Things 3

Productivity
Rating
4.8 (22.9K)
Size
99.6 MB
Age rating
4+
Current version
3.17.9
Price
$10
Seller
Cultured Code GmbH & Co. KG
Last update
9 months ago
Version OS
12.1 or later
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User Reviews for Things 3

4.81 out of 5
22.9K Ratings
4 weeks ago, carrie-rg
This app literally changed my life
As someone who struggles with adhd, I often find it hard to do the things I need to do. Showering, brushing my teeth, feeding my animals, and cleaning around the house are just a few of the necessary tasks that feel like insurmountable challenges to my poor dopamine deprived brain. I’ve long known the benefits of breaking big tasks and projects down into manageable steps with a to-do list, but I thought to myself… what if I just put literally everything on a to-do list? So, using this app (and it’s MacOS counterpart) that’s exactly what I did, and it has changed my life. I know exactly what I have to do in a day (from big tasks like a whole house deep clean down to little things like eating breakfast and taking a shower in the morning) and my goblin brain desire to check off the little boxes drives me to get everything done as quickly as I can. I’ve never been more productive- I’ve never felt like this much of a functioning adult, even- and it’s all thanks to this app. As for the app itself, I think it’s really good. Being able to set up repeating tasks is really nice for the mundane things I have to do all the time, being able to sort things into different projects and areas helps me stay organized, and things like headers and checklists within tasks help me break bigger tasks into something more manageable. It’s got everything I need. The fact that it’s not subscription based is a huge plus, too. I highly recommend this app 👍
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4 years ago, jwech
The Essential To Do App
Instead of boosting my productivity, my previous task management app had so many customization options that it actually ate away at my time. It became a procrastination tool. I could spend an hour entering dates, setting up filters, and customizing views only to realize at the end of that time that I hadn’t actually gotten anything done. In contrast, Things 3 is wonderfully simple and clarifying. It’s as powerful as my previous app, but it strips out all the distractions and the fussiness, leaving pure, easy-to-access essentials: tagging, scheduling & project organizing. The scheduling feature has been the real game changer for me. The app tracks due dates (if you have them) but—more importantly— you can also add a schedule date for each task. The interface makes it very easy to add, move, & view tasks in the schedule (while keeping due dates fixed). So you can plan your time (and easily rearrange that plan as needed). If you’re a GTD person, you can still use that methodology with Things 3 projects & tags. But I find that I do better by adding the accountability of a scheduled list of things that I want to get done on a particular day or in a particular week. Things 3 helps me organize and manage that schedule better than anything else I’ve found. And it gives me the powerhouse organization tool I need without sucking me down a rabbit hole of customization options.
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3 years ago, CourtC85
It’s worth it!
I have tried numerous apps to try to stay on top of what I need to do, reoccurring tasks, upcoming events, and my accomplishments each day. I’ve used free apps, one-time fee apps, and subscription based apps. I end up either deleting them immediately, or I eventually stop using them due to how inefficient they are, or I end up with several apps to cover all my needs. I tried just using a regular physical journal, which I do recommend and I still use; but it doesn’t help me with reoccurring tasks or my incredibly long list of things I need to do for a specific category. An example would be, I have a special needs child who needs specialized schooling and assistance with every day tasks. Getting him the help he needs is covered by various government services but requires numerous steps on my part to get each need of his covered. It would require me to have a large desk planner to have something like this (which is basically a project but a one person, non paid project) planned out on a physical planner; but this app eliminates that necessity. I’m still new to this app, and I’m certain that I’m not using it to its extent, but as of now, it has been the best to-do app I’ve come across; paid or free! I have my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to delete some of my other apps and replace them with Things3!
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2 years ago, Missgazz
Just get it!
I purchased this on my MacBook and on my iPhone. I was hesitant to purchase because I have bought countless things to help me get organized — planners, calendars, to-do lists, sticky notes, and utilized countless modalities — paper and pen, GoodNotes5, Google Keep, Google Tasks, YOU NAME IT! Nothing has really helped me, and I have probably wasted hundreds of dollars. Let me start off by saying that I am a very type A person and extremely productive, but I am also obnoxiously busy every day and have ADHD. It is hard for me to focus on what is the most important thing to do to because there’s just so much of it. I am currently a teacher, planning my wedding, I own an apartment building, and have so many other things on my plate. So, when my to-do list gets too long (AKA at about noon everyday), I become completely overwhelmed. I don’t know where to start or how to prioritize. This app is truly life changing for me. There’s no thrills and it only has what’s important. I can focus on what needs to be done without distractions. It helps me prioritize, I can schedule things out in advance, remind myself of things, organize projects, break difficult tasks into smaller steps, etc. I am SO beyond impressed with these apps and there features, and I am thrilled to have found them to start my year off right!
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3 months ago, lowstarz
Great app, just one suggestion
I’ve been using this app for almost three years and it’s been fantastic, but I do have a suggestion that I think will make this app even better. When you look at your list of to-do’s, the app only lists each out in a single line. This is the case for notifications as well. Sometimes when I write a to-do, it’s over a sentence long and it would be nice to read all of it in one go without having to tap on it to expand it just so I can read it all. Any to-do longer than approximately five words is cut off and an ellipses is added to the end. This is even worse when you have a deadline set because it shows that label on the far right side of the to-do, taking up that much extra space. Something as simple as allowing text to use two lines instead of one would be wonderful. Hopefully this can be changed in an update. What inspired me to write this review was how I’d be notified of a to-do and I could complete it right from that banner BUT, I’d still end up opening the app to confirm all what I wrote instead of completing the to-do right from the Notification Center. Other than all of this, it’s a great app.
