The folks over at the OmniGroup, which make several of my favorite Mac and iOS apps announced some exciting changes this past week to a few of their apps. OmniFocus 2 and OmniPlan 3 are now free apps you can download from the iOS App Store. Both apps are fully featured and fully functional upon download and stay that way for 2-weeks. After the 2-week free trial is up all of your data in these apps is read only unless you chose to make an In-App-Purchase for either the "Standard" or "Pro" version of these apps.
I own both of these apps and love them.
OmniFocus 2 is my task management app that keeps track of everything I want to do, need to do or want to do in the future at work and at home. I literally run my life with this application and having it on my iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is critical for me. But all of the power and complexity of the OmniFocus app comes with some cost. First off, OmniFocus is a relatively expensive iOS app. I don't like calling iOS apps expensive because I believe developers deserve to get paid for their hard work. But that being said, $39.99 for the standard version of OmniFocus 2 and then another $29.99 on top of that to upgrade further to the "Pro" version is a lot of money for an iOS app. But it's totally worth it! (At least it is for me). Now, since the iOS app is free to download you can try out all the features of the app for 2-weeks before deciding if the app is for you. This makes it a lot easier for people who think a powerful task management app like OmniFocus might be a good fit for them, but they don't want to sink a bunch of money into it just to find out. 2-weeks is plenty of time to give the app a good run to see if its right for you.
OmniPlan 3 is a very different app from OmniFocus but it is just as powerful. OmniPlan is very similar to Microsoft Project, which is a super charged project planning, schedule and resource management app. This is the kind of app you use to schedule out a very complex and long duration project. When I was going to school for my Masters degree in Systems Engineering I used OmniPlan for several of my school projects. Most of my classmates were using PCs and they used Microsoft Project. But I was able to export and import my schedule with my teammates using Microsoft Project just fine while using OmniPlan. If you have ever used a complex scheduling app like Microsoft Project you wouldn't think it would be an app that would work well on a touch interface. Generally speaking this would be a correct assessment. But the folks at OmniGroup did a good job of designing the user interface of the iOS version of OmniPlan...so much so that I actually enjoyed using OmniPlan in iOS better than I did on the Mac. OmniPlan 3 is a $74.99 In-App-Purchase to unload the full "Pro" version after your 2-week free trial.
Even if you download one of these apps (or both) and decide to pull the trigger after 2-weeks and make an In-App-Purchase, remember that the OmniGroup has a 30-day guarantee on all of their apps. If you aren't happy with the app after 30-days just let them know and they will give you a full refund. Only a company that is confident in their applications can offer you that kind of guarantee.