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jasong 2007-12-07 10:59 AM

Overdue badges, hidden actions
 
No, it's not the new Ang Lee film about GTD.

Instead, I'm curious if there's any way to know that a context with an overdue badge is in fact showing hidden actions, and where those actions are hiding. With three filters (actions, duration, flagged), it can sometimes take a few moments to know where my overdue item is.

For example, I have a window showing in the viewbar Context/Due/Available/30 Min/Flagged. It currently show three items, and the sidebar informs me I have one action overdue. Unfortunately none of those three items are the overdue one.

To find that action, I have to change my filters to be as broad as possible (in this case, it's a remaining, no duration, unflagged action, so I have to change all three filters to Remaining/Any/All.

Any suggestions for making this easier? Omni, any plans for improving this behavior?

(Filed as feedback.)

eronel 2007-12-07 11:03 AM

[QUOTE=jasong;27903]No, it's not the new Ang Lee film about GTD.[/quote]*guffaw*

[quote]Any suggestions for making this easier[/quote]
How about this: instead of changing all your filters, pop open a new window with a wide-open perspective which you can just dismiss when you've found out what you wanted to know.

jasong 2007-12-07 11:18 AM

[QUOTE=eronel;27904]How about this: instead of changing all your filters, pop open a new window with a wide-open perspective which you can just dismiss when you've found out what you wanted to know.[/QUOTE]

Yep, I've created a "No Filters" perspective, taking me down to one or two clicks. Much better, of course, but the workaround highlights the weakness.

It would be great if Omni would either override the filter when an overdue item is available (which it's doing by putting badges up), hide the badges when they don't match the filter, or provide a way of opening a context in unfiltered mode (this is possible today because they do it for the menubar badge; if you select the context there, it opens in context mode set to due/due/remaining/any/all).

eronel 2007-12-07 11:38 AM

Something like[list=1][*]a double-click on the context opens a new window showing all the context's avaiable contents, or[*]a double-click on the badge opens a new window showing all the items contributing to the badge count[/LIST]
As I think of this, I personally like both options. They'd be convenient shortcuts, and easily dismissed.

One problem is that a double-click in the project sidebar already has a meaning: it focuses on the project. I just discovered this, and I don't care for it at all; it doesn't feel to me like what a double-click should do, though I'm having a hard time saying why.

sprugman 2007-12-07 12:48 PM

I vote for #2: a double-click on the badge opens a new window showing all the items contributing to the badge count

(sending feedback)


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