iPad OmniFocus Review

Productivity nerds rejoice. iPad OmniFocus, $40, is now available. I was a beta tester and have been using iPad OmniFocus for several weeks. So does OmniFocus’s much awaited iPad incarnation live up to the hype or fall flat on its face? I’m pleased to report the Omni Group succeeded, brilliantly. If you aren’t in the mood to read 2,000 words, just go buy it. Otherwise, read on.

First a Word about OmniFocus

OmniFocus is one of those apps that has rabid fans and confused detractors. There are a lot of moving parts to OmniFocus. It goes far beyond a simple task list and that is why people love it so much. That is also why a lot people give up on it, deciding that the barrier to entry is not worth any eventual payoff. One of the benefits of OmniFocus for iPad is that it simplifies the OmniFocus tools without dumbing them down. This makes many of OmniFocus’s more powerful tools more accessible, which is a good thing for veterans and new users alike. This review is written assuming you are already familiar with OmniFocus on the Mac. If you need a refresher, read my past OmniFocus coverage including a somewhat dated review.

The Interface Overview

OmniFocus works in both portrait and landscape view. Landscape works best and presents the familiar “steering wheel” control scheme with navigation on the sidebar and data manipulation on a larger right pane. The sidebar includes a new item button, an inbox count, project, context, and map views, a new forecast mode (covered later), flag status, a review button (also covered later), and custom perspectives.

If you use the application in portrait mode, the navigation pane is activated by pressing the OmniFocus button in the upper left corner.

Capture

OmniFocus for iPad includes several ways to add new tasks to your list. The easiest is the Quick Entry window accessed with the following icon. You can also get the Quick Entry window by clicking the plus (+) in the menu bar. (This is simplest way when working in portrait mode.)

The Quick Entry button allows you to add new tasks without leaving your current context or project. This is great for the little things that occur to you while random synapses are firing and you need to get back to work. (Like when you are neck deep in a writing project and suddenly remember you need more spicy carrots.)

The Action Editor

No matter how you go about it, when you add an action, you will get the Action Editor.
This is the standard window for editing actions in iPad OmniFocus. It includes four tabbed views: Info, Dates, Notes, and Attachments.

You can adjust an action’s name from any tab. The Info tab includes context, project, and flag status. By touching any of these buttons you can add or adjust the entry. Touching the grey circled X to the right of any field deletes its current entry. The app is intelligent about adding contexts and projects. For the MacSparky Blog Entry project I can type “mabl” and the app figures it out.

The Dates tab lets you set start and due dates for new and existing tasks. Tapping the date field opens up the slot machine style date picker iPhone OmniFocus users are used to. You are managing your start dates, aren’t you?

It also has buttons to quickly move a task forward a day, week, or month. The Date tab includes a repeat button letting you assign a task or project to repeat on a set schedule or restart after completion. The seamless way you can set a repeat schedule was one of several features I found easier to operate on the iPad than the Mac. It is more intuitive and easier to find.

Using the Notes tab you can add notes to a task. This is also where text clippings from your Mac appear.

The Attachments tab lets you add photos and voice notes to you actions. Any PDF files or other attachments to tasks from your Mac can be accessed and viewed here.

Organize

Organizing tasks with iPhone OmniFocus always felt a bit cramped. With the limited screen space, there was way too much drilling involved to make it feel efficient. This is not the case with iPad OmniFocus. Particularly in landscape view, it is easy to jump between perspectives, contexts and projects to organize my day. It is one of the most liberating aspects of iPad OmniFocus that I no longer need to sit at my Mac to organize my tasks in the morning. It can be done over tea, in bed, in the back of a courtroom, or anywhere else I happen to find myself. The process of tapping on tasks and resetting dates and priorities is intuitive and fast. You lose the ability to select and process multiple items like you can on your Mac but in some ways that is a good thing. It is easy to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Either way, managing actions is fast enough on the iPad that I haven’t done my morning organization on my Mac in two weeks.
In all views, you can collapse or expand all objects by tapping and holding the disclosure triangle.

If you want to focus on a particular project or context, tap and hold its name.
Project organization is accomplished with the Project window, accessed by tapping on any project name. This is very similar to the Quick Entry window except the Info pane has entries for type and status.

By tapping and holding you can focus on or modify projects.

There is also full support for flags and maps. While limited use of flags can be helpful, I’ve never found much use for the map feature, which limits the viewable tasks to those near your location. Maybe if I wasn’t such a slug and moved about more, it would make more sense.

iPad OmniFocus also imports custom perspectives from your Mac. While there is no way to creat custom perspectives on the iPad (that still can only be done on the Mac), you add your custom perspectives to the default sidebar as shown throughout the screenshots attached to this review with my custom Today, Clear, and other unique OmniFocus Perspectives. To place a Perspective in your sidebar, tap the star next to the desired Perspective in Perspective view.

Checking the Weather

The new Forecast view is clever. It replaces the Due Perspective from Mac OmniFocus and gives you a breakdown of tasks with due dates over the next seven days. You can click on any specific date to see what you are up against. While the Due Perspective in Mac OmniFocus does a good job at managing the next few days, it doesn’t go any further. With iPad OmniFocus’s Forecast, you can know at a glance if next Thursday you are going to get crushed with deadlines and plan appropriately. This is another example of how iPad OmniFocus processes your task list for you. I hope this innovation finds its way to the iPhone and Mac versions, soon.

Process

Processing your tasks in iPad OmniFocus is easy and convenient. You can jump between Perspective and Context views obliterating your task list as you go. Since some of my daily routine involves driving a Windows PC, it is nice have my OmniFocus list on that big iPad screen nearby. While I could do this before with my iPhone, it is more natural (and faster) on the iPad.

Review

The one OmniFocus feature that a lot of people miss is Review. On the Mac, you’ve always had the ability to set a review timer on your projects. For important projects that review timer may be a week. For back-burner projects, it may be 3 months. OmniFocus will then give you a list of projects that are “due” for review. You can go through each project and confirm they are still relevant and on track. If you use the review tools on Mac OmniFocus, you can rest easier knowing projects will not fall off your radar.

The trouble is the review tools are not obvious and a lot of people aren’t sure how to use them. I also found taking the time at my desk to conduct the review difficult. It always felt like there was something more pressing. I eventually resorted to setting an appointment with myself and taking my MacBook to the local Peet’s once a week with the purpose of doing nothing but drinking hot tea and reviewing projects.

iPad OmniFocus solves these problems. Review is accessed from the sidebar.
Once in Review view, you get a list of just the Projects due for review. From there you can audit each project and mark it as reviewed. You can also drop, complete, and place a project on hold. Finally, you can set (or change) the review timer. The iPad Review laps the Mac OmniFocus review tools. It feels very natural and I expect a lot more users will start adding a review process to their workflows.

Clipping and E-mail

Mac OmniFocus lets you take clippings from text and e-mails and add them to the inbox for later processing. This is particularly useful for e-mail because it gives you a way to forward plan an e-mail response and get the source e-mail out of your inbox. I explained my workflow for this at length on the Mac Power Users. Unfortunately, this is not possible on the iPad. Because the way iOS sandboxes applications, there is no way to easily take an e-mail message and drop it in your OmniFocus inbox on the iPad. I tried several experiments and none of them were acceptable. Copying and pasting text is possible, but slow and you lose the link to the original e-mail message that you get on the Mac. (As an aside, clipping links to original e-mail messages made on the Mac appear in iPad OmniFocus but don’t work.) This may get easier when the iPad gets multitasking but I doubt it is possible to make it as seamless on the iPad as it is on the Mac given the platform’s constraints. The solution I have reluctantly gravitated to is walking over to the Mac and hot-keying e-mails into the Mac OmniFocus Inbox. I can then process the inbox on either the Mac or iPad (or iPhone).

1.0

Despite being a 1.0 version, the app was stable throughout the beta process. It never crashed. It is clear a lot of thought went into the layout and user interface. The help window is also very thorough walking you through how the app works and even including a link to the OmniFocus GTD White Paper. I’m sure it will get more spit and polish with future releases but as some smart guy once said, “Great artists ship.”

Settings and Syncing

The settings are similar to those available on iPhone OmniFocus except some of the optional items from iPhone (such as perspective sync) is now baked in.

There are several syncing options, including Omni’s own developing sync service.

Overall

While there has been much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth as we waited for OmniFocus to make it to the iPad, the wait was worth it. OmniFocus is not a compromised version of the Mac app but stands on its own and, in some ways, outshines its Mac sibling. If you already “get” OmniFocus and own an iPad, go get it now. If you are not-so-sure about OmniFocus, it is time to take another look. I believe the ease of use you get with the iPad (capture, organize, process, and review) make the application much more accessible.

It is remarkable how far iPad app development has come in just a few months. In February, the Omni Group was laying out apps on plastic iPad mock-ups with scotch tape. It is amazing that just five months later they can release this stellar application with such a sophisticated and accessible user interface that gets so much right.

iPad OmniFocus was the tipping point for me where the iPad transformed from a delightful curiosity to a bare-knuckle, get-it-done tool. Using OmniFocus, along with the rest of my nerdy work arsenal (Mail, SimpleNote, Instapaper, Dropbox, Keynote, and remote access tools), I’m getting through entire days of extremely productive work with nothing but my iPad. Bravo Omni Group.

159 Comments iPad OmniFocus Review

  1. shinfu@mac.com

    Great review!

    Omnifocus looks like amazing, and like Lynda said, I’ll enjoy using OF.

    I was worried with the sync perspective because I didn´t see it in the video of omnigroup, but your review it’s so clear.

    Thank yo so much, great job.

    Raul

    Reply
  2. shinfu@mac.com

    Great review!

    Omnifocus looks like amazing, and like Lynda said, I’ll enjoy using OF.

    I was worried with the sync perspective because I didn´t see it in the video of omnigroup, but your review it’s so clear.

    Thank yo so much, great job.

    Raul

    Reply
  3. shinfu@mac.com

    Great review!

    Omnifocus looks like amazing, and like Lynda said, I’ll enjoy using OF.

    I was worried with the sync perspective because I didn´t see it in the video of omnigroup, but your review it’s so clear.

    Thank yo so much, great job.

    Raul

    Reply
  4. shinfu@mac.com

    Great review!

    Omnifocus looks like amazing, and like Lynda said, I’ll enjoy using OF.

    I was worried with the sync perspective because I didn´t see it in the video of omnigroup, but your review it’s so clear.

    Thank yo so much, great job.

    Raul

    Reply
  5. shinfu@mac.com

    Great review!

    Omnifocus looks like amazing, and like Lynda said, I’ll enjoy using OF.

    I was worried with the sync perspective because I didn´t see it in the video of omnigroup, but your review it’s so clear.

    Thank yo so much, great job.

    Raul

    Reply
  6. mathieu.turcotte@cleaninternational.com

    Good job for this review! So, may you tell me please if it’s possible with the OminiFocus for iPad to drag-and-drop tasks to have them sorted manually? I think it’s something very important and helpful in GTD… Thank you!

    Reply
  7. mathieu.turcotte@cleaninternational.com

    Good job for this review! So, may you tell me please if it’s possible with the OminiFocus for iPad to drag-and-drop tasks to have them sorted manually? I think it’s something very important and helpful in GTD… Thank you!

    Reply
  8. mathieu.turcotte@cleaninternational.com

    Good job for this review! So, may you tell me please if it’s possible with the OminiFocus for iPad to drag-and-drop tasks to have them sorted manually? I think it’s something very important and helpful in GTD… Thank you!

