I’m sure this is only a problem for the minority, but nevertheless it is a problem for me and my students and I’ve had to go back to OF1 to make things work for me in lectures. They sound petty as you read them, but in front of 100 students in a lecture theatre you find yourself making excuses for OmniGroup. Not good.
The first and critical issue with OF1 is that it does not fit onto a 1074 by 768 monitor (which all the VGA projectors in our institution are set to for lovely PC users). So in effect the inspector bar (which I lobbied OG to keep floating, but of course the iPad interface stupidly won) is cut off on the right hand side. April, who has been extremely helpful at OG has said that I and only one other person has told them of this problem, which leads me to suspect that we’re the only teachers showing the next generation how to use OF… worrying.
Secondly, and this is to you perhaps petty, but much of my OF work and reviewing/processing takes place on a train where the ‘perfect’ angle for my MacBook screen cannot be achieved (how dare someone have a seat just in front of me :-) and as such the contrast of the Quick Entry Box is so dim I almost can’t see the areas for the contexts and more importantly for me the notes.
So the solution after April from OG told me the news that these won’t be changing any time soon was to go back to OF1. Upon returning, I soon noticed a number of things which might mean I stay with OF1 for now and they are as follows:
- more density - I can actually take control of a day at a time properly, rather than the size of each to do in OF2
- Layout - I actually prefer it. The buttons on the left hand side on OF2 at first were great, but really given you can change the icons to your own perspectives too on the top, it seems a waste of valuable real estate (especially when on 1024x768 and in front of a lecture theatre full of students with no inspector
- Quick Entry box - it works - I can see it whatever monitor, angle, daylight and so on.
Overall I now just prefer OF1. I worry as Yosemite, sorry Marmite, is not an experiment I’m prepared to go to after upgrades recently (plus some mission critical software I use does not work on Marmite yet) and April from OG has told me there are known issues with OF1 and the new OS. I’m sure this will be even worse when we move to Marmite 2 or 3.
Here’s the problem. I’ve invested so much in Omni over the years and the fact that I can’t teach OF1 properly for much longer means I need to move to another platform for GTD and pay out all over again.
My experience of programming is slight I admit, but I’m a pretty good hack at HTML (no comparison I know, but humour me). Surely, to make it fit on a monitor is a quick code thing (forgive my ignorance if this is not the case) and as for the contrast on the Quick Entry Box - that has to be a simple code thing, surely?
It seems OG no longer wish to have the same relationship with all its customers it once had and help make OG as popular as it is.
I’d welcome anyone responding who has experience of these issues. Please don’t respond to tell me off for not understanding coding - as I don’t!