OmniFocus is a productivity app that was designed to help with managing any and all tasks. The app is incredibly flexible, and the controls are easy to learn and straightforward. While there is a free two-week trial of the app, you'll have to pay a premium if you want to use any of the complete versions. There are Standard and Professional versions that can be purchased directly through the app itself.
- Task Management
- Intuitive Utility
- Flexible Options
- In-App Purchases
If you have ever used a desktop-based task management system, you'll know what to expect from OmniFocus. However, the software is designed for mobile platforms, so it has a leg up on desktop systems that are rooted to a single location. In fact, OmniFocus has the ability to monitor your location and even incorporate that data into your task management. For instance, the software can be set to remind you about a specific task when you arrive at a certain location. The user interface was built from the ground up to ensure maximum compatibility with the various mobile platforms, and it is centered around your information so you can easily interact with the app to add or remove ideas or tasks. If you want to use the system on its own, you can do so, or you can sync it with other physical devices via the cloud. Updates are constantly pushed through all synced devices, so you won't miss anything if you move from one device to another. When you buy the Standard version of the app, you'll experience push syncing that can be powered by the OmniFocus dedicated server or any private server you own. The format for syncing data is fully encrypted to protect you and your data from potential thieves. Everything in the app can be organized with as many levels of hierarchy as are required. For instance, a to do list can be created with various folders, actions, groups, or projects. To do lists can be tagged with various metrics and sorted by context. This means tasks can be sorted by assigned agent, location, or difficulty. You can plan the events of your day by finding out where you need to go to fulfill your tasks. With the Today widget, you can use your Notification Center to view items that are currently due. You don't have to open the app to mark tasks as completed, and you can also mark tasks with a snooze option to keep them active in the background. You can search your entire OmniFocus database at once or simply search through your currently viewed items, and you can easily attach photos and videos to tasks. With the Forecast row, you can view the upcoming tasks for the next few days as well as your calendar of events. If you want to upgrade to the full Pro version, you'll get the ability to fully customize the Home screen and sidebar of the app. You can set custom views and save them for later reviewing, so you can easily ask the software to sort tasks by time commitment or other metrics.