I agree about the checkbox on the right. Even on iOS I am still getting used to it. With the difference in real-estate it feels that the action and the item is to disconnected.
I also observe that when viewing "ALL’ from the eye icon the colour changes in the icon sidebar really help scanning. However “AVAILABLE” and “REMAINING” where I spend most of my time has no colour differentiation in the icons. I’d like to see at least a colour change between the folders and passed tasks, but probably also projects.
As others have stated, I’m finding it very difficult to scan long lists of projects, folders, and tasks. There’s not much visual hierarchy aside from a slight variation in font weights.
The right side checkboxes are a big part of this. In terms of design, they look great. But from a usability standpoint, they are a drag. I have to scan the right side of my task list for check boxes, look left to see what the task is, and then look right again to complete it. It’s not a big deal when the Omnifocus window is at a smaller size, but going full screen on my 15" MBP creates an ocean between the task and its circle.
I agree. They work well on the phone app as they sit right where your thumb is, but on a desktop window they can feel very disconnected from the task and cause lots of unnecessary horizontal scanning with the eyes.
A further example regaring the right-side checkboxes. If I was running full screen on my desktop, this is what I’d be contending with.
They’re so far removed from the data they relate to that you need to almost follow the line with the mouse to make sure you get the right one. I run my laptop at a similar resolution so that’s going to be an issue there too.
In terms of the checkbox (circle-thing) itself… Couldn’t it become a square?
You don’t have to precise follow the UI elements of the iOS version in order to make it coherent. There are other things that can create this persistent ‘brand’ of OmniFocus without negatively impacting usability (colour schemes, typography, …).
For the mobile interface, a circle makes sense, as you can use your thumb to tap it. For desktop, a circle means that you have to precisely ‘aim’ for the circle, as there are certain areas that you can’t click.
I actually really like the checkbox on the right hand side. I don’t need to see the checkmark. If it’s checked the strike-through tells me that. If it has some status then I see that in the color, which draws the eye, and the light line keeps me in each task if I move back and forth.
I really dislike how much focus that checkbox gets in most UIs. Why does something you will only use once get so much attention? I like how OF2 has enlarged it and used color to make it actually useful instead of just sitting there taking up space, waiting to be used. I already know my tasks are sitting there, staring at me, waiting to be finished, judging me.
It might be that light line (reminds me of the old trinitron wire sometimes, in how faint it is) that really needs improvement?
Also the Note, context, status line thing looks too much like a bullet, but I’ll post about that elsewhere.
I use OF2 full-screen, 27" iMac + TB display, and the lack of clutter (one persons wasted space?) really helps me do, instead of fret about how much there is to do… remember the judging? I have a love/hate relationship with my task list.
I have OmniPlan if I want clutter, and more judging ;)
My 2 cents, I feel the checkboxes are too big. I’m not 100% but I may prefer a square. Would be cool to be able to select? Not sure if I necessarily prefer the checkbox on the left or right to be honest.
I like the checkboxes as they are - round and right. They scan well to my eye, and I appreciate the tie-in with iOS so I don’t have to change hemispheres between devices. Agree that the colours used to denote states are too similar, though.
I don’t mind the shape, and I like the look of the checkboxes on the right, but I do find them slightly less usable. That said, I rarely look at lists of completed tasks, so it mainly just slows me down in identifying and checking off tasks. I find that it is encouraging me to check off tasks using the space bar instead of clicking the box, which is actually faster than my old workflow…
As a lefty, I too like to have the checkboxes on the left, on the iOS version too. On my big screen it feels like slowing down moving my hand all the way to the right just to check the task off. AND to make sure I don’t accidentally check off the wrong one because I’m on the wrong line.
I do like the feature of the color denoting the status, so I’d like to keep that.
I could care less if the checkboxes are on the right or left — the point is more intricate for my interpretation of the issue here.
Simply, the checkbox on the right-hand side on large screens AND the only indication of a tasks status is the problem. If the updated checkboxes in OF2 were only there to indicate complete or incomplete tasks there is really no issue. However, the checkboxes have been modified to indicate additional information; flagged, due soon, and over due. It is this information which is difficult to discern as it is too far from the text it represents. The only solution I can think of while keeping the checkboxes on the right-hand side is to have the text of a task change color according to its status (such as is done in OF1) and thus the checkbox, alone, is not required for such status determinations.
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Correction by changing left-hand side to right-hand side.
There’s the psychological aspect to this issue as well. A circle instinctively feels like something that is harder to click, hence the need to ‘aim’ for. A checkbox, on the other hand, is slightly different.
Similar situation in standardised tests like the SAT, or any other administrative form that you fill. Always squares as opposed to circles.