What are Tag-based perspectives for?


#1

Hello. Digging into Omnifocus 3, I have read about these “tag-based custom perspectives”, perspectives based solely upon showing tasks that are related to a tag, with no other specifications.

I’m wondering: since I can select a tag from the sidebar already, and even focus on it clearing all the rest for a better concentration, what are these so popular perspectives useful for?

Thanks in advance for your replies :)


#2

Can you point me to an example of where this is discussed? In the past, I’ve created perspectives that combine tags: for instance, a “Work” perspective that combines tags for my office, co-workers, and my laptop. When I was using it frequently, it was easier to select that one perspective than to select multiple tags.


#3

Setting the perspective to use different view settings for a particular tag view is another advantage, although it may not meet the qualification “with no other specifications.” For instance I have one that shows my First Available work tasks, while my tags view is always set to show Available.


#4

Hi! Actually there is such a bunch of videos and tutorials online, that I usually download them locally and delete them when I’ve read or watched them. But in the meantime I have figured myself at least one of the possible reasons, example: for tasks that require an expense, i added the tag “money”. It could be showcased in the tab section, but in the sidebar it is much more visible, being a perspective that I use a lot. So it is very useful not to restrict my attention on this tags, but to remember to give a look to it. There might be other reasons but it is quite good to have tag-only based perspectives. Thanks for your answers!


#5

On example that I included in the Custom Perspectives for OmniFocus 3 Directory is the Waiting perspective.

I’m wondering: since I can select a tag from the sidebar already, and even focus on it clearing all the rest for a better concentration, what are these so popular perspectives useful for?

The sidebar (Mac) will only show a tag if one or more items in the outline view contain this tag. To use the Waiting perspective as an example, the Waiting tag will always appear in the sidebar (assuming there’s at least one thing you’re waiting for).

And if you tag the person you’re waiting for, then this tag would also appear in the sidebar making it very easy to identify who you’re waiting on and to pull up a list of what you’re waiting for from that person.


#6

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