Automating OmniFocus via other applications
OmniFocus for iPhone and iPad have some built-in functionality for other applications to interface with it directly:
- add an action with an optional note (and much more!)
- paste in TaskPaper format text (to create entire projects with a tap)
- open a perspective
- open a context
- open a single-action list
These are all covered in depth on the URL Schemes page.
Getting actions into OmniFocus
Thanks to system-wide Services in OS X, it’s easy to get new bits of data into OmniFocus. On iOS, we’re provided with a few different options. The easiest is the Share Sheet, which is available nearly everywhere. But some apps use direct integration with our URL Schemes to give actions better names and notes (and sometimes links back to data in the originating app!):
The email client Dispatch sending an email to OmniFocus.
The incredibly versatile Drafts app, sending a note to OmniFocus for iPhone.
There are several apps that work with many iOS apps, and these have great OmniFocus support built-in:
- Launch Center Pro
- Unread - An RSS Reader (or iPad)
- Shoots & Leaves - Camera
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