As I’ve posted previously, probably too much, I have been committed to using Apple’s default apps for a while now. I’ve pushed those apps about as far as they can go.
Sadly, “Apple forced” me to move on.
As I posted here, I’ve reluctantly lost faith in Apple Notes for my professional work (though Reminders has functioned flawlessly). The still unresolved issue with Apple Notes (as of January 1, 2023) has made it impossible for me to trust AN for my meeting and project notes. And because I depend on the ability to integrate my notes and projects, once I felt compelled to leave AN, I also needed to abandon Reminders for my professional work.
Consequently, I’ve turned 180 degrees; I’m now back where I started: OmniFocus + Craft. Craft has an excellent plug-in that will transfer todos in Craft directly to OF with the link preserved. And, as most on this forum know, OmniFocus has every feature one would need for project management short of professional project applications like OmniPlan and MS Project.
I’m disappointed. Because of the deep integrations and the robust features of AN, I want to use Apple’s default apps. In addition to deep system integration and powerful features, Apple’s apps are free.
But, when one of the essential features of a modern app, dependable syncing, is not provided, I am forced to move on. Unfortunately, as noted above, the issue with AN syncing is still not resolved. It will be, eventually, but I cannot afford to waste any more time trying to get things to work; I need to get my work done.
So, I have revamped my workflow. I intend to keep this workflow for one full year with no changes. You are welcome to hold me accountable. This change was not intended as a New Year’s resolution—I’m not a fan of those—but given the coincidental timing, I suppose it will be.
Beginning today and for the foreseeable future, my primary apps will be those I consider to be among the best in class for my needs and the purpose for which they are primarily designed. I’ve decided that I will pay for the feature set and reliability.
- OmniFocus—project/task management
- DEVONthink—research storage (yes, I’m moving away from Obsidian. Since I’m changing my workflow I’m selecting the apps that give me the most power for my needs)
- Apple Notes—for personal notes only. I export these monthly using the Exporter app to DEVONthink
- Apple Calendar—considered BusyCal but my calendar needs are simple—a place to note appointments. This does not justify additional cost.
So there you have it. I gave it the “old college try” but in the end, my plan came up short.
I can only ask for the judgment of charity from those who have followed my saga.