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E101 reviewed on 13 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 2.0]

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E101 replied on 13 Aug 2012
Let me add that I'm still using Things because of the lack of alternatives. The application has great potential, but I absolutely do not understand what the developer did during the last years. Even if they don't want to change anything in the GUI because they fear to alienate users, they could have invested time in optimizing the backend.

E101 replied on 15 Aug 2012
Without being contact by support I found my database file, so it's running again.

But I'm still astonished how slow Things still is, even after the switch from XML to sqlite. Simple action like adding tags or moving items around are clearly slower than before, not to speak of the search feature.

E101 reviewed on 06 Mar 2012
Next to TotalFinder the most useful addition to Mac OS X in the last years, bringing a great feature of other OSes to the Mac Desktop.

Detailed and understandable settings. Nice developer, emailed me today about a fixed issue I reported some time back.

I use it every day for more than a month without any serious issues, both issue fixed with version 0.9. No doubt that I will pay for it if it has a reasonable price tag.
[Version 0.90]


E101 reviewed on 28 Aug 2011
While SyncToGether is not really maintained and it's annoying that it's build as a standalone application instead of a background service, it is working fine for me on snow leopard to sync my addressbook and calendars without having my private data on servers somewhere in the world.
[Version 1.0.3]

E101 commented on 03 May 2010
THL suffered from the same iPhone-sucks-all-your-developer-time (even apple's) problem as did Things from Cultured Code. They too promised lot's of functionality and attention to detail but did not deliver. Things too (the Mac OS X version) is mostly stalled since before its 1.0 release.

IMHO Potion Factory should completely bump its iPhone companion and instead make The Hit List a professionally usable, stable Getting Things Done application. As far as I can see into the design and technology decisions, The Hit List shouldn't be far from this (as opposed to Things with its silly slow XML-store and unreliable business logic).


E101 reviewed on 07 Apr 2010
For me 10.6.3 was a very poor update (or one of the accompanying), since installing I

- had to complete reset the app firewall (trashing /Library/Preferences/com.apple.alf.plist) because even the sshd-process couldn't take any more connections apart from not a single code signature working anymore (got this "disallow"/"allow" boxes all the time)

- somehow bold/shadowed instead of white font for the mailboxes lists in Mail (and some other applications),

- erratic behaviour of some apps/the printing subsystem which I didn't experience before.

And yes, access privileges checked several times and Combo update installed several times.
[Version 10.6.3]

E101 commented on 11 Dec 2009
It should be noted that fruux is actually not an application but an online service which does not encrypt your very personal data on their servers (same as the apple mobileme service) readable for them and for any government entity/hacker.

Quote from their "privacy" policy (emphasis mine):

"Personal data will not be transferred to government bodies or public authorities EXCEPT in order to comply with mandatory national legislation or if the transfer of such data should be necessary in order to take legal action in cases of fraudulent access to our network infrastructure. Personal data will not be transferred to third parties for any other purpose."

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E101 replied on 04 Apr 2010
@TOMIS: "SSL encryption" only means that the data is encrypted during transmission; mentioning this as an argument that your most personal data is "secure" is an impertinence in my eyes, because that's just not the answer to the question. And they do not write anything else on it (at least I couldn't find it), so I have to assume that the data is not encrypted.

If you want an example of a company which is taking more seriously the security of your data, take a look at https://www.dropbox.com/terms#security or https://spideroak.com/engineering_matters#true_privacy

E101 reviewed on 24 Sep 2009
This is really one of the most irritating mac apps of these days, they even won an Apple GUI Design price which only proves how superficial Apple got on the design of the user interface. Eye candy doesn't make your computer usable. Things lacks so manying small improvements and has so many shortsighted shortcomings, it's a daily annoyance. Just now I couldn't find a keyboard shortcut to move an item from the inbox directly to the "Someday" folder.

The GUI of Things is like Apple implemented the Cut and Copy functionality back in the early 80ies, but forgot to add the Paste.

I'm using Things because of the lack of a better alternative (The Hit List was *very* promising but the developer decided to waste time on the iPhone companion, too).
[Version 1.2.3]


e101 reviewed on 10 Sep 2009
While Billings matured to a somehow usable application over the years, the lack of support in the sense of integrating requested (in my eyes necessary) features is not at all satisfying.

Further problems:

- Billings is not really usable on several synced machines, links to address book entries break
- It's not possible to switch currencies
- The report engine is very flexible, but full of bugs and quirks
- The UI design is not finished
- The internationalization is pathetic
[Version 3.0.5]

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