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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. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun.

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  • The big picture. A Leopard style
What's New
Version 2.2.5:
  • Improved how database files are handled and backed up on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later





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Rocket9887 reviewed on 15 Apr 2014
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.
[Version 2.2.5]


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Cookie08 reviewed on 09 Dec 2013
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
[Version 2.2.4]

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Sonnendeck replied on 21 Dec 2013
Yes, alarms would very helpful and important!!
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Cocoanut replied on 04 Mar 2014
Not just alarms, but with snooze, and not just any snooze, but snooze like MS Outlook for Mac, which is the best snooze available on any platform!

In my opinion, none of these task management programs are useful at all without snooze.
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YalitaS4648 reviewed on 05 Nov 2013
Just like it, and worth recommendation! Nice Job!
[Version 2.2.3]


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--marc reviewed on 02 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 2.2.2]


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Kenbotwinick reviewed on 10 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 2.2.1]

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Aetnaria replied on 24 Oct 2013
Next update appears to be today, two weeks later. Can you confirm if this bug is still there?
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Kenbotwinick replied on 24 Oct 2013
Of course the bug is still there...

And by "update", I didn't mean some pissant, meaningless, "2 bullet item release note", "feeding you with an empty spoon", "whole bunch of nothing" "update" like this one...

I meant a substantive, meaningful UPDATE that actually fixes issues that have existed for 6+ months, or adds functionality that has been requested for YEARS. That's an update....
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Islandmike replied on 25 Oct 2013
I don't use Things -- but I bought it a long time ago and still have it in my applications. Can't you just get the deleted item out of the Things trash? When I bring up the program, put in a test item, delete it -- it is in the trash and can be pulled out back of the trash to wherever you want it.
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Kenbotwinick replied on 25 Oct 2013
IslandMike, it's actually the case that "delete" is not the problem so much as the lack of a robust "undo" system. If you expand a task, accidentally change/delete the title, and then click out of the task, that title is gone. No undo. No undo for screwing up/deleting tags. No undo for pretty much anything at all... That's the problem.
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Islandmike replied on 26 Oct 2013
The Hit List has undo (at least the last 3 steps when I tested) even if you click out of the field -- have you looked at that?
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Kenbotwinick replied on 27 Oct 2013
Yes, but thanks for trying to help... I constantly re-evaluate all of the solutions but come back to Things as the one that best fits my workflow. I require it's Applescript support for extensive customizations. But just because it's currently the best solution for me, doesn't mean I'm going to be complacent about it's defects. The lazy ass developers need to get off their ass and innovate at less than a glacially slow pace.
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Kenbotwinick replied on 31 Oct 2013
This is an "update": https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/46259/2do. That company has innovated more in the past 6 months than Things has in 6 years. Let's hope it'll finally be good enough to let me leave Things in the dust.
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JasonE replied on 04 Nov 2013
So, in other words, you are stumping for another competing product. Half a star for one feature with a bug? That is really constructive and helpful for others, not.
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Kenbotwinick replied on 04 Nov 2013
Actually, what I'm doing is making a comparison to demonstrate the fact that before you buy this developer's product for $50.00 you might like to know that they don't actually "develop". For all intents and purposes this product is the exact same as when I started using it 6 years ago. When 1Password removed local wifi sync, people complained and they put it back. When these people removed local wifi sync, people complained, and they ignored them. When people say they'd really like to be able to "undo" like on, oh, I don't know, EVERY other pieces of software, they ignore them. They ignore all of the customers. They don't improve the product. They charge $50.00 for that. You've been warned. And that IS helpful to prospective buyers.
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APBerlin replied on 04 Nov 2013
I agree with Kenbotwinick here...
Using Things since 1 or 2 years, and the development pace is very very slow, especially for the price tag. I just still use it because i paid for it, i prefer the native desktop app vs. web interfaces of other products and i'm too lazy to port all the data over to a new app.

I wrote them in march this year asking about the lack of undo. They responded that can't estimate when they implement it... Quite surprising... As you point out, EVERY other app on my mac has that. It's pretty annoying—so essential. Would be a top priority to fix, but it's obviously not to them.

Also the iOS app feels more and more dated. No use of gestures, the UI could be improved so much, everything takes 2 or more steps than it should (jumping from "today" to a project for example). Let's hope they have something coming up as they write in their blog: http://culturedcode.com/things/blog/2013/09/things-and-ios-7.html
Thanks also for the link to "2Do", looks very good... maybe an alternative, if they continue to develop that slow.
For any new customer of Things i'd seriously recommend to check alternatives before spending so much money on this product.
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Mondele commented on 26 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Frankns reviewed on 17 May 2013
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.
[Version 2.2.1]

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Benzi replied on 04 Jun 2013
Most probably there is something wrong with your app itself, try to uninstall and reinstall it again. because the concept of "Today" in things is to show the due and overdue of all over your app, no matter tasks are placed in Area or projects...
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Frankns reviewed on 17 May 2013
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.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Frankns reviewed on 17 May 2013
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.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Dana Sutton reviewed on 25 Jan 2013
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.
[Version 2.1.1]


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Frankns had trouble on 17 May 2013
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.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Frankns had trouble on 17 May 2013
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.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Mhoutman had trouble on 04 May 2012
Strange till this very minute no possibility to update 1.5.4 to 1.5.5 through Sparkle in-app
[Version 1.5.5]


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Wanderer had trouble on 07 May 2009
I have 1.0.4 and the "Check for updates..." keeps telling me I have the latest version.

Should I update manually?
[Version 1.1.1]



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Runtime rated on 22 Dec 2013

[Version 2.2.5]



JohnV2458 rated on 09 Dec 2013

[Version 2.2.4]



jTux rated on 05 Nov 2013

[Version 2.2.3]



JohnV2458 rated on 12 Oct 2013

[Version 2.2.1]



MarkL007 rated on 02 Oct 2013

[Version 2.2.1]



otsu rated on 27 Jul 2013

[Version 2.2.1]



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Blloyd rated on 19 Apr 2013

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Imii rated on 18 Apr 2013

[Version 2.2]



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Godefroyr rated on 28 Jan 2013

[Version 2.1.1]



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Blloyd rated on 25 Jan 2013

[Version 2.1.1]


Downloads:131,209
Version Downloads:3,894
Type:Business : Personal Info Managers
License:Demo
Date:21 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $49.99
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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. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun.

Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.
  • The big picture. A Leopard style source list lets you easily focus without ever switching view modes or wrapping your head around filter criteria.
  • A magical tag bar automatically appears when needed and adapts to the currently displayed list. It lets you drill down even the longest list of To-Dos. Hierarchical tags? We got you covered!
  • Teamwork. Things offers convenient collaboration features. Easily delegate tasks to members of your team. (This is work in progress.)
  • No columns! Whether it's multiple tags, dates or notes, To-Do items display their information on an as needed basis. No more space wasted by empty or irrelevant column cells!
  • Out of your head, out of your way. A quick entry HUD lets you enter any idea the moment it hits you. Never let the thought of an unfinished business distract you again.
  • Yours forever. We won't lock you in. Things will use an open XML file format to store your data. (Not yet activated.)
  • Things even supports GTD, so if you're familiar and comfortable with GTD concepts, you'll feel right at home.


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