2016-10-12 – Automating OmniFocus on iOS

Improvements to OmniFocus for iOS have opened up a multitude of iOS automation possibilities. Watch this session and learn how to up your game on iOS.

There are many more ways to automate OmniFocus thanks to the introduction of Shortcuts and Omni Automation. OmniFocus 4: Beyond the Basics covers the basics of automating OmniFocus. Other content takes a deeper dive.

If your work is at all repetitive, the time and energy invested to learn and implement automation pays handsome dividends.

For example, templates created in Editorial for iOS can be transformed into new OmniFocus projects within seconds. You can choose to be prompted for project-specific information, including the project start and due dates and strings to be inserted into the project (e.g. the name of a client). In addition to dramatically speeding up project creation, this approach is methodical by nature and minimizes the chance of anything slipping through the cracks.

Session Overview

Topics featured in this session include:

  • How to create projects based on templates using OmniFocus in combination with Editorial for iOS, a plain text editor for iOS that supports automation and the OmniFocus-compatible TaskPaper format.
  • How to create and edit TaskPaper templates on the Mac using TextEdit and TaskPaper for Mac.
  • How to create a TaskPaper template based on an existing project using OmniFocus for Mac.
  • How to automate the creation of OmniFocus projects using Workflow for iOS.
  • How to use Launch Center Pro for iOS to conveniently trigger workflows and quickly access OmniFocus data and features.
  • How to conveniently capture information into OmniFocus using Drafts for iOS.
  • And more…

Omni Group References

  • TaskPaper Tags — More information on the TaskPaper format and the tags that OmniFocus supports is available on the Omni Group’s Support Site.
  • URL Schemes — Details on using URL schemes for automation are available on Inside OmniFocus.

Related Content on Learn OmniFocus

Additional Resources

  • Joe Buhlig — Has some excellent OmniFocus posts on his blog. Also check out his excellent Working with OmniFocus book and video series, that includes some great content on OmniFocus automation on both Mac and iOS. This session featured Joe’s OF Book Tasks Workflow (Workflows app) and the Multiple Lines in Drafts to Multiple Tasks in OmniFocus Action (Drafts App).
  • David Sparks — If you’re interested in learning more about the Workflow app, check out MacSparky’s Workflow Video Field Guide.  You can watch about eleven minutes free of charge. Consider purchasing this video field guide if you want to take a deep dive into Workflow for iOS.
  • TaskPaper SamplesDrop us a line if you’d like a copy of any of the TaskPaper templates featured in this session.

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