Following the recent major update to its GTD-inspired task management utility, The Omni Group has released OmniFocus 2.0.1 with a number of bug fixes. (To catch up on all the changes in OmniFocus, be sure to read Josh Centers’s review: “OmniFocus 2 for Mac Brings a Fresh Look to GTD,” 22 May 2014.) The update improves interaction with the keychain when multiple Omni Sync Server account credentials have been stored; fixes an issue with the Send to Inbox service in the Standard edition that prevented clipping from Mail, Safari, OmniWeb, Chrome, and the Finder; makes the note in the Inspector editable for sidebar selections; ensures that a relaunch isn’t required to use AppleScript after upgrading to the Pro edition; and fixes a potential crash related to using Undo/Redo with certain custom Perspectives. ($39.99 new for Standard edition and $79.99 for Pro edition from The Omni Group Web site, $39.99 for Standard edition from Mac App Store (with in-app purchase option to upgrade to Pro), free update for version 2.0 licenses, 44.2 MB, release notes, 10.9.2+)
Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.
Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.
In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.
- OmniFocus 2 for Mac Brings a Fresh Look to GTD (22 May 14)
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I do have one suggestion. Moving the circle (used to be a square) to check off that an item is complete is so far removed from the item on a 27 inch iMac that it is ridiculous. What was wrong with leaving the square or circle to the left of the Next Action or item? Any checklist has a foundation in that simplicity. Sure, I can re-size the application window, but why? That's why I have a 27 inch iMac. It is not quite the problem on the iPad Air or my iPhone 5 but it is (in my humble opinion) a significant design flaw.
It is not cool. It is not functional. It does not contribute to getting things done. It feels as if it is change for the sake of change. Come on folks. Please put the check or circle or square immediately left of the item being reviewed. The current GUI is a waste of time to figure out when the entire concept is to increase productivity and save time.
No disrespect intended. But no one has used the product longer or more intensely than me on every possible device except maybe the OF developers and beta testers. Please revert back. I know it makes a nice balance of the screen real estate, but it is a detractor.