    Reply
  9. mathieu.turcotte@cleaninternational.com

    Good job for this review! So, may you tell me please if it’s possible with the OminiFocus for iPad to drag-and-drop tasks to have them sorted manually? I think it’s something very important and helpful in GTD… Thank you!

    Reply
  10. mathieu.turcotte@cleaninternational.com

    Good job for this review! So, may you tell me please if it’s possible with the OminiFocus for iPad to drag-and-drop tasks to have them sorted manually? I think it’s something very important and helpful in GTD… Thank you!

    Reply
  11. jlenaghan@gmail.com

    "You are managing your start dates, aren’t you?"

    I have been since listening to your Mac Power Users podcast on Omnifocus & Things 🙂

    Thanks for a thorough review. I’ve been waiting for OF to release on the iPad – it might be the app that convinces me to finally pick one up. I could see myself using this as a dedicated OF device when I’m at my desk, rather than leaving it running on my Mac all the time.

    Reply
  12. jlenaghan@gmail.com

    "You are managing your start dates, aren’t you?"

    I have been since listening to your Mac Power Users podcast on Omnifocus & Things 🙂

    Thanks for a thorough review. I’ve been waiting for OF to release on the iPad – it might be the app that convinces me to finally pick one up. I could see myself using this as a dedicated OF device when I’m at my desk, rather than leaving it running on my Mac all the time.

    Reply
  13. jlenaghan@gmail.com

    "You are managing your start dates, aren’t you?"

    I have been since listening to your Mac Power Users podcast on Omnifocus & Things 🙂

    Thanks for a thorough review. I’ve been waiting for OF to release on the iPad – it might be the app that convinces me to finally pick one up. I could see myself using this as a dedicated OF device when I’m at my desk, rather than leaving it running on my Mac all the time.

    Reply
  14. jlenaghan@gmail.com

    "You are managing your start dates, aren’t you?"

    I have been since listening to your Mac Power Users podcast on Omnifocus & Things 🙂

    Thanks for a thorough review. I’ve been waiting for OF to release on the iPad – it might be the app that convinces me to finally pick one up. I could see myself using this as a dedicated OF device when I’m at my desk, rather than leaving it running on my Mac all the time.

    Reply
  15. jlenaghan@gmail.com

    "You are managing your start dates, aren’t you?"

    I have been since listening to your Mac Power Users podcast on Omnifocus & Things 🙂

    Thanks for a thorough review. I’ve been waiting for OF to release on the iPad – it might be the app that convinces me to finally pick one up. I could see myself using this as a dedicated OF device when I’m at my desk, rather than leaving it running on my Mac all the time.

    Reply
  16. swilliams@emisare.com

    Fantastic review, David – everything you said is spot-on. And, as a long time OmniFocus user (Mac and iPhone), I totally agree that if you own an iPad, you have to get OF. I already know that OF for my iPad will get the most use.

    Reply
  17. swilliams@emisare.com

    Fantastic review, David – everything you said is spot-on. And, as a long time OmniFocus user (Mac and iPhone), I totally agree that if you own an iPad, you have to get OF. I already know that OF for my iPad will get the most use.

    Reply
  18. swilliams@emisare.com

    Fantastic review, David – everything you said is spot-on. And, as a long time OmniFocus user (Mac and iPhone), I totally agree that if you own an iPad, you have to get OF. I already know that OF for my iPad will get the most use.

    Reply
  19. swilliams@emisare.com

    Fantastic review, David – everything you said is spot-on. And, as a long time OmniFocus user (Mac and iPhone), I totally agree that if you own an iPad, you have to get OF. I already know that OF for my iPad will get the most use.

    Reply
  20. swilliams@emisare.com

    Fantastic review, David – everything you said is spot-on. And, as a long time OmniFocus user (Mac and iPhone), I totally agree that if you own an iPad, you have to get OF. I already know that OF for my iPad will get the most use.

    Reply
  21. douglas.beagley@gmail.com

    The barrier to entry and long-term adoption of OmniFocus has always been syncing.

    A true project management (or to-do list) tool needs to sync everywhere, to all my devices, automatically. This is why Web-based solutions thrive and do well.

    I used OmniFocus on my iPhone and loved it,
    but gave up ALL the additional functionality because Google Tasks was so easily "everywhere"… any browser, any computer, anywhere I needed it, free.

    I would like to hear more about OmniFocus’s new sync service… but "free and everywhere" are hard to trump by features. The portability of my tasks is more important to me than the project management tools.

    Reply
  22. douglas.beagley@gmail.com

    The barrier to entry and long-term adoption of OmniFocus has always been syncing.

    A true project management (or to-do list) tool needs to sync everywhere, to all my devices, automatically. This is why Web-based solutions thrive and do well.

    I used OmniFocus on my iPhone and loved it,
    but gave up ALL the additional functionality because Google Tasks was so easily "everywhere"… any browser, any computer, anywhere I needed it, free.

    I would like to hear more about OmniFocus’s new sync service… but "free and everywhere" are hard to trump by features. The portability of my tasks is more important to me than the project management tools.

    Reply
  23. douglas.beagley@gmail.com

    The barrier to entry and long-term adoption of OmniFocus has always been syncing.

    A true project management (or to-do list) tool needs to sync everywhere, to all my devices, automatically. This is why Web-based solutions thrive and do well.

    I used OmniFocus on my iPhone and loved it,
    but gave up ALL the additional functionality because Google Tasks was so easily "everywhere"… any browser, any computer, anywhere I needed it, free.

    I would like to hear more about OmniFocus’s new sync service… but "free and everywhere" are hard to trump by features. The portability of my tasks is more important to me than the project management tools.

    Reply
  24. douglas.beagley@gmail.com

    The barrier to entry and long-term adoption of OmniFocus has always been syncing.

    A true project management (or to-do list) tool needs to sync everywhere, to all my devices, automatically. This is why Web-based solutions thrive and do well.

    I used OmniFocus on my iPhone and loved it,
    but gave up ALL the additional functionality because Google Tasks was so easily "everywhere"… any browser, any computer, anywhere I needed it, free.

    I would like to hear more about OmniFocus’s new sync service… but "free and everywhere" are hard to trump by features. The portability of my tasks is more important to me than the project management tools.

    Reply
  25. douglas.beagley@gmail.com

    The barrier to entry and long-term adoption of OmniFocus has always been syncing.

    A true project management (or to-do list) tool needs to sync everywhere, to all my devices, automatically. This is why Web-based solutions thrive and do well.

    I used OmniFocus on my iPhone and loved it,
    but gave up ALL the additional functionality because Google Tasks was so easily "everywhere"… any browser, any computer, anywhere I needed it, free.

    I would like to hear more about OmniFocus’s new sync service… but "free and everywhere" are hard to trump by features. The portability of my tasks is more important to me than the project management tools.

    Reply
  26. martin@eimermusic.com

    I hate to be that buy but: Man I wish they’d release Omni Outliner for iOS. I can’t stand the "hand holding" – a.k.a structure – of OF. OO is so free and so powerful since it allows me to make up the rules as I go along.

    It is frustrating when I see then do OF so well.

    Reply
  27. martin@eimermusic.com

    I hate to be that buy but: Man I wish they’d release Omni Outliner for iOS. I can’t stand the "hand holding" – a.k.a structure – of OF. OO is so free and so powerful since it allows me to make up the rules as I go along.

    It is frustrating when I see then do OF so well.

    Reply
  28. martin@eimermusic.com

    I hate to be that buy but: Man I wish they’d release Omni Outliner for iOS. I can’t stand the "hand holding" – a.k.a structure – of OF. OO is so free and so powerful since it allows me to make up the rules as I go along.

    It is frustrating when I see then do OF so well.

    Reply
  29. martin@eimermusic.com

    I hate to be that buy but: Man I wish they’d release Omni Outliner for iOS. I can’t stand the "hand holding" – a.k.a structure – of OF. OO is so free and so powerful since it allows me to make up the rules as I go along.

    It is frustrating when I see then do OF so well.

    Reply
  30. martin@eimermusic.com

    I hate to be that buy but: Man I wish they’d release Omni Outliner for iOS. I can’t stand the "hand holding" – a.k.a structure – of OF. OO is so free and so powerful since it allows me to make up the rules as I go along.

    It is frustrating when I see then do OF so well.

    Reply
  31. fullerhm@gmail.com

    Great review David. I downloaded OF for iPad this morning and using it for most of the day like what I see. OF is one of the main reasons I bought an iPad since I cannot have a Mac at work. This version gives me the feeling I have when using the one on the desktop. In fact (close your eyes Omnigroup) with this version I might not need the desktop version anymore.

    Reply
  32. fullerhm@gmail.com

    Great review David. I downloaded OF for iPad this morning and using it for most of the day like what I see. OF is one of the main reasons I bought an iPad since I cannot have a Mac at work. This version gives me the feeling I have when using the one on the desktop. In fact (close your eyes Omnigroup) with this version I might not need the desktop version anymore.

    Reply
  33. fullerhm@gmail.com

    Great review David. I downloaded OF for iPad this morning and using it for most of the day like what I see. OF is one of the main reasons I bought an iPad since I cannot have a Mac at work. This version gives me the feeling I have when using the one on the desktop. In fact (close your eyes Omnigroup) with this version I might not need the desktop version anymore.

    Reply
  34. fullerhm@gmail.com

    Great review David. I downloaded OF for iPad this morning and using it for most of the day like what I see. OF is one of the main reasons I bought an iPad since I cannot have a Mac at work. This version gives me the feeling I have when using the one on the desktop. In fact (close your eyes Omnigroup) with this version I might not need the desktop version anymore.

    Reply
  35. fullerhm@gmail.com

    Great review David. I downloaded OF for iPad this morning and using it for most of the day like what I see. OF is one of the main reasons I bought an iPad since I cannot have a Mac at work. This version gives me the feeling I have when using the one on the desktop. In fact (close your eyes Omnigroup) with this version I might not need the desktop version anymore.

