Welcome to OMNI-AUTOMATION.COM, a resource for information about the device-independent automation support in the apps from The Omni Group.
“Omni Automation” is the name of the comprehensive user-controlled automation tools included with the productivity suite of applications from The Omni Group: OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, OmniPlan, and OmniFocus.
In addition, Omni Automation provides built-in tools for communicating with other Omni and 3rd-party applications, using standard “URL callbacks;” integrated HTTP-Request support for accessing remote sources via RESTful APIs; and the secure storage of credentials.
To maximize portability, Omni Automation scripts can be saved as text-based “Plug-Ins” installable by the user and which may be shared between devices via iCloud and 3rd-party internet storage integration.
And to best enable user-interaction, these plug-in “action” files can present standard application interfaces, like text fields, checkboxes, and menus, to enable the user to provide input to best guide the script as it processes data and automates application features.
Omni Automation is…
included with each Omni application, covering nearly all application features, and is supported by extensive API documentation available on this website.
user-configurable and user-installable. Omni Automation plug-ins may be shared between devices and platforms using shared internet services such as DropBox and Apple’s iCloud Drive.
designed to interact fully with the Shortcuts automation workflows application, which is included by default with iOS and iPadOS.
text-based. Although each Omni application includes a built-in console for writing and running user-input scripts, Omni Automation is fully compatible with 3rd-party code editing applications, which can be used to author the automation action files.
a community of motivated users who use Omni Automation to create and distribute custom productivity tools for automating both common and uncommon processes and procedures.
The sections linked-to from the navigation overlay menu (☰ <- top left of this page) and below, contain information and examples regarding all aspects of using and creating Omni Automation scripts and plug-ins. Enjoy!
- Script Security
- Script URLs
- Plug-Ins and Libraries
- Simple Plug-In Generators
- Shared Classes & Methods (includes Fetch API)
- Shortcuts App (iOS)
- Drafts App (iOS/macOS)
- FileMaker Pro (macOS & iOS)
- “Omni-Interactive” HTML
- JXA|AppleScript (macOS)
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