Omnifocus 2 for iPhone Review

Thank you, Omnigroup, for thinking outside of the box.

I tried quite unsuccessfully to use Omnifocus v1 for iPhone in my workflow, but found it to be too clunky and cumbersome.  If I don’t enjoy using an app, it creates friction and resistance.  Once that psychological barrier is up, it’s just not going to be part of my trusted system.

Now there’s a new kid on the block, and I purchased it with my hard-earned money the moment it hit the app store.  Let’s be honest, Omnifocus 2 doesn’t even remotely resemble version one.  Everything can be accessed with fewer taps, and can be done in a more intuitive way.  It’s not at all bad to look at, either!

I have a very in-depth review in the works, so this is more or less a teaser.  In the meantime, I’m curious what questions you all have about the app?  I’ll be sure to include your answers in the full review when it hits the web!

Short Version

The Good: Omnifocus 2 for iPhone takes an incredibly powerful and comprehensive GTD app and manages to package it into a simple, and rather delightful user experience. It’s fast enough that I can use it as a quick capture tool for thoughts and ideas. The forecast mode is immediately visible on the main screen. All the powerful controls of the full desktop app are present, but cleverly hidden from view until you need them. The iOS 7 design is clean and crisp, but avoids feeling sterile like so many other iOS 7 redesigns we’ve seen.

The Bad: This new version does have a number of interface quirks that I’ve already become accustomed to. One annoyance that I keep running into is with the forecast view button on the main page. It shows the next several days and the number of tasks due on those dates, yet if I tap on a future date from the main screen, it always takes me to today’s forecast. This requires a second tap to get to the day I want to look at that seems completely unneccesary. I know, first world problems, right?

Honestly, the worst thing about Omnifocus 2 for iPhone? Omnifocus for iPad becomes a struggle it look at. My longing for the iPad update grows daily.

The Conclusion: If you are a regular user of Omnifocus for Mac or iPad, I can’t recommend Omnifocus 2 for iPhone enough. If they manage to apply this same combination of power, flexibility, simplicity and design to the iPad and Mac versions, I have to believe you’ll see former Things loyalists migrating in droves. Right now, the worst part about Omnifocus 2 for iPhone is that the iPad version feels far behind, and the desktop version seems outright archaic. For people new to GTD, it may be difficult to leverage the full capabilities of Omnifocus 2 for iPhone, as so many of the power features are hidden from view normally. It may be easier to acclimate yourself with Omnifocus for iPad to dial in your workflow, and then bring that into the iPhone from there.

For all you Omnifocus guys who have been holding out, stop reading and buy it already.