OmniFocus is one of the most popular and one of the best-selling productivity apps in the iOS App Store. It has been around for a while, and during all that time managed to maintain its popularity, and in many ways it set the standard for iOS to-do apps. With the introduction of iOS7, OmniFocus also received an overhaul, so today we are going to review OmniFocus 2 for iPhone.
When an application tries to offer as many helpful tools as possible, this usually means that it will come with hard-to-understand interface, cluttered with toolbars and icons. These applications look intimidating to new users, who often give up on trying to learn how to manage that particular app. This was the case with the first version of OmniFocus, but it managed to attract new users because once the initial barrier is removed, plenty of great features are there to be found. It seems that designers who were in charge of re-creating OmniFocus for iOS7 were aware of this problem, so the newest version comes with a beautifully designed simplistic interface, made in a spirit of flat design philosophy.
Each time you open OmniFocus 2 on your iPhone, you’ll be greeted with a welcome window where you’ll be able to see the overview of all tasks and actions. This window is called Forecast, and on the top you’ll be able to see how many tasks you’ll got for the current week. Bellow, the first section you’ll encounter is called Inbox, and this is where you’ll be able to find all your tasks. If you click on the bottom-right-positioned button, you’ll be able to add new tasks, easier than ever. This is where you can make them as parts of larger projects, or simply flag them in case they are top priority. Once you return to the main window you’ll be able to see Flagged and Projects categories, which will take you to those specific actions and tasks.
You can use Projects feature with OmniFocus 2 to create complex tasks with a lot of information attached to them, like maps and locations, people involved, and due dates. That’s why, once you go to your Projects window, you’ll get to see red, orange, and grey dots right below the name of those projects you’ve started. This is a quick way to see if you’ve got overdue actions, so you can keep track of your projects easier than ever.
In the main window you’ll be also able to see two more categories: Nearby, and Contexts. The first one will open a map of your area, so if you’ve assigned placed to your to-do lists, these are going to pop-up once you’re near those locations. The other category also uses attached information to your actions, so you can reorganize tasks according to a specific place or a person.
I’ve managed only to scratch the surface of OmniFocus 2 with this article, which tells you how powerful this iOS application is. It is priced at $20, which sounds expensive for an iOS app, but for this money you’ll get probably the most powerful and one of the most beautifully designed to-do managers for iOS.