Things
Things
3.13.5

4.0

Things free download for Mac

Things3.13.5

27 November 2020

Elegant personal task management.

Overview

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar.

Features:
  • Collect Your Thoughts - Get things off your mind quickly: no matter what app you’re in, a keyboard shortcut instantly reveals Quick Entry. Type your thoughts and save them to the Inbox. Or just talk to Siri on any device ("Remind me to...") and import from Reminders.
  • Get Organized - Create a project for each of your goals, then add the steps to reach them. For clarity, add structure with headings. Then group your projects by areas of responsibility, such as "Family", "Work", or "Health". Review these regularly to stay on top of things.
  • Plan Your Time - See your calendar events alongside your to-dos and plan your time effectively. Create repeating to-dos for things you do every few days, weeks, or months - Things will remind you on the right day.
  • Make the Most of Your Day - Every morning, grab a coffee and prepare your list for "Today": review previously planned to-dos and make quick decisions on what to tackle. Pick some more steps from your projects and then get going. The Today list is the only place you’ll need to look for the rest of the day.
  • Customize Your Workflow - Use tags to categorize your to-dos or add context. For example, tag places like "Office" or "Home", or tag all your "Errands", or everything you’re working on with "Kate". You can easily find everything you’ve tagged via filtering or search.

What's new in Things

Version 3.13.5:
  • Improved stability and bug fixes.

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232 Reviews of Things

5
Winco
02 April 2020
Version: 3.12.2

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Things 3 is now pretty much perfect. It is worth every cent/penny. A great way to view the potential of Things 3 for organising your life and for productivity is to jump onto YouTube and watch some examples of how people use Things 3 in their own lives. You can keep it simple or can go 'deep'. I like the fact that the developers keep it up-to-date but only release 'major' updates every few years so as not to throw users off their day-to-day productivity with new features and shortcuts to learn. The matching iOS apps are superb too.
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Michael-Vilain
03 June 2020
Version: 3.12.4
Mac-only app in this day and age of interoperability? How's that business model work out for you when Android is over 50% of the phone market. Hard pass.
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5
Winco
02 April 2020
Version: 3.12.2
Things 3 is now pretty much perfect. It is worth every cent/penny. A great way to view the potential of Things 3 for organising your life and for productivity is to jump onto YouTube and watch some examples of how people use Things 3 in their own lives. You can keep it simple or can go 'deep'. I like the fact that the developers keep it up-to-date but only release 'major' updates every few years so as not to throw users off their day-to-day productivity with new features and shortcuts to learn. The matching iOS apps are superb too.
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Frodo-life
21 December 2019
Version: 3.11
I used earlier Things till version 2 upgrades a way to expensive for what it is I now use TicTic same fuctionality, cross platform and quite a bit cheape
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Scott-C-H-
16 December 2019
Version: 3.10.1
Its UX and UI is good, but $49.99 for this? No thanks. WorkFlowy, Dynalist, and Checkvist are all far more versatile and powerful.
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Aargl
14 May 2019
Version: 3.9
I really don't get the enthusiasm for Things 3 in the comments below... It's a nice Todo list, that's all — ok, I'm not a power user and I don't need mobile sync. ;-) The Tags button has gone away, the sidebar distinction between projects and areas too, except for their icon. Things 1 and 2 were a bit clearer, I think, but Things (any version) lacks colours! Nothing beats the old Finder style underlining colours for making an item jump to your eye, whatever its position in the list. One nice feature is the dark mode, though. But for the price, I'd expect a lot more options (colours; may be varying colours from green to red when the due date becomes nearer, etc.) I haven't found a much better alternative and I think, all in all, that there's not a lot of imagination deployed in the Todos business... ;-)
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5
forwardleaps
22 March 2019
Version: 3.8.2
For years I have tried to use something simple that allows me to organize my life. I tried omnifocus (way too complicated) , todoist (just ok), and things. Things is dependable, intuitive and simple—like all my best tools.
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5
LeroyMorrison
02 May 2018
Version: 3.5.1
I have never really felt that I was able to organize my life as much as I can now that I use Things. Working 40+ hours a week and being a full time student means that my schedule is always busy. I used to put everything on my calendar but that just wasn't working as it made my calendar very cluttered and using that method didn't allow me to have access to any organizational features. Things has a beautiful and elegant user interface that I enjoy using. Its soft on the eyes and the animations throughout the app actually make you feel good completing your things that you have listed. I can't recommend this app enough and you won't regret using it.
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5
Winco
19 April 2018
Version: 3.5
Things 3 is just getting better and better with every update. Keep up the great work Devs!
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Kerry-Dawson
09 January 2018
Version: 3.3
I can only leave Things a three as it is not cross platform *(Android) and unlike Ticktick is not anywhere nearly as intuitive. I love the clean fresh look but that's as far as it goes.
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awjvdh
15 September 2017
Version: 3.1.5
Hi everybody! Not so much a comment or review, but a question. I'm thinking of buying Things 3 because of the simple and beautiful design. However, as a GTD fan I'm missing out on one basic feature: delegation (i.e. the "waiting for" status in GTD speak). How does one use Things in order to assign a to-do to someone else, or give it a delegated status until a certain condition is met (when there aren't any contacts involved)?
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5
Winco
29 August 2017
Version: 3.1.4
People need to get over the upgrade policy issue and move on. Yes it galled me when I had to invest (note I use the word 'invest') more $$ but believe me, it was/is worth it. Truly. The experience is so much better. Things 3 is miles better and useful than Things 2.

