Bring Your Own Data

We have just released new versions of our Things Cloud beta apps. These updates will allow you to import your to-dos from the regular version of Things into the beta.

If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to try our Things Cloud beta for yourself. All the data you import and enter during the beta will continue to be available once the final version of Things Cloud is released.

How to Import Your To-Dos

  1. First update your beta apps to the newest versions on all platforms.
  2. Now use either your Mac or iOS device to import your data. On the Mac, go to File > Import Database… and follow the on-screen instructions. On iOS, make sure that beta mode is enabled, then go into Settings and tap “Import Regular Database”.

For more detailed guidance on the import process, please view this page.

Things Cloud Public Beta

Today, the Things Cloud beta goes public – an invitation is no longer required. If you’re interested in trying it out, just visit the page below and follow the instructions:

Since we announced the beta, more than 35,000 people have signed up to become test pilots. Over the past months, we’ve gradually been inviting more and more people. Today, we sent out the final batch of invitations. All applicants now have access to the beta on both Mac & iOS.

Our next milestone is to enable the import of existing databases into the beta. Until then the beta continues to use an extra database, leaving users’ existing data untouched.

We’ve had incredible feedback from our users, telling us that Things Cloud is proving to be both fast and stable. Some of our users have adopted the beta entirely and created exceptionally large databases. In the coming weeks we are going to work out some kinks and performance bottlenecks related to such large databases. This is an important final step towards enabling the import of existing data. Once the import feature is ready, we’ll post another update.

Thank you all for your continued support, and for your help in testing Things Cloud.

Things Cloud FAQ

Cloud Sync Beta for iOS

Today we have released our first iOS cloud sync beta to a core group of testers. As before, we’ll increase the testing pool gradually as we go.

Things iOS Cloud Sync Beta - Screenshot

If you already signed up for the original Mac beta – but haven’t been invited to the iOS testing yet – there is no need to sign up again. You will eventually receive an email with instructions.

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for your help.

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Cloud Sync Beta

Many people have been asking about the progress of our cloud sync beta – particularly in light of Apple’s recent iCloud announcement. We are very excited about iCloud, but it doesn’t change our plans for Things.

iCloud is a great step forward for Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms. There is no doubt that users and developers will benefit greatly – it’s easy for developers to adopt and powerful enough for most tasks. Having said that, there are certain enhancements we hope to bring to Things in the future, which iCloud in its current form will not support.

In addition, iCloud will be limited to OS X Lion and iOS 5. We know from past experience that it takes a considerable amount of time for many users to migrate to a new OS. Restricting cloud sync support to Lion and iOS 5 is not an option for us.

Things Cloud

Fortunately it is also not necessary, since our own solution has been performing so well in the beta. Everyone who subscribed by the end of last week should have received an invitation by now, which – to date – means we’ve invited just shy of 20,000 people.

It turns out that the hard work of making our solution scalable has paid off – our sync service has gracefully handled this increasing traffic – and with usage data on hand from this large group, we can also now confirm that there will be no need to charge for the service. Our cloud sync service will be free for all users of Things.

Internal testing of our iOS versions is also underway. Our approach to the iOS beta testing will be the same as with Things Mac: we’ll start with a small group of testers and then scale it up. This will begin on August 22.

If you want to participate in the cloud sync beta, please use the link below.

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Things Cloud Sync – Beta Begins

We’re happy to announce that the first round of test pilots have just been admitted to the cloud sync beta pool. As we stated in our last blog post, we’re admitting a small group of testers at first; we’ll then proceed with a gradual expansion of the pool as we go.

Things Cloud Sync Beta

The new cloud sync architecture has performed exceptionally well in our own internal testing. There is more to the new Things Mac beta than cloud sync however: we have also significantly changed many data-related aspects of how Things works under the hood. These improvements will go a long way – not only in making synchronization fast – but in making Things itself faster and more reliable.

One of the main objectives for us in this first round of testing is to eliminate any issues related to these core changes; once satisfied, we’ll quickly proceed to add more and more test pilots.

If you have not yet received an invitation — please sit tight — and thank you for your patience while we get this underway.

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