Review: OmniFocus 1.0 task management software
Posted 04 April 2008 - 09:47 AM
Ok, I've just opened it up. The fact that it presents me with one reeeeeaaaallllyyyyy long list of tasks is very annoying. All this stuff is in my face and amorphous, which I don't like.
1. OmniFocus shows me what's due today, tomorrow, later, was due yesterday, last week, et cetera. Much better.
2. Most importantly, OF is much better in hiding data that is not relevant yet. My todo list is much cleaner.
3. OF is better at repeating tasks: tasks can repeat at regular intervals (pay the rent) or at an interval from completion (water the plants).
4. OF has more display modes: show all tasks, all remaining, next available; sort by this that the other.....
In general, it feels much better, and I'm a very happy user.
Posted 04 April 2008 - 10:42 AM
Review hit the nail on the head for me with these two sentences. I think OmniFocus is a good, professional-quality app, but for me it's way overkill. I always felt like I was spending more time getting the darn tasks into OmniFocus than I was spending actually completing them.
My choice for the last few months has been Things. It doesn't have quite as powerful a featureset as OmniFocus, but it does exactly what I need in a very elegant, friendly way. Of course, it's not really an option for some people since it's still in beta (and doesn't have some features like iCal synching implemented yet), but it's extremely stable so I figured it was worth a mention.
Posted 04 April 2008 - 01:29 PM
OmniFocus's Sort menu does work in Planning view, but only on a list of projects, not on the actions inside a project.
If, e.g., you select a folder containing several projects, you can use the Sort menu to determine the order in which these projects are displayed in the main outline area.
"If youa??re the kind of person who spends as much time managing your to-do list as you do actually completing the tasks on it"
That is probably exactly the kind of user that would benefit from GTD in the first place. ;)
Posted 04 April 2008 - 02:17 PM
Killer features for me are iCal Integration, Perspectives (views) and the quick approach to capture.
Downsides... the apps interface is a bit fussy sometimes, syncing has to be manually initiated (timed sync or sync on quit would be good options)
A great app if you need it...
Posted 04 April 2008 - 11:35 PM
This is a major difference which was very critical for me. I started using it when it was still in private alpha and I'm hooked. Sure, it takes some time to understand the concepts, but once you do, your getting a much stronger tool.
Posted 05 April 2008 - 01:21 AM
In the end iGTD lost because it overwhelmed iCal with context specific calendars. Not entirely Leopard friendly either.
However, it is free (donationware), seems to do much that OF offers and is integrated with Quicksilver, Launchbar, MailTags and many other productivity apps.
Posted 05 April 2008 - 12:52 PM
Having had the opportunity to watch the app grow during beta, I'm convinced the development and support teams are completely on the ball with this project. As good as OF is already, they will be quick to fix problems and create robust new features in response to user input. I'm a totally satisfied customer so far.
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