Additionally, I have experienced excellent technical support with (understandably) a few bugs in the earlier versions of Things 3 e.g. 3.0.1. What does one expect with a completely new version? The key is how Cultured Code dealt with these issues and communicated with their customer base. So far, they have been excellent. I have had the same customer service person liaise with me keeping me informed of bug fixes and workarounds which was very reassuring.

Both the Mac OS and iOS versions perform brilliantly now. Well done Cultured Code. I highly recommend you trial this todo/getting things done/productivity platform. Then make your decision to purchase or not.

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5
Winco
06 July 2017
Version: 3.1
Getting better all the time. Updates with refinements and bug fixes being worked on and released regularly.for MacOS and iOS.
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5
Deibel
06 July 2017
Version: 3.1
For me, Things 3 is a major step from version 2. The clear interface and date/time reminders alone convinced me -- but there is more, and the very fast sync between Mac and mobile was already outstanding before. Therefore, I came back from 2do which I also liked a lot. This is very well made software, and considering that cultured code charges for new versions only every few years (maybe 5 or so), I believe the price for all versions to be more than fair. For me, Things 3 is the best combination of intuitive interface and power "under the hood".
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Aeschylus
03 June 2017
Version: 3.0.3
Warning - when you "Import" reminders from the native Apple Reminders app, Things removes these reminders from all your connected iCloud devices. There seems to be no way to get them back. This is really not right, and I've given up using Things because of this.
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dwp-1
28 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
An update from my previous comment. After using Things 3 for the past few days. I do believe I am more productive. I believed in my previous comment I jumped to conclusion before thoroughly using the application and not giving it a true test. At the moment I am using Things 3 as my primary to do list/manager and each day I learn more about the Things on macOS & iOS and like it better. I absolutely love the importing of reminders using Siri, I forget most everything unless I write it down and dictating to Siri is very helpful. ** Thus far, I am very pleased with my purchases of all 3 versions and look forward to see how Cultured Code implements improved functionality in the future **
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5
Winco
23 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
Excellent update from V2 to V3 and about time too! Some much needed improvements to the look, feel and functionality. I won't bother listing all the brand new features but just to say go a check them out. It is worth the money (inc 20% discount) upgrading MacOS and iOS to be more productive and organised with V3. As for some of the comments listed here, it would appear some people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. ;-)
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Frodo-life
22 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
no upgrade policy for loyal long-term customs who stuck by them when for years they had no cloud syncing and it was delayed and delayed. 20% discount for everyone??? Nearly $AU70 for the update then I'm supposed to update my iOS version for another $12.99 No thanks

