Today marks the launch of Things 3 — a completely rebuilt suite of apps from the privately funded company based out of Stuttgart, Germany. I’ve been using and testing Things 3 for Mac and Things 3 for iPhone & Apple Watch for over a month now and this is, by far, the most refreshing and polished change I’ve seen an app update launch with.
I’ve used Clear as my primary task manager for a few years now, but it hasn’t been updated since 2015 and their iCloud syncing functionality has been broken for quite a while. Syncing between iOS devices works fine, but as soon as you throw a Mac into the mix, all of you devices refuse to sync.
The only way to fix the issue is to stop using the Mac app entirely and open up a hidden menu in the iOS app that allows you to reset the iCloud sync data. It’s an irritating bug that, because I rarely use macOS, I’ve been lucky enough to mostly avoid. But to me, this bug is representative of a bigger problem, the app is essentially abandoned. It’s been over a year since the last update and I don’t expect to see one anytime soon. It’s time to move on.
The release of Things 3 is the perfect opportunity for me to jump ship on Clear and transition to something that’s under active development. So far, I’m very impressed. The onboarding experience was top notch, the interface is gorgeous, and I love how it organizes all of my tasks in a way that keeps me from feeling overwhelmed.
I’m not thrilled that the iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps all have to be purchased separately, but the folks at Cultured Code are offering each of them at 20% off the regular price until May 25. If you’re at all interested in Things, it’s a good idea to make your purchasing decision before the price goes back up next week.