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Popular to-do app Things reached version 3.3 today and gained a new feature that enables users to generate to-dos from anywhere by sending an email to their Things Cloud account.

Previously, Things offered four ways to add to-dos: Quick Entry, Siri, 3D Touch, and the Add to Things extension. However, the limitation of these methods is that they're only available from within the Apple ecosystem. To make the process of adding tasks more accessible and convenient, Mail to Things allows users to send emails to a special private address, which automatically converts them into to-dos and adds them to their Things task list.

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The Mail to Things feature basically lets users add a "Quick Entry" when they're using other platforms, such as their Windows PC at work, or an Android phone. It also gives them the option of sharing their @things.email address with a partner or colleague for delegating to-dos.

To enable the new feature on the Things mobile app, open Settings, located at the bottom of the interface, and toggle on the Mail to Things option, after which a private @things.email address will be generated. The same option can be found on macOS within Things' preference pane.

Emails sent to the address are converted into to-dos and placed into the user's Inbox in Things. The main rule to remember when sending messages to the Things Cloud is that the email's subject becomes the to-do's title, and the rest goes into the notes. (At present, there's no way to set tags or any other metadata via email.)

A few other things are worth noting. If an email is longer than 2,000 characters, it will be truncated by Things. Also, the app only supports plain text, so any formatting in emails will be lost. Lastly, file attachments are not supported and will be ignored.

In addition to the feature's basic functionality, Mail to Things also creates new opportunities for workflows that involve sending emails. With apps and services such as Workflow, IFTTT, and Zapier, users can build workflows that create to-dos automatically. A few examples using Workflow include sending to-dos to Things, copying the clipboard to Things, and dictating to Things.

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.

Article Link: Things 3.3 Update Brings New 'Mail to Things' Feature to the To-Do App
 

BWhaler

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I hated on Things, hard, for a long time. But I must admit v3 and the new faster development ar wonderful. I am pleased to have purchased all three apps for each platform. It’s a great app, amazing cloud syncing, and solid design.

Well done Cultured Code.
 
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friednoodles

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I think they put off adding this feature for so long because they were too busy just trying to finish the full rewrites for Things 3 macOS/iOS while also keeping Things 2.x maintained for iOS and watchOS changes.

Once they got Things 3 out the door in May, the updates have been much more frequent than previous years, and they now seem to finally have the time to add long-requested features like this and repeating to-dos in Projects, etc. It's good to see. (the pace of updates in the Things 3 TestFlight betas has been quite rapid, I must say)
 
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Mi1lion

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I bought all three Things Apps. I liked it for a while but Todoist was way more powerful.

This new feature doesn't seem that useful to me. How about, building a Web App instead?
 
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friednoodles

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I bought all three Things Apps. I liked it for a while but Todoist was way more powerful.

This new feature doesn't seem that useful to me. How about, building a Web App instead?

It should be quite flexible, because with this you can now use other services/automations to remotely create tasks in Things, from Windows or Android, or via IFTTT, etc. I think they wanted something that would be "normal user"-friendly at first, and email is something people are used to and understand, and it provides a very simple way to take an email and turn it into a task, which is a common use case/scenario.

While I don't think they're going to ever do a web app, as aloshka suggests, it would be really handy if they'd add a web API for this. Maybe this email feature is the first step towards that. Certainly a web API is something that I'd make use of (and it'd hopefully allow defining due dates and similar), but for now being able to programatically generate emails to get tasks into Things is going to be great.
 
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saudade

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Thiz app cost 50 bucks? Dud thatz a lot of dough. 2 b honest in my to do list it’s 2 don’t buy it cause its 2 expensive
 
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I bought all three Things Apps. I liked it for a while but Todoist was way more powerful.

This new feature doesn't seem that useful to me. How about, building a Web App instead?
What for?
 
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ScottNWDW

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I had Things 2, but never used it, but I did the upgrade to Things 3 and it was a such a great upgrade that I started using the app. It's still not my main to do list app, but it is slowly getting there. I use several To Do List apps and am slowly narrowing them down to a favorite. Right now they are OmniFocus, Informant, 2Do, ToDo Cloud and Things. This new upgrade will move Things into the top 3 as I try to eliminate most of the rest.
 
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alexanderkilts

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Still using Things 2 (which I think is solid), but it's getting slow. Could be the old software, could be the size of the database. But the workflow for me is best in class.

Would have upgraded to 3, but I missed the impossibly short (for me, at least) upgrade window and I'm not eager to pay full price for three versions of the software again (Mac, iPhone, iPad), so I'm slowly migrating to Todoist.

Will probably jump back to Things if they offer another discount. Otherwise, I'm keeping an eye out on the upcoming Omnifocus release.
 
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adamjackson

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I was a big Things 2 user. want to move to 3 but $80 to completely move over. These features keep making me lean toward doing it though.
 
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Lioness~

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Love Things 3 :)

Especially since  screwed up iCloud sync for Calendar etc for me.
Things have saved me lot of headache. Been using it to more things then I thought.
 
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Mi1lion

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What for?

I was using it for personal productivity.

I hate not being able to collapse my projects. (Todoist offers this, Things 3 does not) It would stress me out if I saw all the things I had to do at the same time.

I like to be able to see a number of tasks I have instead of a pie, which Things 3 has as compared to numbers in Todoist.

I also like being able to add color to my projects. (Todoist offers this, Things 3 does not)

I like that I can see my Tags on iOS, as compared to Things 3, you can only see them on Mac.

I like the natural language input that Todoist has. Things 3's natural input doesn't even compare.
 
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troychristmas

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It should be quite flexible, because with this you can now use other services/automations to remotely create tasks in Things, from Windows or Android, or via IFTTT, etc. I think they wanted something that would be "normal user"-friendly at first, and email is something people are used to and understand, and it provides a very simple way to take an email and turn it into a task, which is a common use case/scenario.

While I don't think they're going to ever do a web app, as aloshka suggests, it would be really handy if they'd add a web API for this. Maybe this email feature is the first step towards that. Certainly a web API is something that I'd make use of (and it'd hopefully allow defining due dates and similar), but for now being able to programatically generate emails to get tasks into Things is going to be great.

As the founder of a service that uses this ubiquitous email feature to connect to dozens of task apps, Things 3 has just made many of their users happy. They are testing out our service in decent numbers. You can now turn Evernote and OneNote tasks easily into Things 3 tasks using TaskClone. Previously, we had a tortured, but doable, workaround via IFTTT.

As we've seen with many other task apps, this is a first step to a full API. However, like OmniFocus, we're wondering if a Web API is really on the roadmap.
 
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