By Cultured Code GmbH & Co. KG
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Things is a delightful and easy to use task manager. It’s the perfect companion for everything you want to achieve in life, offering a great balance between ease of use and powerful features.
**** Things is now available for Apple Watch. It comes with your purchase of Things for iPhone. ****
UPDATED for OS X YOSEMITE
Things has been updated with a refreshed design, and all-new features including a Today Widget for Notification Center, Handoff support for seamless transition between Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch, and a new “Add to Things” extension for creating to-dos from other apps.
“Things is a true standout thanks to a great set of features and an interface that makes it a good fit for nearly any level of task management: It’s simple enough to use for the most-basic to-do lists ... but it’s powerful enough to handle a full blown GTD workflow... Things offers a unique combination of ease of use, a great interface, and flexibility that sets it apart from other to-do managers I’ve used.” – Dan Frakes, Macworld, 4½ stars
“Of course, everyone has specific needs and preferences that will steer them toward a particular to-do-list program or another. But Things’ combination of ease of use, great interface, and flexibility make it as close to the ideal Mac to-do app as we’ve seen.” — Macworld
• Apple Design Award - Winner
• Macworld Best of Show Award - Winner
• Macworld Editors’ Choice “Eddy” Award - Winner
• Featured by Apple as Editors’ Choice in more than 150 countries
• Featured by Apple in “Best of 2012”
• Featured by Apple in the App Store “Hall of Fame”
• Featured by Apple in “New Year, New You”
• Featured by Apple in “Get Stuff Done - Apps for Productive People”
• Featured by Apple in “Better Together - Apps to Connect Mac, iPhone & iPad”
When you start using Things, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to enter and manage your tasks. And with Things’ beautiful interface, task management becomes a delight. But all of this doesn’t come at the expense of power—everything you wish for in a task manager, Things has you covered.
• Today: Decide which tasks you want to do today and put them into your Today list. Throughout the day, come back to this list to check items off. Things will automatically show you due and scheduled items there once their date arrives -- so you won’t miss anything important.
• Focus: See what you need to do Today, what’s coming up Next, and what’s Scheduled for later. Put tasks in Someday if you can’t work on them right now, you can always come back to them later.
• Keep organized: Work, Family, Hobby - with Things, everything has its place. Projects and Areas of Responsibility let you master complex tasks and stay on top of your responsibilities in life and work.
• Use Tags to assign contexts, priorities, time – whatever fits your personal workflow. Quickly filter a list to find those tasks which are most relevant now.
• Out of your head, into Things: Enter new ideas the moment they hit you. Things’ Quick Entry window lets you add new tasks without interrupting your work. And thanks to the amazing Autofill feature, the Quick Entry window can be automatically pre-filled with the currently selected text, along with a link to the email you are reading, the webpage you are currently viewing, or the document you are editing (works with most applications).
• And much more: Create repeating tasks, add due dates, schedule tasks for a later date, import Reminders, review completed tasks in the Logbook, etc.
Your to-dos, on all your devices. Things Cloud is a free service that stores your to-dos and updates them quickly & effortlessly across your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch (apps sold separately).
We provide world-class, professional support for Things. If you have any issues or questions about the app, please contact us and we’ll be glad to help you: http://things.support
What's New in Version 2.5.4
• Improved stability and bug fixes.
Also check out our latest update for iPhone, which includes an all-new app for Apple Watch. Learn more and see the new video on our website → http://things.watch
no time facility, no location facility, no multiple tag capability, way too many taps to edit tasks - all of which are standard on oper apps, not because they are nice to have but because they increase productivity. Also, v poor response rate to questions through support - dont bother.
One of the Best Apps Ever
If you want to follow the GTD methodology to become more productive then Things the perfect supporting app, particularly when used in conjunction with the iOS versions.
Cultured Code have clearly worked very hard indeed to develop such a logical, well organised app. Everything is so clean and simple with no unecessary complexity. The app just works as you would expect it to. It is very fast, efficient to use and rock solid. I think it is one of the highest quality apps available for the Mac bar none.
I really like the sensible integrations with OS X so that you have simple ways to create new to-do items via keyboard shortcuts from any app. The integration with Reminders is very useful indeed. You can enter new reminders into the iOS using Siri by saying “Remember …” and they become availble for import to Things for Mac or iOS. You don’t need the iOS version of Things to make this particular feature work though.
One criticism you could level at the app is the sparse amount of documentation available from the developers on how to get the best out of it. I think the presumption is that you fully understand the GTD methodology before starting to use this app. A basic user guide is provided but, to really make it sing, you need to know more. Fortunately, a member of the user community has published a guide that fills the gap and is available through a link on the Cultured Code forums.
I see some critics think the app is falling behind and slow to incorporate new features. I disagree. I like the way that Cultured Code take time to think how new features can be introduced without sacrificing the simplicity, efficiency and speed of the applicaiton. In my expericence it is normally worth the wait.
Came across from OmniFocus 2 Pro
I’ve been using OmniFocus 2 Pro for about a year now, however today I made the decision to move back over to Things.
Whilst I’d really like to see Things 3 some time soon given it was some time ago that they announced it, there is something particularly pleasing about using Things over OmniFocus.
To begin with Cultured Code appear to invest a great deal of time making the process of adding tasks and managing them very simple yet powerful. I do miss nested tasks from OmniFocus, however at the same time, the ability to use multiple tags in tasks and shoving most stale tasks to ‘Someday’ means it suddenly becomes very easy to priorities tasks from a big long list of various projects in one go.
I also feel that in order to for OmniFocus to be as popular as it is, they do work very quickly on their applications. While this means having new features and fixes released rapidly, they appear to invest less ‘love’ in the experience of using the application(s). OmniFocus support is also second-to-none, very quick and I suspect I will miss that if I need any developer support, however on the same note, I very rarely experience glitches that get in the way of me working, so the slower (yet still good) support is less needed.
I’ll probably update my review as I go along, but so far I’m finding it becoming a little more enjoyable and less stressful managing my tasks, let alone doing them!