What you need to know
- OmniFocus is one of the most popular task management apps around.
- OmniFocus 4 is set to be a big user experience refresh and you can sign up for the public beta now.
Omni Group, a developer that has been around longer than most, today announced that OmniFocus 4 will be a significant user experience refresh for the popular task management app. Users can sign up to be on the public TestFlight beta, too.
The updated app, set to ship later this year, will offer an all-new interface that will make it easier for beginners to get started while still offering the power and capabilities that existing users are so fond of.
Having seen OmniFocus 4 running during a presentation today I can tell you that there's a lot going on here, most noticeably a cleaner look and more obvious method of doing just about everything. Task settings, including due dates and tags, are no longer hidden inside the Inspector – making everything much more accessible than previous versions of the app.
More advanced keyboard shortcuts are also present – a boon for iPad users who use their tablet with a keyboard attached.
Moreover, OmniFocus 4 will also usher in a new licensing model, too. Users will be able to take advantage of OmniFocus across all platforms without paying separately for each one.
No concrete release window has been given for OmniFocus 4 just yet, but those who can't wait can always sign up to be part of the public beta if they're feeling brave. There's a ton more information about what will make OmniFocus 4 such a big change on the Omni Group blog, too.
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