With the pricetag of the OmniFocus app, you would think it would make you coffee, sing you arias to sleep and redecorate your house for you. But scary pricetag aside, Omnifocus for iPad has even been called superior to the desktop version (which costs US$99.99 just so you should know).
The app is pretty much a GTD follower’s wet dream. It is incredibly polished and was created with the GTD methodology in mind. Like LifeTopix, Omnifocus helps you create a dumping pad for all your items or what GTD users call the ‘inbox’.
From the inbox you then decide whether the items need to be sorted out into projects, to be assigned specific contacts, or highlighted for special emphasis. The app has different ‘views’ or windows where you can see your items sorted by project, context or have a broad overview of what is due for the week with its Forecast view. Especially useful for GTD users is the Review screen. Review is an important part of the GTD methodology. A weekly review helps check if everything is in
“OMNIFOCUS IS A CLASSY BUT PRICEY OPTION FORGETTING YOUR LIFE SORTED.”
order, retooling priorities, checking up on project statuses and moving items from ‘someday/maybe’ to ‘do it right now or your mother-in-law will murder you’. As far as syncing goes, what might irk some people is that the app does not exactly play nice with others. Omni has its own sync server called the, wait for it, Omni Sync Server that is free of charge. You can also sync it to the desktop version via Wi-Fi or create custom sync settings with the WebDAV protocol. So if you’re hoping for Dropbox integration, tough luck.
You can send sync settings via email, allowing you to just open a message and tap it to start syncing. OmniFocus, like LifeTopix is Maccentric so no PC client for you! While OmniFocus is admittedly very shiny and polished, the US$39.99 seems a bit steep to pay especially considering LifeTopix in comparison only costs US$4.99 and the popular Evernote is free.
But if you’re already using the OmniFocus app on Mac or are a diehard GTD follower, there are few apps that do GTD better. Omni also has a treasure trove of helpful white papers and tutorials to help you get started with the GTD ‘way’.
Minimalist yet incredibly functional, polished without being overwhelming, Omnifocus is a classy but pricey option for getting your life sorted.
Very slick UI and design but Omnifocus’ pricing is murder on the wallet.
A fine standalone app without the need to buy the desktop version.