    Reply
  36. ben@zeiss.net

    For me, Omnifocus is too late. My iPad has become my primary device to manage my contact, my calendar, and my todos. Others have been here before: I use Toodledo and Todo for iPad and iPhone. I does exactly what I need – not more not less and at a fraction of the cost of Omnifocus. And since I carry my iPad everywhere I go and have Keyboard docks everywhere where I work, I really don’t need a Mac desktop version of my Todo app. Observing that OmniFocus for iPad is again tremendously overpriced, I don’t even have to think about whether I give it a try or not. It is just not an option and unfortunately, the Omni guys are too late for me. Shame, I really like Omnigroup, but their iPad app pricing is from a different world. I bought Omnigraffle for iPad and rarely use it…

    Reply
  37. ben@zeiss.net

    For me, Omnifocus is too late. My iPad has become my primary device to manage my contact, my calendar, and my todos. Others have been here before: I use Toodledo and Todo for iPad and iPhone. I does exactly what I need – not more not less and at a fraction of the cost of Omnifocus. And since I carry my iPad everywhere I go and have Keyboard docks everywhere where I work, I really don’t need a Mac desktop version of my Todo app. Observing that OmniFocus for iPad is again tremendously overpriced, I don’t even have to think about whether I give it a try or not. It is just not an option and unfortunately, the Omni guys are too late for me. Shame, I really like Omnigroup, but their iPad app pricing is from a different world. I bought Omnigraffle for iPad and rarely use it…

    Reply
  38. ben@zeiss.net

    For me, Omnifocus is too late. My iPad has become my primary device to manage my contact, my calendar, and my todos. Others have been here before: I use Toodledo and Todo for iPad and iPhone. I does exactly what I need – not more not less and at a fraction of the cost of Omnifocus. And since I carry my iPad everywhere I go and have Keyboard docks everywhere where I work, I really don’t need a Mac desktop version of my Todo app. Observing that OmniFocus for iPad is again tremendously overpriced, I don’t even have to think about whether I give it a try or not. It is just not an option and unfortunately, the Omni guys are too late for me. Shame, I really like Omnigroup, but their iPad app pricing is from a different world. I bought Omnigraffle for iPad and rarely use it…

    Reply
  39. ben@zeiss.net

    For me, Omnifocus is too late. My iPad has become my primary device to manage my contact, my calendar, and my todos. Others have been here before: I use Toodledo and Todo for iPad and iPhone. I does exactly what I need – not more not less and at a fraction of the cost of Omnifocus. And since I carry my iPad everywhere I go and have Keyboard docks everywhere where I work, I really don’t need a Mac desktop version of my Todo app. Observing that OmniFocus for iPad is again tremendously overpriced, I don’t even have to think about whether I give it a try or not. It is just not an option and unfortunately, the Omni guys are too late for me. Shame, I really like Omnigroup, but their iPad app pricing is from a different world. I bought Omnigraffle for iPad and rarely use it…

    Reply
  40. ben@zeiss.net

    For me, Omnifocus is too late. My iPad has become my primary device to manage my contact, my calendar, and my todos. Others have been here before: I use Toodledo and Todo for iPad and iPhone. I does exactly what I need – not more not less and at a fraction of the cost of Omnifocus. And since I carry my iPad everywhere I go and have Keyboard docks everywhere where I work, I really don’t need a Mac desktop version of my Todo app. Observing that OmniFocus for iPad is again tremendously overpriced, I don’t even have to think about whether I give it a try or not. It is just not an option and unfortunately, the Omni guys are too late for me. Shame, I really like Omnigroup, but their iPad app pricing is from a different world. I bought Omnigraffle for iPad and rarely use it…

    Reply
  41. JD

    Still waiting for Omnioutliner for iPad. Let’s hope it’s a good job, too. Any news regarding its prospects?

    Reply
  42. svend.horgen@gmail.com

    Thank you for a thorough review. I have been considering Things, but they currently lack the sync that OmniFocus has had a long while (which means OF-sync should be much more stable than the Things sync once it (if) is out).

    I started using OmniFocus for Mac a week ago, and love it. The UI is pretty hard to get, but it encourages me to use the GTD-method, which is good and well worth the initial UI-frustration. Then, come iPad. From your review I can see that the iPad is not merely a duplicate of the Mac version, but it seems to add value to the GTD-workflow. That is pretty amazing but not surprising given the skills over at OmniGroup. What the iPad app also tells me, is that we have some pretty interesting features awaiting in OmniFocus 2 for Mac. Some iPad features, like forecast, will be much loved on the Mac as well, but clearly, the folks at OmniGroup truly knows how to innovate. Porting from one GTD app to another is very time consuming. Therefore, I am now 100% confident it is wise to choose OmniFocus over Things.

    Reply
  43. svend.horgen@gmail.com

    Thank you for a thorough review. I have been considering Things, but they currently lack the sync that OmniFocus has had a long while (which means OF-sync should be much more stable than the Things sync once it (if) is out).

    I started using OmniFocus for Mac a week ago, and love it. The UI is pretty hard to get, but it encourages me to use the GTD-method, which is good and well worth the initial UI-frustration. Then, come iPad. From your review I can see that the iPad is not merely a duplicate of the Mac version, but it seems to add value to the GTD-workflow. That is pretty amazing but not surprising given the skills over at OmniGroup. What the iPad app also tells me, is that we have some pretty interesting features awaiting in OmniFocus 2 for Mac. Some iPad features, like forecast, will be much loved on the Mac as well, but clearly, the folks at OmniGroup truly knows how to innovate. Porting from one GTD app to another is very time consuming. Therefore, I am now 100% confident it is wise to choose OmniFocus over Things.

    Reply
  44. svend.horgen@gmail.com

    Thank you for a thorough review. I have been considering Things, but they currently lack the sync that OmniFocus has had a long while (which means OF-sync should be much more stable than the Things sync once it (if) is out).

    I started using OmniFocus for Mac a week ago, and love it. The UI is pretty hard to get, but it encourages me to use the GTD-method, which is good and well worth the initial UI-frustration. Then, come iPad. From your review I can see that the iPad is not merely a duplicate of the Mac version, but it seems to add value to the GTD-workflow. That is pretty amazing but not surprising given the skills over at OmniGroup. What the iPad app also tells me, is that we have some pretty interesting features awaiting in OmniFocus 2 for Mac. Some iPad features, like forecast, will be much loved on the Mac as well, but clearly, the folks at OmniGroup truly knows how to innovate. Porting from one GTD app to another is very time consuming. Therefore, I am now 100% confident it is wise to choose OmniFocus over Things.

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  45. svend.horgen@gmail.com

    Thank you for a thorough review. I have been considering Things, but they currently lack the sync that OmniFocus has had a long while (which means OF-sync should be much more stable than the Things sync once it (if) is out).

    I started using OmniFocus for Mac a week ago, and love it. The UI is pretty hard to get, but it encourages me to use the GTD-method, which is good and well worth the initial UI-frustration. Then, come iPad. From your review I can see that the iPad is not merely a duplicate of the Mac version, but it seems to add value to the GTD-workflow. That is pretty amazing but not surprising given the skills over at OmniGroup. What the iPad app also tells me, is that we have some pretty interesting features awaiting in OmniFocus 2 for Mac. Some iPad features, like forecast, will be much loved on the Mac as well, but clearly, the folks at OmniGroup truly knows how to innovate. Porting from one GTD app to another is very time consuming. Therefore, I am now 100% confident it is wise to choose OmniFocus over Things.

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  46. svend.horgen@gmail.com

    Thank you for a thorough review. I have been considering Things, but they currently lack the sync that OmniFocus has had a long while (which means OF-sync should be much more stable than the Things sync once it (if) is out).

    I started using OmniFocus for Mac a week ago, and love it. The UI is pretty hard to get, but it encourages me to use the GTD-method, which is good and well worth the initial UI-frustration. Then, come iPad. From your review I can see that the iPad is not merely a duplicate of the Mac version, but it seems to add value to the GTD-workflow. That is pretty amazing but not surprising given the skills over at OmniGroup. What the iPad app also tells me, is that we have some pretty interesting features awaiting in OmniFocus 2 for Mac. Some iPad features, like forecast, will be much loved on the Mac as well, but clearly, the folks at OmniGroup truly knows how to innovate. Porting from one GTD app to another is very time consuming. Therefore, I am now 100% confident it is wise to choose OmniFocus over Things.

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  47. barry@padster.net

    I see the "Today" icon in the left sidebar – is that a function for marking the items you want to work on today? I’ve been using Things on iPad, while waiting for Omnifocus, and they have a similar functionality, where you can easily mark or unmark the items you want to work on today, and it shows up in a single list. I like it better than flagging items in Omnifocus, which was my OF desktop workaround.

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  48. barry@padster.net

    I see the "Today" icon in the left sidebar – is that a function for marking the items you want to work on today? I’ve been using Things on iPad, while waiting for Omnifocus, and they have a similar functionality, where you can easily mark or unmark the items you want to work on today, and it shows up in a single list. I like it better than flagging items in Omnifocus, which was my OF desktop workaround.

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  49. barry@padster.net

    I see the "Today" icon in the left sidebar – is that a function for marking the items you want to work on today? I’ve been using Things on iPad, while waiting for Omnifocus, and they have a similar functionality, where you can easily mark or unmark the items you want to work on today, and it shows up in a single list. I like it better than flagging items in Omnifocus, which was my OF desktop workaround.

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  50. barry@padster.net

    I see the "Today" icon in the left sidebar – is that a function for marking the items you want to work on today? I’ve been using Things on iPad, while waiting for Omnifocus, and they have a similar functionality, where you can easily mark or unmark the items you want to work on today, and it shows up in a single list. I like it better than flagging items in Omnifocus, which was my OF desktop workaround.

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  51. barry@padster.net

    I see the "Today" icon in the left sidebar – is that a function for marking the items you want to work on today? I’ve been using Things on iPad, while waiting for Omnifocus, and they have a similar functionality, where you can easily mark or unmark the items you want to work on today, and it shows up in a single list. I like it better than flagging items in Omnifocus, which was my OF desktop workaround.

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  52. Scott Ellsworth

    I use Gmail, Google Calendar, and Gmail Tasks to manage my workflow. Our organization has standardized on it.

    I bet there are a number of people on Yahoo and MS that use their tools for similar reasons.

    I would bet even more that there are people using tools based off their company’s Exchange servers.

    For those of us capturing corporate task lists, corporate policy requires (and should require) not syncing to outside servers.

    Apps like this have a much better chance of me buying if they work under the security policy I live with. I trust Apple and Omni, but I am not about to put proprietary task lists on their servers. If you are listening, Omni, consider finding a way to sync to Exchange or Gmail services. (And the cognates for those whose company uses something else.)

    Scott

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  53. Wayne

    Wow, Omni used to be my favorite Mac software company, but with their way-overpriced iPad apps, I guess I’ll eventually abandon them on the Mac, too. As another commentor said, I use Todo and Toodledo to manage tasks on my iPhone, iPad, and on thte web. I refused to buy the over-priced Things for iPad, after paying for it on Mac and iPhone, and I would have already bought Omnigraffle on the iPad if it were reasonably priced, but it’s not. Looks like if Todo comes out for the Mac, I’ll get it.

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  54. luizr@mac.com

    No invitees??? I can’t believe I can’t add invitees or work in group with other omnifocus users. I suppose the alarms are push notifications, right?

    Thanks for the review.

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  55. luizr@mac.com

    No invitees??? I can’t believe I can’t add invitees or work in group with other omnifocus users. I suppose the alarms are push notifications, right?

    Thanks for the review.

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  56. luizr@mac.com

    No invitees??? I can’t believe I can’t add invitees or work in group with other omnifocus users. I suppose the alarms are push notifications, right?

    Thanks for the review.

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  57. luizr@mac.com

    No invitees??? I can’t believe I can’t add invitees or work in group with other omnifocus users. I suppose the alarms are push notifications, right?

    Thanks for the review.

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  58. luizr@mac.com

    No invitees??? I can’t believe I can’t add invitees or work in group with other omnifocus users. I suppose the alarms are push notifications, right?

    Thanks for the review.

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  59. Oomu

    Omnigraffle is truly a wonderful software. It deserved it’s price.

    I can’t speak for omnifocus. I just use Things iPad.

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  60. joel@orionweb.net

    Thanks for the detailed review. I was sold before reading it, but it helped expose some new features I may not have noticed right away.

    Reading the comments was a bit frustrating however. Sure, $40 is well above the average for iPad applications. However, the quality and functionality of the application is also well above the average. This attitude that nothing should be more then $5 or $10 is a bit perplexing to me. If there’s a $5 app that does everything you need, then fine: buy it. However, don’t say that OF should not exist at $40 because it exceeds some magical price point. Speaking as a software developer, I dislike this trend to devalue the time and effort that goes into a top notch application like this. A team of very talented people spent months of long days and nights to produce this, and they will continue to develop and advance it in the months (years?) to come. This is a tool that sits at the center of my professional and personal life. It allows me to be more productive, more focused and more mentally calm. $40 is not even a full tank of gas and that’s burned up in a few days. Sorry, rant over. Great work Omni Group!

