Today we are happy to announce the release of Things 2 for Mac, iPad, and iPhone – a free update for all existing users. And we are introducing a new service, Things Cloud, which keeps your to-dos updated across all your devices – also for free.
Before going into what’s new, I’d like to put today’s releases into perspective:
Today is a big day in Things’ history. It sees major updates for all our clients, as well as the long awaited Things Cloud release. Many of you have been looking forward to this, and I want to thank you for your patience. We have been working hard on these updates and we are truly excited to be releasing them today.
Things Cloud stores your to-dos and automatically keeps them updated across all your devices. All you have to do is turn it on in the Settings and create a free Things Cloud account. It’s that simple. You can read more about Things Cloud and how it works on its product page.
When we set out to build Things Cloud, we wanted it to be fast, robust, and scalable. There’s no way to achieve that, of course, without doing extensive, real world tests. So a little over a year ago, we started inviting our users to our Things Cloud beta. We then extended the beta by making it publicly available to everyone 6 months ago. During all this time, we kept enhancing and improving both Things Cloud and our client applications. By now, more than 30,000 beta testers are using it on a daily basis, and the feedback we get is phenomenal – our users love it.
We are excited to finally drop the “beta” from Things Cloud. It has been thoroughly tested, and it’s ready for prime time.
Please note: Things Cloud supersedes the old sync mechanism. If you rely on Bonjour Sync and absolutely must use it, please read this article.
Things 2 for Mac
Things 2 for Mac includes many new features. Foremost is the seamless Things Cloud integration. We haven’t just bolted Things Cloud support on top of the existing Mac code – we’ve actually rewritten Things’ core so it fits perfectly with the design of Things Cloud. The results speak for themselves: a nimble solution that does its job so quickly, you’ll hardly even notice it’s there.
The second major feature is the new “Daily Review” list – this maybe needs a little explanation. Previously, whenever a to-do would become due, or if it was scheduled for today, Things would automatically move that to-do to your Today list. This way, you would never accidentally miss it – but it also had drawbacks. Many of you told us that you don’t want Things to interfere with your carefully pre-arranged Today list. Just because you decided two weeks ago to schedule something for today doesn’t mean you actually want to do it, well, today. After all, priorities can change. What’s worse, there was no way to distinguish the items you had manually placed inside your Today list from the ones Things would automatically move there.
Things 2 solves this problem. Now, all due and scheduled to-dos appear in a special Daily Review section at the top of your Today list.
From there, you can quickly decide which items you want to start today , and which ones you want to postpone for later . To start or postpone them all, simply use the buttons in the top right corner.
Things 2 also includes many other improvements and refinements: It now has a full screen mode, we’ve reduced the window chrome significantly so it looks great on Mountain Lion, the app is fully sandboxed for the Mac App Store, and it offers a streamlined Reminders integration which makes it very easy to use Siri for entering tasks into Things. Things 2 is also fully optimized for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Things 2 for iOS
First, the iPhone version gets some visual polish throughout the entire app. Here are a few examples:
Second, we have built a completely new Scrolling Date Picker for selecting dates in Things. While the default iOS date picker is great for picking arbitrary dates, it falls short when all you want to do is select a date in the upcoming weeks – something you do all the time in a task manager. Even the Calendar app is not ideal, since selecting dates across months feels a whole lot heavier than it should – time is linear after all, and there’s no reason to introduce artificial month boundaries. With our new Scrolling Date Picker, the next few weeks are always just a tap away. And everything beyond, just a scroll:
On the iPhone, you can turn the picker sideways to see calendar weeks. And in the Settings, you can choose your preferred first day of the week if you don’t like the OS default.
Finally, Things 2 brings some often-requested improvements for iOS: you can now cancel a todo by tapping and holding its checkbox, you can tell Things to log completed to-dos automatically after you check them off, and lastly, we have greatly improved the accessibility of Things when using VoiceOver.
We hope you will enjoy today’s releases. Please download the new versions of Things, give them a spin, and tell us what you think. We’re excited to hear from you.