if
	on error
		display dialog "invalid number - skipping numeric value filtering" buttons {"OK"} ¬
			with icon 2 with title "User entry error"
		missing value
	end try
end GetRangeOpValues

-- Get a range of dates from the user
on GetDateRange(strDefault)
	try
		set strFrom to (text returned of (display dialog "date range: FROM " default answer strDefault))
		if strFrom is not pstrMissingValue then
			set dteFrom to cDate(strFrom)
			set strTo to (text returned of (display dialog "date range: TO " default answer strFrom))
			set dteTo to cDate(strTo)
			if strTo is not strFrom then
				{{popGE, WrapDate(dteFrom)}, {popLE, WrapDate(dteTo)}}
			else
				{{popIS, WrapDate(dteFrom)}}
			end if
		else
			{{popIS, pstrMissingValue}}
		end if
	on error
		display dialog "invalid date - skipping date value filtering" buttons {"OK"} ¬
			with icon 2 with title "User entry error"
		missing value
	end try
end GetDateRange

on cDate(str)
	(date str)
end cDate

-- bug fixed by whpalmer4 2011/09/07
-- Format date for WHERE clause
on WrapDate(dteAny)
	("my cDateScriptLiteral(" & quote & dteAny as string) & quote & ")"
end WrapDate

-- Get a choice of logical operator from the user
on GetOpForValue(strTitle, strValue, {stropDefault, stropAlt})
	set {strOpt1, strOpt2} to {stropDefault & space & strValue, ¬
		stropAlt & space & strValue}
	set lstValue to choose from list {strOpt1, strOpt2} default items {strOpt1} with title strTitle
	if lstValue is false then return missing value
	if (first item of lstValue) is strOpt1 then
		{{stropDefault, strValue}}
	else
		{{stropAlt, strValue}}
	end if
end GetOpForValue

-- Find the deepest outline level of the document
on MaxDepth(oDoc)
	using terms from application "OmniOutliner"
		set lngMax to 0
		set lstLevels to level of rows of oDoc
		-- set lstLevels to «event ScTlLUon» lstLevels with «class FCdp» given «class PL2 »:{}
		repeat with lngLevel in lstLevels
			if lngLevel > lngMax then set lngMax to lngLevel
		end repeat
		lngMax as integer
	end using terms from
end MaxDepth

-- Used to divide the list of selected fields between column fields and built-in property fields
on SeparateLists(lstMain, lstSought)
	set lstIntersect to {}
	set lstRest to {}
	repeat with strSought in lstSought
		set strSought to strSought as string
		if (strSought is in lstMain) then set end of lstIntersect to strSought
	end repeat
	repeat with strMain in lstMain
		set strMain to strMain as string
		if not (strMain is in lstIntersect) then set end of lstRest to strMain
	end repeat
	{lstIntersect, lstRest}
end SeparateLists

-- Delete an element from a list
on removefromlist(oElement, lstList)
	set lstRest to {}
	repeat with oItem in lstList
		set oItem to contents of oItem
		if oItem is not oElement then set end of lstRest to oItem
	end repeat
	contents of lstRest
end removefromlist
However, I'm afraid it doesn't keep parent items for context. In fact, if your filter matches both the parent and some of its children, it will copy the parent and all of its children, then separately copy the matching children.

I'm busy with OmniFocus 2 and don't have time to dig into this right now, but hopefully this at least gives folks a working script to use as a good starting point!

Last edited by Ken Case; 2014-01-28 at 05:45 PM.. Reason: Fixed column type references for multi-column documents
 
Just tried it - got an error message:

execution error: OmniOutliner got an error: Can,Aot make (name:"TAG", type:type, width 154) into type properties of column (1700)

FYI, "TAG" refers to a text column in my outline ... but I get this result whether I'm searching for something in that or any other column.
 
 


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