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1 year ago, JQKY
Cannot attach photos to a To-Do List
Update: Nov 23, 2022. Still can’t import attachments as in most other To-Do apps. I guess this is better than nothing. Would have been a stellar app during the past century. I use it to keep random lists of items, but not as robust To-Do app. The simplicity of the app makes it easy to use for my limited purpose, so I haven’t deleted t from my iPhone/iPad. I’ve always found this app a bit difficult to maneuver. Not impossible, just a bit busy for daily use. I started using it as a place saver for various links. Works fine for that purpose. It works out that I use this app about once every couple of months, so I will not be inclined to purchase Things 4 when released. The app does not allow a feature to attach a photo to a file. That’s a dealbreaker for me. The file system for creating sections (file subjects) helps organize thoughts. I imagine this would be enough for some people to make this a go-to To-Do app. Update: May 6, 2022 Still the same issues for me. The inability to quickly attach photos or documents to a To Do is a show stopper for me. Many other To Do style app do a much better job, and offer at a less expensive cost. It still is a good list app, but many of the features are either clumsy or missing. But, I’ve paid for it, so I’ll use it. Didn’t appear the developers plan to move the features into the 2020s anytime soon. The app is just ok.
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5 months ago, ELHH83
A fix for what wasn’t broken; but good functionality
Update: I was too harsh. I do like some features of Things 3. It’s much easier to move a to do item to a future date. There are still some cosmetic options I would like—lines between items, a graying out of the background for a completed task rather than just the text, keeping the title of the task visible when selecting a new date for it. But overall I like the functionality of Things 3. My opposition to design change for the sake of design change stands. I have loved using Things 2 for years. It was the simple, elegant to do list I need. With Things 3, once an item is checked (even accidentally), it disappears—so I am scrambling to undo if I even notice that an item is gone, or at best, I don’t see what I’ve accomplished. I liked to have a blank, checked off item that I could use as a divider between sections of my to do list—no longer possible in Things 3. There are no longer lines between items, so everything appears to have melted into one giant mass of tasks. In a to do list app, I am looking for efficiency. I am not looking for change just for the sake of change and new bells and whistles. Why not just let Things 3 users select the Things 2 interface if they prefer it?
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3 years ago, North Idaho Niel
Love it!
I am always hesitant about paying for something without really knowing everything about it beforehand, however I am pleased with my purchase and thrilled with this App. It has all the bells and whistles without being cumbersome or overwhelming. The tutorial walked me through learning everything and if I ever need a refresher I can take the tutorial again. I have been using the free version of another to do list but it fell short. Even the paid version didn’t have the ability to make things easy to sort, manage and use. This THINGS App has well organized screen views, the ability to change a task to a project easily and I’m not quite sure how to describe it, but it just flows well and visually makes sense. I have difficulty sorting things out in my head, on paper and with other lists Apps, but the Things drag and drop feature helps to sort, manage and organize easily. The only drawback is the lack of PC usage. Sometimes it is nice to brain dump by typing with all ten digits. Hope the developers decide to add that functionality someday. Other than that, I say Bravo! I LOVE THIS APP and it has already made me more productive.
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5 years ago, bkgadam
Dream come True
I am one of those who seldom spare time to write reviews. By the way in the 7+ years I have been an Apple products consumer, this is probably the third time at most I am writing a review for an App. I have dreamed for an app like this one many years before. I used to scan the App Store to download top rated apps, but I could never find the type of app I was looking for. They just weren’t practical. For instance sometimes you want to write down something that just popped in your head. You don’t want to worry about figuring out then if it’s a reminder or a To-do or just a note. You don’t want to worry about setting it for a specific day and a specific time. You just want to quickly jot it down in your To-dos/ reminder/ notes and be able to easily access it and take care of details later. I had given up on my hope of finding an app that would solve this type issue. So for the past few years, I had just been relying on the iOS default note app. I have been using this app now for a few months and it has everything I have ever dreamed of in a To-do/ reminder app. Honestly I am beyond satisfied. I have now found “the piece of resistance of my existence”!!
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2 weeks ago, Wonderingwhy042
Great app. Feels like it was made by Apple.
Works wonderfully. I’ve never encountered a bug in either this or the desktop app. I use them together to organize all of my college work and I don’t know how I would remember anything without them. In particular, I like how quickly new tasks can be added. On my Mac I can just press a hotkey to create a new task on the fly, from within any app. This lets me capture tasks as quickly and seamlessly as possible before I forget about them. Things has a good balance between functionality and simplicity. I’m prone to spending too much time tinkering with task tracking apps, to the point where just managing tasks becomes a task in itself. The simplicity of Things helps prevent this and thereby reduces the amount of maintenance required. The easier the system is to maintain, the more likely I am to stick to it. It takes a little reorienting to start thinking about tasks in a way that harmonizes with Things, but once you get the hang of it, it’s very powerful. It’s nice to not have anything slip through the cracks.
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3 years ago, yungstud
Simply perfect. Almost…
I have to say that I love this app and don’t know how I’ve survived so long without it. I love the simple concept of typing up a thing you want to do, then assigning it to a day in the future so you don’t have to worry about it until then. Building out projects is a great way to keep track of things as well. I especially love the ability to integrate the Apple Calendar into the app so I can see everything at once. I do have one small gripe though. I use this app to keep track of regular monthly bills and when they are coming due. My current system is that I pay forward all the bills that are due before my next paycheck. This ensures I’m always early. However, there’s no way to mark a recurring task as complete before they populate in the Today field. This means I have to keep track of which bills I’ve paid in my head until they come due and I can check them off. It’s very annoying. Other task apps I’ve used allowed me to check them off early, so why not this one? Unfortunately, this one thing, while small, is so annoying that it affects my overall headspace, so until it’s fixed I can only give it 4 stars.
