Things 1.0 and counting

What crazy times these are. We have had a blog post for almost every major preview version of Things. We have posts about our design process. We even have posts about plagiators. But there is no post about the release of Things 1.0. What is going on here?

After the Things 1.0 release on January 6th, 2009, we immediately got ourselves busy doing a 1.0.1 update. Those of you who became dependent on the grouped Today list style know why adding a little option in 1.0.1 couldn’t allow for any delay.

Group by project or area in Today list

We also promptly released Things 1.3.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch as - due to a bug - 1.3 infamously missed all translations. Of course, we didn't stop there. The 1.3.2 update, which quite significantly improves syncing, has already hit the App Store. There are still some issues remaining and we are hard at work on those.

After big releases it is always a good idea to concentrate on analysing and fixing user reported issues. The next desktop release - Things 1.0.2 - is almost finished. We have fixed a dozen bugs and will be releasing it soon. And rest assured that 1.0.3 is already in the pipeline. :)

But there is even more going on behind the scenes. While cranking out updates is probably quite an appropriate thing to do for a software company, it is sometimes even better to spend some time on accelerating the development speed. It is still a bit early to go into the details, suffice it to say for the moment, that we were able to attract some quite impressive software engineering talent and experience. Stay tuned for more updates on this front.

That being said, we would like to close this post with some pictures from Macworld Expo 2009. The expo was a huge success for us. Our booth was surrounded by large crowds of people all day long. It was so good to finally meet at least some of you.

Cultured Code at Macworld
Michael and Chris at the booth

One of the highlights was certainly winning the Macworld Best of Show award. Head over to TUAW to watch our very own Michael Simmons sitting amongst the The Mac Observer and iPhone Alley awards while searching for words to express his feelings.

The following pictures might not be a completely accurate depiction of reality :). But they certainly tell something about how huge the event felt to us.

Cultured Code in San Francisco
Chris wondering if we spent too much on advertising
Cultured Code in San Francisco
Werner asking himself if online ads would be more effective

Now, if it's all right with you, we have some updates to finish. :)