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  61. joel@orionweb.net

    Thanks for the detailed review. I was sold before reading it, but it helped expose some new features I may not have noticed right away.

    Reading the comments was a bit frustrating however. Sure, $40 is well above the average for iPad applications. However, the quality and functionality of the application is also well above the average. This attitude that nothing should be more then $5 or $10 is a bit perplexing to me. If there’s a $5 app that does everything you need, then fine: buy it. However, don’t say that OF should not exist at $40 because it exceeds some magical price point. Speaking as a software developer, I dislike this trend to devalue the time and effort that goes into a top notch application like this. A team of very talented people spent months of long days and nights to produce this, and they will continue to develop and advance it in the months (years?) to come. This is a tool that sits at the center of my professional and personal life. It allows me to be more productive, more focused and more mentally calm. $40 is not even a full tank of gas and that’s burned up in a few days. Sorry, rant over. Great work Omni Group!

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  62. joel@orionweb.net

    Thanks for the detailed review. I was sold before reading it, but it helped expose some new features I may not have noticed right away.

    Reading the comments was a bit frustrating however. Sure, $40 is well above the average for iPad applications. However, the quality and functionality of the application is also well above the average. This attitude that nothing should be more then $5 or $10 is a bit perplexing to me. If there’s a $5 app that does everything you need, then fine: buy it. However, don’t say that OF should not exist at $40 because it exceeds some magical price point. Speaking as a software developer, I dislike this trend to devalue the time and effort that goes into a top notch application like this. A team of very talented people spent months of long days and nights to produce this, and they will continue to develop and advance it in the months (years?) to come. This is a tool that sits at the center of my professional and personal life. It allows me to be more productive, more focused and more mentally calm. $40 is not even a full tank of gas and that’s burned up in a few days. Sorry, rant over. Great work Omni Group!

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  63. joel@orionweb.net

    Thanks for the detailed review. I was sold before reading it, but it helped expose some new features I may not have noticed right away.

    Reading the comments was a bit frustrating however. Sure, $40 is well above the average for iPad applications. However, the quality and functionality of the application is also well above the average. This attitude that nothing should be more then $5 or $10 is a bit perplexing to me. If there’s a $5 app that does everything you need, then fine: buy it. However, don’t say that OF should not exist at $40 because it exceeds some magical price point. Speaking as a software developer, I dislike this trend to devalue the time and effort that goes into a top notch application like this. A team of very talented people spent months of long days and nights to produce this, and they will continue to develop and advance it in the months (years?) to come. This is a tool that sits at the center of my professional and personal life. It allows me to be more productive, more focused and more mentally calm. $40 is not even a full tank of gas and that’s burned up in a few days. Sorry, rant over. Great work Omni Group!

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  64. joel@orionweb.net

    Thanks for the detailed review. I was sold before reading it, but it helped expose some new features I may not have noticed right away.

    Reading the comments was a bit frustrating however. Sure, $40 is well above the average for iPad applications. However, the quality and functionality of the application is also well above the average. This attitude that nothing should be more then $5 or $10 is a bit perplexing to me. If there’s a $5 app that does everything you need, then fine: buy it. However, don’t say that OF should not exist at $40 because it exceeds some magical price point. Speaking as a software developer, I dislike this trend to devalue the time and effort that goes into a top notch application like this. A team of very talented people spent months of long days and nights to produce this, and they will continue to develop and advance it in the months (years?) to come. This is a tool that sits at the center of my professional and personal life. It allows me to be more productive, more focused and more mentally calm. $40 is not even a full tank of gas and that’s burned up in a few days. Sorry, rant over. Great work Omni Group!

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  65. mike@macdiggs.com

    I think Omni totally lost their way with this app (if not at all).
    I didn’t try the real thing ($40? in addition to $20 in addition to, god-knows-when-last-updated $80?? – neither of which I even use anymore), but from all the screenshots I see, the UI is just awful. Totally unlike Omni I knew and loved.

    These guys keep saying high prices are because this allows them to create high-quality apps, but looking at OmniFocus Mac (when was the last big update, again?) and at OmniFocus iPad, I don’t think its really the case any more.

    Just look at interface of Todo, PocketInformant for iPad. These are gems! No space wasted! And made by companies smaller than Omni.
    Omni, on the other hand, wasted tons of space, icons are just plain ugly. A list view where you can see only 8 items on 768×1024 screen? Huge, insane paddings in hierarchical lists? Come on.. The whole UI needs to be thrown away and recreated from scratch.

    So there.. like previous commenter, I use other means to manage my todos. And Omni is not even an option anymore.

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  66. mike@macdiggs.com

    I think Omni totally lost their way with this app (if not at all).
    I didn’t try the real thing ($40? in addition to $20 in addition to, god-knows-when-last-updated $80?? – neither of which I even use anymore), but from all the screenshots I see, the UI is just awful. Totally unlike Omni I knew and loved.

    These guys keep saying high prices are because this allows them to create high-quality apps, but looking at OmniFocus Mac (when was the last big update, again?) and at OmniFocus iPad, I don’t think its really the case any more.

    Just look at interface of Todo, PocketInformant for iPad. These are gems! No space wasted! And made by companies smaller than Omni.
    Omni, on the other hand, wasted tons of space, icons are just plain ugly. A list view where you can see only 8 items on 768×1024 screen? Huge, insane paddings in hierarchical lists? Come on.. The whole UI needs to be thrown away and recreated from scratch.

    So there.. like previous commenter, I use other means to manage my todos. And Omni is not even an option anymore.

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  67. mike@macdiggs.com

    I think Omni totally lost their way with this app (if not at all).
    I didn’t try the real thing ($40? in addition to $20 in addition to, god-knows-when-last-updated $80?? – neither of which I even use anymore), but from all the screenshots I see, the UI is just awful. Totally unlike Omni I knew and loved.

    These guys keep saying high prices are because this allows them to create high-quality apps, but looking at OmniFocus Mac (when was the last big update, again?) and at OmniFocus iPad, I don’t think its really the case any more.

    Just look at interface of Todo, PocketInformant for iPad. These are gems! No space wasted! And made by companies smaller than Omni.
    Omni, on the other hand, wasted tons of space, icons are just plain ugly. A list view where you can see only 8 items on 768×1024 screen? Huge, insane paddings in hierarchical lists? Come on.. The whole UI needs to be thrown away and recreated from scratch.

    So there.. like previous commenter, I use other means to manage my todos. And Omni is not even an option anymore.

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  68. mike@macdiggs.com

    I think Omni totally lost their way with this app (if not at all).
    I didn’t try the real thing ($40? in addition to $20 in addition to, god-knows-when-last-updated $80?? – neither of which I even use anymore), but from all the screenshots I see, the UI is just awful. Totally unlike Omni I knew and loved.

    These guys keep saying high prices are because this allows them to create high-quality apps, but looking at OmniFocus Mac (when was the last big update, again?) and at OmniFocus iPad, I don’t think its really the case any more.

    Just look at interface of Todo, PocketInformant for iPad. These are gems! No space wasted! And made by companies smaller than Omni.
    Omni, on the other hand, wasted tons of space, icons are just plain ugly. A list view where you can see only 8 items on 768×1024 screen? Huge, insane paddings in hierarchical lists? Come on.. The whole UI needs to be thrown away and recreated from scratch.

    So there.. like previous commenter, I use other means to manage my todos. And Omni is not even an option anymore.

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  69. mike@macdiggs.com

    I think Omni totally lost their way with this app (if not at all).
    I didn’t try the real thing ($40? in addition to $20 in addition to, god-knows-when-last-updated $80?? – neither of which I even use anymore), but from all the screenshots I see, the UI is just awful. Totally unlike Omni I knew and loved.

    These guys keep saying high prices are because this allows them to create high-quality apps, but looking at OmniFocus Mac (when was the last big update, again?) and at OmniFocus iPad, I don’t think its really the case any more.

    Just look at interface of Todo, PocketInformant for iPad. These are gems! No space wasted! And made by companies smaller than Omni.
    Omni, on the other hand, wasted tons of space, icons are just plain ugly. A list view where you can see only 8 items on 768×1024 screen? Huge, insane paddings in hierarchical lists? Come on.. The whole UI needs to be thrown away and recreated from scratch.

    So there.. like previous commenter, I use other means to manage my todos. And Omni is not even an option anymore.

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  70. Phormality

    @Scott Ellsworth

    I find it interesting that you would trust Google, but not Apple or Omni, when Google’s bread and butter is crawling your data looking for ways to learn about you for advertising purposes. Apple and Omni don’t have this conflict of interest. You don’t think Google isn’t looking at your todo list in Gmail to show you a Wonder Bread ad when you list "buy bread" as a todo? Omni has no interest and nor does Apple when your list is some random data file on your iDisk.

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  71. marcel.vladescu@mac.com

    I wonder whether all the reviewers going gaga about how wonderful this thing is have spent any time trying to navigate a 179 projects, 2792 actions database, like I tried to do today.

    It is extremely frustrating. I will mention just a few issues,

    – try this: go two levels deep, create a new project, create a new action in the project, go up one level, look at something, then go back to that last action you just created. Count how many taps it takes to do this.

    – focus on a project, and while browsing it, create a new sibling of the project (hint: you can’t, period, create a new project while a project is focused)

    – focus on a project, then un-focus (hint: you can’t, not easily anyway)

    – navigate to a project several levels deep, create new project, focus on it, then go up a couple of levels, answer a phone call and get distracted, then figure out where in the hierarchy your project (showing nicely on the right side of the screen) is (hint: this is getting old already)

    Note to reviewers: the ability to sync over the cloud and link contexts to your location are nice bullets in a propaganda document, but they don’t mean squat if the actual act of adding a freaking action takes more than tapping a + button and there is no way to figure out where the things showing right there on your screen actually are.

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  72. marcel.vladescu@mac.com

    I wonder whether all the reviewers going gaga about how wonderful this thing is have spent any time trying to navigate a 179 projects, 2792 actions database, like I tried to do today.

    It is extremely frustrating. I will mention just a few issues,

    – try this: go two levels deep, create a new project, create a new action in the project, go up one level, look at something, then go back to that last action you just created. Count how many taps it takes to do this.

    – focus on a project, and while browsing it, create a new sibling of the project (hint: you can’t, period, create a new project while a project is focused)

    – focus on a project, then un-focus (hint: you can’t, not easily anyway)

    – navigate to a project several levels deep, create new project, focus on it, then go up a couple of levels, answer a phone call and get distracted, then figure out where in the hierarchy your project (showing nicely on the right side of the screen) is (hint: this is getting old already)

    Note to reviewers: the ability to sync over the cloud and link contexts to your location are nice bullets in a propaganda document, but they don’t mean squat if the actual act of adding a freaking action takes more than tapping a + button and there is no way to figure out where the things showing right there on your screen actually are.

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  73. marcel.vladescu@mac.com

    I wonder whether all the reviewers going gaga about how wonderful this thing is have spent any time trying to navigate a 179 projects, 2792 actions database, like I tried to do today.

    It is extremely frustrating. I will mention just a few issues,

    – try this: go two levels deep, create a new project, create a new action in the project, go up one level, look at something, then go back to that last action you just created. Count how many taps it takes to do this.