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1 year ago, Master Stabby
Excellent App but needs critical improvement to avoid being money sink
I would readily pay all $80 the developers want from us for this app suite! It is overall excellent and exactly what I was looking for in a to-do app. However, when I purchase a suite such as this, I assume that I will be able to use it at its current level of functionality for several years -- to put it on the same price level as $30/year subscription services like its peers. When things 3 came out, the developers dropped support for syncing in things 2! This is absolutely unacceptable as if I didn't want syncing I would not pay the extra $30 for the iPhone and iPad apps. I do not expect the developers to maintain expensive servers indefinitely, however. The developers need to add support for syncing over iCloud like most other syncing apps on the App store, or my rating will remain low as I expect upon the advent of things 4, sync support will once again be dropped. This would allow users to use the $80 software suite that they paid for for as long as they choose, and purchase the new version if they feel the features so warrant it, not because the developers feel as though it is appropriate to extort users by disrupting their use of the existing software.
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4 years ago, rockiesmith
What on earth were they thinking?
This would have been a nearly perfect app for its purpose except for one colossally stupid design decision that users have been complaining about for over 4 years with no movement at all from the developers to correct the problem (and yet the geniuses at Apple made it an editors choice). For many of us our lives are filled with tasks that should be done not any further in the future than a certain number of days after the task has been completed. But most of the world tries to complete at least some of our tasks before that next date. We need tasks to repeat (for example) a certain number of days after we did the thing, not a certain number of days after the originally scheduled time. Things 3 has no way to mark such a task complete until the next time some stupid template regenerates at some future date that is no longer useful to you. And they have been told this for years with no attempt whatsoever to fix the problem. Things 3 is otherwise basically perfect but this brain dead refusal to fix the inability to handle one of the most common events in all of task management renders it completely and utterly useless in my life. But nobody has cared with regard to the numerous requests for this to be fixed that are scattered all over the Internet. What on earth were they thinking?
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4 months ago, SweetSolitude98
The best out there…
I’ve tried most if not all the popular apps. This is by far the best of them. It perfectly balances simplicity with functionality and its generously sprinkled with suave style. Really. I kid you not. If I would summarize my review down to two words it would be “simple elegance”. When you condense an app down to its purest form, very few apps render down to those two words. This one does. I use this to capture tasks, everything from complex multi step projects like installing a cam in your car to keeping a running list of things I need to buy at stores like a hardware store or a grocery store. When I’m at the store I pop open the list and make sure I’m not missing anything. If you tend to get bored of todo apps easily try this one. It’s the last todo app you’ll ever need or want. The best part is, it’s not a rental so it doesn’t slowly bleed you dry every month. Oh, the devs are very responsive to your suggestions or if you have any issues. Awesome work guys. I really love this app!
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5 years ago, JakkDiddly
Sadly, this won’t quite do it for me
This is a beautiful app and I love how it approaches tasks and projects which is why I give it 3 stars instead of less. But there isn’t enough functional integration with calendar to make this useful for me. I can see my calendar items but can’t open them or do anything with them which leaves me to have to jump to another app to work with meeting invites and other calendar items. This is a fatal flaw with this app for me, sadly. I’ve been on Informant Pro for years since that app integrates calendar and tasks so well. But have been trying to find something else that is more elegant and simpler. I thought this was going to be it until I discovered how severely limited it is with respect to calendar. Oh well, the search continues, and another $10 down the drain. Edit: I’ve come back again to Things 3 because it seems that I’ve become sort of hooked on how extraordinarily well it handles tasks. I’ve decided to try to live with using a separate calendar app along with Things and see how it goes. Hopefully in the future the authors will consider adding at least some ability to edit or even open calendar items in Things. Meanwhile I try this setup.
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1 year ago, Ultraman-cos
For now . . . This is the very best task manager for me.
Things 3 beings a unique approach to task management. As I have worked with many other task managers like Todoist, MS Todo, Toodledo they bring a very straight forward list view interface. Things 3 is different. First, Things 3 allows for tasks to be created and then set aside until such time they can be worked on. This allows for less clutter or distractions. Many reviews see this as a negative with recurring tasks. Once I understood how the product works, it became clear the feature helped me declutter my active tasks. Areas are very well thought out as they play a specific role. Overall if you take your time and set up a system of Areas, Projects and Tasks, you should be able to create a working system that will guide you through your daily work. The tool is simple yet very intuitive. The tag system is one of the best I worked with. I would like to see custom filters added for more complex views. Sub tasks would be nice, but I am beginning to appreciate the reduction in clutter they create. If you use Craft, Things 3 is the only task manager it integrates with. From Craft, you can simply send tasks to Things 3. It would be great if there was a 2 way sync. The only area I would like to see improved is support. Support is slow to respond. At an investment of $50 - $80 I would have expected a higher level of support. For now . . . This is the very best task manager for me.
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3 years ago, johnnyappleseed001
Fantastic app, fully searchable and snappy fast!
