Here's a link to a working script that saves an Outlook email as an OmniFocus task


#1

I had an amazingly difficult time finding a working script that would automatically save an email from Outlook as an OmniFocus task. Google kept directing me to scripts that did NOT work. But at last I was able to find a solution – it’s here at the bottom of a thread on these forums.

The page contains both a script and an Alfred workflow. I’m using the workflow. Enjoy!


OmniFocus 3 with Outlook 2016
#2

I’ve been using Veritrope’s script for a while, and it works very well. Over time I’ve tweaked it to my taste and fixed a couple of things. My latest version is here: https://github.com/Hammerspoon/Spoons/blob/master/Source/SendToOmniFocus.spoon/scripts/outlook-to-omnifocus.applescript (you can find other X-to-omnifocus scripts I use in the same directory).

If you are interested: I use this script (and others) with Hammerspoon, which is an extremely powerful automation tool. I have a few getting-started articles in my blog, a good starting point is this one: http://zzamboni.org/post/getting-started-with-hammerspoon/


#3

For some reason, I’ve found the script on Veritrope’s page does not work for me. The Alfred automation I linked to above works just fine. I’ll check out Hammerspoon. Thanks!


Email capture: OmniFocus 2 PRO with outlook 2016
#4

Veritrope’s script broke with an Outlook upgrade a few months ago - I submitted the fix but I don’t know if he’s incorporated it. I documented the problem here: http://zzamboni.org/post/fixing-outlook-to-omnifocus-script/


#5

hey @zzamboni,

really appreciate your fixing this and updating with Notification Center details… This is back to normal for me and has returned my productivity… Thanks again!


#6

This script (your updated version) is fantastic. Any chance you made one that works with omnifocus 3?


#7

Zzamboni, do you have a version of your updated script (the one that includes the message and attachment) that works with Omnifocus 3?


#8

The same script works for OF3 - I have continued using it without modification after the upgrade. Did you have any problems with it?


#9

The original works, but I have been using your modified one that gives you the task window and attaches the message. That does not work.

Specifically, this one - that I believe included your modifications for task window / attachment handling:


#10

I’d love a script that pops up a task quick entry window. With the script I’m using, I have to Cmd-Tab to OmniFocus, find the new task, and change the title there. It would be much simpler to have the new task pop up in a quick entry window so I can edit the title (as well as project, tags, and other metadata) immediately before saving.

And I really wish Outlook would support links to individual messages. WTF, Microsoft – this is not the behavior of the 2018 Microsoft I otherwise love; it’s the behavior of pre-2010 crap Microsoft.