OmniGroup are really pounding away at the public beta of OmniFocus. Every day, sometimes more than once a day, they push out a new build with tweaks, bugfixes and improvements.
Today, a new feature appeared that is worth a blog post.
The app now has a comprehensive system of alerts about tasks that due soon.
It offers the option to display these alerts in the Dock, where like Mail.app’s little red bubble, they serve as a constant reminder that fooling around on facebook all day will not result in Getting Things Done.
Right-clicking the Dock icon brings up a summary of the upcoming tasks, listed by context.
Alerts in the menubar provide another option for a visual prompt about outstanding tasks.
Here, a drop-down menu also lists the tasks by context. Clicking on one, opens OmniFocus at the appropriate place in the app’s Context View.
Other aspects are constantly being improved, in particular the Perspective options, which provide pre-sets for filtering your tasks in user-customisable ways.
For example, I can set a Perspective that shows me only tasks related to my day job that are due in the next three days. OmniFocus creates a button for that Perspective which I can then place in the app’s Toolbar for easy access.
Syncing with iCal is more trouble-free than it was two days ago and the Kinkless Importer is much more stable and reliable.
In other OmniFocus news, Ethan Schoonover writes in the comments on another post:
For what itâ€™s worth, we at Omni are all very interested in getting OmniFocus content on the iPhone (The Omni Group is pretty much 99% iPhone users, so we have a dog in this fight). Rest well assured that as soon as we have options for doing this in a way that allows reasonable functionality, weâ€™ll be on it.
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Tags: alerts, Dock, getting things done, gtd, iCal, kinkless, menubar, notifications, omnifocus, Productivity