GREAT APP. I’ve been using it for many years on my iPhone and Mac. It just keeps getting better and better. The thing that I like the most about this app is that you can SEARCH the entire app for key words, making it very easy to find tasks that you tucked away in projects or folders. The search function is really fast and really great! I also love that it has a LOGBOOK of all your completed tasks. This is great if you want to look back and see when you called someone or mailed something. You can also search the logbook for key words. I love it and it comes in super handy. Guys, I just looked and I have tasks going back to 2010 in my logbook. Wow, just wow. Thank you Things 3! (And by the way, it was just called Things when I created those tasks!). There is a NOTE section that you can use for every task and this is great for detailed information. This is also searchable making it easy to find that information from task that you may have completed years ago. Also, the app opens FAST, pretty much instantaneously making it easy to quickly add a task. This may seem like a no-brainer feature but sadly some apps just don’t do that! The whole app is very snappy, very quick. It’s relatively INEXPENSIVE for the iPhone and I recommend you start there to see if you like it. The Mac app is more expensive, and for my needs I don’t really need it, but it is convenient. I highly RECOMMEND this app!
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6 years ago, R33d79
Almost perfect, solid, worth the money
I have used a lot of task management apps and I still think that many of them are great. Swipes was one of my favorites because I can snooze tasks for later, but Things has a unique approach to that same need that is actually simpler and much more effective. I’ve had to adjust some of my own habits to adapt to how Things is organized, but wow is it well thought out. It is deceptively simple at first glance, but it is so well designed that I’m constantly finding new uses and applications. My wife loves it too and she’s very picky and often doesn’t take to the things that I recommend. So the fact that both of us find it useful is a testament to the quality of the product. I’m hesitant to buy the desktop app because I think it’s fairly overpriced, I did do the free trial though and it is well-made. I was a little hesitant about the price of the mobile app as well, but after using it, I think that it is well worth the money and I wouldn’t say that about a lot of $10 apps.
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4 years ago, paulis 101
Nearly perfect
I’m giving it 5 stars because it’s so functional, simple to use, and helpful. I would have liked to be able to choose a color for each category (as in todoist) because it would help me visualize my task areas more quickly. But that’s my only quibble. After experimenting with things3 and todoist I chose things3 because you can easily rearrange items within each category according to priority and identify what items in each category to make part of your today list. I use the app on my phone and find it very helpful to add items anytime they occur to me and then, over morning coffee, review the whole list (select anytime) and highlight the ones I want to do that day. I’m also very glad to have purchased this item once and for all. Todoist requires a yearly fee and I have enough of those already. I feel less overwhelmed since I bought this app. Putting tasks down in an organizable list (rather than trying to remember them) and organizing them daily really lessens stress.
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5 years ago, Enrapture137
Why didn’t I find this sooner?
Let me start this by saying I’m one of those people that never leave written reviews. I had to give praise where praise is due though. First of all, I am a very visual person so even if I found an app with perfect functionality, I wouldn’t use it if I didn’t like how it looked. However, this app combines functionality with a nice sleek design that’s not only easy to look at but, easy to use. I’m SUPER picky about to-Do apps and I have been on a search for “the one” for literally years. I think I’ve found it though. They allow you to customize And organize your to-do’s in a myriad of ways. For instance, my favorite thing so far is the Ability to set “Projects” and in those projects, you can not only add notes and headings to keep the todos organized but, on the main screen of the app, there’s a small circle to show your progress on the todo’s inside. I absolutely love this app and had to let y’all know you did an amazing job.
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5 years ago, Zeusman
Only One Day View on my Watch?!?!?
I took the plunge and paid the $9.99 for this app and immediately regretted my purchase. Wanted a to-do app that would sit in my complication area of my Apple Watch that Uses Siri to enter to-do’s. Che k, it does that but.....and a big but...it sends the to-do to an “In Box” on the app on my iPhone. I did see that I change from In Box to Today but it’s not easy to switch between them on my phone as the lettering is tiny (smaller than other words and sitting just above the task-that’s too easy to tap). Then you have to go to your phone to move it to a day, and the app asks ‘are you sure you want to move this?’ Adding another few steps and time to a simple entry...that’s self defeating. Then I CANNOT see anything beyond the current day’s to-do’s on my phone....I find that very limiting. I need to be able to scroll down to at least a week’s worth of to-dos. So I can PLAN for those events before that day...not a far fetched idea. This app could be useful but at the moment( in my opinion) this app is better suited to the iPhone and NOT the Apple Watch. I wish I could get my money back on this one. Doesn’t do what I need or enough for the cost.
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1 year ago, C. E. Gillis
Amazing! But .. I wish I could collaborate
Things is an absolutely amazing app with a beautiful interface and intuitive design. I have tried all the to do list apps on the market and this one is my best. It has just enough features without overwhelming the user with too many choices. I also love that it’s a to do list app - nothing more. That said, I would pay money to have the ability to collaborate on a to do list with one other person. I don’t need something for a team of people, but rather a way to share a Project with my partner. We are planning a wedding right now and using this app to do it. However, we both wish there was a way to work on the wedding project together aside from sending markup texts back and forth. This feature would benefit so many households without making it into some kind of project management team tool. Please find a way to make this happen!
