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.

The Future of GTD Reviews

Arriving At DestinationGTDReviews.com is alive and well.  Sure, there may have been about three years in between this post and the last, but let me assure you, my resolve for helping people thrive at Getting Things Done has never been greater.

So what’s next?  First up, we’re going to do a few articles to catch people up on the state of GTD software.  There have been some major revisions to all of the ‘big dogs’ of GTD apps, and now over the air syncing with mobile apps is becoming a standard.  This site definitely has a software focus, so we’re going to get on top of the reviews first.

This will also be a story about my ongoing adventure in falling off the GTD wagon, and getting back on it.  During our three year absence, much of that time was spent using my brain instead of organized lists and ubiquitous inboxes, and that was a huge mistake.  I’ve been back on the train now for a few months, and I’ve probably been more productive and focused in those last few months than in the preceding two years.

But let me ask you all a question – what is the greatest value I can provide, as a fellow GTDer and human being?  I have a passion for the topic, even more now that I’ve been without it for a period of time in my life.  What is missing, beyond reviews of software, that I can pour my heart and soul into?

I would love to hear from you!

OmniFocus for iPhone Updates to v1.7

OmniFocus 1.7 for iPhoneToday I opened up the App Store on my iPhone 3GS, and was pleased to find a major update for OmniFocus!  The popular GTD app for iPhone and Mac has updated for the new iPhone 4 that is released tomorrow, and for the multitasking abilities of the new iOS 4 from Apple.

All of the artwork for the app has been updated to look great on the new high-resolution “retina display” of the iPhone 4.  A user on the DavidCo.com forums posted a full-resolution screenshot for your viewing pleasure.  The main app icon is also brand new – a nice, fun diversion from its predecessor.

In addition, the new version 1.7 allows OmniFocus to continue some of its core operations in the background, and will suspend the app at any time when switching between apps with iOS 4.

For a full change log, head over to the OmniFocus for iPhone forums, or find the update in the iPhone’s App Store.

Have you updated?  What do you like or dislike about new version 1.7?  Are you running it on the iPhone 4 or an older version?  Comment below!

Let’s Get Focused on Quality Over Quantity, Shall We?

Quality over QuantityInformation overload is a common problem in this high-tech, high-touch world.  In fact, the GTD methodology addresses that very issue quite effectively, allowing us to free up our minds to think creatively and learn new things while making sure important things don’t fall through the cracks.  When you visit a blog about GTD tools and implementation, the last thing you want is more information overload, correct?

That’s why we’ve decided to modify our approach here at GTD Reviews.  Rather than committing to one post a day, and loading viewers up with an excess of information, we’re going to post only twice every week outside of app update reports.  In making this adjustment, we will have more time to make sure the information we provide is supremely relevant to helping you achieve “mind like water” as quickly as possible.

There is only one catch. With fewer posts, it’s even more vital that we hear from you.  We need to know what information you’d like to find on this site.  Ask, and you shall receive.  It’s tough to beat that.

A Day of Rest

The Sleeping TigerAfter committing to a daily post on the GTD Reviews blog, the topic of whether or not to post on Sunday has been highly debated.  While the productive world never sleeps, and my own GTD imlementation never takes a day off, we’ve decided that Sunday will be the only day that GTD Reveiws will not show up in your RSS reader of choice.

We will, however, continue to monitor for any GTD app updates or releases throughout the day, so that Monday morning you have a comprehensive update on what’s new, and what’s available.

Stay tuned tomorrow for an original and exciting post of what’s to come in the following weeks!

And We're Back!

Arriving At DestinationWe have returned!  Actually, we’ve been right here all along, planning and developing the future GTDReviews.com.  While the major redesign is cheap viagra canada just a little ways out yet, we’re back in the game bringing you valuable cialis canadian pharmacy GTD and productivity related content on a daily basis, starting….

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Subscribe to our RSS feed, and come back and visit us to learn about the latest GTD software updates, new releases, and more.  Help us provide a better resource by leaving us feedback on what you’d like to see here.

Thank you for your patience, allowing us to make sure GTDReviews.com is the most accurate and comprehensive informational resource of GTD and productivity tools on the web.  Stay tuned for more!

Midnight Inbox v1.4.4 for Mac Released

v1.4.4 released Feb 18Midnight Beep Softworks released version 1.4.4 of its Mac GTD application, Midnight Inbox, on Monday (Feb 18). This update brings bug fixes, speed improvements, and feature enhancements.

We’re still trying to find out exactly what that means. The Midnight Beep news doesn’t highlight the recent update, but you can see other updates and news here. Regardless, the update is a good one to make sure you download so you’re up-to-date. You can download the current app here.

To see how Midnight Inbox compares to all the other Mac GTD apps, check out the App Comparisons page.

Midnight Beep Softworks

Omnifocus v1.6.1 for iPhone Released

Omnifocus for iPhoneOmnigroup released version 1.6.1 for the iPhone variant of their popular GTD application yesterday.  This update comes exactly 1 month from the release of version 1.6, and brings many bug fixes, as well as improvements of viagra cheap the Perspectives implementation.

For a detailed list of updates, visit the Omnifocus for iPhone forum on the Omnigroup website, specifically this thread, or you can download this update here.

To see how Omnifocus for iPhone compares to all other GTD apps, keep an eye on the App Comparisons page for developments coming very, very soon!