The beta is getting near

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After a lot of work and tremendous help from some of the testers the application is shaping up reasonably. The app still looks pretty crappy from a visual perspective but I believe that the synching should be pretty reliable at this point and it should not destroy your data on your Mac.

Therefore, I have added the next set of testers. All persons who got invited will receive an invite to the google community (Focus GTD alpha Testers). Please review the very first posts in this community on how to download the app.

So whats the status?

What works

  • Synchronization via Webdav (mostly tested with OmniSync-Server)
  • Creating, Editing, Deleting tasks
  • Viewing task notes
  • Reminders
  • Browse by project, folder, context

What does not yet work

  • Editing of projects, contexts, notes
  • Deleting projects, contexts
  • Nested contexts
  • Configurable default reminder time (it will always assume that the default reminder time should be tomorrow 9am)
  • Standalone operation (the app still requires that you have Omnifocus on the Mac which will clean up the sync files now and then)


My synching is very slow. Especially the very first sync.

This could happen in case you have outdated clients (or you have uninstalled Omnifocus or FocusGTD from a few devices and now Omnifocus does not dare to delete older files since it wants to retain them for these clients. Go to Omnifocus Sync preferences and unregister all clients that you are no longer actively using.

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This allows Omnifocus to delete all old files and create a new more recent snapshot. In practice this often means that FocusGTD has only to parse 20 files instead of 400.

I would like to participate and make suggestions and/or follow the progress of the project

If you are a registered tester I can give you access to the project that I am using. There you can get a realtime view of what is happening. This is also very useful if you want to report bugs. Let me know your email address and I can invite you to trello. Otherwise if that is too much involvement for your taste you can also leave a comment here on this post and I will try to incorporate them as soon as I can.

Why the heck is it taking so long?

Synchronization is a very complex topic. Also Omni uses a somewhat unusual approach to synchronization which makes it even more laborious (on the other hand it seems to work pretty ok for their apps except for the fact that its not very fast). Also I do have a day job since the revenue from FocusGTD is still not paying my bills, so my available time is limited. I considered outsourcing some of the development but this would be a bit early (also I think that the group of potential customers is somewhat limited).

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  1. “also I think that the group of potential customers is somewhat limited”

    I am not so sure about this. I have been a Franklin Planner user for over 20 years and have been desperately looking for a good paperless planning system. Franklin’s basic online planner does not meet my needs and the next level up is very expensive and has way more options than I need as a professor as it was designed specifically for business.

    I have looked at and tried numerous systems, currently Todoist. However, I keep reading about and wanting to use OmniFocus but as a die hard Mac, iPad and android user, who cannot imagine using an iPhone, I just can’t justify the cost of OmniFocus and getting the training to use it if I do not have access on my phone. From what I have seen online, there are many of us in this boat.

    I have been following your progress and am hopeful that this will finally make the jump to OmniFocus possible. I would be willing to be a beta tester but since I am currently not using OF on my Mac or iPad I don’t think I would be very helpful at this stage.

    Keep plugging away. I am waiting with great anticipation for the release!

  2. Hi there, I have a samsung galaxy s4 but use omnifocus on my Macbook.

    I’ve been following your posts and just wanted to thank you as well as volunteer as a tester should you need it.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  3. I would love to help out as an alpha- or betatester. I use Omnifocus on a MacBook Air and an old MacBook. I just switched from an iPhone to a LG G2. Feel free to contact me.

  4. Thanks for your tireless work in creating this bridge! I too would like to test the current version on my Android phone, as long as the data/storage etc is of an allowable content…do you have a sense of that? Thanks, Scott

    1. Please add your G+ Email Address to the sign up form, if I need more testers, I pull them from there (It was in one of my previous blog posts). Right now I still have one big synching issue open that I need to fix before I add more.

  5. Is there any possibility whatsoever that you would also be working on or would work on a web interface that would be compatible with OmniFocus in the same way that this android app is? I am asking because I am hoping to switch from Apple to Linux, and I really need a way to continue using OmniFocus…The Omni Group refuses to acknowledge repeated requests for a web interface and repeatedly say that no plans are in place to create one. Any thoughts you have on this issue would be fantastic!

    1. Right now I don’t really have any plans for a web server on my behalf. But never say never. The problem with web services is that they constantly produce costs, its quite hard to create a business model that will sustain something like that without asking for a monthly fee.

      1. Well, at least you are open to the possibility. You really need to contact the Omni Group and solicit your services, if you haven’t already. It’s ridiculous and no longer viable to be platform specific anymore, and they need to get on the ball with this – you could be that bridge for them! They have an absolutely amazing product, but they seem to be “floundering” their opportunities right now. It’s extremely frustrating. Wish you well on the continued development, and I look forward to seeing the finished product.

  6. This looks awesome! Glad you’re working on it. I will be getting an Android phone in a week as I want to check it out and the thought of being without OmniFocus makes me shudder. How can I sign up as alpha-tester for this? And I can only second the comment that I would pay good money for this 🙂

  7. I was one of your testers. I have a new phone and am unable to find a way to reload the app. Can you help? I did sign up again on the google sheet.

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