Things
Things
3.10

4.2

Things free download for Mac

Things

3.10
10 October 2019

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 3.10:

Over the past few months we’ve been working away on our Fall updates. Most of the great new features this year are for iPad and iPhone, such as multiple windows and a Home screen widget for iPad, powerful new actions for the Shortcuts app, a new Share Extension, and much more
We also have full support for macOS 10.15 Catalina, and several changes as outlined below:

Reminders Inbox:
  • Apple’s Reminders app has changed quite a bit this year. We’ve reworked the existing feature for adding to-dos to Things’ Inbox. As before, you’ll find this feature in Preferences > Reminders
Reminders Import:
  • We’ve also built a new “Reminders Import” feature for users who want to migrate their entire Reminders database over to Things. You’ll find this feature in File > Import
Dark Mode Scheduling:
  • Things already had a Dark Mode that was tied to the system-wide setting on macOS, but the system can now switch the mode automatically on a daily schedule, meaning Things will switch on schedule too (unless you set Things’ mode manually, which is still possible)

228 Things Reviews

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Soulbarn
25 May 2009

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I don't quite get all the four and five star reviews. Things is really good. It might be the best complex, GTD-oriented task manager out there. But that's because most of them are awful. Yes, the Things creators have done their homework and are on the way to something great. But they aren't there yet. They aren't even close. The software has plenty of unimplemented features - I won't go into all of them, because even the rave reviews mention them. For my purposes, the worst among them is machine-to-machine sync. Essential for power users who carry more than once machine. (And if that's not available, then iPhone sync - and not the kludgy iPhone wifi sync. It needs to be seamless, as it is with other iPhone task managers.) (I'm revealing my biases here - a genuine five-star task manager MUST, in my view, be universally available; that means on my iPhone and at least on my travel and home machines. I believe this is a reasonable expectation, both because it is fairly standard in the category's feature set, and because the Things folks have more or less said so.) Right now, the best alternatives are a Remember The Milk or ToodleDo account, plus the ToDo, RTM, or ToodleDo native iPhone app. Neither RTM nor ToodleDo are as pretty or intuitive as Things, but both offer extraordinary feature sets, including RSS feeds, text message reminders, Google gadgets, and open APIs that may (for many users) compensate for the lack of beauty in the interface, since the feature sets - especially with ToodleDo, which allows folder-based project management - are pretty close (too bad that ToodleDo is shamefully ugly.) ToodleDo's iPhone app is $3.95, and it works quite well; ToDo is $9.95, the same as the Things app, and it syncs with both RTM or ToodleDo, or via Wifi with your desktop. I'm not saying that these are necessarily better than Things in all ways - but I do assert that they're more mature, and that it is Things' lack of maturity that is the reason it does not yet merit the accolades it is being given, and that merits a "buyer beware" at this point. I'd add that at the price for Things and the iPhone app, the bar is set very, very high. I'm not saying the product is too expensive - in fact, I'm all in favor of charging as much as the market will bear. But I believe that there's a disconnect between what people think they're getting and what they actually are. I'm also dismayed that Things recently removed their user forums from their website; again, at the price, offering such an area for comments and help - even if critical - seems near-obligatory, and it makes me suspicious. I like Things. A lot. It has the potential to be the best task manager available. But it has yet to live up to that potential, and with so many missing features at the premium we're being asked to pay, I can't possibly see it as anything more than a three-star app. Those fourth and fifth stars need to be -earned-, not offered for future promises and potential, which Things may or may not - and I hope it does - deliver. I urge anyone considering buying this to give the demo a hard, hard look.
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Version 1.1.2
Aargl
14 May 2019
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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Version 3.9
forwardleaps
22 March 2019
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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Version 3.8.2
LeroyMorrison
02 May 2018
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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Version 3.5.1
Winco
19 April 2018
Things 3 is just getting better and better with every update. Keep up the great work Devs!
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Version 3.5
1 answer(s)
LeroyMorrison
LeroyMorrison
01 June 2018
It’s such a good app! I love it so much!
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Kerry-Dawson
09 January 2018
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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Version 3.3
3 answer(s)
George6
George6
19 April 2018
Ticktick has two reviews, one by him. Most likely this is a self-promotion.
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Raddle
Raddle
09 August 2018
@George6 Need to be careful about throwing accusations like that around. I agree with this review, and I'm not a shill. TickTick is a great app.
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Frodo-life
Frodo-life
13 December 2018
TickTick is actually very good it has replaced Things for me, Things is far to expensive for a ToDo List app. I used Things from its first version until recently though I stuck with v2. TickTick is as good if not better and quite a bit cheaper
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awjvdh
15 September 2017
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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Version 3.1.5
1 answer(s)
lemon-kun
lemon-kun
20 August 2018
Usually, people would say you should just make a Tag called "waiting". That said, to be honest, I was never a big fan of David Allen's "waiting"-context. I prefer to rethink waiting stuff as actions: instead of "get book from xy", I rephrase it into an action: "if book from xy not received, write e-mail to remind" and set a date which I consider the deadline for the other person to act (before I remind her/him).
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Winco
29 August 2017
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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Version 3.1.4
Winco
06 July 2017
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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Version 3.1
Deibel
06 July 2017
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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Version 3.1
Aeschylus
03 June 2017
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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Version 3.0.3
$49.99

4.2

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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