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OmniFocus 1.8 sneaky peeks are now available Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
First, what are sneaky peeks?
Sneaky peeks are our latest (unstable) internal builds. These internal builds are exactly what we see here at Omni: they're just snapshots of our development that are updated every few hours and haven't gone through any sort of vetting process—which means that you might actually be the first person to try a particular build and discover that it eats your system. (We hope that doesn't happen, of course—it would be pretty upsetting if a build were to eat any of our files when we run it—but since we won't have tested the app before giving you access we can't make any guarantees.)

In other words, sneaky peeks aren't for the faint of heart; they're an invitation to come join us on the bleeding edge of our development process.
Now that that's out of the way, what's new in OmniFocus 1.8?
OmniFocus 1.8 for Mac improves task workflow by including projects, groups, and inbox items in Context lists, Due lists, and Flagged lists. This prevents these items from slipping through the cracks, and makes it easier to check them off when they're complete.
Workflow Improvements
Groups, Projects, and Inbox items now show up in Context lists, Due lists, and Flagged lists. When actions are sorted by project, parent items follow their children (which is the natural order for completing them). Single Action Lists are not actionable, and do not appear in Context lists.

Groups are now considered actionable. They can block other actions in a sequence, and are eligible to become the first "next action" for a project. Groups are blocked by their children.

We've reorganized the filtering options in the View Bar, separating the Availability Filter from the Status Filter and adding some new options. For example, you can now choose to show all Remaining items which are either Due or Flagged—or only those Due or Flagged items which are currently Available.

Context mode can now display all actions at once: you no longer have to choose between showing Remaining or Completed actions. (This is great for viewing a list of all items by date modified, for example.)
Synchronization
  • Sync Preferences now has an option to publish an OmniFocus Reminders calendar for due task notifications.
  • Sync settings sent through email are now compatible with iPhone OS 3.0 and later. (In iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone Mail stopped recognizing dashes in URL schemes, so we've switched to using omnifocus:///setup-sync?url=...)
  • Edits in progress should no longer get lost when changes are synchronized from another computer.
  • Fixed a bug where syncing a change to an action's start date wouldn't always change its context's count of available actions.
  • Fixed a bug which could cause duplication of a repeating due project or group during synchronization.
  • Improved sync compatibility with some Windows WebDAV servers.

Attachment List
  • The Attachment List now sorts its attachments when it first appears (rather than only sorting when you click on a column header).
  • The Attachment List now obeys your date format settings from System Preferences.
  • When the Attachment List is visible, it no longer shows up twice in the Window menu.
  • Fixed a crash seen when double-clicking on a perspective icon attachment in the Attachment List.
  • Fixed a crash encountered on 10.4 when clicking on the column headers in the Attachment List.
  • Fixed a crash encountered when deleting large numbers of attachments at once.
  • The Attachment List will no longer refuse to delete attachments which it can't find in the container's notes.
  • The Attachment List is much faster at handling long lists of attachments.

Miscellaneous
  • Added support for omnifocus:///add URLs for adding items via Quick Entry (as introduced in OmniFocus 1.6 for iPhone).
  • Added support for changing synchronized settings through settings links like this:
    omnifocus:///change-setting?DefaultDueTime=22:00
  • Updated the built-in help.
  • Updated the iDisk icon in Sync Preferences.
  • Updated the flag in a number of icons.
  • Fixed a bug where Due Soon items wouldn't always update on schedule.
  • When a project is on hold or otherwise inactive, its actions are no longer considered to be available.
  • Project mode can now display the Project column. (The current project is implied by the project hierarchy, but a separate column can be useful when reviewing a project and reassigning actions to different projects.)
  • Duplicating a project from the sidebar no longer skips completed items in that project. (This matches the behavior of duplicating a project in the main outline.)
  • The "No Context" sidebar item no longer counts items which are assigned to dropped contexts.
  • Fixed some regressions with the application unhiding while using Quick Entry.
  • Fixed a bug where OmniFocus could incorrectly indicate you were in a perspective when opening a related window (e.g. double-clicking on an action in the Due perspective would claim that the new window was also in the Due perspective).
  • Checking for updates will no longer trigger an "invalid display" message to the Console.
  • Spotlight searches support searching for completed actions.
  • The gear button in the column header area is no longer stretched and blurry, and its border line now lines up with the scroller line below it.
  • Fixed a crash sometimes encountered when double-clicking on Library in a focused window.

You can download the latest build-of-the-day from the OmniFocus sneaky peek download page.

We look forward to your feedback!

