Things 3

Get­ting things done more el­e­gantly. $14.99 | CULTUREDCODE.COM

APC Australia - - Software - Tim Hard­wick

Things first came out in 2008, when iPhone pro­duc­tiv­ity apps were a nov­elty and skeuo­mor­phism was the go-to in­ter­face de­sign phi­los­o­phy. The to-do list app checked both boxes at the time, but de­spite oc­ca­sional up­dates, it fell be­hind ri­vals like Wun­derlist and Todoist, which brought their own in­no­va­tions to the ‘Get­ting Things Done’ cat­e­gory.

Five years in the mak­ing, Things 3 aims to close the gap, and it’s ef­forts are mostly suc­cess­ful. A min­i­mal­ist in­ter­face re­places the old one, and makes to-dos a lot more adap­tive and flex­i­ble, with tags, check­lists, sub-head­ings (new), start dates and dead­lines re­spond­ing to a range of ges­tures to make or­gan­i­sa­tion sim­pler. The new Quick Find fea­ture en­ables global searches from within any to-do, while a cir­cu­lar progress in­di­ca­tor has been added to let you keep bet­ter track of your projects. The To­day and Up­com­ing sec­tions have been rethought, and now help­fully in­te­grate iOS cal­en­dar events.

Per­haps the best new fea­ture is the big blue Magic Plus but­ton that lives in the bot­tom cor­ner of the screen. Drag­ging it to any lo­ca­tion in­stantly gen­er­ates a rel­e­vant item there, such as a sub-head­ing in a project, or a task with a due date in your in­box.

Neat touches like this sug­gest ease of use has re­mained at the fore­front of the de­vel­oper’s mind over ver­sion 3’s long ges­ta­tion –which makes the in­abil­ity to use nat­u­ral lan­guage in­put in the task en­try field, and the lack of a univer­sal app, all the more sur­pris­ing. (The iPad ver­sion is also con­sid­er­ably more costly at $30.99.) As it is, how­ever, Things 3 is a solid re­lease that should re-en­er­gise your mo­ti­va­tion for Get­ting Things Done.

Things 3 is gen­er­ally solid, and sin­gle-player Things veter­ans will love the new de­sign, but look else­where if you have to ad­dress col­lab­o­ra­tion needs.

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