Arrivals and “Arrivals”

I would like to take today’s releases as an opportunity to speak a little bit about new arrivals: the new releases that arrived today, our projects that will come to fruition in the next weeks and months, and some of the people behind them who arrived during the course of 2009. Let’s begin with the most recent.

Today we released Things 1.3 for Mac as a free update. Along with it goes a compatibility update, Things touch 1.3.13, our iPhone and iPod touch version of Things. The latter can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store, while the Mac version can be brought to version 1.3 by simply choosing “Check for Updates…” from the Things menu.


Things 1.3 is the first in a series of many more major releases that we will be making available throughout the year. We have gotten ourselves quite busy these days as witnessed by our new “Arrivals” status page. The arrivals page is really an experiment. Many people where asking for more frequent updates on what we are currently working on. But neither this blog nor our Twitter feed seemed to be the right place to mention technical details about the status of our various projects. The arrivals page is our take at a solution to this problem (and has partially inspired other developers, too.) The arrivals page has an associated RSS feed that has already been updated a couple of times since its launch.

Cultured Coders

Not only have we taken on quite a few projects, long time followers might have also noticed a few names appearing on the status page that haven’t been mentioned on this blog before. During the past year we have been quite busy extending our team with great people. The first to join us after Michael Simmons was Chris Kau, who is now sharing his prior management and engineering experience with us. Then came Andreas Linde, well-known from his successful iPhone app “WorldView”. He is working on iPhone OS related stuff and cloud sync. We already dedicated a blog post (even an entire release) to Bartek Bargiel. Last, but certainly not least, there is Roman Koellges, who is doing an awesome job with technical support and QA.

Finally, one other arrival that is approaching very quickly is the iPad version of Things. We’ll have more to share with you about it once April 3rd gets closer, so stay tuned. :)


  1. Raj Mar 13, 2010

    Very exciting news; I’m awaiting that iPad version!

  2. Douwe Mar 13, 2010

    Like Raj, I’m very excited about the iPad version!

  3. Tim Mar 13, 2010

    I’m also excited about the iPad version. Yet one more reason to buy an iPad!

  4. Brian Mar 13, 2010


    Just curious – will the tablet edition be able to coexist with an iPhone/iPod Touch version? AFAICT, the Mac app only supports one paired device at present.

  5. Antony Stubbs Mar 13, 2010

    Great, but what about undo support?

  6. Nazcain Mar 13, 2010

    I’m sure iPad version will be awesome!

  7. bwhaler Mar 13, 2010

    Thanks for the interesting blog post.

    I am excited about Things for the iPad. I hope we have multi-device over the air syncing to go with it since we will now have three devices with Things on them.

    Anyway, congrats on the momentum and the good work.

  8. The Hedgehog Mar 13, 2010

    As you know, Cloud Sync is the most important feature people want to see in the future releases of Things for Mac. I have two work stations (home and work), and I couldn’t find a comfortable method to sync the databases between these macs. Through iCal + MobilMe sync sucks…

    There are plenty of other task management softwares that have these feature long ago… I can switch one of these, but I won’t. I want to use Things. I want to see these little blue-white icon both of my docks. So please guys… Hurry up with this “cloudsync” thingy.

    And sorry for my bad english :)

  9. ian fairchild Mar 13, 2010

    Great news on the iPad release. Now you’ll have one more app that does not do cloud syncing! Just what your clients need! You are only 1.5 years late on your promise to deliver cloud syncing, with very little information on this critical feature. Personally, I’ve moved on, but thanks for taking my money.

  10. Alexism Mar 13, 2010

    Hi guys! I love Things but I cannot use it unless you provide cloud sync for mac and iphone (and iPad).
    I am a registered user but I had to switch to another GTD application that does cloud sync. I would love to come back to Things but will not until the cloud sync is implemented.
    Also a little more feedback would be welcomed.. Your last blog post was in September 2009! I loved it that you used to talk about what you are up to. What happened?
    Anyway, fix cloud sync and you got me and I believe many many more users.

  11. Simon Mar 13, 2010

    Just another chime in for Cloud Sync here…key feature really, sooner the better.

  12. Chris Mar 14, 2010

    LOL. Cccccllllllooooouuuudddddd sssssyyyyynnnnncccccc!!!!!

    Love Things, wi-fi sync never works in large corporations (they never find each other) and cloud sync would make me happy.

  13. daz Mar 14, 2010

    iPad arrival is just one more thing to sync with. I hope the arrival of cloud syncing isn’t as glacial as some of the important updates have been

  14. Jason Mar 15, 2010

    I bought Things (iPhone and Mac) expecting Cloud Sync would be coming soon. It didn’t and I eventually gave up. I haven’t opened Things in months. Seems like Dropbox would be a good basis for sync. It’s working for me with MacJournal.