    – focus on a project, and while browsing it, create a new sibling of the project (hint: you can’t, period, create a new project while a project is focused)

    – focus on a project, then un-focus (hint: you can’t, not easily anyway)

    – navigate to a project several levels deep, create new project, focus on it, then go up a couple of levels, answer a phone call and get distracted, then figure out where in the hierarchy your project (showing nicely on the right side of the screen) is (hint: this is getting old already)

    Note to reviewers: the ability to sync over the cloud and link contexts to your location are nice bullets in a propaganda document, but they don’t mean squat if the actual act of adding a freaking action takes more than tapping a + button and there is no way to figure out where the things showing right there on your screen actually are.

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  74. marcel.vladescu@mac.com

    I wonder whether all the reviewers going gaga about how wonderful this thing is have spent any time trying to navigate a 179 projects, 2792 actions database, like I tried to do today.

    It is extremely frustrating. I will mention just a few issues,

    – try this: go two levels deep, create a new project, create a new action in the project, go up one level, look at something, then go back to that last action you just created. Count how many taps it takes to do this.

    – focus on a project, and while browsing it, create a new sibling of the project (hint: you can’t, period, create a new project while a project is focused)

    – focus on a project, then un-focus (hint: you can’t, not easily anyway)

    – navigate to a project several levels deep, create new project, focus on it, then go up a couple of levels, answer a phone call and get distracted, then figure out where in the hierarchy your project (showing nicely on the right side of the screen) is (hint: this is getting old already)

    Note to reviewers: the ability to sync over the cloud and link contexts to your location are nice bullets in a propaganda document, but they don’t mean squat if the actual act of adding a freaking action takes more than tapping a + button and there is no way to figure out where the things showing right there on your screen actually are.

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  75. marcel.vladescu@mac.com

    I wonder whether all the reviewers going gaga about how wonderful this thing is have spent any time trying to navigate a 179 projects, 2792 actions database, like I tried to do today.

    It is extremely frustrating. I will mention just a few issues,

    – try this: go two levels deep, create a new project, create a new action in the project, go up one level, look at something, then go back to that last action you just created. Count how many taps it takes to do this.

    – focus on a project, and while browsing it, create a new sibling of the project (hint: you can’t, period, create a new project while a project is focused)

    – focus on a project, then un-focus (hint: you can’t, not easily anyway)

    – navigate to a project several levels deep, create new project, focus on it, then go up a couple of levels, answer a phone call and get distracted, then figure out where in the hierarchy your project (showing nicely on the right side of the screen) is (hint: this is getting old already)

    Note to reviewers: the ability to sync over the cloud and link contexts to your location are nice bullets in a propaganda document, but they don’t mean squat if the actual act of adding a freaking action takes more than tapping a + button and there is no way to figure out where the things showing right there on your screen actually are.

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  76. ptgn123@me.com

    Thank you for a great review David. Also for turning me onto using OmniFocus with your Mac Power Users podcast. This app pays you back in spades. Keep up the good work.

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  77. ptgn123@me.com

    Thank you for a great review David. Also for turning me onto using OmniFocus with your Mac Power Users podcast. This app pays you back in spades. Keep up the good work.

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  78. ptgn123@me.com

    Thank you for a great review David. Also for turning me onto using OmniFocus with your Mac Power Users podcast. This app pays you back in spades. Keep up the good work.

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  79. ptgn123@me.com

    Thank you for a great review David. Also for turning me onto using OmniFocus with your Mac Power Users podcast. This app pays you back in spades. Keep up the good work.

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  80. ptgn123@me.com

    Thank you for a great review David. Also for turning me onto using OmniFocus with your Mac Power Users podcast. This app pays you back in spades. Keep up the good work.

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  81. Johan Sombekke

    I’ve tried a lot of GTD app’s. This one has a good interface, but it’s way overpriced. This app adds nothing to ToDo, Things, Nozbe and others. If they would have elaborated on collaboration features than fine, but this way it’s just another GTD app. Sorry, can’t take these guys seriously.

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  82. myetherealmind@gmail.com

    At forty dollars, OmniFocus is way too expensive. Competitive products are much cheaper, even Things is cheaper than this. At twenty bucks, it would be pricy, but forty is gouging. It is ONLY an iPad app that does to-do lists, there isn’t that much value in the product,

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  83. myetherealmind@gmail.com

    At forty dollars, OmniFocus is way too expensive. Competitive products are much cheaper, even Things is cheaper than this. At twenty bucks, it would be pricy, but forty is gouging. It is ONLY an iPad app that does to-do lists, there isn’t that much value in the product,

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  84. myetherealmind@gmail.com

    At forty dollars, OmniFocus is way too expensive. Competitive products are much cheaper, even Things is cheaper than this. At twenty bucks, it would be pricy, but forty is gouging. It is ONLY an iPad app that does to-do lists, there isn’t that much value in the product,

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  85. myetherealmind@gmail.com

    At forty dollars, OmniFocus is way too expensive. Competitive products are much cheaper, even Things is cheaper than this. At twenty bucks, it would be pricy, but forty is gouging. It is ONLY an iPad app that does to-do lists, there isn’t that much value in the product,

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  86. myetherealmind@gmail.com

    At forty dollars, OmniFocus is way too expensive. Competitive products are much cheaper, even Things is cheaper than this. At twenty bucks, it would be pricy, but forty is gouging. It is ONLY an iPad app that does to-do lists, there isn’t that much value in the product,

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  87. ben@zeiss.net

    Ugh, now I bought it despite my serious doubts and its pricing just to see whether I am right. And contrary what people have written, other much cheapter Todo apps in the App Store (such as Appigos Todo) are actually much better in regards to what is displayed and what is not. Omnifocus is just a mess at that. It displays things that it shouldn’t (e.g., empty projects with no "next item") and it is unable to focus on the next few tasks in one view (yeah, the Forecast should do it, but it displays only single days rather than the relevant tasks for the next few days). Sorry, the whole app isn’t thought through and at the moment not worth the money.

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  88. ben@zeiss.net

    Ugh, now I bought it despite my serious doubts and its pricing just to see whether I am right. And contrary what people have written, other much cheapter Todo apps in the App Store (such as Appigos Todo) are actually much better in regards to what is displayed and what is not. Omnifocus is just a mess at that. It displays things that it shouldn’t (e.g., empty projects with no "next item") and it is unable to focus on the next few tasks in one view (yeah, the Forecast should do it, but it displays only single days rather than the relevant tasks for the next few days). Sorry, the whole app isn’t thought through and at the moment not worth the money.

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  89. ben@zeiss.net

    Ugh, now I bought it despite my serious doubts and its pricing just to see whether I am right. And contrary what people have written, other much cheapter Todo apps in the App Store (such as Appigos Todo) are actually much better in regards to what is displayed and what is not. Omnifocus is just a mess at that. It displays things that it shouldn’t (e.g., empty projects with no "next item") and it is unable to focus on the next few tasks in one view (yeah, the Forecast should do it, but it displays only single days rather than the relevant tasks for the next few days). Sorry, the whole app isn’t thought through and at the moment not worth the money.

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  90. ben@zeiss.net

    Ugh, now I bought it despite my serious doubts and its pricing just to see whether I am right. And contrary what people have written, other much cheapter Todo apps in the App Store (such as Appigos Todo) are actually much better in regards to what is displayed and what is not. Omnifocus is just a mess at that. It displays things that it shouldn’t (e.g., empty projects with no "next item") and it is unable to focus on the next few tasks in one view (yeah, the Forecast should do it, but it displays only single days rather than the relevant tasks for the next few days). Sorry, the whole app isn’t thought through and at the moment not worth the money.

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  91. ben@zeiss.net

    Ugh, now I bought it despite my serious doubts and its pricing just to see whether I am right. And contrary what people have written, other much cheapter Todo apps in the App Store (such as Appigos Todo) are actually much better in regards to what is displayed and what is not. Omnifocus is just a mess at that. It displays things that it shouldn’t (e.g., empty projects with no "next item") and it is unable to focus on the next few tasks in one view (yeah, the Forecast should do it, but it displays only single days rather than the relevant tasks for the next few days). Sorry, the whole app isn’t thought through and at the moment not worth the money.

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  92. Athol.hill@Mac.com

    +1 for overpriced. Omnifocus have lost the plot. $20 would have been reasonable but this is plain stupidity. They can say it’s about quality apps but they’d sell at least twice as much with a cheaper price. Sorry omnifocus, after buying your osx and iPhone versions, I’m switching to someone who doesn’t try rip off their customers

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  93. Athol.hill@Mac.com

    +1 for overpriced. Omnifocus have lost the plot. $20 would have been reasonable but this is plain stupidity. They can say it’s about quality apps but they’d sell at least twice as much with a cheaper price. Sorry omnifocus, after buying your osx and iPhone versions, I’m switching to someone who doesn’t try rip off their customers

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  94. Athol.hill@Mac.com

    +1 for overpriced. Omnifocus have lost the plot. $20 would have been reasonable but this is plain stupidity. They can say it’s about quality apps but they’d sell at least twice as much with a cheaper price. Sorry omnifocus, after buying your osx and iPhone versions, I’m switching to someone who doesn’t try rip off their customers

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  95. Athol.hill@Mac.com

    +1 for overpriced. Omnifocus have lost the plot. $20 would have been reasonable but this is plain stupidity. They can say it’s about quality apps but they’d sell at least twice as much with a cheaper price. Sorry omnifocus, after buying your osx and iPhone versions, I’m switching to someone who doesn’t try rip off their customers

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  96. Athol.hill@Mac.com

    +1 for overpriced. Omnifocus have lost the plot. $20 would have been reasonable but this is plain stupidity. They can say it’s about quality apps but they’d sell at least twice as much with a cheaper price. Sorry omnifocus, after buying your osx and iPhone versions, I’m switching to someone who doesn’t try rip off their customers

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  97. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Thanks for the review. Helped me discover ways to use the software more efficiently. I agree that there are a number of features of this version of the software that make it much more efficient to plan your day and update your lists of todos.

    I would like to make a comment on Marcel’s review. He indicates that he has: "179 projects, 2792 actions database". It does not sound to me that Omnifocus could be used to handle such significant database and that this sounds like an elaborate detailed project management issue that other tools may be more suited to. Perhaps a more pro level application such as OmniPlan is more suited to the task (no pun intended). http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniplan/

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  98. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Thanks for the review. Helped me discover ways to use the software more efficiently. I agree that there are a number of features of this version of the software that make it much more efficient to plan your day and update your lists of todos.

    I would like to make a comment on Marcel’s review. He indicates that he has: "179 projects, 2792 actions database". It does not sound to me that Omnifocus could be used to handle such significant database and that this sounds like an elaborate detailed project management issue that other tools may be more suited to. Perhaps a more pro level application such as OmniPlan is more suited to the task (no pun intended). http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniplan/

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  99. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Thanks for the review. Helped me discover ways to use the software more efficiently. I agree that there are a number of features of this version of the software that make it much more efficient to plan your day and update your lists of todos.

    I would like to make a comment on Marcel’s review. He indicates that he has: "179 projects, 2792 actions database". It does not sound to me that Omnifocus could be used to handle such significant database and that this sounds like an elaborate detailed project management issue that other tools may be more suited to. Perhaps a more pro level application such as OmniPlan is more suited to the task (no pun intended). http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniplan/

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  100. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Thanks for the review. Helped me discover ways to use the software more efficiently. I agree that there are a number of features of this version of the software that make it much more efficient to plan your day and update your lists of todos.

