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I think that the usability of Omni Focus would be greatly enhanced by including a priority field that could be sorted on in Project view (which would naturally carry over to how activities are listed in context view).

Because people have different ways of prioritizing activities, it would be nice to have it as a user-definable list which would include the ability to specify the sequence of the priority values.

Example 1:

Someone might want priorites:

1
2
3
4
5

In which 1 sorts first and 5 sorts last,
or:

5
4
3
2
1

in which 5 sorts first

Example 2:

Someone might want:

Highest
High
Normal
Low
Lowest

Sorted in that order.

Example 3:

Franklin-Covey people might want:

A1
A2
A3
B1
B2
B3
C1
C2
C3
Master

Almost every task organizing software has priorities, for a reason -- they are very useful, especially when there are a large number of tasks within a project.

Some task organizing software allows one to order things manually but sort when desired.

In Omni Focus it might be most useful to have the priority field as optional (since many people do not want it), let the task order be determined by drag-and-drop positioning, and have on-demand sorting by priorities.

Leaving priorities out of Omni Focus will reduce the usefulness of the program for a large number of users (which would result in lower acceptance and sales of this product), and would almost certainly be a feature wanted by many users in the future.

Note: I think priorities would be specified in Project view. In context view those would automatically be sorted by priority just as they are now by position.
 
 


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