In OmniFocus 3, all of the perspectives are based on the action object, meaning the query you build in the perspectives view are based on action (show me available actions with a tag of X). While this is great for it’s own reasons, I’m finding myself wishing I could build perspectives based on the tag object.
For example, in the Tag’s screen of iOS, the user is presented with all of the tags with no way to filter the tags themselves. I might want to see only tags which:
Have available actions
Are on hold
Have remaining actions
Have no actions
I believe this was possible in OmniFocus 1 and 2, but disappeared with 3.
In the tags view, tags have little dotted indicators to indicate how many actions are under the tag. This always seems to represent “remaining” actions. I would like the option to make these indicate available actions. If I could filter say on tags that are on hold, I would want this indicator to reflect the number of remaining actions, but if I filtered on tags with available actions I would want this indicator to reflect the number of available actions (not remaining actions). In other words, the indicators should tell me how many actions I should expect to see when I enter a given tag. I would also like the option to change this indicator to an Arabic numeral rather than the never-ending dots!
Here’s an example… it appears that I have actions in my Startup tag:
I’m not completely clear on what you are looking for. Are you wishing that this was a default setting for the indicator dots or are you wondering whether you can create a perspective to do this? If the question is one of perspectives, I think you can accomplish what you want. You can create a perspective to show only tags with available or first available actions and even exclude untagged actions. For example:
I’m asking Omnigroup to provide a way for me to filter on the tag object. The perspective screen you’ve captured is essentially a query on the action object. I can get something close to what I’m looking for, but not exactly. In your example you’re asking for available actions that don’t have a tag on hold, a project which has been dropped or is untagged.
What I’m asking is to filter the tags, not the actions. Show me only tags with available actions (hide tags with unavailable or no actions). Show me tags which are on hold.