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I'm just wondering if there are any plans to shift the iCal syncing eventually - to make it built into the sync services structure - whereby anything that is added in either place will automatically show up - as opposed to having to manually initiate a sync via a command. In so doing, OmniFocus would also be built directly into the .Mac sync structure - and it would be possible to sync between multiple computers. I know that Midnight Inbox is planning this functionality into it's v. 2 update. And Bento, just released by Filemaker, has this ability for Leopard as well.

Just a thought - but it would be great to have true syncing of the actions in OmniFocus to iCal.
I absolutely second that.
OmniFocus is great but at the same time absolutely useless because I need entering and processing information from more than one computer. Sending stuff by email or having OmniFocus server running all the time just doesn't work for me.
Yes please add this. The having to hit the sync to iCal button is really dated. Every program I have that talks with iCal has this. Omni is the only one I have to do the old fashioned way. I've heard weird reason's why this has not been implemented, but coming from experience of actually developing apps with Mac's sync services there really is no excuse. It would also be nice for iCal tasks to be synced into Omni. Jumping between iCal tasks and Omni tasks are driving me a bit nuts. THINGS has this implemented and works very well. I wish we could merge the two.
Also this feature has been on the wanted list for a lot of people since 3 years ago!!
Merged a couple of threads and re-titled the combined thread to hopefully make this info more find-able.

In general, this post remains up-to-date; while automatic sync does offer more convenience when it behaves well, it also means letting other apps invisibly modify data in your trusted system. We implemented sync as an active step so folks are aware when other apps may be modifying their data; this gives them the best chance of catching a problem when it happens.

Of course, we do have a feature request open on auto-sync, and folks can email the support ninjas to vote for it. So far, though, there are other features that have more votes attached to them.

Last edited by Brian; 2010-02-25 at 05:24 PM.. Reason: added 2nd sentence in 2nd paragraph for more clarity.
Is there a way to automatically have OF sync with iCal? As in, set it so it could sync once a day, or once a week, or once a month? If not, is there a chance this might be a feature in the near future?
It's manual for now. I have no idea what's in store for the future - Omni hasn't said.
Definitely not in the near future.

In general, we have reservations about automatic synch. Assuming no errors in the process, automatic sync is fine. But as we've all discovered, the process of syncing information between various apps is a complicated and (at best) fragile process.

If synch is manual, the user is aware that it's going on and is more likely to notice if something doesn't happen as they expect it to happen. (Because of bad data entry, because some other app involved in the sync did something it shouldn't have, or because we have a bug.)

Am I saying that automatic sync will never happen? No. But we don't have any plans to add it at this time.
I have the iPhone version of OF and have downloaded the compatible desktop version. All is working well, but I would like to know why there remains a manual button to sync with iCal. Does this mean that changes I make on my iPod Touch, which are then synced through MobileMe, are not reflected in the desktop version until I remember to press the Sync with iCal button?

Is there now a need for a manual sync and shouldn't the process be automatic?
Agreed, OF should just auto sync w/ iCal, and I can't believe this isn't built in, with all the OF hype and the obvious advantage (ie the other apps that sync with iCal).

Last edited by dancingbrook; 2008-07-18 at 06:18 AM..

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