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6 years ago, KKorwal
Wish there were pop-up alerts
Pretty good app - I'm looking for a better solution than Reminders for iPhone, as the Reminders app is buggy and sketchy performance. This app, Things, is neat and well-arranged, with nice checkboxes to clear items from your to-do list, etc. which I appreciate. However, you have to go into the app to see what's next, with no alert pop-up anywhere that I can find. I need tasks to pop up and remind me to do this or that, sometimes at a specific time, and often more than once. Like a bill I need to pay, which I may remind myself a week before but need to wait to pay it until a few days later, so I need to have a second reminder so I don't forget. Bills are just one example (still haven't found a good bill-pay app, either) - it could be a purchase I need to make but now I won't have time today after work, so I have to postpone until tomorrow after work. Or it may be a phone call I have to make at a specific time. Overall, very good for keeping track of tasks, as long as you remember to look at it.
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5 years ago, MommyKun
Thought the app was too pricey, until I got so much stuff done.
I was looking for an app that would help me stay on task with ease. I downloaded so many task apps before but I couldn’t stay on task, I’d enter my list and just didn’t complete them. Why did I took the risk of getting this expensive app?? Was I gullible ? I guess so. But something was different, I got stuff done !! everyday every week so far. What you do is type any idea that comes up. Then you move it around to whenever you want to compete it, that’s it! But why is it so expensive for such a simple task ? I gave it 5 stars because I competed every task that I’ve been listing for 1 month now. My only suggestion is how about sharing the task with other people in household? I just discovered that I can share the list by scrolling down so that it opens up a move task bar and clicking on the “. . .” . I’m very happy with this app and of course there’s always room for improvement.
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6 years ago, Spellrider
Easy to use and robust
Impressive user experience design! Use is intuitive and the number of taps to perform an action seems fewer than the other more expensive apps I tried. You can pretty much figure out how to use it on your own, but they include a very nice tutorial in the form of a project with a list of to do’s. Very easy way to get up and running fast. It has all the features that I was looking for except for location alerts. My workaround is to create a tag for my locations and just search that tag. It would be nice to get a push notification. OTOH, it seemed like having that on for an app that I tried may have been sucking battery. I’m not sure. One slick feature is that repeating to dos have a lot of flexibility. You can even schedule them to repeat based on when you complete the task. So instead of repeating every 7 weeks, for example, the next one comes due 7 weeks after you completed the previous one. Nice.
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6 years ago, nrohrer
😍 Only 1 Thing Missing
I am smitten with this app. I used to get by with a paper planner, then switched to Todoist last year, but I hated that there was really no way to see upcoming tasks beyond a week. Things has solved that problem for me (and then some!) — no more worrying about an annual subscription, waaaay better integration with Apple Watch and my calendar (thank goodness), and a simpler, cleaner interface that allows me to organize everything from daily tasks to vacation ideas and workout plans. The price seemed a little steep at first, especially since it wasn’t easy to try out the app before I bought it, but it was worth every penny. Now, the only thing I’m missing is a way to track daily habits. I end up with a ton of to dos every day, which is a pain, because I just want a separate part of the platform that allows me to track that stuff. I’ve tried Streaks but would really like to have all these features in one place.
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6 years ago, izkatel
Finally!
I first used Things years ago to GTD. After I discovered Wunderlist, I switched and loved the flexibility and the plethora of features it offered. Few years ago, a tragedy took place and Wunderlist fell victim to Microsoft who bought out and stopped updating the app. It then went off to attempt its own version of Wunderlist, only to release an underdeveloped, underperforming iteration that's probably doomed for the lack of user interest. To make a long story short, I was forced to find a replacement for my beloved Wunderlist (RIP). I searched high and low only to return to Things 3. I'm happy to acknowledge that it evolved into a prince, matching and at times surpassing Wunderlist. Things 3 is more elegant and user friendly then any other app I've tried. I'm happy to be home again. My dream is for Apple to recognize the value of Things 3 and purchase it. Only then can we be assured that this magnificent product will survive indefinitely. Apple, are you listening?!
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4 years ago, Impressed with Free Version
Everything I need and more
As an adult mom with ADHD I struggle to stay organized, keep track of tasks, and easily record important to-dos in an accessible location. The integration this app manages (between watch and phone) is seamless, and gives me a convenient and powerful way to keep track of many ongoing lists, routine tasks, and one-off tasks. I initially balked at the price but this app but its the best money I’ve ever spent on an organizational tool (that’s saying something considering the many bullet journals, planners, tracking systems, etc. that I’ve had false starts with). The tips and hints w/in the app are great, and the app itself does everything I could hope for. If you’re looking for motivational sayings and cute cartoons, this isn’t the app for you. If you’re looking for a way to stay on track and record things as they come to mind- and in a place that you won’t forget about- then I can’t recommend a better tool.
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1 year ago, Grace full
Horrendous!
Update nov 13,22- they did it again! I’m in middle of 4 day seminar with 750 people & Things scrambles my everyday list with high priority today list even tho I had them separate. Apple why are you ignoring this? Will nake a great article or post on Twitter! Previous-Was my go to for years, however after being chastised by developer that I had “too many to do’s” (seriously?) I’ve been less than impressed. Tried others and was on the fence about switching. Wrote in recenty (1st time in almost 3 yrs) w/ quick question. Tho recd answer, suddenly whole thing not just wonky, THEY MIXED MY CAREFULLY PRIORITIZED REPEATING TASKS WITH THE ONE-OFFS!!! And do a Re-mix nightly!! No more fence. Would sue if I could. Am White House journalist, recovering from sudden death of my husband & concomitant legal/financial crises in the wake of his passing, have Post Concussion Syndrome… and these guys are purposely messing with my productivity? (Yes they knew that upfront when I’d responded to the “too many to do’s” I’d foolishly explained, hoping for cooperation since zero compassion) (As a clergyperson I know says, “don’t want to be standing with them in an electric storm.”) Very bad karma, guys Hello Tick, Tick!
