As an avid Omnigraffle and Omnioutliner user (two of the best products on the mac!), I decided to give OF a try.
I’ve been using 2Do and found several issues with OF that I didn’t like while I did like others. Perhaps I just don’t know OF that well, but I thought I would post my findings here for comments:
What I liked in OF:
- Beautiful display
- Property sheets
- Export Options! WOW!
- Import from OO. WOW!
What I didn’t care for (or didn’t use correctly or optimally):
- No tagging.
Difficult without clever hacks (like putting special codes in the notes field or whatever) to logically group to-dos. You might have “cat” as a tag that you could use to group several to-dos in several contexts. Tagging is an extremely simple and amazingly absent capability here.
- No Date Offsets.
Say I have a customer who needs to pay me at the end of January. With 2Do, I can make the due date 1-31 and have 2Do remind me multiple times at various points (like 30 days before, then 15 days before, etc.), before this date. With OF, it looks like I’m limited to just what’s in the preferences. Sure, there is a workaround (or maybe I don’t know how to do this in OF, but that’s another usability issue) like scheduling the “due date” to be the middle of the month instead, but this is yet another example of me working to fit how the product works, not the other way around.
I wasn’t able to change text colors even though OF let me open the font and text dialog. Not clear how this works, if at all. Just confusing.
There is no end date for recurring tasks. Again, this omission forces me to “remember” when a recurring task works. The “computer” is supposed to take the load off me.
I didn’t see a way to create the equivalent of the “Smart Lists” in 2Do. For example, say I want a perspective to show me tasks that are coming due in the next 5 days, and another perspective to show me tasks coming due in the next 10 days. Yes, I could go to the forecast screen (you can use the calendar in 2Do for this too), but I don’t see a way to really tweak the product how I want it.
Smart Lists/Folders, like “tags”, are standard Mac things now.
2Do handles everything the way I would expect so I imagine I’ll stick with it. As I said above, it’s quite possible I just don’t know how to use OF that well after only playing with it for a couple days. I was able to enter all my tasks in a couple hours from 2Do as a test.