This is just a vent of my frustrations to share in view of finding others with similar thoughts or folks with words of possible encourage.
Of late, with the update to OF2, I’ve ended using OF less frequently. Each time I return, I find functional things that I miss from OF1. The usability of OF2 for me is no longer consistent or reliable compared to OF1. This is true on the desktop and the iPhone (where I am purposely still staying at OF1). The sense that I usually have each time I start back in OF2 is that GUI whiz-bang development took priority over maintaining let alone expanding core functions. My most recent letdowns include for example discovering that I cannot do any project development in fixed-perspective mode, cannot context click to create a new folder, and still cannot archive individual folders with reliability let alone one-step ease. I also have an underlying, nagging sense that feature requests to OmniGroup typically get dropped into an infinite-depth bin, are dismissed with a cursory “We appreciate your interest and will take your needs in to account along with everyone else’s”, and are handled in crisis mode with a kludge when the din (and/or bin) reach an overflow point.
Yes, I could go back to OF1. Or I could wait another few years for the next cycle of recognition to hit at OmniGroup and perhaps then get something back to what I hope to have (cynical undertones somewhat purposeful here).
I appreciate that OF is one of the best GTD tools around. I also appreciate the wide range of user insights and tips/tricks to make it do wonderful things. At the moment, I no longer have confidence in its sputtering development cycle. I cannot trust that it is going in a direction that will truly sustain or improve its efficiency let alone consistently meet my needs with affirmable reliably.
In the meantime, I am also finding new ways to view the bigger picture and to manage GTD from the top down (via Kanban boards in particular). As this becomes a more effective method for me to work, I may just decide to move on. Or maybe I just need a bit more time to adjust to the new paradigm and to re-integrate OF in to my workflows. Time will tell.