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2 years ago, Bowsertune
Still the best task manager
Things is elegantly-designed. Though it IS a bit opinionated in how one should manager their tasks (Today, Upcoming), it does provide a structure for folks who need it. The ability to chunk down your multitude of tasks into what you can just do today is very helpful. I prefer flat lists, and I wish that they had the ability to negate the filters (Today, Upcoming, Anytime), but I’ll take it. DO use the free trial on the Mac app to make sure it’s for you, as thankfully all three platforms (iOS, iPadOS, and macOS) work identical, and THAT I can really appreciate. Cultured Code’s attention to detail is second to none. I only wish that the Watch app allowed me to select which filter I want to see, or perhaps only a tag instead of just Today. Minor gripe. If you want or need something a bit more powerful than Apple’s otherwise excellent Reminders, Things may is for you.
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3 years ago, rachelsue20
Great tool for ADHD mom
I’ve been using things for several months now but I’m pretty sure I’ve still only scratched the surface of what I can accomplish with it. But that’s totally OK in fact that’s a big part of what makes it awesome. I can get up and running and functioning without having to dig deep into the advanced features. I’m starting to more now and hoping to discover if there are options for shared projects and tasks with other users, which would be ideal to be able to start delegating tasks to my kids as well as letting them see what is on my plate. Time will tell if this is something I can do with this app. Most importantly though is my current experience as an ADHD single mom of two (one of whom also has ADHD). We all have apple watches which are amazing accommodations for ADHDers and Things’ integration with Apple Watch is extremely well down. I also discovered the iOS widget which has also been a game changer. It’s now the first thing I see when I get bored and swipe open my phone for no reason. This system is great if you’re a GTDer but even better because it has the flexibility to apply many of the concepts without the rigidity of a strict GTD setup. Thanks and I look forward to posting an update of how I use Things’ more advance features for an ADHD single mom of two.
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6 years ago, -jon-
Nearly perfect iOS app
I used ToDo on the iPhone with Toodledo on the web for years, and I was quite happy with it. However when I tried to update ToDo, as it was increasingly buggy, to ToDo Cloud, the install failed and I started looking around. And I am glad I did. I looked at many reviews and decided to give Things 3 a try. The tutorial is well done, and in 15 minutes I was fully up to speed. I then reentered about 100 tasks, although I could have imported them. I have to state that the interface is a joy to work with, and the final result was amazing. Read the reviews for product details, but this app defines what is great about iOS. Clean, intuitive and fun. The integration with the calendar, in particular, is brilliant. After getting it set up on the iPhone, I purchased the iPad app. Perfect integration and interface! My only quibbles... When I set an Inbox item to Today, and then I do not complete the task and clear the date, the task ends up in the Anytime folder. I think it should go back to the Inbox. This is by design, and I have a workaround, but it is mildly annoying. Also, I would like to not display the Anytime folder, as I do not need it, but this is not customizable. I could use the real estate for another area or project. But these are minor details. This is one of the best apps for iOS. Period.
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5 years ago, Zap B.
Really well done
This app has a lot of great functionality for managing tasks and projects. The interface is super clean and efficient. The flow for bringing a task or project through inception to completion is very intuitive and works well. The only thing I would raise is the way the app assumes you are a go-getter who will knock out tasks in a proactive manner. For slackers, procrastinators, and anxiety sufferers like myself it is not very good at nagging and popping up. You have to actively pay attention to the stuff in the app. I would like to see a slider that lets you set the level of app awareness of your ability to complete tasks. So you can make it nag you more if you want it to. That way you can decide if the app is more proactive in bringing tasks in front of your eyes to make sure you don’t just set them and forget them. But I would still recommend this app all the way.
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5 years ago, yapishkahilt
Great app with one layout oddity
Very much enjoying the app. One design issue has repeatedly caused issues for me, though: when setting a reminder, after selecting the time, you’d think the way to save it is to hit the huge button immediately below where the time is set. Instead, that big button is to *clear* the reminder, while keeping the reminder requires you to click on a small “Done” button in the top right of the entire to-do. You’d think they’d make it quicker to save the reminder by clicking immediately below it on a big button, and make it more difficult to clear a reminder you just set with a small button at the top. Obviously a nit pick, but given how often i have to redo reminders bc of following the instinct to click on the big button just below the time setting area, it’s getting a little old.
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2 years ago, ✨a woman✨
MY FAVORITE THING EVER
I try to be a fairly organized person. I have lots of school stuff, family work, and outside activities. With all these things I’ve had many different planning and organizing systems. Which all have failed to differing degrees. My biggest problem was the fact that I had so many ideas of what I wanted to do in the future that I needed a notes app and planning app hybrid. This is where this app comes in! I can write down the homework I need to complete, and create a new project for an idea I have and break that project down into how to get it done. My life feels so much more organized with this app! My favorite part is the one time fee. I was skeptical at first but I will never have to worry about monthly payments ever again! Also did I mention you can import your calendar! This app is amazing!
