As an avid user of OmniFocus since the first version, it causes me great distress to imagine that OF 4 could be anything like what I have experienced on Test Flight. I know it’s not a beta and I am exceedingly grateful for that but can we all just stop for a moment and consider what is happening here?
I have the highest respect for Ken Case and company, but what I have experienced as someone who only just recently got on this Test Flight has absolutely frightened me. When I need to do heavy lifting, I use my Mac. If I’m out and about our need to quickly check off an item or get an idea into my inbox, the iPhone is spectacular. If I need something in between, an iPad might be a good place to work, but why are we trying to squish those very different devices together? Why are we over complicating a UI to the point that it is anxiety inducing? The whole point of an app for task management is making a person more efficient and able to work with a greater degree of ease. I always have loved OF because it got out of the way and let me get work done, but this test version is 100% in the way.
I realize that brilliant people seek to innovate, but true brilliance knows when to say no to iteration for the sake of iteration. A better strategy would have been to build upon what in my opinion is in the top 10 greatest iOS apps ever developed, and that is OmniFocus 3. What I have seen in OF 4 so far is like painting over the Mona Lisa, or better yet, like slicing up the canvas and weaving a basket out of it. I just don’t understand the need to wreck a masterpiece just to make something new. You could have made a few tweaks and maybe changed some graphics and I would have bought it all over again gladly on release day.
Omni—you are the best of the best. I love you guys. Your software is the OS of my life but this is not the way. I believe in you and I believe you genuinely care about your users. I also have faith that you’ll make it right through determination and an unshakable commitment to quality because that’s who you are.