Synching is hard

FocusGTD

Some progress update for my Android GTD app. I have spent the past couple of weekends (and countless hours) on trying to get the synchronization with OmniFocus to work. I am having some limited success in that the down synch is quite stable now, but the upload is still very much broken. I think I am not far off but right now OmniFocus for Mac is not properly digesting my uploaded changes.

Will keep you posted.

Started working on an OmniFocus compatible Android GTD App

GTD AndroidI started working on an Android GTD App that will be compatible/similar to OmniFocus for iPhone. The ultimate goal is that it will behave roughly like the todays iPhone version of the app.

Note that this app is in no way connected with OmniGroup at all. It is solely my personal endeavor. I am planning to sell this application on the Google Play Store once it is ready. I have checked with Omni and they didn’t seem to have anything against that approach.

However, until the app is anywhere near there it will be a long way to go still.

This whole project stemmed from an experiment that I embarked on when I got my Nexus 4. While still a die hard iPhone user, I tried to get by with just the Nexus 4 for a couple of weeks. And I really started to miss OmniFocus.

Dont get me wrong, there are *tons* of great todo applications for Android out there, but I haven’t found any that had an even remotely as capable Mac OS desktop client like OmniFocus (if you happen to know one then I would be very interested).

Current status

I am not sure what to call the apps current status. Its so far before alpha that I dont know of any term. In fact all it really does right now is download and parse all the sync data that is on a defined WebDAV share (i.e. OmniSync Server).

You can browse the synched data on the phone but there aren’t really any screens for the task details yet.

 

Next Steps

There are 2 major things that I plan to work on next:

  1. Synching back to the server (this will take a couple of weeks due to my limited time I can devote to the project)
  2. Improve the screens to show and edit the tasks in the database.
Update 29.3.2013
  • Made it clear that the App is neither called OmniFocus for Android nor affiliated with OmniGroup
UPDATE 31.05.2013

Outlook to Omnifocus, take 9 (Updated)

This is the 9th installment of my little OmniFocus script which will turn Emails into tasks. This is a minor fix to support foreign character sets. Please let me know in case you are experiencing problems.

Changes:

  • added support for foreign characters (provided by Andrew)
  • Update April 22nd: Re-uploaded another version of the script which should work fine with the latest Outlook update

Features:

  • configurable growl notifications (provided by Paul)
  • fix for empty subject lines (provided by Paul and Peter)
  • added mail headers (from, date) to content of the note (provided by Paul)
  • does not rely on a separate jar tool anymore and should therefore be more compatible with older Mac OS versions. (courtesy of someone on the omnifocus forums whos name I forgot unfortunately)
  • configuration options
    • growl enabled
    • delete mail after turning it to an omnifocus task
    • target mail folder for moving the processed mail (note that this does not work in combination with mail deletion, please choose either delete or move)
    • bring omnifocus to the front
    • put cursor into a specific field in the quick entry panel
    • open quick entry panel (or just add the task silently to inbox)

Install instructions:

  1. Double click the zip file to extract it
  2. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item “About this menu…” and then click “Open Folder”. Update: on the latest version of Outlook this location is now <userhome>(Library/Applications Support/Microsoft/Office/Outlook Script Menu Items (thanks Mike for noting that)
  3. that’s it

Note to non-english office users:

Your Outlook Script Menu Items folder is in a different location. Please go the route via „About this menu“ explained in point 2!

Usage instructions:

  1. select a mail in outlook
  2. open the script menu and choose  ”Send Outlook to Omnifocus” (see screenshot) or alternatively just press CTRL+O (o, not zero)

Configuration instructions:

So if you want to tweak the settings of the script, bring up the file in the outlook menu items folder and double click it.

This will open AppleScript editor (if it does not, then you can try right click and choose Open with…). In applescript editor you will see a configuration block on the top of the file. Change the values as documented in the script, save it and you should be fine.

Note that a few settings rely on other settings to be configured (i.e. currently omnifocus activation will only be invoked if the quick entry panel is switched on). If you find those restrictions too cumbersome, let me know and I will look into that.

Download

Outlook2Omnifocus-v14 (updated 2013-05-10, same as v12,v13 but I made sure its compiled as a bundle)

Outlook to Omnifocus, take 8

This is the 8th installment of my little OmniFocus script which will turn Emails into tasks. I received quite a lot of feedback regarding the Growl integration which was causing problems for many people. Therefore, I have removed growl (if you want growl and take7 was working for you, just don’t upgrade).

