Okay I’m writing this post as a last resort ; after several months of trying to fit my workflow into OF3, I guess I’m gonna have to keep searching for another software. OF3 is a nice software but several “software design” features collide with my workflow and I guess I’m reaching the end of it.
After all this time, I still can’t figure out how can I have a Forecast view that makes sense. I’m using OF3 to manage the tasks related to my PhD, which are of varied complexity. So sometimes they fit better as projects, sometimes as actions, and sometimes those actions have children.
But without an option to HIDE CHILDREN from my (custom) Forecast perspective there’s no way in the world I can have a view that makes sense. I have actions that have tens of children. How can I make sense of that in the Forecast view? How can I make sense of a long list of small individual child tasks and get a bird’s eye view out of that? This is complete nonsense. I don’t know any other task manager that isn’t able to filter children tasks ; actually this is usually the opposite: they only show parent tasks, and not children.
This has been discussed at length in this forum, i.e., either preventing children from inheriting their action’s due date or adding an option to hide children from a perspective—for years—and OF doesn’t care about any of that. Why not give the users the flexibility to choose?
And please spare me the “it’s working as intended” or “this works fine with my workflow”, this isn’t the point of this post. Also, I won’t begin to tag every action manually each and every time to filter them in the perspective, the software should be able to handle that, this is so simple!