By Cindy Downes on Wed, 08/04/2010
The first thing you need to know is that Omni Focus for iPad is NOT a beefed-up version of Omni Focus for iPhone. The iPad app has been created specifically for the iPad. It takes full advantage of the iPad’s larger real estate and has features not found on the iPhone version.
The next thing you need to know is that this is an awesome app. I like it so much that I now hate using my desktop version! The way the iPad app is organized makes it so much easier to create and manage my tasks. I just can’t say enough about the simple, easy-to-understand layout and organization of this app.
The Forecast layout is the first thing I look at each day. Here, I can see what’s due today, tomorrow and for the next week. I can also see what’s overdue and what’s coming up in the future. I really like the days-of-the-week icons, and the “+1 day,” “+1week,” and “+1month” functions are super slick!
From the Projects menu, I can look at all my projects and/or look at one specific project. The nested folders are awesome! I can nest to my heart’s content. It’s easy to find, change or move tasks.
I love the Map (location-based) element on the iPad. I’ve never used this feature before because I couldn’t figure it out; but it’s so simple on the iPad. Now, when I’m out and about, I can look at my map and see if there is anything else I want to do while I’m in that area. LOVE this!
- Quick entry inbox where items can be stored for future processing (just get it down and figure out how to organize it later!)
- Detailed task options like start and due dates, repeating schedules, audio notes and photo attachments
- Built-in search
- Cloud sync – I use it with Mobile Me
- Built-in reviewing that helps you stay current
There is more I could say, but it would get too long. Check out the video on their Website and see for yourself.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There is a learning curve to this app. But, if you’re serious about getting your life organized, this app is SO worth it. To help you, Omni Focus has created free instructional videos, which are available on their website. If that’s not enough, you can enroll in a Lynda.com course. I’ve used these classes and they are A-1.