    I would like to make a comment on Marcel’s review. He indicates that he has: "179 projects, 2792 actions database". It does not sound to me that Omnifocus could be used to handle such significant database and that this sounds like an elaborate detailed project management issue that other tools may be more suited to. Perhaps a more pro level application such as OmniPlan is more suited to the task (no pun intended). http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniplan/

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  101. posteanonyme@gmail.com

    Thanks for the review. Helped me discover ways to use the software more efficiently. I agree that there are a number of features of this version of the software that make it much more efficient to plan your day and update your lists of todos.

    I would like to make a comment on Marcel’s review. He indicates that he has: "179 projects, 2792 actions database". It does not sound to me that Omnifocus could be used to handle such significant database and that this sounds like an elaborate detailed project management issue that other tools may be more suited to. Perhaps a more pro level application such as OmniPlan is more suited to the task (no pun intended). http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniplan/

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  102. anthonyjross@mac.com

    David: I’d already purchased the iPad app yesterday within a couple hours of its availability but this review, just as your screencast on email management did, is going to change my productivity life. Thanks for sharing your comprehensive examination of these modern-day tools. You really are a guru.

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  103. anthonyjross@mac.com

    David: I’d already purchased the iPad app yesterday within a couple hours of its availability but this review, just as your screencast on email management did, is going to change my productivity life. Thanks for sharing your comprehensive examination of these modern-day tools. You really are a guru.

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  104. anthonyjross@mac.com

    David: I’d already purchased the iPad app yesterday within a couple hours of its availability but this review, just as your screencast on email management did, is going to change my productivity life. Thanks for sharing your comprehensive examination of these modern-day tools. You really are a guru.

    Reply
  105. anthonyjross@mac.com

    David: I’d already purchased the iPad app yesterday within a couple hours of its availability but this review, just as your screencast on email management did, is going to change my productivity life. Thanks for sharing your comprehensive examination of these modern-day tools. You really are a guru.

    Reply
  106. anthonyjross@mac.com

    David: I’d already purchased the iPad app yesterday within a couple hours of its availability but this review, just as your screencast on email management did, is going to change my productivity life. Thanks for sharing your comprehensive examination of these modern-day tools. You really are a guru.

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  107. Bartclark@me.com

    (ok moderator, typed this on iPad so I’ve cleaned this one up a bit…sorry for duplicate post please delete prior….plus it would not accept my URL http://www.cultofpersonality.com). Gratis!

    Ok guys…and maidens….I don’t have any axes to grind nor agendas to push….I’ve tried Things, toddle, omni….. I don’t KNOW what is best for me? I suspect of course the answer of what is "best" will depend on the needs of who is asking……?

    All of you seem more knowledgeable about this than I am. Could a few of you give me your best thoughts on what system, or combo, you would use to accomplish the following:

    1. I have a small company….10 to 12 of us involved at most and that’s counting contract labor (who all have at least an iPhone but dif combos of ipads, makbooks, or windows laptops.
    2. MAINLY I need something to personally manage about five unrelated companies:
    A. Physical therapy staffing company
    B. Custom motorcycle shop
    C. Rivendell Farming (an animal rescue / rehab / release deal)
    D. Runerings: a very low volume jewelry cnc fab shop specializing in creating rings with invisible writing (until heated)
    E. A real estate holding company (first floor offices, coffee shop, 24 hour fitness—-second floor loft apartments
    F. A verticle software company witch has been developing and selling Medicare / therapy software since 1994
    G. a surprisingly in demand demented candle company wich make "prank candles". (catpeecandle.com)

    Ok. If you can bear to stay with methrough all that you can see my bad need for a GTD type system cause EVERYTHING falls through the cracks every day!

    I need some system to help me organize "what’s next" on the fly for any of e above disasterous (but profitable ventures). So I need something

    1. Just for me….to make sense of it all

    And

    2. Something to address communications and accountability for "assignments" for the various people who work within often completely separated areas. In other words….if I’m sitting with my Mac, iPad, or Iphone and I want to ADD TASKS to various team members in a way that automatically shows up on their devices "to do" list….and then I can see what they have checked off ass done, or sent me back a "to do" that only I can do to keep them rolling….. HOW BEST CAN I set this up????

    Right now we waste alot of time on phone calls where important deadline or other details are not documented and it all gets messed up and balls are dropped even with the best of intentions (not even factoring in the inevitable folks who just try to claim such in such wasn’t "assigned" to them.

    I know it’s a long boring somewhat "Pandora’s Box’ type of scenario…..but any help, guidance, discussion would be awesome….I can’t be the only one who would, say, right now, like to send a ‘to do’ to my dad’s iPhone that will appear on Monday Morning saying: get two bales of hay, 50 pounds of raccoon feed, and hot stripper at the feedstore Monday morning". And then be able to have him just check if off "done" and have that reflected my devices? (or, allow him to check done yet being able to sent me a "to do" item saying "strippers no longer available at tractor supply, find another source". :). You get the drift….

    Is there a way? I have ten .me accounts if that would help?

    And…guys….if any of you are gracious enough to give me your thoughts…please don’t fight over your different ideas….ALL of you smart bastards will say something that will help me even if its all different!!!!! Cause Im at a nerdy loss here as to how to get this done…..

    from Texas with Love!

    Bart & Linda Clark
    Dallas,Texas

    Reply
  108. Bartclark@me.com

    (ok moderator, typed this on iPad so I’ve cleaned this one up a bit…sorry for duplicate post please delete prior….plus it would not accept my URL http://www.cultofpersonality.com). Gratis!

    Ok guys…and maidens….I don’t have any axes to grind nor agendas to push….I’ve tried Things, toddle, omni….. I don’t KNOW what is best for me? I suspect of course the answer of what is "best" will depend on the needs of who is asking……?

    All of you seem more knowledgeable about this than I am. Could a few of you give me your best thoughts on what system, or combo, you would use to accomplish the following:

    1. I have a small company….10 to 12 of us involved at most and that’s counting contract labor (who all have at least an iPhone but dif combos of ipads, makbooks, or windows laptops.
    2. MAINLY I need something to personally manage about five unrelated companies:
    A. Physical therapy staffing company
    B. Custom motorcycle shop
    C. Rivendell Farming (an animal rescue / rehab / release deal)
    D. Runerings: a very low volume jewelry cnc fab shop specializing in creating rings with invisible writing (until heated)
    E. A real estate holding company (first floor offices, coffee shop, 24 hour fitness—-second floor loft apartments
    F. A verticle software company witch has been developing and selling Medicare / therapy software since 1994
    G. a surprisingly in demand demented candle company wich make "prank candles". (catpeecandle.com)

    Ok. If you can bear to stay with methrough all that you can see my bad need for a GTD type system cause EVERYTHING falls through the cracks every day!

    I need some system to help me organize "what’s next" on the fly for any of e above disasterous (but profitable ventures). So I need something

    1. Just for me….to make sense of it all

    And

    2. Something to address communications and accountability for "assignments" for the various people who work within often completely separated areas. In other words….if I’m sitting with my Mac, iPad, or Iphone and I want to ADD TASKS to various team members in a way that automatically shows up on their devices "to do" list….and then I can see what they have checked off ass done, or sent me back a "to do" that only I can do to keep them rolling….. HOW BEST CAN I set this up????

    Right now we waste alot of time on phone calls where important deadline or other details are not documented and it all gets messed up and balls are dropped even with the best of intentions (not even factoring in the inevitable folks who just try to claim such in such wasn’t "assigned" to them.

    I know it’s a long boring somewhat "Pandora’s Box’ type of scenario…..but any help, guidance, discussion would be awesome….I can’t be the only one who would, say, right now, like to send a ‘to do’ to my dad’s iPhone that will appear on Monday Morning saying: get two bales of hay, 50 pounds of raccoon feed, and hot stripper at the feedstore Monday morning". And then be able to have him just check if off "done" and have that reflected my devices? (or, allow him to check done yet being able to sent me a "to do" item saying "strippers no longer available at tractor supply, find another source". :). You get the drift….

    Is there a way? I have ten .me accounts if that would help?

    And…guys….if any of you are gracious enough to give me your thoughts…please don’t fight over your different ideas….ALL of you smart bastards will say something that will help me even if its all different!!!!! Cause Im at a nerdy loss here as to how to get this done…..

    from Texas with Love!

    Bart & Linda Clark
    Dallas,Texas

    Reply
  109. Bartclark@me.com

    (ok moderator, typed this on iPad so I’ve cleaned this one up a bit…sorry for duplicate post please delete prior….plus it would not accept my URL http://www.cultofpersonality.com). Gratis!

    Ok guys…and maidens….I don’t have any axes to grind nor agendas to push….I’ve tried Things, toddle, omni….. I don’t KNOW what is best for me? I suspect of course the answer of what is "best" will depend on the needs of who is asking……?

    All of you seem more knowledgeable about this than I am. Could a few of you give me your best thoughts on what system, or combo, you would use to accomplish the following:

    1. I have a small company….10 to 12 of us involved at most and that’s counting contract labor (who all have at least an iPhone but dif combos of ipads, makbooks, or windows laptops.
    2. MAINLY I need something to personally manage about five unrelated companies:
    A. Physical therapy staffing company
    B. Custom motorcycle shop
    C. Rivendell Farming (an animal rescue / rehab / release deal)
    D. Runerings: a very low volume jewelry cnc fab shop specializing in creating rings with invisible writing (until heated)
    E. A real estate holding company (first floor offices, coffee shop, 24 hour fitness—-second floor loft apartments
    F. A verticle software company witch has been developing and selling Medicare / therapy software since 1994
    G. a surprisingly in demand demented candle company wich make "prank candles". (catpeecandle.com)

    Ok. If you can bear to stay with methrough all that you can see my bad need for a GTD type system cause EVERYTHING falls through the cracks every day!

    I need some system to help me organize "what’s next" on the fly for any of e above disasterous (but profitable ventures). So I need something

    1. Just for me….to make sense of it all

    And

    2. Something to address communications and accountability for "assignments" for the various people who work within often completely separated areas. In other words….if I’m sitting with my Mac, iPad, or Iphone and I want to ADD TASKS to various team members in a way that automatically shows up on their devices "to do" list….and then I can see what they have checked off ass done, or sent me back a "to do" that only I can do to keep them rolling….. HOW BEST CAN I set this up????

    Right now we waste alot of time on phone calls where important deadline or other details are not documented and it all gets messed up and balls are dropped even with the best of intentions (not even factoring in the inevitable folks who just try to claim such in such wasn’t "assigned" to them.

    I know it’s a long boring somewhat "Pandora’s Box’ type of scenario…..but any help, guidance, discussion would be awesome….I can’t be the only one who would, say, right now, like to send a ‘to do’ to my dad’s iPhone that will appear on Monday Morning saying: get two bales of hay, 50 pounds of raccoon feed, and hot stripper at the feedstore Monday morning". And then be able to have him just check if off "done" and have that reflected my devices? (or, allow him to check done yet being able to sent me a "to do" item saying "strippers no longer available at tractor supply, find another source". :). You get the drift….

    Is there a way? I have ten .me accounts if that would help?

    And…guys….if any of you are gracious enough to give me your thoughts…please don’t fight over your different ideas….ALL of you smart bastards will say something that will help me even if its all different!!!!! Cause Im at a nerdy loss here as to how to get this done…..

    from Texas with Love!