Downloaded demo and don't find new flat design super appealing Things window get's lost between all the other flat stuff so will be sticking with old version
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itabmedia
21 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
Paying 65-80$ for a suite of eye candy...Overall this is not much of an improvement over the last version IMO. There is still the same greedy pricing model essentially charging you 1.5 times more for the iPad version. Only reason this is not a universal app, is money. I don't see this scheme much anymore thankfully. Some nice additions and a wonderful interface but that is about it on additions. The biggest issue with this software is the lack of real integration with Apple reminders and calendar. You essentially have to use one or the other as far as reminders go. As for calendar, it's nice seeing entries within Things 3, but you can't edit or interact with these. If the app were able to synch back and forth with Reminders and Calendar, I might use Things 3. This app is basically a simplistic task list with a very pretty interface...For 65-80$!!
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bin104
21 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
OK culturedcode, 20% off for everybody. I probably should wait for Omni Focus 3 to see what they offer. Omni Focus is currently version 2.9.1. By the way, I am also a long term loyal customer of Things.
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dwp-1
20 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
After trying & purchasing most every To-Do app out there, I settled on 2Do and have loved it's functionality for a couple years. However, I like bling and 2Do isn't about bling it is about getting things done and it work, well! I purchased Things 3, already own Things 2. Disappointed at the lack of a real upgrade policy. Basically everyone is getting 20% off, forget the unloyal owners of version 2, they get the same 2% as everyone else. I am giving Things 3 a try anyway. I am having a difficult time with the way Things handles repeating to-do's as per version 2 did. Not even a key combo to add a new repeating to-do. Come'on, guys, how many years have you had to make repeating to-do's work in the workflow of Things 3? Alerts, another poor implementation with very few options. These 2 poorly designed features alone has almost made me want to give up already and go back to 2Do. Which BTW **easily** handles alerts and repeating to-do's. Then there is the limiting cloud services offered, oh, one right? Sad! **Very disappointed in Culture Code" but al least you have my money, enjoy it because sales could be low. I am not trying to be mean but you aren't much completion for the other to-do apps. You do not have **one** great/new feature that would differentiate you from the others to-do apps and make people want to use your app, you are just another mediocre app in the world of to-do apps. All said, I do wish you much luck and I hope you prove me wrong. It is not often that I right.
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pettifogger0712
19 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
No upgrade path from v.2...pass.... :-(
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1.5
SunWolf
19 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
Their upgrade policy punishes loyal customers: I own a license for years, but now, since they decided to sell Things just via the App Store, you ned to buy it anew. No way I'll do that. Have a look at OmniFocus. I can't compare it with Things 3, but it is way better than Things 2. Time to switch. Three stars for the app, 0 for their customer loyalty program, so an average of 1.5.
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Mhoutman
19 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
Awesome implementation of a long existing app. Love it both on iOS and macOS and for me so much better to understand than OmniFocus. Note: I was beta tester and knew what to expect, but for me it a great delivery.
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OhEssex
19 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
I looked everywhere on their website and there is no mention of any syncing alternatives to their own Things Cloud. Anybody know if iCloud or local wifi syncing is an option? I am opposed to being data mined for profit and targeted advertising.
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Rochade
18 May 2017
Version: 3.0.1
Well, what should I say: I really liked the Cultured Code products (first XyleScope then Things) but I don't like cloud services as the only option to sync data. I left Things many months ago because of this and moved over to 2Do which syncs perfectly with caldav (using owncloud).
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5
TCalhau
18 May 2017
Version: 2.8.12
The best GTD App I've ever used! I LOVE!
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Jan-rybar
26 April 2017
Version: 2.8.12
Dead app. No development for several years, only micro-updates. It used to be a great app. What a pity.
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4.5
eraddio
25 April 2017
Version: 2.8.12
Among other tasking apps I decided to stay with Things as I like its structure the most. It is well-built and clear for me. This helps me to perform my to-do list as fast as possible. The interface is perfect. Thumbs up!
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Sonnendeck
15 April 2017
Version: 2.8.11
After 7 years of using Things I switched to "2Do", which has lots of important features that I always missed.
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1.5
Creidenouer
03 April 2017
Version: 2.8.11
Disappointed in it's lack of development. Feel there was more promised. Switched to omnifocus over a year ago and have not looked back. Too bad, b/c I had appreciated the UI of this and really wanted to like it.
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2.5
Mindplay
17 February 2017
Version: 2.8.9
Mostly nice but lacking basic features like calendar integration, due time, and overall cannot think of a todo application taking more time than a whole operating system to update. The application is really really good at what it does, but missing features and a forever-long list of invisible bugfix updates make it frustrating to me to stick to. I think developers are taking themselves way too seriously... It's a todo app... a private beta lasting how much is that, months?? years?? can't tell... but makes little sense.
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Rochade
30 September 2016
Version: 2.8.8
Again I tried out Things. It was my first choice before I switched to 2Do many months ago. But I instantly returned back to 2Do especially for one main reason: sync. I don't want to be bound to any custom sync service. I want to be able to access my tasks even I don't have my mac or iDevice with me. With 2Do I can use my existing owncloud installation (using webcal) and access my task list from everywhere. I also can set what calendars (or lists) to share with others. I simply can't see any reason why to not use the webcal protocol for sync. If Things will support it, I may consider switching back again. If not, I stay with 2Do.
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Odysseus
18 September 2016
Version: 2.8.7
When can we hope for Things 3.0? It's wonderful that they've updated Things 2 for Sierra, but the program itself has changed very little over the past several years.
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jpl373
15 March 2015
Version: 2.5.3
Time for my annual trial of other task management apps. I just tried 2Do, and I noticed one important feature that Things has that 2Do does not. Specifically, when I create a task using quick entry, i can select an email, contact, file, url, etc., and a link to that email, contact, file, url is included as part of the new task. That obviously saves a lot of time when picking a task back up. Also, it seems to me that more applications integrate with Things than any other, in terms of creating quick entries from other applications.
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Winco
09 February 2015
Version: 2.5.2
