To-Do’s Made Simple

10 years ago in Articles, Essential Apps, iPhone, Reviews by John Fuller | 2 Comments

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With gurus such as Merlin Mann and David Allen preaching positive productivity methods, programmers are pushing out productivity apps by the dozen. I’ve tried plenty of them, from OmniFocus, iGTD, and even a home-brew quicksilver + text edit solution. Yet, I never had the dream setup, until I discovered  Things from Cultured Code.

Things 1.0 hasn’t been released yet, and won’t be until Macworld 2009, but you can download a free preview today. Things is simple, yet powerful. You’d first create a task, which can either be placed in your Inbox, filed into a ‘Project’, ‘Area’, or put on your ‘Today’ list. It also allows you to have scheduled tasks, and ‘someday’ tasks. You’d then arrange the tasks on your ‘Today List’ or ‘Next List’, and check them off as you go. Your completed tasks are then shuffled off into what is know as the ‘Logbook’.

One of the nicest aspects about my homebrew To-Do list system, was the ability to add tasks on the fly via a quicksilver hotkey, or keyboard shortcut. Things has incorporated this mentality into the application, with a user-modifiable keyboard shortcut and pop-up window. Also, Things will sync with your iCal To-Do list, and stores information in an open XML format, as to not lock you down. Integration with address book allows for the assigning of tasks in projects to other people, or team mates. Things also incorporates the little details, that make all the difference such as a badge on the dock icon.

Yet, one of the most powerful aspects to using Things is that you can take your to-do list with you. There is an iPhone/iPod touch app available in the App store for $9.99 and is definitely worth it. It syncs over the air to your desktop app, provided that your computer and iPhone are on the same WiFi network. One downside to Things on the iPhone is that not all functionality from the desktop  is transferred over, such as tags and areas.

While Things is a great product, there are a few things missing. Top on the list, is syncing across multiple macs. Cultured Code promises that the service will be available soon, possibly with the 1.0 release in January, but we haven’t seen it yet. Another hot item on the Things wish list is nesting and better iPhone sync. Not being able to add/edit tags and view tasks by areas on the iPhone can be frustrating, and is one of my top complaints.

Overall, Things is by far my favorite GTD app. It’s also cheaper than some of it’s counterparts, at a price of $49 when it launches in January. However, you can try it free now by downloading the preview from Cultured Code. If you sign up for their mailing list you’ll receive a 20% off coupon come release time at Macworld 2009. Go ahead, try it and get productive today!

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