    Bart & Linda Clark
    Dallas,Texas

    Reply
  110. Bartclark@me.com

    (ok moderator, typed this on iPad so I’ve cleaned this one up a bit…sorry for duplicate post please delete prior….plus it would not accept my URL http://www.cultofpersonality.com). Gratis!

    Ok guys…and maidens….I don’t have any axes to grind nor agendas to push….I’ve tried Things, toddle, omni….. I don’t KNOW what is best for me? I suspect of course the answer of what is "best" will depend on the needs of who is asking……?

    All of you seem more knowledgeable about this than I am. Could a few of you give me your best thoughts on what system, or combo, you would use to accomplish the following:

    1. I have a small company….10 to 12 of us involved at most and that’s counting contract labor (who all have at least an iPhone but dif combos of ipads, makbooks, or windows laptops.
    2. MAINLY I need something to personally manage about five unrelated companies:
    A. Physical therapy staffing company
    B. Custom motorcycle shop
    C. Rivendell Farming (an animal rescue / rehab / release deal)
    D. Runerings: a very low volume jewelry cnc fab shop specializing in creating rings with invisible writing (until heated)
    E. A real estate holding company (first floor offices, coffee shop, 24 hour fitness—-second floor loft apartments
    F. A verticle software company witch has been developing and selling Medicare / therapy software since 1994
    G. a surprisingly in demand demented candle company wich make "prank candles". (catpeecandle.com)

    Ok. If you can bear to stay with methrough all that you can see my bad need for a GTD type system cause EVERYTHING falls through the cracks every day!

    I need some system to help me organize "what’s next" on the fly for any of e above disasterous (but profitable ventures). So I need something

    1. Just for me….to make sense of it all

    And

    2. Something to address communications and accountability for "assignments" for the various people who work within often completely separated areas. In other words….if I’m sitting with my Mac, iPad, or Iphone and I want to ADD TASKS to various team members in a way that automatically shows up on their devices "to do" list….and then I can see what they have checked off ass done, or sent me back a "to do" that only I can do to keep them rolling….. HOW BEST CAN I set this up????

    Right now we waste alot of time on phone calls where important deadline or other details are not documented and it all gets messed up and balls are dropped even with the best of intentions (not even factoring in the inevitable folks who just try to claim such in such wasn’t "assigned" to them.

    I know it’s a long boring somewhat "Pandora’s Box’ type of scenario…..but any help, guidance, discussion would be awesome….I can’t be the only one who would, say, right now, like to send a ‘to do’ to my dad’s iPhone that will appear on Monday Morning saying: get two bales of hay, 50 pounds of raccoon feed, and hot stripper at the feedstore Monday morning". And then be able to have him just check if off "done" and have that reflected my devices? (or, allow him to check done yet being able to sent me a "to do" item saying "strippers no longer available at tractor supply, find another source". :). You get the drift….

    Is there a way? I have ten .me accounts if that would help?

    And…guys….if any of you are gracious enough to give me your thoughts…please don’t fight over your different ideas….ALL of you smart bastards will say something that will help me even if its all different!!!!! Cause Im at a nerdy loss here as to how to get this done…..

    from Texas with Love!

    Bart & Linda Clark
    Dallas,Texas

    Reply
  111. Bartclark@me.com

    (ok moderator, typed this on iPad so I’ve cleaned this one up a bit…sorry for duplicate post please delete prior….plus it would not accept my URL http://www.cultofpersonality.com). Gratis!

    Ok guys…and maidens….I don’t have any axes to grind nor agendas to push….I’ve tried Things, toddle, omni….. I don’t KNOW what is best for me? I suspect of course the answer of what is "best" will depend on the needs of who is asking……?

    All of you seem more knowledgeable about this than I am. Could a few of you give me your best thoughts on what system, or combo, you would use to accomplish the following:

    1. I have a small company….10 to 12 of us involved at most and that’s counting contract labor (who all have at least an iPhone but dif combos of ipads, makbooks, or windows laptops.
    2. MAINLY I need something to personally manage about five unrelated companies:
    A. Physical therapy staffing company
    B. Custom motorcycle shop
    C. Rivendell Farming (an animal rescue / rehab / release deal)
    D. Runerings: a very low volume jewelry cnc fab shop specializing in creating rings with invisible writing (until heated)
    E. A real estate holding company (first floor offices, coffee shop, 24 hour fitness—-second floor loft apartments
    F. A verticle software company witch has been developing and selling Medicare / therapy software since 1994
    G. a surprisingly in demand demented candle company wich make "prank candles". (catpeecandle.com)

    Ok. If you can bear to stay with methrough all that you can see my bad need for a GTD type system cause EVERYTHING falls through the cracks every day!

    I need some system to help me organize "what’s next" on the fly for any of e above disasterous (but profitable ventures). So I need something

    1. Just for me….to make sense of it all

    And

    2. Something to address communications and accountability for "assignments" for the various people who work within often completely separated areas. In other words….if I’m sitting with my Mac, iPad, or Iphone and I want to ADD TASKS to various team members in a way that automatically shows up on their devices "to do" list….and then I can see what they have checked off ass done, or sent me back a "to do" that only I can do to keep them rolling….. HOW BEST CAN I set this up????

    Right now we waste alot of time on phone calls where important deadline or other details are not documented and it all gets messed up and balls are dropped even with the best of intentions (not even factoring in the inevitable folks who just try to claim such in such wasn’t "assigned" to them.

    I know it’s a long boring somewhat "Pandora’s Box’ type of scenario…..but any help, guidance, discussion would be awesome….I can’t be the only one who would, say, right now, like to send a ‘to do’ to my dad’s iPhone that will appear on Monday Morning saying: get two bales of hay, 50 pounds of raccoon feed, and hot stripper at the feedstore Monday morning". And then be able to have him just check if off "done" and have that reflected my devices? (or, allow him to check done yet being able to sent me a "to do" item saying "strippers no longer available at tractor supply, find another source". :). You get the drift….

    Is there a way? I have ten .me accounts if that would help?

    And…guys….if any of you are gracious enough to give me your thoughts…please don’t fight over your different ideas….ALL of you smart bastards will say something that will help me even if its all different!!!!! Cause Im at a nerdy loss here as to how to get this done…..

    from Texas with Love!

    Bart & Linda Clark
    Dallas,Texas

    Reply
  112. JS

    While I like the overall layout of OmniFocus for iPad, the quick entry for individual tasks is nowhere near as quick as in Todo by Appigo. Why can’t I at least add the Info and Date information from a single screen and continue to add new tasks directly instead of having to press SAVE and then the + button again?

    The terminology in the repeating section is convoluted as well.

    Pluses (compared to Todo): Can view multiple project actions on same screen and focus; simpler layout (I don’t need the faux notebook/agenda in Todo). Review and Forecast features.

    Minuses: price, slower entry and processing of tasks in Omnifocus. The interface on the Mac version sucks.

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  113. MtnSloth

    OmniFocus is first and foremost a GTD tool. If you haven’t read David Allen’s book, GTD probably doesn’t mean what you think it means. If you don’t get GTD, you are not going to get just how powerful the combination of OmniFocus for the Mac, iPhone and iPad really are.  This is a problem for Omni, and they have tried to address it with a GTD white paper that many commenters seem to have not seen. That said, it is entirely true that OF is too much tool if all you need and want is a simple task list.

    In GTD speak, a project is just a task that takes more than one step to complete.  That is it. This is not the sort of “project” that some commenters seem to be thinking of – as they are thinking of project in terms of wikipedia’s “Project management” article. I’ll distinguish the two as “project vs. Project” from here on.

    GTD can advise how you manage a Project, but it is no substitute for whatever system/framework your organization uses to manage Projects. I’ve had success using OmniFocus alone for small Projects that represented less than 40 hours of effort. Anything more than that, and it is time for spreadsheets (or OmniOutliner), or real Project management software. There is a reason why multi-user Project management solutions cost thousands of dollars. Even single user costs for Project management software are typically in the hundreds of dollars. Bottom line, OF is not Project management software.

    GTD, as described by David Allen, is a PERSONAL approach to productivity. So. There is that to start with. Furthermore, I don’t see how Google Apps or Google Docs is really suited as a workgroup GTD application. Would someone doing this please explain? People seem to want groupware . . . as in Lotus Notes. Yikes! In my opinion, “groupware” is one of the classic blunders – like getting involved in a land-war in asia.

    Ignoring the whole groupware angle, I don’t think GTD is going to work for a group unless everyone buys into it; and, even then, every one is different – your GTD tool(s) depend as much on who you are as what you do. You can practice GTD using pen and paper, text files (with or without macros), or an application like OmniFocus. I think it would be counterproductive to force one tool on everyone.

    As to the cost of OmniFocus, when judged as just another business expense, OF costs less than a case (10 reams) of office paper. Assuming you actually use OF, I don’t see how OF fails the ROI test. Perhaps what people are trying to say is that $40 is too much for something they can’t be sure they are going to use? If so and if you own a Mac, try the desktop version for free for 14 days. That will give you some idea if GTD and OF are for you.

    If you are Windows or *nix only, then yeah . . . $40 on a leap of faith, especially if you aren’t already practicing GTD, is a bit much. Keep in mind, that you are likely to get the most out of OF if you use both the Mac and one of the mobile versions. So. Windows and *nix heads may want to skip this particular tool in any event.

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  114. cjlacz@yahoo.com

    Nice review. I use OmniFocus at home and on the iPhone and love it. The syncing system in Things I don’t like much and that’s a feature I use a lot on OmniFocus. Todo seems to have grown up a lot since I last looked at it, although OF seems more usable, especially on the desktop.

    I can certainly understand how for some users Google’s tools might be more valuable, but in my case all those online sites are blocked at my office so Omni is by far the better solution. It helps that I prefer it. Most google services have been blocked at every company I’ve been at the past 3 years.

    I was balking at the price. I’m glad to see they’ve put a lot more work into it to really make it a first class citizen on the iPad. Considering you really have to buy the desktop app to get the most out of it the price seems rather high.

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  115. cjlacz@yahoo.com

    Nice review. I use OmniFocus at home and on the iPhone and love it. The syncing system in Things I don’t like much and that’s a feature I use a lot on OmniFocus. Todo seems to have grown up a lot since I last looked at it, although OF seems more usable, especially on the desktop.

    I can certainly understand how for some users Google’s tools might be more valuable, but in my case all those online sites are blocked at my office so Omni is by far the better solution. It helps that I prefer it. Most google services have been blocked at every company I’ve been at the past 3 years.

    I was balking at the price. I’m glad to see they’ve put a lot more work into it to really make it a first class citizen on the iPad. Considering you really have to buy the desktop app to get the most out of it the price seems rather high.

    Reply
  116. cjlacz@yahoo.com

    Nice review. I use OmniFocus at home and on the iPhone and love it. The syncing system in Things I don’t like much and that’s a feature I use a lot on OmniFocus. Todo seems to have grown up a lot since I last looked at it, although OF seems more usable, especially on the desktop.

    I can certainly understand how for some users Google’s tools might be more valuable, but in my case all those online sites are blocked at my office so Omni is by far the better solution. It helps that I prefer it. Most google services have been blocked at every company I’ve been at the past 3 years.

    I was balking at the price. I’m glad to see they’ve put a lot more work into it to really make it a first class citizen on the iPad. Considering you really have to buy the desktop app to get the most out of it the price seems rather high.

    Reply
  117. cjlacz@yahoo.com

    Nice review. I use OmniFocus at home and on the iPhone and love it. The syncing system in Things I don’t like much and that’s a feature I use a lot on OmniFocus. Todo seems to have grown up a lot since I last looked at it, although OF seems more usable, especially on the desktop.