Changes:

  • removed Growl support as it was causing more problems than it was worth
  • made deleting old files more resilient

Features:

  • configurable growl notifications (provided by Paul)
  • fix for empty subject lines (provided by Paul and Peter)
  • added mail headers (from, date) to content of the note (provided by Paul)
  • does not rely on a separate jar tool anymore and should therefore be more compatible with older Mac OS versions. (courtesy of someone on the omnifocus forums whos name I forgot unfortunately)
  • configuration options
    • growl enabled
    • delete mail after turning it to an omnifocus task
    • target mail folder for moving the processed mail (note that this does not work in combination with mail deletion, please choose either delete or move)
    • bring omnifocus to the front
    • put cursor into a specific field in the quick entry panel
    • open quick entry panel (or just add the task silently to inbox)

Install instructions:

  1. Double click the zip file to extract it
  2. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item “About this menu…” and then click “Open Folder”.
  3. that’s it

Note to non-english office users:

Your Outlook Script Menu Items folder is in a different location. Please go the route via „About this menu“ explained in point 2!

Usage instructions:

  1. select a mail in outlook
  2. open the script menu and choose  ”Send Outlook to Omnifocus” (see screenshot) or alternatively just press CTRL+O (o, not zero)

Configuration instructions:

So if you want to tweak the settings of the script, bring up the file in the outlook menu items folder and double click it.

This will open AppleScript editor (if it does not, then you can try right click and choose Open with…). In applescript editor you will see a configuration block on the top of the file. Change the values as documented in the script, save it and you should be fine.

Note that a few settings rely on other settings to be configured (i.e. currently omnifocus activation will only be invoked if the quick entry panel is switched on). If you find those restrictions too cumbersome, let me know and I will look into that.

Download

Outlook2Omnifocus-v10.zip

Outlook to Omnifocus, take 7

This is the 7th installment of my little OmniFocus script which will turn Emails into tasks.

Changes:

  • added support for Growl 1.3 (thanks to John Duprey), if you are using Growl 1.3 please uncomment the following line (by removing the starting „–„)

    -- tell application id "com.Growl.GrowlHelperApp"

    (if you cannot find it, search for EDITME GROWL in the source code)

  • added support to move the processed mail to a folder

Features:

  • configurable growl notifications (provided by Paul)
  • fix for empty subject lines (provided by Paul and Peter)
  • added mail headers (from, date) to content of the note (provided by Paul)
  • does not rely on a separate jar tool anymore and should therefore be more compatible with older Mac OS versions. (courtesy of someone on the omnifocus forums whos name I forgot unfortunately)
  • configuration options
    • growl enabled
    • delete mail after turning it to an omnifocus task
    • target mail folder for moving the processed mail (note that this does not work in combination with mail deletion, please choose either delete or move)
    • bring omnifocus to the front
    • put cursor into a specific field in the quick entry panel
    • open quick entry panel (or just add the task silently to inbox)

Install instructions:

  1. Double click the zip file to extract it
  2. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item “About this menu…” and then click “Open Folder”.
  3. that’s it

Note to non-english office users:

Your Outlook Script Menu Items folder is in a different location. Please go the route via „About this menu“ explained in point 2!

Usage instructions:

  1. select a mail in outlook
  2. open the script menu and choose  ”Send Outlook to Omnifocus” (see screenshot) or alternatively just press CTRL+O (o, not zero)

Configuration instructions:

So if you want to tweak the settings of the script, bring up the file in the outlook menu items folder and double click it.

This will open AppleScript editor (if it does not, then you can try right click and choose Open with…). In applescript editor you will see a configuration block on the top of the file. Change the values as documented in the script, save it and you should be fine.

Note that a few settings rely on other settings to be configured (i.e. currently omnifocus activation will only be invoked if the quick entry panel is switched on). If you find those restrictions too cumbersome, let me know and I will look into that.

Download

OutlookToOmnifocus-v9.zip

Outlook to Omnifocus, take 6

This is a new and improved version which fixes problems with senders that don’t have a name.

Features:

  • configurable growl notifications (provided by Paul)
  • fix for empty subject lines (provided by Paul and Peter)
  • added mail headers (from, date) to content of the note (provided by Paul)
  • does not rely on a separate jar tool anymore and should therefore be more compatible with older Mac OS versions. (courtesy of someone on the omnifocus forums whos name I forgot unfortunately)
  • configuration options
    • growl enabled
    • delete mail after turning it to an omnifocus task
    • bring omnifocus to the front
    • put cursor into a specific field in the quick entry panel
    • open quick entry panel (or just add the task silently to inbox)

Install instructions:

  1. Double click the zip file to extract it
  2. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item “About this menu…” and then click “Open Folder”.
  3. that’s it

Note to non-english office users:

Your Outlook Script Menu Items folder is in a different location. Please go the route via „About this menu“ explained in point 2!

Usage instructions:

  1. select a mail in outlook
  2. open the script menu and choose  ”Send Outlook to Omnifocus” (see screenshot) or alternatively just press CTRL+O (o, not zero)

Configuration instructions:

So if you want to tweak the settings of the script, bring up the file in the outlook menu items folder and double click it.

This will open AppleScript editor (if it does not, then you can try right click and choose Open with…). In applescript editor you will see a configuration block on the top of the file. Change the values as documented in the script, save it and you should be fine.

