Exciting New Things for iOS 11

We’ve just shipped Things 3.2 with three awesome new features: Direct integration with Siri, drag & drop for iPad, and link detection for third-party apps. This update also provides full compatibility with iOS 11 and watchOS 4. Let’s take a look at how these new features work.

Siri & Things

In iOS 11, Things is directly integrated with Siri. We emphasize “direct” because we’ve actually had a Siri-to-Things feature for years – but it has been using the Reminders app as a go-between. With Things 3.2, you can now speak directly with Things – it’s an entirely new way to interact with your task manager.

You can speak naturally when using Things, making requests in two general categories: creating tasks and viewing lists.

Adding a task with Siri

Creating tasks is quite easy. Here are a few examples:

Add a task in Things.
Add “buy milk” using Things.
In Things, remind me to “buy milk”.

You can include a date or time:

In Things, remind me to “buy milk” tomorrow at 10 AM.

You can add a task directly to a list:

In Things, add “buy milk” to my “Shopping” list.

Viewing a list with Siri

You can also view any list. Simply refer to your projects or areas by name (or part of their name).

Show my Today list in Things.
Show my “Presentation” list in Things.

This also works great for tags. So when you’re running errands in town, say:

Show my “Errand” list in Things.

You can even query the Upcoming list to see how your week is looking:

In Things, show my list for this week.

Siri saves you from having to type, and makes task management with Things effortless.

Drag & Drop

Our second feature for iOS 11 is drag and drop for iPad. It allows you to drop content into Things from other apps – either as new to-dos, or into the notes of existing to-dos.

For example, you might want to link to emails you need to get back to later. Simply drag the email with your finger – from Mail into Things – and let go. The new to-do will include a link to the email so you can easily open it later:


Dragging emails from Mail into Things.

To add something to an existing to-do, simply open the to-do first and then drop the dragged content into its notes. For example, you might want to add a series of links while researching something:


Dragging links or texts from Safari into Things.

Third-Party App Links

Finally, Things 3.2 delivers one of your most-requested features: support for third-party app links! In the past, if you created a link to another app, such as Ulysses, you would see a string of text like this:

ulysses://x-callback-url/open?id=imkX-yOF9WgAT5pNg0P7Pw

The problem was, Things didn’t know this was a link to a file in Ulysses, so it just displayed it as plain text. But in 3.2, Things now understands that it’s a link and makes it tappable for you:

Third-party app links

This feature makes it possible to reference files from a myriad of other apps and then access them later with a quick tap. We haven’t tested it with every app, so if you notice any links that don’t work as expected, please let us know.


Things 3.2 is available now as a free update for all our users – we hope you enjoy the new features! Stand by for a Mac update on September 25th, which will bring full compatibility for macOS High Sierra.

Have a great and productive week!

Things 3.1: Repeating To-Dos & Date Parsing

Things 3.1 is out! It introduces repeating to-dos in projects, and improves the parsing and formatting of dates in many languages.

Repeating To-Dos in Projects

Since the release of Things 3, we’ve had loads of great feedback. One of the features requested the most is for repeating to-dos to also work inside of projects – and now they do! It’s great for long-term projects where you have daily or weekly tasks that need to be performed until your project is complete.

Play

To support this feature we also had to upgrade Things Cloud, so make sure you update to 3.1 on all your devices to continue syncing.

The date parser is now fluent in 7 languages

Things’ natural date parser makes setting dates and times extremely easy. For example, it converts relative terms like “in 5 weeks” or “in 35 days” into a precise date like “August 7”.

In 3.1, the parser is now fully aware of your device’s Language & Region settings. If your system is set to a language Things is localized in, it not only understands what you type, e.g. “15 jours”, “15 días”, or “15 Tage”, but it also presents the calculated date properly formatted: “lun. 17 juil.”, “lun, 17 jul”, “Mo. 17. Juli”, etc.

Natural Language Date Parser

Finally, this update also adds full support for both parsing and displaying dates in Japanese. 楽しむ!

Things 3.1 is available now for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

Back From WWDC

We’ve just returned from a great week at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose – with some unforgettable memories, plans for Siri integration in Things, and an Apple Design Award!

