Cultured Code has released Things 2, an update to its Things task manager, including the very, very long-awaited cloud sync capability. Did we mention that we’ve been waiting for it for awhile? The best news is that unlike rival The Hit List, cloud support is free on Things 2.
Things for Mac
- Daily Review list that pulls up a list of tasks and let you decide if you want to work on them today.
- Mountain Lion capability, including streamlining with Reminders so Siri can easily be used to enter tasks
- Retina display updates
Things for iOS
- Daily Review added
- Design UI tweaked
- Scrolling date picker
- Other iOS improvements such as tapping and holding a checkbox to cancel a task, log completed tasks automatically and VoiceOver accessibility
Things 2 is a welcome release, and we’re looking forward to putting it through its paces. Unfortunately, the delay in adding cloud sync (other productivity systems — such as OmniFocus — have had the feature for years) has lost Cultured Code a lot of its goodwill, as apparent by reading the comments on the linked posts above. We’re glad to see Things Cloud is finally clear of its beta evolution and ready for prime time.
When you sign up for the Things Cloud service on either your Mac or your iOS device, you’ll get a confirmation PIN via email. Entering the PIN in your client will confirm your account, and from that point you can log in on all your devices using your email/password combo. (Don’t reuse passwords, please.) The first Things instance you connect to the cloud will populate it with data, and subsequent devices (if they have to-dos on them already) will give you the option of merging, replacing local, or replacing the cloud list of tasks.
Things’ previous Bonjour/WiFi sync scheme has been removed in the 2.0 release, so if you update your Mac copy of Things you’ll need to update everywhere in order to sync with the new cloud service. If you need to retain local network syncing for some reason, there is now a “Legacy Sync” version of Things 1.5 for Mac (and a corresponding “Things 1 Mode” toggle in the iOS apps) that maintains Bonjour sync.
Things 2 for Mac is $49.95 through the Mac App Store, and a free trial is available from Cultured Code’s website. Things 2 for iPad is $19.99 and Things 2 for iPhone is $9.99. Both iOS versions require iOS 5 or later, and the Mac version requires OS X 10.6.6.