  15. planetMitch Mar 15, 2010

    Guys, I’m excited about the iPad version as well… eager to see what you can do to help me be better organized.

    Will the iPad version cost me extra $? I’ve already paid for 2 versions.

  16. Jazer Mar 15, 2010

    Brilliant stuff , keep churning it out and we are all looking forward to cloud sync!

  17. Cliff Mar 15, 2010

    iPad version… Greeeeeat. One more device that CAN’T sync over the cloud. I’m a huge fan of Things (at least I have been) but can I just be frank (as I would with my spouse whom I dearly love if she said something utterly stupid to tick me off)? Your blog post said “Not only have we taken on quite a few projects, [...]“. Seriously? Are you seriously including this as though it were a GOOD thing? I think I speak for many of us when I say, PLEASE cool it with the new stuff until we get what was promised before 1.0 was released. That’s the reason many of us invested in things to begin with. Cloud sync and ability to share to-do’s with other things users (current delegation is nearly useless) just can’t take THIS long to get done (and yes, I write code so I know all the canned excuses).

    I’m glad the iPad will be supported, but truly, can we just get what we have working the way we need it to? I just feel… insulted. :-(

  18. Victor Mar 15, 2010

    +1 for prioritizing cloud sync.

  19. david Elkington Mar 15, 2010

    Yes, cloud sync…. come on guys, just get this sorted and your app will be the best again…

  20. Brian Mar 15, 2010

    You have a huge base of people who use Things everyday on their Mac and iPhone. On the other hand, there are zero people with iPads, and for them, they could use the iPhone version.

    Why not work on CLOUD SYNC to support the bajillion customers you currently have that are demanding it????

  21. Torbjørn Vik Lunde Mar 15, 2010

    Great new release, not being able to have mixed project frustrated me quite a bit.

    I also want to throw in another vote for cloud-sync. That being said, I must way I appriciate your style, that you priotize quality before timing (choosing to make better implemented features rather than poorly implemented sooner).

    So, although I can’t wait for cloud-sync, I understand that you need to take the to make sure it will be of high quality.

  22. Jürgen Mar 15, 2010

    @Brian: Bonjour sync will soon support multiple devices.

  23. Jürgen Mar 15, 2010

    @many: The order in which our various projects appear on the status page does not reflect priority. In fact, many projects are of equal importance to us and are developed in parallel. Contrary to what some commenters seem to believe, developing for the iPad does not interfere with or slow down our work on cloud sync.

    At this time, the projects with the highest priority are Cloud Sync, Repeating tasks for the iPhone, and Things for the iPad. A few minutes ago I updated the status page to better reflect this fact. But it is still not a good idea to read too much into the order of appearance.

  24. Vinny Troia Mar 15, 2010

    Am I the only one who thinks push notifications are important? Could sync is great and all, but I would much rather be NOTIFIED when I have an item that needs to be done.

  25. Jürgen Mar 15, 2010

    @Vinny: Push notifications and cloud sync are based on the same backend architecture. In fact, cloud sync will include push notifications. The latter is scheduled to be released after the repeating tasks update for the iPhone.

  26. Anthony Mar 15, 2010

    I noticed you made mention that the latest update was a free update. Does that mean your planning on charging for an upgrade in the future?

    I do jumped on the Things bandwagon under the impression that cloud sync and the ability to share were close. Is this no longer the case?

  27. Rob1 Mar 16, 2010

    Cloud Sync Please
    It goes without saying, but another person here needing Cloud Sync… especially now that an iPad version is coming.

  28. Colin Smith Mar 16, 2010

    I love things, but it’s such a pain to sync to multiple computers. I have 3 machines and I can’t always get them to sync with my iphone while traveling

  29. Rob Mar 16, 2010

    I’m just curious….why is Cloud Sync so important? I work on my lists on my iPhone. When I get home they sync to my desktop(and vice versa). Do we not want to have to turn on our desktops? Have we gotten that lazy?

  30. Ken Mar 16, 2010

    Looking forward to Cloud Sync.
    Thanks again for the great work!

  31. Ian Storm Taylor Mar 16, 2010

    I have just bought Things… and I love the way the application works on the computer. The repeating tasks is amazingly setup and the next/today view is brilliant.

    But, unfortunately, I will still feel cheated until I get proper cloud syncing.

  32. Jürgen Mar 16, 2010

    @Anthony: We are certainly not going to charge for 1.x updates in the future. Cloud sync and sharing will be implemented in 1.x updates. Also, to reiterate what I wrote above, cloud sync has the highest priority.

  33. Steffi Andreasen Mar 16, 2010


    Wondering if there’s any way someone could make an app that just views the task list and check things off, but with cloud sync with Things for Mac. It’d be a decent substitute in the meantime