I previously have left a 4.5 star review of Things but feel it has not developed refinement for sometime. Key issues still not resolved is UNDO functionality and syncing with REMINDERS. The latter is key if you have other apps that do link/sync with Apple's todo functionality such as BusyCal, etc. This makes Things a very much standalone app. A very good standalone app I may add.
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Winco
09 February 2015
Version: 2.5.2
I previously have left a 4.5 star review of Things but feel it has not developed refinement for sometime. Key issues still not resolved is UNDO functionality and syncing with REMINDERS. The latter is key if you have other apps that do link/sync with Apple's todo functionality such as BusyCal, etc. This makes Things a very much standalone app. A very good standalone app I may add.
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5
minimal-blue-sky
03 February 2015
Version: 2.5.2
Great app. I use it almost daily.
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0.5
trickyboy
01 February 2015
Version: 2.5.2
They claim to be a GTD app, and they don't even have a "Waiting for" list.
And this feature has been asked since 092010 ( see https://culturedcode.com/forums/read.php?7,33221 ), so even more serious, they don't mind their users.
Just forget this app.
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4.5
Anon-Bud
26 December 2014
Version: 2.5.1
The only thing that keeps this from getting five stars is the inability to add subtasks. Otherwise, Things is hands-down the best task management app out there. And the syncing is heads above the rest!
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Stormchild
31 October 2014
Version: 2.5
Still no undo support. Unacceptable. Deleted immediately.
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2.5
Aargl
18 October 2014
Version: 2.5
I'm still using Things 1.5.6 on OS 10.9.5 and don't need any sync feature so, each time I try the latest version to date, I'm amazed how little changes were made across all versions (as many people said before me). Only icons, it seems. Well, as another user said, I'm too lazy to port all the data over to a new app, and all in all, Things does what I want (except for undos). There's also a good reason for sticking to version 1: I put the library in the Shared folder and can use it on OS 10.6 or 10.9. And if I ever need to go back to my PPC Mac, I can edit the library to make it compatible with version 1.4.7. ;-)
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Dorpjeman
14 September 2014
Version: 2.2.6
This is a very useful application, and it's extremely intuitive and easy to use. It also synchronizes very well between OS X and iOS. It's adaptable so it can be used as a relatively simple task manager or as a more complex system. It's use creates very little friction, so one spends less time managing tasks and more time getting them done.
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Rocket9887
15 April 2014
Version: 2.2.5
Warning: Things for Mac, iPhone and iPad does not function as advertised for customers based in China. There is no warning from the company about the product not working in China so customers cannot make an informed decision before purchase. No fix is being made available and no refund is offered. What is the issue? You need to sync Things along your Mac - iPad - iPhone devices to let it work properly. With the release of Things2 a "cloud sync" feature is implemented and the lan wifi sync feature is disabled. The cloud sync feature does not work in China. Customers cannot use the lan wifi sync as an alternative. Hence Things cannot be synced across devices and is therefore rendered pretty much useless in China. The company responded to my product complaint with “apologies for any confusion our product description may have caused”, which is very kind but does not address the issue that China customers have US$ 90 worth of products sitting on their devices that don’t work in China (US$ 50 for the Mac version, and US$ 20 for the iPhone and iPad versions in case you bought all three). Hope this information helps customers make an informed purchase decision before moving to or while living in China. Cheers PS - I have invited Cultured Code to respond to this post.
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Cookie08
09 December 2013
Version: 2.2.4
Why can they not implement alerts in the app on all platforms. Everybody else can manage this with no reminder notifications the app is not very useful Todo Pro works in a very similar interface all alarms work so you can at least be reminded if a meeting or something is coming up it also has a great iPhone app sync is just as good. Until the alarms are implemented the app is less than useful Cheers
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YalitaS4648
05 November 2013
Version: 2.2.3
Just like it, and worth recommendation! Nice Job!
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4.5
anonymous-deer-2515
02 November 2013
Version: 2.2.2
I use Things on both OS X and iOS. The application is reasonably flexible in how the the information can be structured. The interface and actions are efficient and fast. The desktop to iOS synchronization is reliable. This application is worth anyone's consideration as a personal task manager. However, there are still areas where the product can be improved: 1. UNDO. Actions can be so efficient and fast that mistakes are made; and, you miss what actually happened. While items are retained (not lost) in the log and trash ... an UNDO of the last N actions would be a time saver. 2. DAILY REVIEW TAGS. Tags should also show in the Daily Review section. 3. CONTACTS/DELEGATION. The iOS version should support the use of contact for tracking delegation to contacts similar to the laptop version. 4. PROJECTS IN AREAS. Project should also be able to be associated to and viewed under areas of responsibilities. Right now Projects and Areas are mutually exclusive. For example a "Home Maintenance" Area of Responsibility might have and Exterior Paint Project and a Re-Landscape project.
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0.5
Kenbotwinick
10 October 2013
Version: 2.2.1
I love how in the latest version if you delete something by accident you can get it back by Undo... Oh, wait... You actually can't. Epic fail... I'm sure they'll fix this in their next update 7 years from now.
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Mondele
27 July 2013
Version: 2.2.1
I got a copy of Things from MacHeist. I understand the developer not offering updates for a free program, but they've also decided that it "expires". Beware if you expect a program that you've purchased to remain yours.
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Frankns
17 May 2013
Version: 2.2.1
I'm confused by the "Today" function. Seemingly, it should show all the items due ... today. But this doesn't appear to be the case. Items due in other "areas of responsibility" don't appear in my Daily Review/Today area on the day they are due. To see them, I have to navigate to their specific "areas." Twice now, I've missed due items because of this. On the other hand, I find Tags very helpful and they work well. The interface is clean and the iOS app is very useable.
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Frankns
17 May 2013
Version: 2.2.1
I'm confused by the "Today" function. Seemingly, it should show all the items due ... today. But this doesn't appear to be the case. Items due in other "areas of responsibility" don't appear in my Daily Review/Today area on the day they are due. To see them, I have to navigate to their specific "areas." Twice now, I've missed due items because of this. On the other hand, I find Tags very helpful and they work well. The interface is clean and the iOS app is very useable.
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Frankns
17 May 2013
Version: 2.2.1
I'm confused by the "Today" function. Seemingly, it should show all the items due ... today. But this doesn't appear to be the case. Items due in other "areas of responsibility" don't appear in my Daily Review/Today area on the day they are due. To see them, I have to navigate to their specific "areas." Twice now, I've missed due items because of this. On the other hand, I find Tags very helpful and they work well. The interface is clean and the iOS app is very useable.
