Things (application)

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Things
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A screenshot of Things’ main window
Developer(s) Cultured Code GmbH & Co. KG
Stable release 2.2.6 / 13 May 2014
Operating system Mac OS X, iOS
Type Personal task management
License Proprietary
Website http://culturedcode.com/things/

Things is a personal task management application for Mac OS X made by Cultured Code, a software startup based in Stuttgart, Germany.[1] The 1.0 release on OS X was on January 6, 2009. The app went on to win an Apple Design Award at WWDC the same year; it also received a 4.5 of 5 review in Macworld,[2] and was awarded an Editors’ Choice Award ("Eddy").[3] On December 20, 2013, the company announced that they had sold one million copies of the software to date.[4]

Main features[edit]

Things allows tasks to be subdivided into several sections, which correspond to parts of the Getting Things Done methodology:

Collect[edit]

  • Inbox is used to collect tasks which have not been filed in a specific place yet.

Focus[edit]

  • Today highlights tasks which are due on the current day or are intended to be completed that day.
  • Next is an overview of upcoming tasks in all of the program's areas and projects.
  • Someday is used to catalogue tasks which need to be done, but are not time critical.
  • Scheduled contains recurring and delayed tasks and projects.

Organize[edit]

  • Projects are collections of tasks related to a specific larger task.
  • Areas can be used to collate tasks which correspond to a similar theme.

Additional features[edit]

  • Quick entry allows users to add tasks via a small window which can be activated within any program using a global keyboard shortcut.
  • Tags let users further describe tasks using the popular tagging organisation paradigm.
  • Logbook lets users view all completed tasks in one view.
  • Dock badging allows users to see how many items are due on the current day by looking at the application's dock icon.

iOS versions[edit]

Cultured Code has also released mobile versions of Things for iOS – one version for the iPad, and another version which runs on both the iPhone and iPod touch.[5] The desktop version can synchronize tasks with the mobile versions of Things over the internet using Things Cloud.

Things Cloud[edit]

In 2011, Cultured Code began alpha testing a new cloud service – called Things Cloud – to replace the old sync technology. It was subsequently launched publicly on August 9, 2012 with the release of Things 2.[6] Things Cloud stores a user's to-dos and automatically keeps them updated across all their Apple devices. Users can set up a free Things Cloud account from within the settings on any of the Things apps.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Things Release Notes". Cultured Code. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  2. ^ Dan Frakes, "Things 1.0.4", Macworld, 2 April 2009
  3. ^ "25th Annual Editors' Choice Awards: the Complete List", Macworld, 10 December 2009
  4. ^ “A Million Things", Cultured Code, 20 December 2013
  5. ^ "Things for iPhone and iPod Touch". Cultured Code. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Things 2.0 and Things Cloud Available". Cultured Code. Retrieved 2012-08-09.