I downloaded the trial version to see if it will make sense for me to use OmniPlan. I figured out OmniFocus and am very happy with it, so I want to give OmniPlan a try.
From a comment on an academic blog, I read that OP can be too much, but I still wanted to see for myself if it will work for me. As I created the first file in OP, I wanted to be as simple as possible, so I included all my writing projects for the next two years as tasks, and I added due dates and total number of hours. It seemed fine, and I was looking forward to find out how to block my time in order to be sure that these projects get completed on time and even ahead of time. I really liked the visual feature of a deadline and the grayed out bar which appears at the end of the projects (tasks in OP). My question: will this be possible? I am interested in blocks of time per project; the specific tasks are not that important for me at this point.
I used the split feature, but it kept dividing only the last part of the split, which is not what I need. If I know, for instance, that an article will take me 80 hours to write, I need to be able to split the task/project into 2-3 hours (if I am lucky most likely less) per day to work on it. I also need to take into consideration other projects (e.g. a conference that I need to apply for in 2 weeks, which will take time away from my publication work). Then during the school year, I have teaching and prep and committee meetings. These are time away from the article publication time block/task. Is this flexibility possible in OP at the moment?
I am wondering if it will be better if I create new documents for each project and use tasks only to indicate the time block i need for them. I opened the dashboard to see how all projects relate chronologically, but perhaps because I have the trial version, the dashboard does not have much functionality.