Note that a few settings rely on other settings to be configured (i.e. currently omnifocus activation will only be invoked if the quick entry panel is switched on). If you find those restrictions too cumbersome, let me know and I will look into that.

Download

OutlookToOmnifocus-v8.zip

Eclipse fullscreen mode on 10.7 Lion

Oh my god, it is available! There is a plugin for eclipse that makes it fullscreen compatible for Mac OSX Lion (10.7). Find out the details here

http://danielgerber.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/using-eclipse-in-fullscreen-mode-under-mac-os-x-10-7-lion/

In short you only need to add the following update location (http://github.bandlem.com/) via Help->Install new software…

via http://alblue.bandlem.com/2011/07/full-screen-support-for-eclipse-on-osx.html

Outlook to OmniFocus, take 5

Hey this is is it, the long awaited updated version with features to spare.

Features:

  • configurable growl notifications (provided by Paul)
  • fix for empty subject lines (provided by Paul and Peter)
  • added mail headers (from, date) to content of the note (provided by Paul)
  • does not rely on a separate jar tool anymore and should therefore be more compatible with older Mac OS versions. (courtesy of someone on the omnifocus forums whos name I forgot unfortunately)
  • configuration options
    • growl enabled
    • delete mail after turning it to an omnifocus task
    • bring omnifocus to the front
    • put cursor into a specific field in the quick entry panel
    • open quick entry panel (or just add the task silently to inbox)

Install instructions:

  1. Double click the zip file to extract it
  2. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item “About this menu…” and then click “Open Folder”.
  3. that’s it

Note to non-english office users:

Your Outlook Script Menu Items folder is in a different location. Please go the route via „About this menu“ explained in point 2!

Usage instructions:

  1. select a mail in outlook
  2. open the script menu and choose  ”Send Outlook to Omnifocus” (see screenshot) or alternatively just press CTRL+O (o, not zero)

Configuration instructions:

So if you want to tweak the settings of the script, bring up the file in the outlook menu items folder and double click it.

This will open AppleScript editor (if it does not, then you can try right click and choose Open with…). In applescript editor you will see a configuration block on the top of the file. Change the values as documented in the script, save it and you should be fine.

Note that a few settings rely on other settings to be configured (i.e. currently omnifocus activation will only be invoked if the quick entry panel is switched on). If you find those restrictions too cumbersome, let me know and I will look into that.

Download

OutlookToOmnifocus-v7.zip

Outlook to OmniFocus, take 4

This is another update to the previous releases of my Outlook script. The main changes are

  • growl notification (provided by Paul)
  • fix for empty subject lines (provided by Paul and Peter)
  • added mail headers (from, date) to content of the note (provided by Paul)
  • a few optional hooks that you can customize the behaviour of the script

Install instructions:

  1. Double click the OutlookToOmniFocus-v4.tar.gz to extract it
  2. Copy the contents of the zip file to <userhome>/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Outlook Script Menu Items (you can do this even easier by opening Outlook, selecting the script menu item „About this menu…“ and then click „Open Folder“.
  3. that’s it

Usage instructions:

  1. select a mail in outlook
  2. open the script menu and choose  „Send Outlook to Omnifocus“ (see screenshot) or alternatively just press CTRL+O (o, not zero)

In case something goes horribly wrong

I obviously dont hope that it does, but please open Console and watch for suspicious messages. Typically this will give you some idea.

Download

Download the file see here: OutlookToOmnifocus-v5.zip see update below

Important

If you have a non-english system then your „Microsoft User Data“ folder might use a different localized name. In this case please replace „Microsoft User Data“ with the correct folder name (e.b. „Microsoft-Benutzerdaten“ if you are using a german system). Thanks to Jens for pointing this out.

Update 24.02.2011

I have updated the script and fixed the Growl integration. This should work now. In addition I have added a couple of CHANGEME comments in order to make it easier to customize the script.

Download the latest file here: OutlookToOmnifocus-v6.zip

Update 17.5.2011

Since I like to share and people were seeing issues, here is the source for the maildecoder java tool.

MailDecoder-src.zip

Update 19.05.2011

Please take a look at http://rainer.4950.net/wordpress/blog/category/gtd/ for the latest version of this script.

TimeTracker 1.3.13 beta

A new version of TimeTracker for Mac has been released. This is a new years bugfix release which is supposed to fix a few minor issues:

  • fixed issue 91 – the filter was not reapplied if you left TT running past midnight and it showed yesterdays entries in when having the today filter.
  • fixed issue 95 – replaced BWtoolkit styled but broken ok button with std button
  • general UI overhaul where a bunch of small annyoing issues were cleaned up
  • fixed a bug where on new years the last week/this week filters produced empty results

As always you can download it here as well as via the builtin Sparkle updater (you need to have it set to accept beta versions).