Last edited by Ken Case; 2010-02-17 at 12:09 AM.. Reason: highlighted workflow changes
 
Love the update—particularly the availability/status rework. This is worth the download alone.

Minor suggestion for future release notes: highlight any changes that might affect user workflow so they're more obvious. As good as it is to know that a certain bug has been fixed, it's workflow changes (like how projects are blocked or filters are modified) that matter most.
 
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First, what are sneaky peeks?

OmniFocus 1.8 for Mac improves task workflow by including projects, groups, and inbox items in Context lists, Due lists, and Flagged lists. This prevents these items from slipping through the cracks, and makes it easier to check them off when they're complete.
We look forward to your feedback!
Great improvement on workflow! Thanks for this. Now is there a way to hide this feature or at least have a way to distinguish projects in the list via style? With the addition of projects on the context/due list, I'm getting overwhelmed and confused by whether they are action items or projects.

Thanks.
 
Thank you for the updates, Ken!

One question: Now in Context view, all of my projects are showing up in the "No Context" list. Since Projects can not be assigned a context, how do you clear this up? Is this normal with the new changes?

Tony
 
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One question: Now in Context view, all of my projects are showing up in the "No Context" list. Since Projects can not be assigned a context, how do you clear this up? Is this normal with the new changes?
You can right-click on a project to set its context, or just drag it onto a context on the sidebar to move it into that context.
 
I apologize for repeating myself, but is there anyway not to have the projects show up as having "no context" I can't assign a context to a project because it may include phone calls, mac work, email, etc. My real concern is in doing my GTD weekly review I go through my action lists (contexts) and catch anything I may not have assigned a context to it. I don't want to review projects until further in my review. I know that not everyone using omnifocus is implementing GTD, but for those of us who are, this makes the review a little more difficult. By the way love desktop and iphone products and how well they're integrated. Thanks

Last edited by cashdollar; 2010-02-17 at 06:25 AM..
 
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Is there anyway not to have the projects show up as having "no context" I can't assign a context to a project because it may include phone calls, mac work, email, etc. My real concern is in doing my GTD weekly review I go through my action lists (contexts) and catch anything I may not have assigned a context to it. I don't want to review projects until further in my review.
If you don't have another context that makes more sense for a project, you can create a Review context and assign your project to it. (To assign a project to a context, see my earlier post.)

(If you don't want to see your Review context all of the time, you can place that context on hold.)
 
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I apologize for repeating myself, but is there anyway not to have the projects show up as having "no context" I can't assign a context to a project because it may include phone calls, mac work, email, etc. My real concern is in doing my GTD weekly review I go through my action lists (contexts) and catch anything I may not have assigned a context to it. I don't want to review projects until further in my review. I know that not everyone using omnifocus is implementing GTD, but for those of us who are, this makes the review a little more difficult.
Remember, you're only setting the default context -- the context given to new actions in that project if you don't supply one yourself. This shouldn't hinder GTD practice at all; assign a default context when you create a project and you're all set. If you want, you can set it to a value (like Ken's suggested "Review") to enable you during your reviews to easily spot any actions that might not have gotten a carefully considered context.
 
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Great improvement on workflow! Thanks for this. Now is there a way to hide this feature or at least have a way to distinguish projects in the list via style? With the addition of projects on the context/due list, I'm getting overwhelmed and confused by whether they are action items or projects.

Thanks.
Same here, when having a column containing the project, it is not really necessary for me to have that extra project row below the action. My experience is: I'd perhaps like to have that row below if my action was the last one in the project, but probably only then. I would, however, prefer a pop-up saying something like "No more actions in related project/group" with three options: 1. <See entire project> (new window), 2. <Mark completed>, 3. <Close>
This pop-up feature could be default on for new projects with an Inspector tick box.
 
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Same here, when having a column containing the project, it is not really necessary for me to have that extra project row below the action. My experience is: I'd perhaps like to have that row below if my action was the last one in the project, but probably only then. I would, however, prefer a pop-up saying something like "No more actions in related project/group" with three options: 1. <See entire project> (new window), 2. <Mark completed>, 3. <Close>
This pop-up feature could be default on for new projects with an Inspector tick box.
Yes, it would be great if we have the project show up when there is no action item associated with it (as long as there are items, even future items, it wouldn't show up), that way we can take action on the project (add a new task, hold, drop, etc.). As is, the extra appearance of the projects or groups is completely non-functional in my book since I can't really take any action on those items.

Last edited by ksrhee; 2010-02-17 at 05:54 AM..
 
 


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