Things - Apple Design Award Winner 2017

Apple Design Award 2017

There’s a long standing tradition at WWDC. For the past 20 years, every year, Apple hands out Apple Design Awards to honor apps with “outstanding design and innovation”. Things had already won one of these back in 2009 when the Mac version was originally released.

Receiving such an award means a lot to us. It comes from the company we admire most and that we draw constant inspiration from. Time and again, Apple themselves deliver “outstanding design and innovation“ on a world scale, so this award is clearly theirs to give.

So we were incredibly thrilled to learn that Things has won another Apple Design Award at this year’s WWDC for our all-new version! And it was quite the ride winning it: we got to meet and talk to Apple’s top executives, Apple organized a meeting with press from all over the world, and they heavily promoted Things in the App Store.

Thank you, Apple!

Apple Design Award
The award saying goodbye to California.
Apple Design Award
The award in its new home, joining its sibling.

Siri Integration in iOS 11

If you watched the WWDC keynote, you might have noticed that Things was featured in the segment on Siri. We will be integrating Siri with Things for the release of iOS 11 later this year. This means you’ll be able to dictate to-dos directly into Things, instead of going through the Reminders app. We’ll have more to share about this feature when iOS 11 ships.

Siri

And since some people have already written in asking about this: we will also keep the existing Reminders import functionality for those of you who rely on that for custom workflows.

A Quick Update

Thanks everyone for the great feedback on the all-new Things – this has been a fantastic launch! It’s extremely busy here in Stuttgart, but we wanted to quickly send out an update on the latest news.

App Store Response

We’re delighted to see that Things is receiving solid 5 star reviews in the App Store – the response has been fantastic! The Mac app also reached #1 in Top Paid, and even unseated Final Cut & Logic in many countries to claim #1 in Top Grossing. Thank you for purchasing Things and supporting its development!

Inbox 10,000

We’ve received over 10,000 inquiries with comments, questions, feature requests, etc. and we’re working around the clock to get back to you all. Currently, our support team (and our coders!) are answering emails that came in 5 days ago, so please hang in there :)

Price & Discount

Since there are still so many support questions in our queue, we’ve decided to extend our 20% launch discount until June 1st. This gives us more time to respond to questions, and gives you more time to evaluate the apps. If you plan to upgrade from Things 2, this is the best time to do it.

Also, please note that you don’t need to do anything to get the discount – the price you see in the App Store already has the discount applied. See this page for more info.

Importing From Other Apps

  • Wunderlist: If you’re coming from Wunderlist, you can easily import your to-dos.
  • OmniFocus: You can migrate from OmniFocus via our AppleScript importer. There was a bug in the script that is now fixed.

Repeating To-Dos in Projects

Things allows you to create repeating to-dos, but there has always been one limitation: it wasn’t possible to have them inside of projects. Many people have written in asking for this, so we’re going to add this option. We’re working on it now and it will be released in an update soon.

Thanks again for all your feedback everyone!

Meet the All-New Things

It’s here! We’ve been working hard on a completely new version of Things for the past years and we’re incredibly proud and excited to finally show it to all of you.



Let’s get right down to the details – we have a lot for you to explore!

  • Watch the app introduction video above.
  • Read all about what’s new in the apps.
  • Get useful tips and insights on how to use the apps on our updated support page.
  • On the Mac, you can download the trial and take it for a spin.
  • And of course, check out our App Store pages (Mac, iPhone, iPad).

When you first open the apps, they will ask you whether to create a tutorial project. Be sure to answer "Yes" on each device, as there’s some great info in there for you.

For everyone who’s currently using Things 2 and wants to upgrade, we’ve decided to put up a 20% discount on all apps until May 26th June 1st. (So $40 instead of $50 on the Mac, etc.). Due to the way the App Store works, everyone can take advantage of this – so make sure you don’t miss it!

If you like the music of our video, you can find it on iTunes.


I want to thank the entire team for their incredible work over the years. It took excellence, persistence, and determination to get here, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to do together.

Finally, everyone here at Things wants to extend their thanks to all of you for your support over the years. It means a lot to us! We hope you’re going to enjoy the all-new Things. Please let us know what you think!

The all-new Things