For everyone that is on the TestFlight beta, what’s impressions so far?
I am a long time OF user and finally got my invite this week to take a look and truthfully my initial impression is being shocked this ever made it out of a UI design meeting. What has always been a piece of software that has a lot of power to let you turn it into whatever you need it to be has seemingly become very opinionated about how it should be used. The navigation, especially on iPhone, is very cumbersome – lots of tapping and no swiping. When you tap on a task it just brings up a series of feature icons (tags, defer, due, notes, flag, etc), but no explanation as to what any of it actually does. So it becomes on the user to internalize what each function does, which makes running through there as a brand new user or someone in a hurry to be a frustrating experience. I’ve tried changing layout settings between default, fluid and columns, but it doesn’t seem to change anything on the phone. Also once you activate a task by tapping on it there is no way I have found to “untap” it (i.e., remove the highlighted, active status of that task in the UI).
The UI is a bit better on the iPad, the larger screen giving them room to make it less of a pain to navigate between perspectives, but the same UI oddities listed above for how tasks are displayed remains. Additionally the ability to customize the inspector appears to have been 86’d and on both platforms they have added several items to the menu bar and give no explanation as to what they actually do (even after tapping a few of them it’s not immediately obvious).
It’s to the point where I’m a little concerned about the direction they are going in the future with OF and I’ve started to look around at all of the same options that have always been there in the task management space (and that have always been completely underwhelming to me).
So I wanted to see what everyone else thinks of the experience. Is there some fundamental piece of knowledge about how to navigate this UI that I am just missing? I know this was supposed to be a big shift for them with Omnifocus, so I’m not above thinking that there is just a part of it that I’m not getting. As beta software goes I feel like it’s pretty stable at this point, which is great from that standpoint. So I’m hoping someone else here with more knowledge than me on this can help me navigate through some obvious thing that I am missing on the UI.