Things 3

Pro­duc­tiv­ity app gets a makeover

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Kenny Hem­phill

$9.99 From Cul­tured Code, cul­tured­ Made for iPhone, Ap­ple Watch Needs iOS 10 or later Things 3 sports a fresh new mod­ern look. The re­freshed in­ter­face isn’t the only ad­di­tion to Things, how­ever. There’s a long list of new fea­tures. Per­haps the most im­por­tant is the ad­di­tion of time-based re­minders. You’ve al­ways been able to sched­ule tasks, but you can now spec­ify a time to be re­minded to do them as well. And it sup­ports both nat­u­ral lan­guage and Siri.

Other ad­di­tions in­clude an Up­com­ing list, rather than just Next; cat­e­gory head­ings; and check­lists.

A new “Magic +” but­ton en­ables you to cre­ate items pre­cisely where you want them in a list, add them straight to your in­box from any­where, or cre­ate head­ings.

You can also se­lect and edit mul­ti­ple tasks si­mul­ta­ne­ously, and re-or­der tasks by drag­ging them up and down the list.

Ver­sion 3.4 adds the abil­ity to link to tasks to jump to them quickly from within Things, or to link from other apps, al­low­ing for au­to­mated work­flows.

As with pre­vi­ous ver­sions, Things 3 syncs with iPad and Mac us­ing Things Cloud, which now has a new Fast­lane mode for time-based re­minders. Bear in mind that if you want to sync with an iPad, you’ll have to buy that ver­sion ($19.99); the Mac ver­sion costs $49.99.

In use, Things is re­mark­ably in­tu­itive. It re­wards a few min­utes tap­ping and swip­ing with an ar­ray of in­tel­li­gent pop ups and options. It’s a plea­sure to use, which wasn’t al­ways the case pre­vi­ously.

the bot­tom line. A step for­ward for Things. Great new fea­tures jus­tify the rel­a­tively high price.

The Magic + but­ton is the gate­way to cre­at­ing new tasks, projects, or groups of projects.

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