    I can certainly understand how for some users Google’s tools might be more valuable, but in my case all those online sites are blocked at my office so Omni is by far the better solution. It helps that I prefer it. Most google services have been blocked at every company I’ve been at the past 3 years.

    I was balking at the price. I’m glad to see they’ve put a lot more work into it to really make it a first class citizen on the iPad. Considering you really have to buy the desktop app to get the most out of it the price seems rather high.

    Reply
  118. cjlacz@yahoo.com

    Nice review. I use OmniFocus at home and on the iPhone and love it. The syncing system in Things I don’t like much and that’s a feature I use a lot on OmniFocus. Todo seems to have grown up a lot since I last looked at it, although OF seems more usable, especially on the desktop.

    I can certainly understand how for some users Google’s tools might be more valuable, but in my case all those online sites are blocked at my office so Omni is by far the better solution. It helps that I prefer it. Most google services have been blocked at every company I’ve been at the past 3 years.

    I was balking at the price. I’m glad to see they’ve put a lot more work into it to really make it a first class citizen on the iPad. Considering you really have to buy the desktop app to get the most out of it the price seems rather high.

    Reply
  119. Craig@geekcomputers.co.uk

    I have to say now that this application is out on the iPad it’s so much easier to manage my tasks/projects. Before I would always spend time at the start and end of the day, updating and processing my tasks, now I have the option to properly keep track and update my information wherever I am and whenever I want.

    I did use the iPhone app but it was mainly to just add quick inbox tasks and tick the items completed, the iPhone app is good but there is not enough screen real esate for me use the application properly.

    I did worry about the cost when it came out but now I can organize myself better, I have more than made the money back, it’s in my top 5 must have applications

    Reply
  120. Craig@geekcomputers.co.uk

    I have to say now that this application is out on the iPad it’s so much easier to manage my tasks/projects. Before I would always spend time at the start and end of the day, updating and processing my tasks, now I have the option to properly keep track and update my information wherever I am and whenever I want.

    I did use the iPhone app but it was mainly to just add quick inbox tasks and tick the items completed, the iPhone app is good but there is not enough screen real esate for me use the application properly.

    I did worry about the cost when it came out but now I can organize myself better, I have more than made the money back, it’s in my top 5 must have applications

    Reply
  121. Craig@geekcomputers.co.uk

    I have to say now that this application is out on the iPad it’s so much easier to manage my tasks/projects. Before I would always spend time at the start and end of the day, updating and processing my tasks, now I have the option to properly keep track and update my information wherever I am and whenever I want.

    I did use the iPhone app but it was mainly to just add quick inbox tasks and tick the items completed, the iPhone app is good but there is not enough screen real esate for me use the application properly.

    I did worry about the cost when it came out but now I can organize myself better, I have more than made the money back, it’s in my top 5 must have applications

    Reply
  122. Craig@geekcomputers.co.uk

    I have to say now that this application is out on the iPad it’s so much easier to manage my tasks/projects. Before I would always spend time at the start and end of the day, updating and processing my tasks, now I have the option to properly keep track and update my information wherever I am and whenever I want.

    I did use the iPhone app but it was mainly to just add quick inbox tasks and tick the items completed, the iPhone app is good but there is not enough screen real esate for me use the application properly.

    I did worry about the cost when it came out but now I can organize myself better, I have more than made the money back, it’s in my top 5 must have applications

    Reply
  123. Craig@geekcomputers.co.uk

    I have to say now that this application is out on the iPad it’s so much easier to manage my tasks/projects. Before I would always spend time at the start and end of the day, updating and processing my tasks, now I have the option to properly keep track and update my information wherever I am and whenever I want.

    I did use the iPhone app but it was mainly to just add quick inbox tasks and tick the items completed, the iPhone app is good but there is not enough screen real esate for me use the application properly.

    I did worry about the cost when it came out but now I can organize myself better, I have more than made the money back, it’s in my top 5 must have applications

    Reply
  124. malbright@earthlink.net

    Nice review!

    So here’s a dumb question. How does one look at a simple list of Today’s To Dos?

    Thanks.

    Reply
  125. malbright@earthlink.net

    Nice review!

    So here’s a dumb question. How does one look at a simple list of Today’s To Dos?

    Thanks.

    Reply
  126. malbright@earthlink.net

    Nice review!

    So here’s a dumb question. How does one look at a simple list of Today’s To Dos?

    Thanks.

    Reply
  127. malbright@earthlink.net

    Nice review!

    So here’s a dumb question. How does one look at a simple list of Today’s To Dos?

    Thanks.

    Reply
  128. malbright@earthlink.net

    Nice review!

    So here’s a dumb question. How does one look at a simple list of Today’s To Dos?

    Thanks.

    Reply
  129. apontev80@gmail.com

    Regarding the GTD can it be done manually like someone else ask before, because I think this is something that is important and of interest to us?

    Fantastic review by the way! I really enjoyed it!

    Reply
  130. apontev80@gmail.com

    Regarding the GTD can it be done manually like someone else ask before, because I think this is something that is important and of interest to us?

    Fantastic review by the way! I really enjoyed it!

    Reply
  131. apontev80@gmail.com

    Regarding the GTD can it be done manually like someone else ask before, because I think this is something that is important and of interest to us?

    Fantastic review by the way! I really enjoyed it!

    Reply
  132. apontev80@gmail.com

    Regarding the GTD can it be done manually like someone else ask before, because I think this is something that is important and of interest to us?

    Fantastic review by the way! I really enjoyed it!

    Reply
  133. apontev80@gmail.com

    Regarding the GTD can it be done manually like someone else ask before, because I think this is something that is important and of interest to us?

    Fantastic review by the way! I really enjoyed it!

    Reply
  134. Mike

    Regarding the whole "it's overpriced" thing- if you think it's over priced, don't buy it. OmniGroup is hardly hurting for customers so they must know something.

    One other thought- how much is a productive lifestyle really worth? If $40 is going to break the bank, this is NOT the product for you. On the other hand, if you want maximum performance, $40 is nothing at all.

    All depends on how you look at it.

    Reply
  135. mverma.cis@gmail.com

    Hi David,
    i like your post and the review. As you describe all the things step-By-step with the use pictures. I feel that Omnifocus Is a very good app as it provides us multi functionality at reasonable price.

    Reply
  136. mverma.cis@gmail.com

    Hi David,
    i like your post and the review. As you describe all the things step-By-step with the use pictures. I feel that Omnifocus Is a very good app as it provides us multi functionality at reasonable price.

    Reply
  137. mverma.cis@gmail.com

    Hi David,
    i like your post and the review. As you describe all the things step-By-step with the use pictures. I feel that Omnifocus Is a very good app as it provides us multi functionality at reasonable price.

    Reply
  138. mverma.cis@gmail.com

    Hi David,
    i like your post and the review. As you describe all the things step-By-step with the use pictures. I feel that Omnifocus Is a very good app as it provides us multi functionality at reasonable price.

    Reply
  139. mverma.cis@gmail.com

    Hi David,
    i like your post and the review. As you describe all the things step-By-step with the use pictures. I feel that Omnifocus Is a very good app as it provides us multi functionality at reasonable price.

    Reply
  140. me@hammyhavoc.com

    OmniFocus is worth every penny, I just wish that The Omni Group could focus more on their OmniFocus applications than the other ones or take more workers on to speed up the release schedule.
    OmniFocus for Mac needs to adopt some of the wonderful things that the iPad application brought to the table along with a 'team' feature. OmniFocus rules my life and I love it.

    Reply
  141. me@hammyhavoc.com

    OmniFocus is worth every penny, I just wish that The Omni Group could focus more on their OmniFocus applications than the other ones or take more workers on to speed up the release schedule.
    OmniFocus for Mac needs to adopt some of the wonderful things that the iPad application brought to the table along with a 'team' feature. OmniFocus rules my life and I love it.

    Reply
  142. me@hammyhavoc.com

    OmniFocus is worth every penny, I just wish that The Omni Group could focus more on their OmniFocus applications than the other ones or take more workers on to speed up the release schedule.
    OmniFocus for Mac needs to adopt some of the wonderful things that the iPad application brought to the table along with a 'team' feature. OmniFocus rules my life and I love it.

    Reply
  143. me@hammyhavoc.com

    OmniFocus is worth every penny, I just wish that The Omni Group could focus more on their OmniFocus applications than the other ones or take more workers on to speed up the release schedule.
    OmniFocus for Mac needs to adopt some of the wonderful things that the iPad application brought to the table along with a 'team' feature. OmniFocus rules my life and I love it.

    Reply
  144. me@hammyhavoc.com

    OmniFocus is worth every penny, I just wish that The Omni Group could focus more on their OmniFocus applications than the other ones or take more workers on to speed up the release schedule.
    OmniFocus for Mac needs to adopt some of the wonderful things that the iPad application brought to the table along with a 'team' feature. OmniFocus rules my life and I love it.

    Reply
  145. tami23@netzero.net

    I am a long time user of Pocket Informant, and I have many people, including some of my own blog readers asking me if they (and I) should switch to Omni Focus. Given the price, I am going to need some serious convincing if I am to switch. Your article is great – and based on your review, I am sure the Omni Focus would meet my needs as well as Pocket Informant (since I have a Macbook), but can you tell me something that will make me want to switch from a one great app to another great app (given the system I would be switching to costs nearly five times more than the system I am using?) I appreciate any feedback!

    Reply
  146. tami23@netzero.net

    I am a long time user of Pocket Informant, and I have many people, including some of my own blog readers asking me if they (and I) should switch to Omni Focus. Given the price, I am going to need some serious convincing if I am to switch. Your article is great – and based on your review, I am sure the Omni Focus would meet my needs as well as Pocket Informant (since I have a Macbook), but can you tell me something that will make me want to switch from a one great app to another great app (given the system I would be switching to costs nearly five times more than the system I am using?) I appreciate any feedback!

    Reply
  147. tami23@netzero.net

    I am a long time user of Pocket Informant, and I have many people, including some of my own blog readers asking me if they (and I) should switch to Omni Focus. Given the price, I am going to need some serious convincing if I am to switch. Your article is great – and based on your review, I am sure the Omni Focus would meet my needs as well as Pocket Informant (since I have a Macbook), but can you tell me something that will make me want to switch from a one great app to another great app (given the system I would be switching to costs nearly five times more than the system I am using?) I appreciate any feedback!

    Reply
  148. tami23@netzero.net

    I am a long time user of Pocket Informant, and I have many people, including some of my own blog readers asking me if they (and I) should switch to Omni Focus. Given the price, I am going to need some serious convincing if I am to switch. Your article is great – and based on your review, I am sure the Omni Focus would meet my needs as well as Pocket Informant (since I have a Macbook), but can you tell me something that will make me want to switch from a one great app to another great app (given the system I would be switching to costs nearly five times more than the system I am using?) I appreciate any feedback!

    Reply
  149. tami23@netzero.net

    I am a long time user of Pocket Informant, and I have many people, including some of my own blog readers asking me if they (and I) should switch to Omni Focus. Given the price, I am going to need some serious convincing if I am to switch. Your article is great – and based on your review, I am sure the Omni Focus would meet my needs as well as Pocket Informant (since I have a Macbook), but can you tell me something that will make me want to switch from a one great app to another great app (given the system I would be switching to costs nearly five times more than the system I am using?) I appreciate any feedback!

    Reply

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