Happy Things-giving!

Things - Free App of the Week

As a special gift for Thanksgiving, Apple has chosen Things for iPhone and iPad as their Free App of the Week—a worldwide promotion that makes both apps free for everyone, for the first time ever. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on these award-winning productivity apps.

All three versions of Things have recently been updated with a fresh new design, and had great new features added for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite—such as the Add to Things extension for creating to-dos from other apps, support for Handoff across all your devices, background refresh, support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and a Today Widget for OS X.

Only the iOS apps are being promoted by Apple this week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you get the Mac app, too! So this week only, you can get 30% off Things for Mac as well.

This promotion will run from November 20-28.

Getting Started with Things

Things provides a world-class sync service that keeps all your devices up-to-date. It’s fast, reliable, and entirely free. Once you’ve installed the app, just go into the settings, turn it on, and create an account. Be sure to log into the same account on your other devices, and all your projects and to-dos will instantly sync between them.

As you begin using the apps, you’ll find that they are designed to be very light-weight and easy to use—getting organized with Things is fun. To get you started, we’ve prepared a short guide on how to get the most out of Things.

Of course, you can also find information about the apps on our support page, and our support team is always here to help with any other questions you might have.

Spread the Word

We hope you’ll find a lot of benefit from using Things. If you think your family or friends might also like the apps, be sure to let them know about this promotion before Friday, November 28—that’s when it ends!

You can share the news on Facebook or retweet our announcement on Twitter.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Things 2.5 for iPad

We’ve just released Things 2.5 for iPad. It’s a major update that includes a fresh new design, a new app icon, Handoff support, background refresh, and a convenient new “Add to Things” extension. There is also an update out today for iPhone with a few improvements.

Things for iPad

See it in action.

We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from everyone on our recent redesigns of Things for Mac and for iPhone—thanks a lot! We hope you’ll also like today’s update for iPad. Let’s have a look at what’s new in this release.

A Quick Tour

Things 2.5 for iPad is a refinement of the existing interface. Everything has been finely tuned with new custom artwork. You can see the transformation here:


You’ll also notice that we’ve traded the metaphorical project booklets for a normal list view. While this makes the design a little less playful, it’s far more functional and makes it easier to manage your projects.

This update also includes a nice improvement to navigation: when you’re holding your iPad in portrait, you can swipe in from the left to reveal your lists and quickly change to another view. This replaces the old popover from the previous version, and makes navigation a lot more intuitive.

Finally, we’ve built in a feature Apple calls background refresh. The app will now automatically update your to-dos in the background; i.e., it will generate your repeating tasks, move scheduled and due items into Today, sync with Things Cloud, and update the app’s badge on your homescreen.

The New “Add to Things” Extension

The new “Add to Things” extension is definitely one of the best new features in Things 2.5. By closely integrating with system sharing, it now makes it easier than ever to get new to-dos into your inbox—a link to a website, a GPS location from a map, contact details from your address book—pretty much anything.

Action Extension
The new extension allows you to send to-dos to Things from other apps.

This feature is now available on iPad, iPhone and Mac. Any apps on your devices that support extensions can send to-dos into Things with just a tap. And, of course, Things Cloud will pass them seamlessly to your other devices in the background.

Handoff on All Devices

We already added Handoff support to Mac and iPhone a few weeks ago, so today’s release for iPad makes the ensemble complete. It doesn’t matter now which device you’re on, you can immediately pull up the same project or area on another device with just a swipe.*


Things 2.5.3 for iPhone, Things 2.5 for Mac, and Things 2.5 for iPad are available for download now.

Two months ago we set out to revitalize all three of our apps. With the great new features, usability improvements, and custom design work in Things 2.5, these are the best apps we’ve ever shipped.

Next, we’ll finish our work on Things 2.6 for iOS, which will introduce the Today Widget for iPhone and iPad. Stay tuned!

Yosemite and Things 2.5

OS X Yosemite is here, and with it, an awesome update to Things for Mac—including an all-new Today Widget, Handoff support, and an “Add to Things” extension. We’ve also released an iPhone update, which adds support for Handoff with your Mac.

Things 2.5 on Mac OS X Yosemite

Refreshed UI

Things for Mac receives a fresh coat of paint today; you’ll notice subtle visual refinements throughout the app—including new icons for the sidebar and preferences, new designs for the toolbar and tag filter bar, and tweaked windows for quick entry and tag management.


It looks perfect on OS X Yosemite—but it’s the great new features that really make today’s update shine. Let’s have a look at what’s new.

Today Widget for Mac

Things’ unique Today list—which shows you all of your tasks for the day—is now built directly into the OS X Notification Center. With a quick two-finger swipe on the trackpad, you can reveal your to-dos while working in any other app, and mark them complete as you go:

Things’ Today Widget

This is a major boost for productivity; you don’t have to switch back to Things any more to see what’s next, your to-dos are always just a swipe away. And because they’re listed alongside your calendar events, it’s the perfect place to get an overview of your day.

Handoff for Mac & iPhone

By utilizing Yosemite’s new Handoff technology, Things now allows you to switch context between devices seamlessly. When you’re reviewing a project on your Mac, for example, and need to head off to a meeting with your iPhone, just swipe up Things’ icon from the lockscreen and you’ll be taken directly into the same project.


This is a great time-saving shortcut that turns Things into a single, unified experience across your devices.

