Things (application)

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A screenshot of Things’ main window
Developer(s) Cultured Code GmbH & Co. KG
Stable release 2.8.2 / October 26, 2015
Operating system Mac OS X, iOS, watchOS
Type Personal task management
License Proprietary

Things is a personal task management application for Mac OS X, iOS, and watchOS 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] On December 1, 2014 the company announced that downloads had increased by another three million.[5]

Main features[edit]

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


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


  • 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.


  • 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 – one for the iPad, another which runs on both the iPhone and iPod touch, and a third that runs on Apple Watch (included with the iPhone app).[6] The desktop version can synchronize tasks with the mobile versions of Things over the internet using Things Cloud.

Latest releases[edit]

  • iPhone & Apple Watch: 2.8.2 — November 19, 2015
  • iPad: 2.8.2 — November 19, 2015

With the latest releases, the new Add to Things extension allows the user to send to-dos to Things from other apps. For example, the user can create a to-do directly in Safari; the notes will contain a link to the website along with any text which was selected, and the user can type a title for the item. When it's saved, it will be sent to Things’ inbox in the background.

Things Cloud[edit]

In 2011, Cultured Code began alpha testing a new cloud service – called Things Cloud – to replace the old sync technology. It 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. After an extended beta period, it was subsequently launched publicly on August 9, 2012 with the release of Things 2.[7] In 2015, the company announced an update to Things Cloud’s architecture which introduced push sync through the cloud (in addition to push it already had across the local network).[8] The main benefit of the new push technology is that it delivers sync to iOS devices even when the app isn’t actively running.

See also[edit]

External links[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. ^ "+3 Million", Cultured Code, 1 December 2014
  6. ^ "Things for iPhone and iPod Touch". Cultured Code. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  7. ^ "Things 2.0 and Things Cloud Available". Cultured Code. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  8. ^ "Things Cloud "Nimbus" Released". Cultured Code. Retrieved 2015-08-19.