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Mar 16 2008

OmniFocus on the iPhone – GTD to Go!

OmniFocus Released

Well, after last weeks announcement from Apple about the release of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for the iPhone (and iPod Touch) I was eager to see which people announced development of Getting Things Done apps for the iPhone. I have had an iPhone since they came out in the US as I bought one and hacked it to work in the UK. Being a jail-broke phone, I would have loved some way to sync my tasks to the phone but there have to date been no workable solution. So the announcement of the SDK was met with glee. Well, the OmniGroup, makers of OmniFocus have announced on their blog, and via there forums that they are already working on a iPhone and iPod touch native version of OmniFocus. Further to the blog post, there was an interesting comment from Ken Case at OmniGroup about the sync functionality of the application.
The Mac and iPhone applications will be able to synchronize changes with each other through any WebDAV server (including Apple's .Mac), so you won't have to worry about plugging your iPhone into your Mac to synchronize your latest edits back and forth. (Multiple Macs will also be able to synchronize with each other through the same WebDAV server, for those of you who might be wondering about that.)
Well, this news is great. I currently love my iPhone and OmniFocus set up but I rely upon the ability to send email from my iPhone to OmniFocus as a task (More coming in the next post about this). The ability to have working copies of my GTD system both on my MacBook Pro as well as my iPhone is fantastic. I can walk around with my entire GTD system in my Pocket and the ability to update this on the fly from anywhere in the world. Could this be the ultimate ubiquitous capture device? Anyway, you can be sure I will be keeping abreast of further developments and I will also scour for other GTD apps planned for the iPhone. Have a great day!
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  1. John B. Kendrick said on March 17th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    My problem with the native apps is that I need to run my GTD on Windows at work, my iMac at home and my iPhone on the run. I’ve only found one application that will do all that in a simple way. And I too have been emailing tasks to my GTD, but now have found that I can send a voice message using Jott and don’t even have to type the task, a great time saver when I’m on the run with my iPhone. I wrote about my recent experiences with GTD at http://johnkendrick.wordpress.com

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  2. Victor Medina said on March 17th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

     I have been using Omnifocus since sometime when it was still in its testing phase. Fortunately, I run a one-platform business and home computing system. So, I don’t need a solution that can work for PCs or Macs. Nonetheless I have been impressed with how easy on the focus is to use, and how extensible it is for people with different working styles. As evidence of that, when I purchased a family pack license, I gave my assistant and my partner each a license to use on the focus, and they use it in totally different ways. Notwithstanding the difference in their approach to using the program, each finds it an extremely valuable productivity tool. I am totally waiting with bated breath for the native iPhone at that they are developing. I would have settled for a program that needed to be synced from a wired connection, but if they’re going for something that sings to .Mac that’s even better.

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  3. [...] I reported a while back about OmniGroup developing an iPhone version of OmniFocus. Well, today OmniGroup launched a micro site for the iPhone version of OmniFocus. I [...]

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