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Things 3.13.2 Update Brings Support for macOS Big Sur, Including New Widgets and Rich Notifications

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Popular to-do app Things was updated to version 3.13.2 today, bringing new widgets, rich notifications, and support for macOS 11 Big Sur.


First up, the Things interface has been tweaked throughout to align with the fresh new look of Apple's latest Mac operating system, and includes a remolded app icon to fit in your Dock.

However, the two big changes in this version revolve around the new unified Notification Center in macOS 11. The new Things widgets can be configured in the Notification Center to show to-do lists and quickly glance at what you're doing Today, see what's Upcoming in your schedule, stay on top of your most urgent projects, view tag-filtered lists, and so on.

In addition, Things notifications have been improved, and now include variable snooze durations (10 min, 30 min, 1 hour). There's also now an option to complete your to-do directly from the notification, which wasn't possible before.
According to the developers, this update has also been thoroughly tested for compatibility with the new Apple M1 chip that powers the latest 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, all of which were announced earlier this week.

Version 3.13.2 is rolling out now to all Things users. Things 3 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99 and from the iOS App Store. The iPad version is priced at $19.99 [Direct Link] while the ‌iPhone‌ version (which includes Apple Watch support) is priced at $9.99. [Direct Link]

A 15-day trial of Things for Mac is available on the Cultured Code website.

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Joseph C

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Looks great.

Shame they didn't follow Apple's own guidelines on icon shape though. It looks so out of place in the Big Sur Dock with space either side.
 
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Donnacha

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Could never understand why people use Things when OmniFocus exists.

Things looks perfectly nice but OF towers over the productivity niche. It has long been one of the "must-have" arguments for using a Mac, and no other app scales as smoothly as your needs grow.
 
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After several years of using Things I gonna try stock Reminders after Big Sur is released. Apple Reminders seems to be enough and keep todos agenda simple, better reminder options (location, in car, etc.) and better integration with Apple Watch.
 
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MalcolmJID

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As above, OF is great if you need to plan down to the nth degree, with task reliance etc. When you don't need that (which a lot of people don't) then the interface is a bit too cluttered and overwhelming. Things is absolutely the perfect balance, and it's very well supported by Cultured Code too. Further kudos for outright purchase price.
 
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killhippie

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Have to say I prefer Due and I don't have to buy it again and again and again for each device.
 
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Joseph C

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After several years of using Things I gonna try stock Reminders after Big Sur is released. Apple Reminders seems to be enough and keep todos agenda simple, better reminder options (location, in car, etc.) and better integration with Apple Watch.
Yep, and persistent Reminders notifications are a big big selling point over any other GTD app.
 
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bivalvegruff

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When they implement a no logging and tracking policy and switch to iCloud for sync, I will consider Things. I’m not gonna pay to give them my data lol
 
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Could never understand why people use Things when OmniFocus exists.

Things looks perfectly nice but OF towers over the productivity niche. It has long been one of the "must-have" arguments for using a Mac, and no other app scales as smoothly as your needs grow.
I can't answer for others, but I can for myself.

I used OmniFocus for years on both Mac and iOS, going way back to when I used to have to sync it with my iPod Touch over my local network. I loved it and urged everyone I know to use it, and it became the home base for everything I did in every area of my life. But the complexity and power of it really invited a lot of tweaking, a lot of maintenance and grooming of my "stuff". Is this a parallel project or a serial one? When do I defer this task to? Have I done my weekly review or archived my old database items recently on the same Mac I always archive it on? I realized I was spending lots of time maintaining my system, and that I probably could just use a more streamlined tool.

Enter Things. For me, it hits the "it just works" zone really nicely without a lot of complexity. There are still things I miss, like location-based reminders, but overall I find that now I just dump stuff into Things with a minimum of fuss, check them off and keep moving. I suppose it's the compact car to OmniFocus's luxury SUV.

Don't get me wrong, OmniFocus is incredible. It truly fulfills the promise of being an all-encompassing GTD system with every bell and whistle imaginable. Things definitely doesn't scale up like that. But what I realized is that I don't need it to scale up like that.
 
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Yep, and persistent Reminders notifications are a big big selling point over any other GTD app.
That's actually my big problem with Reminders. Complete something on one device and watch reminders for it pop up on every other device regardless. It's weird, because you can read something in Messages on your Mac and the moment you do so, the notification will disappear on your phone, or vice versa. Not so with Reminders. While changes are synced, the reminders for it don't seem very smart.
 
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Give this app is essentially identical across iPad OS and macOS, I can’t for the life of me understand why they’re charging $40 more for a dedicated Mac App.
 
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Odd observation, but I surmise this screenshot comes from an iPad as it's nearly 4:3 aspect ratio and a very high res. Looked odd to me, who is using 4:3 computer displays now? iPad makes sense though.
 
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I love Things but have always struggled with GTD/productivity systems in general (the daily review/upkeep being my biggest hurdle because I always end up spending more time on the organizing than I save).

Can anyone recommend a good article that helped them adapt it to their workflow?
 
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Slarti.BartFast

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When they implement a no logging and tracking policy and switch to iCloud for sync, I will consider Things. I’m not gonna pay to give them my data lol
This - I used to use Things with local sync and they removed that and put Things Cloud on Google Cloud and told me it was an improvement and 'private' ! I think they still use Google to host all your private data !!!!
 
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BWhaler

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Things is some of the best software in the entire Apple ecosystem. So powerful, yet so simple.

And best of all, no suscriptions. I am happy to pay for future upgrades in day one for Things.
 
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Slarti.BartFast

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I love Things but have always struggled with GTD/productivity systems in general (the daily review/upkeep being my biggest hurdle because I always end up spending more time on the organizing than I save).

Can anyone recommend a good article that helped them adapt it to their workflow?
Best thing I have found is iThoughtsX - you mind map your stuff and then you can create a Calendar, email or Reminder entry from each item.
 
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nutmac

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Things is one app I wish was also available as subscription, ideally at $0.99/month or $9.99/year.

If the release history is correct, Culture Code releases major version of Things every 5 years. Things 3 came out 3.5 years ago, so paying the full $49.99 for an app that will likely replaced by Things 4 in 1.5 years is unsettling for me.

Yes, I realize Things 3 will continue to work after Things 4 is released, which is why I said subscription should be an option alongside purchasing the app.
 
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