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Frankns
17 May 2013
Version: 2.2.1
I'm confused by the "Today" function. Seemingly, it should show all the items due ... today. But this doesn't appear to be the case. Items due in other "areas of responsibility" don't appear in my Daily Review/Today area on the day they are due. To see them, I have to navigate to their specific "areas." Twice now, I've missed due items because of this. On the other hand, I find Tags very helpful and they work well. The interface is clean and the iOS app is very useable.
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Frankns
17 May 2013
Version: 2.2.1
I'm confused by the "Today" function. Seemingly, it should show all the items due ... today. But this doesn't appear to be the case. Items due in other "areas of responsibility" don't appear in my Daily Review/Today area on the day they are due. To see them, I have to navigate to their specific "areas." Twice now, I've missed due items because of this. On the other hand, I find Tags very helpful and they work well. The interface is clean and the iOS app is very useable.
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Dana-Sutton
25 January 2013
Version: 2.1.1
Things has a lot going for it. But it's got a couple of problems too. a.) Why doesn't it communicate with Apple's Notifications? b.) Why can't run in the background as a daemon with a badged menu icon, so that it doesn't have to be running in order to work (I don't like clutter in my Dock)? I think both of these features would make it more Mac-like.
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4.5
KurtL
24 January 2013
Version: 2.1.1
I've been a user of Things since it first came out. I like it and use it daily; it's a clean, uncluttered app, and pretty much does all that I need it to do. There are features for team work that I don't use, but I do use all of the other features regularly. I have also purchased the iOS apps for both iPhone and iPad, and the seamless integration is nice. I probably use the iPhone app the most, as my GTD ubiquitous capture method. Some folks have commented that they prefer the old we-fi syncing, but I actually prefer the current cloud based sync: I never have to think about it, and it Just Works, no matter where I am or what device I'm using to access my Things tasks. It works great for me!
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Awado
03 October 2012
Version: 2.1
I was Things user since the first day it came out, it was simple and brilliant. But i'm really disappointed about the lack of bonjour-snyc with 2.0, even though the rest is still brilliant! The cloud is NOT an option for me. So I will quit using Things. I don't like the feeling of being told what I have to use.
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4.5
James-Kellum
07 September 2012
Version: 2.0.1
I'm sure that this app probably the best to-do application on Mac. Very mature software team and software. But the price: $50 for such thing if you really need and will use it. Things don't make you more productive until you don't use GTD recommendations. So, if you really enjoy rule your life through GTD, this is #1 choice for you. If you don't, I'm sure there are tons of other more simple and at the same time more cheaper analogs.
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OhEssex
01 September 2012
Version: 2.0.1
So now my only option is to synchronize my stuff with the makers of Things (and all the data mining that goes with it)!! Bye bye...
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Kenbotwinick
25 August 2012
Version: 2.0.1
To answer Tharpold below, Things has had performance issues for years and it appears they still have not addressed them. I've upgraded physical hardware twice to try and overcome their lack of programming ability with brute force. And it's still not as fast as I'd like it to be, especially considering it's a simple database of text (my database being only 56MB), and my computer has a Geekbench score of 15,355, and my hard drive is a crazy fast SSD. Oh, and Things on my Mac is frequently taking up a gig of ram to process that 56MB database of text. Granted, I'm still on 1.5.6, not 2.0. But I have no intention of upgrading because: • I hate the Daily Review. I've used Things since 2007. I've read the forums for years. I see what people ask for. But I never see Cultured Code address those requests. But then they force this Daily Review down our throats, even though I don't remember anyone ever asking for it? If anyone did, they definitely didn't do it often or in large numbers. I have my own Daily Review process that works fine and I'm not changing it because Cultured Code is so apathetic to it's users desires that it won't give us a preference to turn off their new Daily Review. • I don't care about syncing. Why would I want to sync to the incredibly watered down, under powered iOS apps? I'm a power user. My Things experience is highly customized with Applescript. I don't get that on iOS. And I follow GTD concepts. I need to be able to filter by location, time, and energy all at the same time. You can't filter by more than one tag in the iOS apps. And don't get me started about the retarded project "list" on the iPad which is a grid of notebook icons which force you to watch an open/close animation every time you want to change projects. And then there is the incredibly poor use of space on the iPad when editing a task. Way to ignore screen real estate… Oh, and then there is the fact that the syncing is cloud based only. To an untrusted, unencrypted server. And they removed the ability to sync locally if you'd like. And never even gave us the option to sync "locally" over a VPN from the beginning. Oh, and then there are all the sync problems (check their forums, found here: https://culturedcode.com/forums/index.php, since they have conveniently removed the link to the forums from their website during the 2.0 launch) which would make me not trust the data integrity. • Lack of Undo. It seems that to be able to implement their cloud based solution, they completely removed the ability to undo anything but the most basic text editing, and even that can't be undone once the task is collapsed again. Accidentally delete tasks? Too bad. Gone forever. Accidentally reschedule/file stuff and want to change your mind? Go off and find the task where ever it may be, because you're not undoing anything and getting it right back again. But at least we can sync these mistakes quickly, to underpowered iOS apps, via unsecured servers, hopefully maintaining data integrity in the process… And on and on. Cultured Code has proven time and time again that they don't really care what we want. And that whatever they do give us will be slow to come, bug ridden, and without any sort of options via preferences. Maybe if we all demanded better more vocally and voted with our wallets by not buying or recommending that others buy, maybe then they'd actually listen to us. And maybe they'd even hire some people that could program worth a damn. Did you know that in 2008 they agreed there should be a confirmation dialog box when deleting tags from the tags palette? Yeah, they finally implemented that in 2.0 in 2012. Four years for a delete confirmation dialog box... Did you know that when they say on their blog that "Things 2 brings some often-requested improvements for iOS: you can now cancel a todo by tapping and holding its checkbox", that that often-requested improvement was first requested in 2009? Three years to be able to cancel a task on iOS the same way you always could on the desktop... Did you know that I've publicly called them out many, many times on the fact that the page up/down, home/end keys don't work to move the scroll bar when there is more than one screen's worth of information? And they have still never implemented that, even though it's 2012 and that functionality is pretty much expected by all users to work in all applications. They really don't listen to what you want. And they gloss over all the real problems that people are constantly facing as if they weren't there. Can we please stop telling them what a great job they're doing? Or even better, can we all spread the word here and in the App Stores and on Twitter and Facebook that we have valid concerns that Cultured Code ignores? If there was a better solution (for me), I'd go to it. But there isn't (for me). So let's try and get Cultured Code to actually deliver on the potential we all see in Things. Either that, or we could all just keep our mouth's shut out of fear that people we don't know will think of us as "whiners" or "haters" just because we don't give up and go away quietly with our tails between our legs… I guess it all depends on how much you care. And if you don't care, why did you read this far?
