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Things is a task management app for macOS, iPadOS, iOS, and watchOS made by Cultured Code, a software startup based in Stuttgart, Germany . It first released for Mac as an alpha that went out in late 2007 to 12,000 people and quickly gained popularity. The following July, when the App Store launched, it was among the first 552 apps available for iPhone. It was then released alongside the iPad in 2010, and became one of the first apps available for Apple Watch in 2015. In December 2013, Cultured Code announced that they had sold one million copies of the software to date, and in December 2014 the company announced that downloads had increased by an additional three million.

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1. Awards

Things has won multiple awards over the years. It first won the MacLife Editors' Choice Award in 2008, and then in 2009 it went on to win the Apple Design Award,[1] the Macworld Editors' Choice Award,[2] and the Macworld Best of Show Award.[3] In 2012, after the release of Things 2, Apple selected it as Editors' Choice, named it among the App Store Best of 2012, and inducted it into the App Store Hall of Fame. Things won the Apple Design Award again with the release of Things 3 in 2017.[4] In 2018, thanks to its innovative implementation of external keyboard support, Things for iPad won the MacStories Selects Award for Best App Update of the year.[5]

2. Features

2.1. Main Features

Things allows to-dos to be subdivided into several sections, which roughly correspond to parts of the Getting Things Done methodology:

Collect

  • Inbox is used to temporarily collect to-dos which have not been filed into a specific list yet.

Organize

  • Projects are collections of to-dos that contribute to the completion of a larger goal (e.g., "Plan Holiday"). A project can be subdivided with headings. Once the project is finished, the user marks it complete and it moves to the Logbook with all the to-dos it contains.
  • Areas can be used to group together projects and to-dos which correspond to the same, ongoing theme (e.g., "Work" or "Family"). Unlike projects, areas are perpetual, do not have a checkbox, and are never completed.

Schedule

  • Today automatically collects to-dos which are due, or scheduled to begin, from all the user's lists into one centralized place; they are the user's priorities for the current day.
    • This Evening is a separate section at the bottom of Today where the user can set aside to-dos they don't plan to do until later in the evening.
  • Upcoming contains to-dos and projects that have been postponed to a specific date, as well as to-dos that are automatically generated based on repeating patterns chosen by the user.
  • Anytime is an overview of active to-dos from across all of the user's projects and areas (i.e., to-dos not scheduled for a later date, or postponed in Someday).
  • Someday is used to store to-dos which need to be done, but are not time critical (or are on hold).

2.2. Additional Features

  • Calendar integration allows the user to see their calendar events alongside their to-dos in the Today and Upcoming lists.
  • Reminders integration allows the user to import to-dos from Apple's Reminders app into their Things inbox.
  • Quick Entry is an extension on the Mac that allows the user to create to-dos while working in other apps. Activated by a global keyboard shortcut, it invokes a small pop-up window which can automatically include links to files or websites.
  • Add to Things is an extension on iPhone and iPad that, like Quick Entry, allows the user to send to-dos to Things from other apps. The new to-do is saved to Things' inbox in the background.
  • Siri integration allows the user to speak to-dos to their iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch and have them automatically appear in Things without having to type.
  • Shortcuts integration allows the user to automate common tasks by building shortcuts in Apple's Shortcuts app.
  • Repeating To-Dos are automatically generated by the app based on flexible recurrence rules, such as the last day of every month, every other Thursday, or two weeks after the last one was completed, etc. – whatever the user chooses.
  • Tags allow the user to further describe to-dos using the popular tagging organisation paradigm; lists can then be filtered by these tags to search for and focus on specific types of tasks.
  • Markdown support allows the user to structure and style their notes with the popular Markdown syntax.
  • Mail to Things is a cloud service that allows the user to send (or forward) emails to a private address and have the email automatically converted into a to-do in their Things inbox.
  • Widgets allow the user to quickly access specific lists from their device's Home Screen or Notification Center on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.
  • Things URLs is a URL scheme that allows the user to construct special links for doing such things as creating to-dos or projects based on predefined values, invoking searches, or filtering lists.
  • Type Travel is a unique method for navigating the app on the user's Mac (or iPad with external keyboard) by simply typing where in the app they want to go: a project, area, to-do, or tag.
  • Quick Find allows the user to search through all their to-dos across projects, areas, and the Logbook.
  • Logbook is where projects and to-dos are stored for future reference after they've been completed.

2.3. Things Cloud

Things Cloud is a sync service that stores the user's to-dos and automatically keeps them updated across all their Apple devices. It was developed to replace the app's original sync technology, which only worked over a local network. The company began alpha testing the new service in 2011 and, after an extended beta period, launched it publicly on August 9, 2012 with the release of Things 2.[6] A user can create a free Things Cloud account from within the apps' settings.

In 2015, the company announced "Nimbus"[7] – an update to Things Cloud's architecture which introduced push sync through the cloud. The main benefit of the new push technology is that it delivers sync to iOS & iPadOS devices when the app isn't actively running, by utilizing APNs.

In 2021, the company announced "Fractus"[8] – a new method for syncing where only changed strings of text are sent to the server instead of entire notes, improving the speed and efficiency of the sync, and allowing for smarter conflict resolution.

References

  1. "Apple Design Awards ceremony celebrates great iPhone, Mac apps". Macworld. 9 June 2009. http://www.macworld.com/article/1141078/apple_design_awards.html. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  2. "25th annual Editors' Choice Awards: the complete list". Macworld. 10 December 2009. http://www.macworld.com/article/1144949/editorschoice2009.html?page=2. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  3. "Macworld Best of Show 2009 awards". Ars Technica. https://arstechnica.com/apple/2009/01/macworld-ars-macworld-best-of-show-2009-awards/. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  4. "Apple Design Awards - Apple Developer". Apple. https://developer.apple.com/design/awards/. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  5. "Introducing MacStories Selects: The Best New Apps, App Updates, and iOS Games of 2018". MacStories. https://www.macstories.net/stories/introducing-macstories-selects-the-best-new-apps-app-updates-and-ios-games-of-2018/. Retrieved 28 January 2019. 
  6. Blanc, Shawn (9 August 2012). "Things and Cloud Sync". Shawn Blanc. https://shawnblanc.net/2012/08/things-and-cloud-sync/. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  7. Hall, Zac (19 August 2015). "Productivity app Things adds push sync feature to keep task lists auto updated across devices". 9to5Mac. https://9to5mac.com/2015/08/19/things-cloud-push-sync/. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  8. Hardwick, Tim. "Things 3.14 Update Introduces Improved Bullet Lists, Markdown Support, Find in Text, and More". https://www.macrumors.com/2021/08/11/things-3-14-update-markdown-find-in-text/. 
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