Things 2.0 is now available across the Mac, iPhone, and iPad and it manages to add enough crucial little details to really bring it back into the game. Things has always been a very clean and powerful task management system, but it has taken a very long time for the developers at Cultured Code to […]
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Things 2.0 for iPhone, iPad, and Mac is Here (and it’s Awesome)

Things 2.0 is now available across the Mac, iPhone, and iPad and it manages to add enough crucial little details to really bring it back into the game. Things has always been a very clean and powerful task management system, but it has taken a very long time for the developers at Cultured Code to bring their promised cloud syncing system to the masses. But Things 2.0 is here – right now– as a free update for all current owners of the various apps, so let’s take a quick tour of the major new features.

Daily review

The daily review was available during the beta and is an interesting approach for dealing with imminent tasks. Instead of simply appearing on your Today list, tasks whose due dates have arrive will simply show up with a set of controls for accepting or delaying them. If you’re really not going to make it the grocery store today, you can use the Daily Review system to simply defer it to tomorrow. Or, if you’re even busier, you can double tap the ‘x’ at the top-right corner of the review to defer everything until tomorrow. Nice and easy.

Things Cloud

The default Reminders app on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac is great because it syncs automatically through iCloud, but I think Things Cloud is even better. I got to use the Things Cloud beta for a couple of months before its public release, so I can attest to it being lightning fast to download and update your tasks. Any time you make changes in any of your Things apps, those changes will be thrown right at the cloud, instantly. Things Cloud isn’t like iCloud, where changes can sometimes take minutes to sync across. Cultured Code really have developed a near-instantaneous syncing system that works beautifully over Wi-Fi and 3G. Bonjour Sync can eat it.

Date picker

One bone thing I never liked about Things was its truly awful date picker. I think the rolling date picker – present in Things 1.x as well as Apple’s own Reminders and Calendar apps – is just an awful way to pick dates more than a few days away. It’s very hard to visualize a date that’s more than a week away when you’re simply rolling through the days of a week – or worse, days of the month.
So it goes without saying that the scrolling date picker in Things 2.0 is a breath of fresh air. Not only is the monthly calendar easier for me to visualize and navigate, but the scrolling mechanic makes it effortless to schedule tasks even months ahead.

Easier detail editing

Another one of the little niggles in Things iOS was how time consuming it could be to edit the details of a given task. Things for iPhone and iPad still seem to require the same number of taps to edit the note, tag, and title fields – but the process now feels much more natural. You don’t have to tap on the Edit button any more because you can simply tap on the field you want to edit, and then begin to make your changes.

Matte > Gloss

The last change I’ve noticed is the switch from glossy gradients to a more matted finish in the iPhone version. It’s subtle, but it’s a great little touch-up that makes the app feel more fresh.


I really only just finished writing a post about and a few tweets about how I’ve been happy enough with Reminders. I also know from a few leaked screenshots of iOS 6 that the Reminders app will be streamlined a bit more, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to help myself. Things 2.0 is just so tasty, I don’t think I can resist trying it again (so thank goodness importing tasks from Reminders is easy enough).

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