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1.5
Rangerrick337
19 August 2012
Version: 2.0.1
I'm happy to see the update that is sooooooooooooooooooo far over due, but they have lost me as a customer forever. I have switched to Omnifocus which has many many more features. Omnifocus also supports themes, so I've made it my own. It is simple to use if you want to keep it simple and yet has some advanced features if you want to set up something more complex. I don't hate Things, I just don't respect the developers. And for $49.99 you'd be better off finding an alternative.
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wickedsp1d3r
17 August 2012
Version: 2.0.1
Hiding the app at startup stopped working after updating to 2.0. Fix this, please.
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Tharpold
14 August 2012
Version: 2.0.1
I'm a long-time Things user (since 1.0), and have been -- like everyone else here -- waiting for the 2.x update for, well, too long. And, while I'm impressed with the usability of Things Cloud, I'm about to move to another GTD solution, because something is seriously amiss in Things 2. I'm unable to type in any field of the application without a several second delay for each typed character, or for each mouse click to be recognized. Switching to Things from another application generates a terrible time-lag in the update of the menubar. Choosing a menu item generates another time-lag. I dread opening the application; entering even a short to-do takes several minutes to complete and usually results it errors in entry. I suspect that Things is interacting badly with something on my 10.7.4 MacBook Pro, but I can't figure out what that might be, as no other application I have shows any such symptoms. I reported the problem to the developers right off, but have only received a "we're busy rolling out the new version, will get back to you soon." If I can't figure out what's going on, I'll have to ditch Things and move (back) to OmniFocus. Has anyone else here encountered this problem?
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anonymous-platypus-2370
13 August 2012
Version: 2.0.1
I’ve been using Things since January, 2009, and very happy with it. It’s pretty and does everything I need.
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0.5
E101
13 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Lost my database while updating from 1.5.x to 2.0 (Had it for a day but on a subsequent launch everything was gone, last automatic backup is several days old). Apart from that I am mildly put "wondering" how neglectable the progress with the application is. Except the new "daily review"-feature there is not a single years-old usability problem solved and the database is still extremly slow. Searches get my beachballs for tens of seconds.
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Frodo-life
11 August 2012
Version: 2.0
to little to late, paid for this overpriced and under performing software 2 years ago and since moved to the free wunderlist which actually does work in the cloud and where you can share lists, dont wast your money on Things
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5
Winco
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Simple. Elegant. It works. Cloud sync perfect. Say no more. Just purchase it.
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4.5
Mhoutman
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Rocks. Period
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Jschur
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Way too expensive. Even at half the price it would be overpriced.
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Kalunlau
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
I paid for v1 and they are asking for another $49.99 for a v2 that is essentially a minor update. I've ditched this a long time ago and have been happily using the free Wunderlist on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
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BlackMacX
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Things 2.0 review I've used things since it was in beta and when iGTD was brought into it (the designer). I bought it way back then and still use it. The layout and functionality is good (the cloud sync function could have come much, much sooner, I agree with everyone on that) and the fact I can have it do reminders, repeating tasks, et al., is one reason I haven't moved to other applications (I have tried Task Coach, wunderlist and some others; but they don't have some of the features I need; I tried OmniFocus way back when and couldn't bring myself to pay for it (it was much more expensive at the time, when you factored it all in)). Also I have become used to using Things. I like the support I have gotten, it's never been rude or arrogant (as some other reviewers seem to have suggested CC can be) and the app has never been a problem. The new ThingsCloud is nice, the concerns that I have read on the internet about security/data harvesting are (at the moment) nonsceince, I am a former Dropbox user and left them for good reasons, I didn't and don't put dangerous personal information online, so have nothing to fear. If you do put such information online without first knowing the system and service providers stance on it's harvesting, et al., you are your own worst enemy. That said, I have used ThingsCloud and sofar, it works well. I would agree with others, it would have been nice to not have Things use it's own cloud; but use iCloud. But I didn't design either of them and there maybe good reason of not using iCloud in this case. The service is free and therefore, I'm not going to complain. Were I to be looking nowadays for a GTD/task management application again for the first time, I might not go for Things; but I can't get some of the needed functions either in many of the freeware (wunderlist for one) applications that I need. So I stay with Things. It is right, maybe not; but I find it's better to then much of it's competition. And I don't like wasting my money, so I will use Things and the Things iPhone app (as I have licenses) (and maybe the iPad one ($19.99); when I get one) instead of forking out for one of the other competitors (at the moment; OF for Mac costs $39.99, OF for iPhone or iPad (each instance costs): $19:99). So in the end, it's the same money needed for me to move to a competitor, setup the same tasks, et al.; I am not interested in doing that right now, as Things works for me and my needs.
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Eelco-Deuling
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
I used Things like… ages ago (so it feels). It was a great program when I had one computer to work on and it certainly made me more productive. When I had a second computer I did a lot of work to keep them both in sync. When an iPhone and a third computer where added, syncing became even harder to the point where something went wrong and the data was corrupted. Things could no longer work with it, but I could save some information in it in a textfile: I keep using this as my GTD method ever since. If Things could sync earlier I probably still used it today but for now I moved on: the software still looks great and I could use it again (because all licenses are still valid) but: sorry! I do find it is to late to change back!
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Rasputinsrevengereloadet
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
