Farewell iGTD, welcome OmniFocus

I recently pre-ordered OmniFocus and started using it for actions, projects, contexts and other stuff . An actvity which I previously tackled with iGTD.

I was sort of happy with iGTD, but I had always issues with syncing. Regularly I had to interfere in task and calendar conflicts. More on Leopard than on Tiger. I was never certain why I had those conflicts. Additionally iGTD always felt a bit crude. So I decided to actively switch to OmniFocus. I had played a bit with OmniFocus already the last five months, but not used it actively.

I have used OmniFocus for two full weeks now.
I don’t regret it! Syncing with iCal, Mail (without MailTags) and my Palm is faultless, a much better experience than with iGTD.
The OmniFocus user-experience is also much better. The sidebar in project mode can contain folders and I really appreciate that extra structuring option.

Task notes and calendars were always taking way to much screen estate in iGTD. They are not visible in OmniFocus unless you want them to.
And I am really getting used to typing friday, tomorrow, today or next week in the Action field. I don’t need no stinking calendar!

Outline in planning mode is a nice overview of your projects, a feature which I haven’t found in iGTD and which I deemed unnecessary. But I started to use it for the big picture progress overview. Not GTD I guess, but still damn handy.

Leopard coolness: Attachments in actions can be opened with Quicklook!!

OmniFocus and Quicklook

Eye candy in my opinion, but nice nonetheless.

One thing I miss from iGTD is the automatic syncing. As far as I know OmniFocus can only do this manually, a thing which I often forget.

iGTD was a nice application, but I haven’t really missed it since embracing OmniFocus.

3 Responses to Farewell iGTD, welcome OmniFocus

  1. Ken Cluff says:

    Like you I use OmniFocus (I am an Omni fanboy too) and a Palm ( Z-22) to keep track of all the things I need to do. How do you sync your palm with OmniFocus? I’ve got an older machine that doesn’t support Bluetooth and my Z-22 certainly doesn’t either…. I’m hoping there’s another way that you use…

  2. Ronald Pulleman says:

    I sync through Bluetooth (Tungsten T3 and MacBook Pro).
    Sorry 🙂

  3. Jim Suhrer says:

    Both above programs are very good, as well as Midnight Inbox. There is a “new” kid on the block that also is promising, including the promise of an iPhone version late June 2008. It is called “Things”. Here is the web address:http://culturedcode.com/things/

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