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I have just purchased OmniFocus and am having difficulty getting my head round synchronisation with iCal. I have previously set up a number of iCal Calendars which are essentially projects. They are not context based, although I have been using Bento where I have assigned individual tasks to contexts.

What I would really like to do is sync all my iCal tasks with OmniFocus and then sort them out, assigning to projects and contexts. As far as I can see, in setting up iCal sync I can assign OmniFocus contexts to individual iCal calendars--but a context can go to only one calendar. This is all well and good, but results in only partial synchronisation. All the items in iCal calendars not associated with OmniFocus contexts remain unsynchronised. I thought to set up a "General" context but this can be linked to only one iCal calendar.

Am I missing something blindingly obvious?
The synchronization setup we have works best when you're pushing information that originates in OmniFocus to iCal; what you're trying to do is possible, but you're pushing the envelope. :-)

Here's what I'd probably do:
  1. Make a placeholder context in OmniFocus for each of the calendars you have set up in iCal.
  2. sync information over from iCal, which will add the info to those placeholder contexts in OmniFocus.
  3. process the information, assigning the actions to the 'real' projects and contexts you want to use in OmniFocus. Eventually, you want those placeholder contexts to be completely empty.
  4. sync information from OmniFocus -> iCal
  5. nuke the placeholder contexts.

Does that work for your purposes?

Last edited by Brian; 2008-06-16 at 03:32 PM.. Reason: removed some half-typed stuff that I meant to delete before posting. ;-)
Hi Brian,

Thanks for this. I've done this and it works. Thanks for the help.


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