I hacked this up and then discovered via a tweet from Ken Case of the OmniGroup that it’s completely unnecessary, because you can convert a task into a project in OmniFocus simply by using the outlining outdent shortcut of Command-[. I thought I’d post it anyway, in case anyone finds it to be a useful example of scripting OmniFocus (which I found somewhat hard to get started with) and also because I feel bad about wasting time on writing this thing and publishing it somewhere kind of sort of justifies the effort. 🙂
One of my ideas was to use snippets in OmniFocus to create certain repetitive multi-action sequences. For example, when a project involves emailing someone and then waiting for a reply, it would be nice to type a short abbreviation and then enter a fill-in for the name of the person and then have TextExpander create two actions in OmniFocus; one called “Email
Well, it didn’t work for me as expected. Strangely, it works with the first action; I get the title and context that I want. For the second action, however, I cannot get it to set the context. No matter how many tabs I insert into my snippet expansion, any text that I try to make it put in the context field of the second task seems to go in the title instead. Strange.
Here is the snippet:
If you get it to work or have any insights, please let me know…
I thought others might find a couple of my custom searches and fallback searches for Alfred.app interesting. When I type some text that doesn’t match anything, here’s what I get:
The “Jira search” entry searches my company’s local Jira server. You can add one for yourself by clicking this link and editing the URL in Alfred Preferences | Features | Web & URL | Custom Searches (this is in Alfred.app version 1.3.1).
The “OF Inbox” entry uses an omnifocus:// URL to send the text to your OmniFocus Inbox. Here’s a link to add this to your Alfred config.
I just hacked together an OmniFocus extension for PopClip
The extension creates a new task with the selected task in the OmniFocus quick entry window. Just a tiny bit of AppleScript.
~/Library/Application Support/PopClip/Extensions/OmniFocus.popclipext and then open the extension by double-clicking in Finder or using the
I just hacked together a quick little prototype Python module for reading OmniFocus data:
Please feel free to fork it and send pull requests! Or file bugs. Or send ideas for improvements.
This could be used as part of a larger solution to pull all the data out of OmniFocus and publish it as some consumable format for the web (e.g.: XML, JSON, HTML, etc.). Or to have an OmniFocus CLI, which is what I’m most interested in.
While playing with some OmniFocus AppleScripts last night, I realized that OmniFocus on the Mac uses a sqlite database (in addition to the zipped .xml files that it uses for synching). This is pretty interesting, because it could be a very convenient way to write tools that interact with OmniFocus (and use something like Python instead of AppleScript).
$ sqlite3 ~/Library/Caches/com.omnigroup.OmniFocus/OmniFocusDatabase2 SQLite version 3.7.3 Enter ".help" for instructions Enter SQL statements terminated with a ";" sqlite> .mode column sqlite> .headers on sqlite> SELECT task.name AS task, context.name AS context ...> FROM task JOIN context ON task.context = context.persistentIdentifier ...> WHERE context.name LIKE '%email%' AND task.dateCompleted IS NULL; task context --------------------------------------------- ---------- Send Amanda new color photo via Cloud website Email
Pretty cool. With a little Python and SQLAlchemy, I could probably create a nice little Python module for dealing with OmniFocus data.