Things 2.0 and Things Cloud Available

Things 2

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:

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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

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.

Daily Review

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

Just like the Mac version, both Things 2 for iPhone and Things 2 for iPad have support for Things Cloud, as well as the new Daily Review list. But there is more.

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:

Scrolling Date Picker

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.

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.

Read the FAQ

Sign Up for the Beta

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.

Read the FAQ

Sign Up for the Beta