I'm using this software for over three years now and was happy with it ever since. There's nothing more I hate than a software witch has annoying upgrades every two days. This reminds me of windows software and I have the feeling that the developer works sloppy. The guis from Things took their time for their upgrade to the cloud, but when they finally came out with it, it was stabel and robust. They had a very long beta phase witch I joined to. So thank you for that and not letting me unwillingly be a beta tester!
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1.5
Pik80
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Even though version 2 is being advertised as a major release it still doesn't address Things biggest problem and instead focuses on cloud support which they could have just relied on iCloud for. It's problem is that it has no way to focus on a small number of projects that you are working on and instead just overwhelms you with a massive amount of project choices. Looking back at my review from two years ago every single problem I mentioned still remains today. I decided to just repost the same review rather then typing it out again because I can’t think of anything I would say differently. From September 2010 After Nearly 2 years of Things I am moving over to OmniFocus I Tried OmniFocus 1.0 when it first came out and hated it. Things interface and simplicity seemed so much better. As of OmniFocus 1.8 they have made a lot of improvements to usability. The problem with Things, I realized after a couple of months of use, is that the sidebar gets really crowded. David Allen's definition of a product is any operation that requires two or more steps. He estimates that most people have between 50 to a 100 of these projects. As you can imagine that is quite a lot of projects that you have to scroll through and it would be awfully helpful if there was a way to organize them. Things solution is pretty lossy to be frank. You can put them in areas of responsibility but that doesn't cut down on the clutter at all as you still see an endless list of projects in the sidebar. In contrast to this OmniFocus provides many ways to help your to do list look more manageable. Focuses let you weed out anything you don't want to see in the sidebar at the moment. You can then put products into folders and tasks into groups. Very helpful and uncluttered. When you get a Focus that you like you can then save it in the toolbar. At first I wondered why OF didn't just put it in the sidebar similar to how many apps store your smart folders but after using it for a while I have come to like the minimalist approach to the sidebar. One important part of Allen's system is the weekly review. Things really has no way to do this. OF lets you check off everything you have reviewed. Even though OmniFocus might seem more intimidating at first stick with using it instead of going to Things. You will get used to using it after a while. It's far more powerful and unlike Things it follows David Allen's system. When I started using Things I expected them to make up for it's short comings over time but that hasn't been what has happened. Not a single major short coming has been addressed since it's introduction. Many of the updates to Things are focusing on things like delegating work to other people. While this might sound like an important feature it assumes that all the people you work with work on a Mac. Given the Macs market share this obviously is not the case. So basically they are spending all their time working on a feature that very few people can use (offices that are completely Mac based.)
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OhEssex
10 August 2012
Version: 2.0
So WiFi sync is now completely replaced with Things Cloud. Not iCloud, but Things Cloud. Assuming the two clouds are different animals, does this mean that all my stuff will now be transferred to Cultured Code's world where it possibly might be data mined (since nothing is "free")? Just wondering... And yes, I guess that also begs the question if even iCloud is safe from data mining.
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Follerec
09 August 2012
Version: 2.0
There are a lot of negative reviews of Things, mostly due to their slow development process. I am personally quite happy with what they've been doing. While cloud sync could have been there from the start, I understand their issues with it, namely that they probably didn't have a server guy who understood all the possible problems. They were primarily Mac and iOS developers. Syncing is a huge thing. So I've stuck with Things, syncing via wifi. It was annoying. But the main point of Things is to list down things I needed to get done. It did that job well. Of course, the moment they did have cloud sync beta opened up, I jumped in. Wow. Simply wow. It was fast and they planned on making it a free feature/update. While Things is expensive, as a professional, I am dependent on it and have no time to switch between so many different solutions. Quite frankly, my time is better spent getting things done. If Things were to become broken due to too fast a development cycle, I'd scream. So here is a software with a slow development cycle, which I've paid for 2 years ago, now getting a major update. I'm happy with it.
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Laughing-Goblin
09 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Things is a solid productivity app. The problem is really that it hasn't kept up with the times. It's price is insanely high when there are many apps (Wunderkit and Asana being my favorites) that offer a similar feature set for FREE. Additionally, they offer no non-Mac/iOS app integration. This means you can't access it from a a Windows PC (lets say you have to use one for work) nor from a machine you are only a guest at (again, many work environments prohibit installation of additional software). Lastly, the lack any outstanding feature that you can't get elsewhere. There are better group collaboration apps. There are to do apps that are better at time tracking. Hell even Reminders at least has OS integration going for it. Things might have been the first great todo app for the Mac, but it has remained feature stagnant for too long, and has been surpassed by it's competitors.
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D-J
09 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Way too late. Moved onwards in what seems years ago. I think you missed the opportunity window.
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Acwolf
09 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Sorry, this is too little too late. I already started the process of transferring everything to Task Coach. In the past two weeks, I have been more productive and on task and mentally clear than I have in a long time. Task Coach is a Free/Open-Source program complete with iOS support. It works on my Linux machine too (and on Windows) and can share the data over Dropbox. To be clear, Task Coach is buggier than Things, but not to the point of causing problems. The developers of Task Coach are much more responsive to users than Cultured Code is for Things, even though Cultured code is making big $ and Task Coach is given to the community for free. It's been YEARS and Things still has no support for prerequisites in projects! In Task Coach, I can easily do this and lots, lots more. It's unfortunate to choose between polished and aesthetic Things and the quirkier and dated-looking Task Coach, but when it comes to what matters (managing tasks), there is no comparison. So long, Things! Cloud service and some minimal little daily-focus list is not enough. Things is just too limited for more than just very simple stuff. Too bad… it was very promising when it first came out. I was expecting it would be way further by now. I recommend everyone try Task Coach and give it a little patience to see it's power and flexibility. For those sticking with Things, 2.0 is at least an improvement — but why DROP Bonjour syncing‽ Now I *have* to use your new cloud service‽ I don't get a choice‽ Well, back to work on Task Coach…
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Sonnendeck
09 August 2012
Version: 2.0
Is it a hallucination? No, it's real! Things 2.0! Thanks ....
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22duke