“Add to Things” Extension for Mac

Things for Mac has a great feature called Quick Entry, which allows you to send to-dos into Things while working in other apps. Today’s update makes it even better by adding a new extension that integrates it directly into Yosemite’s share sheet:

Share Sheet

This new integration means you can do things that were previously impossible with Quick Entry. Integration with Maps is a great example: if you need to run an errand at a particular address, you can look it up on your Mac, Add to Things, and save the location in your to-do.

Add to Things

When you’re out later, running errands with your iPhone, you’ll know exactly where to go.

There are already many uses for this new extension, but it will become even more useful in the coming weeks as other apps begin to add standard sharing in Yosemite. We look forward to seeing what’s possible!

Things 2.5 for Mac and Things 2.5.2 for iPhone are available for download now. We hope you enjoy them!

Our plan next is to update Things for iPad with all the great features that have come to iPhone in the last few weeks, and we’re also working on a Today Widget for both iPhone and iPad. We’ll let you know as soon as those updates are ready.

Bigger Things for iPhone

Things 2.5.1 has just been released for iPhone, with support for larger displays on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

We’ve optimized Things so that it looks great on the new iPhones and takes advantage of the extra space. Here are the three sizes for comparison:

We’ve also added a new feature that allows you to share to-dos out to other apps; you can send a single to-do, or an entire project. Just tap the share button inside of an item.

Things 2.5.1 for iPhone also includes numerous bug fixes and stability improvements for iOS 8, and is available for download now.

As a reminder, we’re also working on our Today Widget, an update for iPad, and some great improvements for the upcoming release of OS X Yosemite—all of which are coming along nicely.

Things 2.5 for iPhone

We’ve just released Things 2.5 for iPhone, bringing full compatibility with iOS 8. It includes a fresh new design, a new app icon, and a great new “Add to Things” extension.

First we want to walk you through the changes in Things 2.5. Then we’ll share our plan for the months ahead, including some news about Things 3.

A Quick Tour of Things 2.5

When you install the update, the first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful new app icon.

When you open it up, you’ll see an interface that feels familiar, yet looks quite different. We’ve removed superfluous ornamental elements, adjusted the fonts, and updated almost all icons and graphics. Here’s what it looks like:

Things now also supports the swipe-back gesture for easier navigation, as well as the new keyboard. (Finally!)

We’ve also built in support for a feature Apple calls background refresh. Things will now periodically launch in the background and make sure your to-dos are up to date; i.e., it will generate your repeating tasks, move scheduled and due items into Today, update with Things Cloud, and update the app’s badge on your homescreen.

Things 2.5 also brings full 64-bit compatibility for the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus.

The New “Add to Things” Extension

One of the features our users absolutely love in the Mac version of Things is Quick Entry with Autofill. Say you’re browsing the web and you stumble across some information you want to act on later. You can simply select the relevant text, invoke a keyboard shortcut, and a new to-do is saved to your inbox with that information—all without ever leaving Safari.

With iOS 8, the very same thing is now also possible on iPhone. You can see it in action here:

Things Action Extension

The new “Add to Things” extension allows you to send to-dos to Things from other apps.

Note that this is not limited to Safari. Other Apple apps that already work great with this feature are Notes, Maps, Contacts, Podcasts, and the various stores (App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, etc.).

As third-party developers start to adopt iOS 8, the list of apps that can “Add to Things” will grow, and we’re very excited about the new workflows this will enable.

Things 2.5 for iPhone is available for download today.

Our Plan for the Months Ahead

Today’s release is a slight change of plans. Things 3 is still taking some time to finish and we want to give it the time it needs, but we also want you to have a great app you can use today — especially with the great new features iOS 8 enables.

Most importantly, Things 2.5 for iPhone finally introduces a visual refresh which was long overdue (our original plan was to ship a new UI with Things 3). We’re sorry to have kept you waiting.

We have a new development plan we’d like to share with you. Here’s what to expect in the coming months:

Bug fixes for Things 2.5
We’ll be keeping our eye out for any bugs that might arise, and ship fixes as they become available.

Today Widget
Yes, this is another great iOS 8 feature that seems like it’s made just for Things: the ability to see your Today list right inside Notification Center. Our implementation is coming along nicely and we’re happy to show you a sneak peek right now. Beta testing of this feature will start very soon and we’ll blog again when it’s ready.

iPad Version
We’re currently integrating all the enhancements of Things 2.5 into the iPad version as well, so expect some updates in the coming weeks that include the “Add to Things” extension, Today Widget, background fetch, and 64-bit support. Visually, it won’t be such a big change as the iPhone version, but it will receive some polish. In the meantime, Things for iPad has already received a 2.3 update to ensure it continues running smoothly on iOS 8.

Mac Version
We’ll also polish Things for Mac for the upcoming release of OS X Yosemite. Yosemite is currently rumored to be shipping in late October, so expect a Things Mac update and blog post next month.

Things 3 Private Beta for Mac
Even though our development plan for Things 3 has been pushed back by the recent changes, we’re expecting to start a private Mac beta of Things 3 with our core group of testers at the end of November. The iOS versions will join when they’re ready, and we’ll gradually expand our tester pool as the beta progresses. We’ll have more info on this once the beta starts.

We hope you’ll like the fresh UI and new features that have shipped today in Things 2.5 for iPhone. As usual, you can visit our Status Board to stay up to date on our latest developments.