THIS MONTH’S MOST INTERESTING iPHONE & iPAD APPS
Getting things done more elegantly $9.99 Developer Cultured Code, culturedcode.com Platform iPhone Requirements iOS 10.0 or later 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, subheadings (new), start dates, and deadlines responding to a range of gestures to make organization 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. The next day’s to-dos now also appear at the top of the Today list at the stroke of midnight, while a new subsection called This Evening makes structuring your tasks more intuitive as the day unfolds.
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 subheading 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 $19.99.) As it is,
however, Things 3 is a solid release that should re-energize your motivation for Getting Things Done.
the bottom line. Things 3 is generally solid, and singleplayer Things veterans will love the new design, but look elsewhere if you have to address collaboration needs. tim hardwick Things 3 Smart, modernized interface Calendar integration iPad app a separate $20 purchase No collaboration tools GREAT
Things 3’s Magic Plus Button makes item creation simple.
Progress wheels help you manage your projects.