I think I’ve made two big mistakes with applications from OmniGroup:
- I didn’t just buy the whole lot as a bundle from the start; instead I’ve bought them one at a time.
- I didn’t just buy the Family Pack versions from the start.
Honestly, their software’s just so darned good, and essential, it’s worth going all out.
I already owned OmniWeb, OmniOutliner Pro, OmniGraffle, and OmniDazzle when I was able to beta test OmniPlan and OmniFocus.
I loved OmniPlan, but in reality I seldom need to actually project plan anything and I couldn’t justify the cost. Unable to keep my hands off it altogether though, I did recently download it again and have been using the limited free version to help map out one project that’s just going on forever.
If I come into any unexpected free money next year I’m going to pay for the thing.
I’ve been using the betas of OmniFocus for months now. It’s become an absolutely essential utility for allowing me to keep track of the million things I’m supposed to be doing at any given time. My utterly favourite feature is this:
No more switching between applications. Make tasks whenever you think of them, from any application. Receive an email that needs to become a task? Send it to your inbox with just a few quick keystrokes. Do the same from your web browser, Finder, and most other applications on OS X.
I love the quick entry. Provided OmniFocus is running I hit Control Option Space and a window appears where I can fill in as much or as little information as I like, then click Save. The item goes to my task Inbox where it’s safe. Later on I can edit and assign to projects and all that.
OmniFocus has just opened up to public view, with a special pre-release deal (prices in US dollars):
we will be shipping
OmniFocus 1.0 on January 8, 2008. OmniPlan 1.0 licenses will sell for
$79.95 when it ships–but you can pre-order licenses starting today
for just $39.95 (saving $40), and can save even more if you already
own a copy of OmniOutliner Pro or purchase more than one license.
I’m heading over there shortly to swap a credit card number for an incredibly useful Family Pack of software.