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4 years ago, Duh reader
Enjoying it so far, great design
Lives up to the idea that a product is perfect not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. In this case, taking away is more about how things hides all unnecessary distractions away from the user to make the app experience both easy and comfortable. There's plenty of functionality built in though, it's just not all up in your face. My only gripe, which I might even change my mind on anyway, is that there isn't a way to speed add tasks (having the cursor jump back up to the input field after you hit enter). So far this seems like not a big issue, and I actually kinda like that feature being gone because it slows you down as a user and requires you to be a bit more mindful and intentional with your plans. Great app 👍
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5 years ago, ArtAddictedArchitect
Not a Project app- wish it had more
For starters I’ve been combing through the internet in an effort to find a good project app that didn’t cost an arm & a leg while seamlessly integrating with iOS since it’s all my family owns. After hearing great things about Things 3 I’ve given it a shot for a few days. There are some definite upsides and things I like. Dark mode, the ability to rapidly make reminders and set to-do’s, importing from shared calendars and all that jazz. The ability to set things for “someday” or “this evening” when I’m in the middle of the day is extremely useful and takes a lot of stress out being hurried by tasks. But there’s no ability to link pictures or do sketches like in the Notes app It’s taken from what I assumed to be a project app into a simple (yet extremely effective) to do list Don’t get me wrong, if you’re looking for something to gently prod and remind you about things to do— such as to clean out the basement, or grab things before work, this is the app for you. But if you want an app that could keep track of what’s broken in the basement and needs to be replaced, or if that dryer you fixed 3 months and 4 days ago is making noises again look elsewhere. I really do hope Things 3 gets those updates soon— even a simplistic port of the sketchbook in apple Notes native app would be a game changer
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6 years ago, Dr. L.
Nearly Perfect
Love the ability to drag and drop tasks as my priorities change throughout the day. So much simpler than constantly having to reset priorities. Also love being able to see my appointments and tasks all in the same view so that I can better manage my day. There are just a few features I'd like to see in future versions - a month view showing appointments and tasks for each day; the ability to create and edit events from within Things rather than having to switch to another app; the ability to swipe from day to day rather than having to leave the Today view and navigate to the Upcoming view; the ability to see the next Action in each project in the Today view so you don't have to do back and forth between Today and Projects. If screen real estate is an issue, it strikes me that the Inbox, Anytime and Someday are duplicative.
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1 year ago, Jinglis1013
So close
Best to-do app i’ve found. Quite pricey but i don’t regret the purchase. It’s simple and effective. However, there is one big issue: you can’t make a heading in an area. I don’t understand why this is not a feature. There are many tasks that fall within an area that aren’t part of a project. For example, if my area is home and i need to remember to buy more dish soap and to buy a new phone charger, these are things i would like to put under the heading “things to buy” under the area “home” but i don’t want this to be a project. Instead now all your misc tasks float around with each other in an area and it looks very messy. It would be simple to program in this option and the community has been asking for it for years but the developers won’t budge. I’ll stick with things 3 for now but this is the one silly little thing that is making me not fully in love with the app.
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5 years ago, tiddlywinks7
From productive to Superman
I was skeptical about buying an app that is essentially a to-do list, but I found myself at the point that I needed a better “system.” The free productivity app selection was lacking though. I took a chance on Things and I’m very glad I did! It took from productive to Superman! Seriously. It’s immensely helpful. My only comment to the developers would be to add a feature that allows users to preset a list of common to-do’s (similar to how users define their own tags). So when you’re adding a to-do you could quickly drop in a common task that is frequent but that is not repeated on the calendar at specific times (for things like doing the dishes for example). That would save me from recreating the same to-do over and over again. Thanks for the development tho! Great job!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
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6 years ago, D-dirty
Disappointing to a long time Things 2 user
I’ve used Things 2 for many years and finally took the plunge and purchased Things 3 because of its ability to integrate with Calendars. I have to say- I’m very disappointed. Cons: 1. The Today view in Things 3 now looks like a big cluttered mess because To-Do’s in different areas aren’t divided off into different sections. You can’t even change the font color. So, things I need to do at work and things I need to do at home aren’t easily and quickly visually distinguishable when looking at my day. This is a big set back from Things 2. 2. There’s a nice new feature to move To-Dos to “This Evening.” But, after the end of the day, things that were scheduled for evening, move back to the same cluttered mess with all the other to-do’s. I’d really like to see an upgrade that allows scheduled recurring to dos to be created under the “this evening” heading. For example, I always go to the gym at night. I’d like that reminder to appear there rather than have to move it every day. Pros: 1. The calendar integration is very well done 2. The ability to set alerts/alarms within a to-do is great. Previously in Things 2, I was unable to do this Overall: If you really like Things 2 and aren’t sure whether or not to pay $10, don’t do it. I’m going back to Things 2 unless they update this app with some options to change the appearance of different Areas and fix some other bugs.
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6 years ago, Jay Shmay
Fantastic way to organize big projects or daily tasks
The title says it all, this app is great. It allows you to create projects, repeating events, and organize them all either by date or by the area of life they relate to. Sounds complicated but the user interface is excellent and they provide a tutorial as well to make all the app has to offer as easy to utilize as possible. I love this app and practically depend on it to stay organized and on top of projects while also on track with daily tasks like working out and finishing work. It has amazing support for the Apple Watch, and many of its important functions can be used on the Apple Watch or simply by asking Siri. I can’t say enough great things about this app and I am grateful to the creators of it for giving the world such a wonderful and useful application.
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2 years ago, CcarterReview
Fantastic. Love it!
Terrific app. I’ve loved everything about it. The only thing I think I could wish for is to allow a checklist to be placed in the middle of a “to-do.” It automatically puts the checklist on the bottom and doesn’t allow it to be adjusted inside the todo. Keep in mind it’s still pretty fantastic that you can organize the checklist by dragging it, I’m just picky and wish I could place it anywhere within the middle of my notes. Example- type a to-do/notes…. Have a checklist, and then add some additional notes under the checklist. That can’t happen. Oh well. Beggars can’t be choosers! Aside from me complaining about something so minuscule, -seriously amazing app. We’ll done guys!!!! Wish I could give it 10 stars!😂 Thank you for your hard work!!
