First, thank you for a response here. I do appreciate it and I hope you can appreciate my comment and response.
Second, I would like to express my thoughts on this issue as it relates to the checkbox being the sole communicator of various status conditions for tasks. I see the placement of the checkbox echoes the design “branding” of the OF2 app for the iPhone — I get the need for coordination of interface style between the various application and that Omni Group has been criticized for “out of sync” interfaces by many users. To this end, I can accept and work with right-hand checkboxes to communicate unity across devices. The point I have expressed above in this thread is with the right-hand checkboxes, their distance from the task title AND the role they have taken on in OF2 vs OF1 on the Mac. Quite simply I am unable to easily view a list of tasks without tracking completely across the interface window to identify due soon and overdue items. OF1 would use text color to indicate these states and I believe such a similar solution can work in OF2 for the Mac while retaining your new coordinated look.
Let me offer an example:
I have a main perspective from OF1 which shows only flagged and due tasks—ungrouped and sorted by context—from my entire database. While flagged indicators are on the right-hand side I rarely used them as this element is only used to bring tasks into this particular perspective. In this scenario I have a list sorted by context and due tasks sprinkled throughout. In OF1 I can quickly identify tasks with upcoming or overdue status. In OF2 I now need to scan my checkboxes, then if any are due soon or overdue, track back across to see if their project or context are something I can reasonably do now or wait. Scanning checkboxes opposed to reading task titles and immediately seeing due status feels backwards to gain this particular status information. The opposite process is worse in my workflow, scanning a list of similarly colored items and worrying if I have missed something which is due for lack of distinguishing interface elements on the left-hand side is slowing my usual workflow from OF1.
I know not all scenarios can be addressed, but implementing text color as an additional indicator for a task’s status on OF2 for Mac does not break your right-hand checkbox design and addresses some of the issues on this thread. I am requesting not having the indicator for a task’s status be dependent only on one element which happens to be opposite the task title — or as you say “moving everything to the same side of the outline is not a great way to do that” and I would presume this means key status indicators as well.
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Here is a visual example of what I am proposing. It is immediately apparent one task is overdue and three are due soon without looking at the checkbox.
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Let compare my proposal with checkbox only indication of due status. It is more difficult to determine due status of the same tasks from the example above.