OmniFocus
OmniFocus 1.10.6
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Personal task manager; companion widget available.   Demo ($79.99)
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OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most. Finish that novel. Spend more time with your friends and family. Grow your business. Let us worry about keeping your goals and tasks, both personal and professional, in one ordered, easy to access system that you can depend on.
What's New
Version 1.10.6:
  • OmniFocus opts in to automatic graphics switching, significantly reducing the likelihood that OmniFocus will appear in the list of applications using significant energy on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fixed a problem which caused OmniFocus to report that a file "could not be handled because OmniFocus cannot open files in the 'Document' format," rather than creating the default database for some users on OS X 10.8.5 or 10.9 Mavericks.
Version 1.10.6:
  • OmniFocus opts in to automatic graphics switching, significantly reducing the likelihood that OmniFocus will appear in the list of applications using significant energy on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fixed a problem which caused OmniFocus to report that a file "could not be handled because OmniFocus cannot open files in the 'Document' format," rather than creating the default more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.6.8 or later





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Libertyforall1776 commented on 01 Mar 2014
Great app, but WAY overpriced!

Try iProcrastinate for a great free app...
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lemon-kun reviewed on 07 Jan 2013
Well this is a great app… Just a comment, after reading the discussion here about OmniFocus and alternatives, regarding "learning curve", "complicated", etc. etc. etc. – not everybody needs an app like OmniFocus. If you do only errands and your "projects" are things like buying Christmas presents or cleaning up the attic, then OmniFocus probably feels bloated to you and it really is a waste of time and money and you should get another, simpler app.

However, if you work as a freelancer, in the creative business, as a scientist – then you've probably made the experience that sometimes one has to neglect errands to focus on large projects (focussing is about saying "no", a wise man said). The usual to-do-apps are potentially dangerous, because they are especially good at errands, and this can lead to procrastination – instead of working on the "big" project, one does just some errands, goes through the to-do-list and has the feeling of "wow, I am productive!", while actually, one isn't touching the really important, harder (because more complicated) work.

For managing multiple larger projects OmniFocus proved immensely helpful to me. The key is to split up the projects into smaller tasks, sub-tasks, sub-sub-tasks, because these are easier to approach – this way you don't lose oversight nor run danger of getting blockades (and going back to your to-do-list-procrastination-routine). OmniFocus allows for a maximum of flexibility for splitting up tasks, and offers a clean view with its "outline-like"-layout. The limitation of being able to add only one context is actually a very good thing: if you have more than one context, most probably you should split up your task into sub-tasks.

Now some may think it is a waste to spend that much time planing tasks. But for me this helps to decide what tasks are most important and which I can do later (=never). Usually it's the errands that allow for being late or even simply not doing them (well, not a good strategy for paying your taxes of course). Having oversight over your tasks helps freeing up blockades – only that makes research/inventive work possible.

For my needs, OmniFocus really isn't too complicated or bloated. Actually quite the opposite, it's cleanly designed and if anything, it could offer some more features (more options for perspective building)… And well, yes, one has to mention it: OmniFocus never crashes, you never lose data, it's just rock stable.

Version 2 is scheduled for end of this month, by the way…
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Kihoalu replied on 05 Apr 2013
Clearly, you've become a power user.
I can't say that I have. I agree about "errand-driven" organization.

GTD & organization is a tough area to compete in. Generally people who need organizers may not be good maintainers & if one doesn't dive in seriously up front, defeat themselves.

The product is useful, but it needs a substantial facelift. A few of its competitors do have the symbology down better - insofar as they divide the functions with strong icons that keep the task divisions clear & directed.

Its an interesting tool & I own it & like it. It is robust.
You don't want to dumb down tasks to suit a tool, but you don't want the feeling that you must unclutter your organizer.

What it also needs is a lot more information about how best to utilize the tool for people who aren't that intense. I'm hoping for some grand improvements in the next cut, if the upgrade price is not prohibitive.

I wouldn't drop $80 for it, however.
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MadEye29 commented on 27 Nov 2012
I wrote an earlier review which I stand by. BTW @Mathias-Rhein, I found your comments personally insulting.

I have been waiting for OF 2 to see if anything has improved, but it is still in the works.

In the meantime, I found an alternative that isn't even listed on Macupdate yet: 2do (2doapp.com - I am not affiliated). It has a Mac and an iOS version, syncs for free using iCloud, Dropbox or any WebDAV server you like, and is both powerful and easy to use. It doesn't have all of OF's features, but it also doesn't have the bloat and confusion. Bye-bye OF. BTW, it's half the price of OF.
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Llongley replied on 04 Dec 2012
I have been an Omni Focus user for a long while. I struggled through the learning curve and came to find OF an amazing app although sometimes a little cumbersome and never intuitive. The more you understand the GTD processes the easier it is to understand OF.