05 July 2012
Version: 1.5.5
not sure why anyone would still pay money for this, no proper working cloud syncing for years despite many empty promises, completely overprice. Try the FREE, great working and syncing Wunderlist and you will not look back. I have deleted all my paid Things instances.
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firemason
04 June 2012
Version: 1.5.5
Things has its share of issues. However, after trying to find a substitute for a while (The HitList, OmniFocus...), I find myself returning to Things, despite its deficiencies. I think while the concept of todo apps is fairly straightforward, its hard to get it so that "one size fits all". Like OmniFocus would actually be a better app for me if it gave up its strict adherence of the GTD principle, but that's probably the appeal for others.
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ChristopherPrice
04 May 2012
Version: 1.5.5
I asked about the release notes for v1.5.5 on the cultured code forums and got this response from Mick: The update makes the non-MAS distribution Gatekeeper-compatible in anticipation of Mountain Lion. The in-app update will be released in coming days (to coincide with a MAS incremental update).
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1.5
grantward
04 May 2012
Version: 1.5.5
It doesn't sync to icloud calendar events. The app sticks everything in the Reminders pane, which not how i use iCal. That said, I don't think that is very nice either. I am yet to find a competitor for BusyCal.
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Mhoutman
04 May 2012
Version: 1.5.5
Strange till this very minute no possibility to update 1.5.4 to 1.5.5 through Sparkle in-app
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Mjkphoto
04 May 2012
Version: 1.5.5
I've been Beta Testing the Sync feature. We've been notified that with the next update of the iPod Touch/iPhone App, iOS 4 support will be discontinued. Things Cloud will only be available on iOS 5. If your device doesn't support iOS 5, you must turn off the Beta Testing because with the next update the App will do that automatically and you'll lose access to your database. The database for the Beta Testing is different from the regular version of the App and is not transferable anyway, so you lose your data when you turn off the Beta Testing! I guess this is progress. Buyer beware. iPod Touch/iPhone Syncing with the Desktop App will only be supported for iOS 5. They don't mention that on their web site.
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Frodo-life
04 May 2012
Version: 1.5.5
syncing with several computers never worked for me reliably sometimes it does sometimes it does not. It clearly connects but then tells me could not complete sync. Only deleting and re-adding device will fix it until the next sync when I have the same problem again. waist of money
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Amazon
15 March 2012
Version: 1.6b21
Excellent application as it is right now.. I did try new beta version and in panic I run away from it. Scary stuff ...
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gingerbread25
05 March 2012
Version: 1.6b21
Things works nicet, but I wish it was a little bit cheaper..:)
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Xplicit
26 February 2012
Version: 1.6b21
Someone with experience in interaction design might be a good investment for Cultured Code. Entering a due date and all that comes with that is still quite painful.
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Kihoalu
22 February 2012
Version: 1.6b21
I don't get these "to-do list managers." A simple checklist is just as easy on paper. The only thing an electronic version does for me, is to allow changes without an eraser. I need one that actually categorizes more complex lists without an "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" experience. That handles indents & matrix columns, yet can hide away the complexity at a click. I've looked at a number of these: Still looking for an affordable ideal. I don't want to drop $50 or more for an app that I won't use.
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3.5
Cookie08
22 February 2012
Version: 1.6b21
Things beta and iCloud sync is great but the clearing omission is alert notifications for any event and time.
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4.5
s-peter
12 January 2012
Version: 1.5.4
still the most elegant task list. once they implement ota sync, it's perfect.
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2.5
drewmart
03 January 2012
Version: 1.5.4
I wouldn't pay the high price for this app, but my work purchased this useless product.
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Megaman
12 December 2011
Version: 1.5.4
If you visit the developer's site and visit their Blog you will see that they haven't made an entry since Aug 22nd and they have have switched comments off. This pretty much says it all. It's almost Christmas 2011 and we're still waiting for a market-ready cloud sync. They are obviously sick of hearing people complaining about it - hence no ability to leave a comment on their blog.
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johnnywalker1211
10 December 2011
Version: 1.5.4
Really fantastic app, but it is way over priced. They would sell more per unit if price was dropped.
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JetsSetter
28 November 2011
Version: 1.5.4
Planner for the iPad. Many developers here make quite a serious mistake, and the iPad application looks like a "bloated" iPhone application, and a lot of space on the "walk". In this case we must "learn" a larger screen iPad with its 10 "diagonal, but in this case - to keep the continuity of the interface with the iPhone version of Task Manager. How to cope with these Things? Excellent! And in the landscape - there is a list of topics at once. Thus - you can immediately select the desired level of detail viewing. At the same time - all the basic controls and their location - well maintained and the same with the iPhone version. Any program of this level, simply must have timing to create a single ecosystem for the user, allowing him to comfortably work with the same data on different devices. After all, it is clear that ecosystem convenient to the user software is built on these components: the unity of the interface, the unity of the data they are processed and unity with other services operating systems. Things can synchronize to the network using bonjour, although in recent time and is actively working on the timing "in the icloud." That is why, programs such as Things occupy a large place in its niche, displacing nearly all its competitors. Best Regards Vitaly.
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JetsSetter
28 November 2011
Version: 1.5.4
Things - an enhanced dialogue quickly create a task Quick Entry. Selecting the text and pressing the keyboard combination, you can quickly create a task. Things with the text and insert a link to the source. For example, you read an interesting review of the film and would not forget to watch it. Nothing could be easier - create a task. Or you received an email from a colleague that would be required to answer. Then create using the Quick Entry task, and Things insert fragment of a letter and a link to the message. In Things also has support for Spotlight, the task can be seen in the results. Continued soon ... Best Regards Vitaly.
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JetsSetter
06 November 2011
Version: 1.5.3
Review is coming soon… Best Regards Vitaly.
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Galpede
04 November 2011
Version: 1.5.3
When Things first appeared it had a lot of visual appeal and promise but several years have passed and it remains essentially unchanged while the market has moved on. I wanted to love it --I invested in the iPad and iPhone apps as well, hoping for some kind of integration that would make Things more useful-- but finally gave up and found another solution.
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Egami
30 October 2011
Version: 1.5.2
Very amazing To-Do app! Price is a bit high, however.
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