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4 years ago, Bobbybob32134282
Soooo much better than the reminders app
They didn’t even ask me for a review, I felt compelled because it’s just a great app. This app makes organizing literally any personal project, ongoing or one-time, very easy. It’s simple yet customizable if/when/where I need. I have one “project” as a shopping list and one as a to-do list. Every time I think “wouldn’t it be great if this app did X”, X is always there and easy to do. Like the ability to repeat tasks on a custom interval, specifying whether that interval is regularly repeating or measured from the time of last completion. The latter is the default, which is usually good if you don’t care... but if you do care, the option is there, and it’s easy to do. It’s just little stuff like that. Take it from a software developer, getting those little things right is not easy
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6 years ago, iPhone6DK
I have used them all...
Things 3 is light years better than 2Do, Wunderlist, Trello, Tasker, Do It Tomorrow, etc. It may not have quite as many features as 2Do, and it may be more expensive than the free versions of Wunderlist, but it is flawless. The user interface is clean, well thought out, flexible and EASY TO USE. It feels fast and snappy when in use. I will say that my productivity has at least DOUBLED since I am now cranking through tasks instead of being frustrated by my system of organization. Other people have mentioned the amount of time that it took for Things 3 to come out, but I can only assume it is because of how well executed it was/is. Don’t hesitate to buy this app. I got it for my iPhone and iPad and think it is worth every dollar. I will be getting the MacBook version next.
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3 years ago, stefrowe
By far the best tasks/reminders app, but...
I feel really guilty giving this app only 2 stars, to be honest. Things 3 is clean, fast, easy to use, efficient, and quite frankly makes more sense to me than any other reminders app. The widgets are better than Apple Reminders widgets, too! However... my iPhone is not my only device, and this app is NOT worth the $80(!) it costs to get it on all my devices. $50 for the Mac app, $20 for iPad, AND $10 for the iOS/watchOS version? It feels absolutely ridiculous and greedy, considering it’s the SAME APP just blown up for different form factors. If you have an Apple Silicon Mac you’re better off just running the iPhone version of the app on your Mac. Until this is resolved, I just can’t bring myself to switch wholly from Apple Reminders to Things 3, no matter how much better the interface is - I need the ability to have everything sync across all my devices. I’m just absolutely not going to spend $80 to get that functionality.
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2 years ago, amhanson_
Essential for anyone
I was a bit skeptical of a todo app that was $30 US for both iPhone and iPad. I stopped feeling that skepticism after a day. This was the best GTD app I’ve used. I’ve yet to use it on Mac, but I primarily work off an iPad. And oh, the iPad and iPhone apps are amazing. I have less use of the iPhone app, but the iPad and iPhone apps are mostly similar. I have used these apps for school, work, and home, and each thing was very good. I think the organization of Areas and Projects are adequate, although I think there should be like sub-areas with projects in them. That’s my only gripe with the app at the moment, and it isn’t even something bad, it’s just a quality of life thing. The app is beautiful and I 100% think the money spent was well worth it.
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4 years ago, jellogiraffe
Organized my Depression
I know: it’s expensive, but I recommend this to everyone I know. It’s simple, customizable, you can make subcategories, group things up, put descriptions or steps, put deadlines, events, recurring tasks. Just in my experience, I can say it’s great for cooking, planning weddings, school projects, spring cleaning, moving, and even all of those at once. It sounds ridiculous, but this app straight up cured my depression. There were many times I couldn’t do a lot of every day tasks. This app let me see my progress, set more goals, and somehow taught me motivation. I’ve had this app for years and can say this is the life-changing organizing app that everyone needs no matter what age or where you are in life. People set all kinds of goals for themselves, and this app covers EVERYTHING and ANYTHING.
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6 years ago, JohnathonSullinger
Needs a web app
I love the app and want to use it, but can't without a web app or Windows app. I spend 8 hours a day on a Windows Surface. The Surface goes with me into meetings, as mobile devices aren't allowed on the corporate Network, so I take all my notes on the Surface. It's a real pain to then create tasks in Things after the meeting by re-typing the action items into my phone. With a web app I could at least enter my tasks on the Surface while in the meeting. 80% of my tasks are work related, in a Windows Enterprise, while all my personal device's are all iOS/Mac. I'm stuck using Todoist until something better comes along with web support or Windows client. Things is a great app if you are 100% iOS/macOS. Probably the best iOS/macOS task app out there to be honest. If you need to interoperate with any other OS, there's no Web app so you're out of luck.
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5 years ago, keveret43
Beautifully designed but..
This is by far the most beautifully designed app I’ve ever used to manage my to-do-lists without sacrificing functionality. The feature I find most helpful is the ‘Upcoming’ tab where you can set up the app to pull data from all your calendars and list them chronologically in a compact color-coded format. I would have given the app 5 stars if the Upcoming tab listed ALL the future month’s tasks. Unfortunately, as of now, the Upcoming tab only lists the first 14 tasks/items which makes this app unusable and pointless to look at usually after the first week of the future month in my case. There is not even a way to expand the list to see the rest of your tasks beyond item # 14 when you are in the Upcoming tab, which is probably a bug. I would have given this app 4 stars if it was closer to the usual $3-4 price range but for around $9 I expected much more.
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