Then I tried 2do.app. It is downright easy and intuitive to use, the UI is pleasant, the learning curve is non existent and you do not need to understand or care about GTD principles. It integrates well with the Calendar app and notifications, etc.

Initially they only had a IOS app but they recently released a desktop version. Sync just works with options and always has. However the desktop app is nowhere near as strong as OF's desks top app. Remember OF was built on the GTD principles and take that seriously. It's the type of program suitable for people who rely on it to earn a living and I do not mean assistance in remembering trash day or to pick up the kids or whens your next meeting and what to bring like most of use use these apps. I've already paid $$$ to get OF as we'll as investing the time to learn OF and if the update brings a more usable interface (and the price is right) I would for sure try it. But my observations of 2do are in line with yours just not as condemning of OF as they pioneered this kind of app and there may not have been a good 2do app without the prior work done by the Omni group!
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Robotank commented on 15 Oct 2012
Just a heads-up: It would appear that the price of OmniFocus, for both MAS and direct download versions, has returned to $79.99.
[Version 1.10.3]

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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 16 Oct 2012
Thanks for the info. The listing's been updated.
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Monkeyjunkey reviewed on 14 Oct 2012
Sorry OmniGroup, but as much as I applaud OFs functionality, the interface by now just looks outdated. I know 2.0 is in the works, but you are starting to fall behind the iOS interface. It's very annoying coming from the iPad and then firing up OF on the mac desktop and see that old interface.

Functionality wise I have to say: I have tried many and always came back to OF since competitors keep lacking important functionality.
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Kihoalu reviewed on 13 Oct 2012
I own it. The price is competitive finally. That was a big part of why I bought it - and the fact that I like OmniOutliner, having used it for a decade.

Frankly, its a little restrictive to use OmniFocus, in my mind.

OmniOutliner would require more set-up, but is more versatile in a lot of ways, though OF is still good & has some built-in tracking modalities that OmniOutliner could not handle as well.

I think it could use a make-over to be more useful.

I use a lot of GTD tools, but its hard to stick to them or dwell in an environment that meshes well.

When I want to write something down - I don't want to futz around with database creation or to think how to design the recording framework in the midst of an idea or when a task needs to be listed.

This gets you past that quite well.
Although not all the way home if there are more complicated actions or procedures to eventually nuance a task.
[Version 1.10.3]


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SchmittM reviewed on 07 Sep 2012
If you prefer manage your life with all details somewhere on paper, this is good alternative for the old school. Price high, but not so high as for Things.
[Version 1.10.3]


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Xplicit commented on 11 Jun 2012
Price is currently 39.99$
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Xplicit replied on 11 Jun 2012
AppStore and store.omnigroup.com as well
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Gskibum replied on 19 Jun 2012
I started to go over the demo on June 9th and I thought the price was much higher. How much did it drop?
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Anon-Bud replied on 07 Aug 2012
I bought OF quite a while ago [3-5 years?] at $79. Seems that the Omni folk have decided to be more competitive, price-wise. Good for them!
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Monkeyjunkey commented on 21 May 2012
I'd love to see some of the beauty of the iPad UI reflected in the OF desktop version.
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Sien reviewed on 23 Apr 2012
I tested different programs like Things (nice and clean interface) and The Hit List (superb input methods) to see which one would fit my personal task organizing needs. Neither did.

When I tried OmniFocus its interface looked quite complex and seemed to lack some polish at first, but after some time I realized how mighty and well-thought-out it this program is.
I don't use the GTD methodology but a different approach. Nevertheless OmniFocus is perfectly able to handle it (- unlike Things and THL).
IMHO its flexibility is the reason why it's the superior task organizing tool for Mac: I can group tasks into different folders (in my case these are my different "roles" in life) and create endlessly nested subtasks (breaking down big tasks into manageable pieces). Contexts allow to further refine the task structure. Different "views" can be configured, saved and reused in order to quickly gain the perfect overview in different situations.
The syncing with the iPhone App works flawlessly, smoothly and reliably.
For me this app is almost perfect and really helps me to keep up with a bunch of different tasks and duties using my own methods.

The only thing I'm still missing is the possibility to create subtasks within subtasks using the iPhone app. It can show and edit those nested subtasks, but I have to create the nested structure on the desktop app. But that's rather a concern with the iPhone app than with the desktop app.

All in all I love this program. Yes, it is relatively expensive but its flexibility makes up for it. It really helped me to increase my productivity.
[Version 1.10.1]


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Date:19 Nov 2013
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