OmniFocus2Evernote

August 14th, 2016  |  Published in applescript

I like keeping track of tasks in OmniFocus (for now) and I like to keep notes in Evernote (most of the time). I don’t like keeping notes in OmniFocus outside of a few quick jots to add context to a task.

This afternoon I was setting up a series of tasks that will require some research, links to assorted pages, links to notes within Evernote, and some other stuff that further busted my willingness to keep notes in OmniFocus, so I came up with this script.

What It Does

It takes your currently selected OmniFocus task or project (henceforth referred to as “the item”) and makes a new note in Evernote with it. That note has a few characteristics that are useful:

First, the source URL of the new Evernote note is the application URL link of the item. It looks like this in Evernote:

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That means if you’re in the Evernote note and need to find your way back to the OmniFocus item, you can just click that link and away you go. You can find that link in Evernote for mobile by tapping the note’s info button.

Second, it sets an Evernote reminder that matches the due date of the item. If you use reminders (doesn’t everybody?) then you will have a tidy list of notes that are associated with (and linked to) your OmniFocus items readily available.

Third, it prepends the new Evernote note’s link to the OmniFocus item’s note, so that when you’re in OmniFocus, you can easily find your way back to the Evernote note.

Making It Easier to Use

OmniFocus will let you save scripts in its script folder then set them up as buttons in its toolbar:

  1. Make sure you have the directory ~/Library/Application\ Scripts/com.omnigroup.OmniFocus2
  2. Save the script below into that directory.
  3. Open OmniFocus
  4. Right-click on the toolbar and select “Customize Toolbar …”
  5. Look for a black-and-white script icon with the name of your script.
  6. Drag that icon into the toolbar.

You can make sure it’s working by selecting a task or project and clicking the icon. In this case, “working” means:

  • A new note in Evernote is created with:
    • a title matching that of the OmniFocus item
    • a link back to the OmniFocus item
    • a reminder set to the due date of the OmniFocus item
  • A link to the Evernote note is appended to the top of the OmniFocus item’s note.

Bugs:

  • It’ll bomb if you try to do this with an OmniFocus context.
  • It is stupid and doesn’t care if you’ve already done this with the existing project or task: You’ll just get more links added to the item’s note, and more Evernote notes will be created.

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