I reviewed OmniFocus 2 for the Mac earlier this year, but there’s an iOS branch to the Omni Group’s products as well. OmniFocus 2 for iPad is one of the most useful with its full and immediate synchronisation via Omni Group’s own sync server. After playing with the app for a day I discovered that it can actually improve your stress levels by providing you with a cross-platform view of your tasks and priorities.
I received the standard version of OmniFocus 2 for iPad but have the Pro application on my Mac. That immediately showed a limitation of the standard version: I couldn’t sync my custom Perspectives with the standard app on the iPad. Custom Perspectives are a Pro feature and it was interesting to see that synchronisation doesn’t incorporate the custom Perspectives when synching.
To some people this can be important, and they should definitely buy the Pro version if they use custom Perspectives to organise their tasks and projects. OmniFocus 2 for iPad has a bout the same settings on the iPad Air 2 with iOS 8 installed as it has on a Mac with Yosemite. Except for the ability to buy the Pro upgrade rigth from within the app, everything is the same. That’s a relief as you’ll immediately feel at home in OmniFocus 2 for iPad.
Upon installing, the app asks a few questions, just like the Mac one. One question on the iPad that I don’t remember being asked when I installed the Mac version is whether you want to create a location-based Perspective called “Nearby”. I answered Yes and got a Perspective with a nice map displaying pins for all contexts that have a location — you can add one when creating a new context. When you’re near to one of your context locations, the map will show you the pins nearby. Very nifty.
Nice is that when you sync — you can force this by clicking the Sync button on either platform — your location-aware contexts appear on the Mac as well, just not with the map included on my system.
Most people will use OmniFocus 2 for iPad to enter tasks and projects while they’re away from their Mac and here OmniFocus 2 shines as well. You can move tasks to inside another task and convert tasks to projects. The only area which I was surprised about was OmniFocus 2’s support for the sharing button: it only allows you to email, AirDrop or send as a Message. That’s probably because you’ll want to synchronise instead of sending stuff to a text file, for example, but it still came across as odd.
Nevertheless, I found the whole OmniFocus 2 ecosystem an ecosystem proper, i.e. it seamlessly integrates the two applications as if they’re one. And that’s exactly what you want from a GTD app!