I’m a long time OF user (since v1) and have always loved it. For years I used primarily my Mac and then iPhone and iPad when they came out. I’ve had all OF apps and have updated as they are released. I never had any complaints about any of them.
However, in February this year I started a new job and for the first time in my life I had to use a PC. It was just too much of a mental shift, so I’ve been using my iPad as my primary device since. I love everything about it except 3 things:
- Keynote/PowerPoint: It’s great to present from and for minor tweaks, but doing a big presentation from scratch is a pain. I use the PC for that.
- Excel: Similar to the above, it’s great most of the time, but for large spreadsheets even my 12.9 iPad is too small (maybe I’m just getting old).
When I had a Mac during the day, it was perfectly fine on iPad. But using it exclusively (or primarily) on iPad is horrible. Too many taps, visual clutter everywhere, dragging works in some instances and not in others, no Focus mode. I know it’s subjective, but I find the look and feel pretty bad as well. But mostly… just so… many… taps.
It got so bad that I bought Things to give it a try. I used it for a month and it is so much better on an iPad… if your life is simple. It just doesn’t have the power of OF (no perspectives, only one level of hierarchy under project).
But OF for iPad could learn a few things from Things:
- The floating plus button is a brilliant idea and it works incredibly well.
- The overall design… you can drag a task into a project. Try doing that in OF for iPad! It’ll take you a bunch of tapping.
- The date picker is brilliant. OF uses the system picker which is horrible. It works for picking a date, but if you’re working with multiple tasks you start to get annoyed pretty quickly after repeating the same thing so many times. Again, Too. Many. Taps.
- Headings. In OF a “heading” is really another task. The way Things implemented it it’s just for visual separation and it doesn’t do anything other than that. But on a small screen it helps a lot.
I’m torn. I love OF but I just can’t use it on iPad. It frustrates me to no end.