A calendar view is clearly ideal for planning when to do things. I obviously enter things that are inherently time boxed directly into the calendar but most of the other things I do start life as floating tasks in OmniFocus.
When I schedule when I'm going to act on an OF task, I often create an entry in the calendar for it but this manual copying of the task into another app (iCal) does seem like a pointless chore simply for the benefit of seeing it in a calendar view. I'd much rather check a box on that task in OmniFocus and have just that one item appear in the calendar from its start to due time. This scheduling of things is part of my daily planning ritual and I would love to simplify it.
The forecast view in the iOS versions of OF (what I mostly use) is a great step forward but it's a long way short of showing a coherent view of the two worlds, particularly on the iPad where you have to finger over a calendar entry to even see what it is.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Omni come up with when the forecast view launches on the desktop version.
I totally agree with you. I will change little bit my approach with planning daily tasks. For now I am using iCal to events more constant, repeatable, to see how much time I have. It is much easier for me when I see it as blocks.
I plan there also meetings, which I do not have very often and also is helpful to estimate my time. OF is for me for tasks which I do not have to make at a specific time for a specific period of time.
Idea to simplify process will be great. I have mine, but I don't have time right now to write something more.
I would love to see forecast option on OS X too.