After having heard so many great things about OmniFocus, I decided to try it out for myself. After moving items from Apple’s Reminders app and from a couple of other apps that I use for GTD (Evernote and Notefile), I started exploring some more advanced use cases for OmniFocus…most notably Mail Drop.
Mail Drop will most definitely change my GTD strategy since I can now setup filters in Gmail, my various Google Apps accounts and IFTTT…but it has a severe limitation. Evernote is awesome in that it allows you to specify things like what notebook something you email your Evernote address should go into. This isn’t so with OmniFocus and a quick look at Omni Group’s forums doesn’t give me much hope that it will be added in the near future. I want to be able to have my prescription ready notices sent to OmniFocus and have the iPhone app automatically remind me the next time I’m around my local drugstore. This should be easy to implement but for some crazy reason it isn’t there.
Another ‘duh’ feature missing is the ability to pull to refresh in their app. in OmniFocus 2 for iPhone, you can pull and choose Sync (not quite pull to refresh, but almost as quick). With OmniFocus 2 for Mac, you can’t do anything in this realm. To force a refresh you need to do a Command+S. Not a big deal, but pull to refresh is becoming an instinct these days.
The sync is a little slow…not the syncing process itself, but the intervals for auto sync. I see no way to increase this interval.
Overall a nice product, but Mail Drop makes this sucker fly. Unfortunately it only lets you fly a few inches off the ground instead of letting you soar.