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Cultured Code Announces a Roadmap-That’s-Not-a-Roadmap

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I’m a huge fan of Cultured Code’s Things (both on the desktop and iPhone). A few weeks ago, I sent them what I thought to be a simple question: “Can I sync Things on the iPhone with two different desktops?” I’m giving some thought to getting a netbook and hackintoshing it and was curious if I could sync Things with it and my MacBook. I got back a response along these lines: “Not yet, but we’re working on it.”

In a recent blog post titled “This is not a roadmap,” Cultured Code, um, laid out a roadmap — kinda, sorta, maybe. Its “a roadmap by any other name” hints at the following upcoming features:

  • Things 1.2 for the desktop (due out in about two weeks) will improve keyboard support, especially shortcuts and tabbing behavior. Why the focus on keyboard shortcuts, you might ask? “Well, you’ll see when we release 1.2,” they said.
  • After 1.2, they will have more gerbils to feed the wheel, err, developers to code Things, and the feature set for the following release hints at fun things: Over-the-air sync, performance, bug fixes, easier collaboration,mixed projects, and better communication of how dates work.

They claim they’ve been working on over-the-air syncing for a while, especially a method not requiring MobileMe (or any WebDAV). One of the issues I have with how Things on the iPhone currently works is there’s no push notification of tasks due today; while there is a badge count, I must open the app to have it refresh. In the blog post, Cultured Code promises version 1.5 of Things for the iPhone and Touch will have push notifications — they are currently at version 1.3, so this could take some time. An over-the-air sync that will allow me to keep my iPhone and multiple Macs up to date would thrill me.

Collaboration I’m less interested in. While I do use Things to manage projects at work, I’m the only user of Things, so this is of limited value to me. Mixed projects it claims are “the ability for active projects to also contain inactive and scheduled items.” I’m not 100 percent sure what it means by that, but if it helps me remember the status report I keep forgetting to do every week, I won’t complain.

You can read more about the changes in this blog post. According to a follow-up comment by the developers, all 1.x updates will be free updates. As a gigantic Things user, I’m looking forward to upcoming releases.

9 Responses to “Cultured Code Announces a Roadmap-That’s-Not-a-Roadmap”

  1. You can sync with multiple computers, it’s no seamless but here is how I have done it –

    1. Sign up for DropBox
    2. Store your Things DB in your Drop Box folder
    3. Set up things to look for the DB in the DropBox folder on both machines

    Let DropBox sync your DB between the two computers thus always leaving you able to sync for either computer

  2. I’m a great fan of Things, but I moved back to Remember The Milk when their iPhone app came out. It does over the air syncing with any connection, which suits me perfectly. I also prefer their web app when I’m at a laptop/desktop.

    I may take another look at Things when all the new stuff comes along.

  3. Things is the only “task/todo” management app I’ve ever used – tried using others and they never clicked. Things clicked out of the box – its great software. I’m looking forward to better collaboration, so I can sync projects to my senior dev so task priorities and future steps are more transparent for him.

  4. I bought things, among other scheduling/project apps. I liked it much better than OmniFocus. The main reason I eventually stopped using it is that is is not always easy to see what I have to do by when. It’s nice that these apps embrace GTD, but frankly I could care less about that. I wanted an app I could use to input tasks and complex projects and then get an at-a-glance view of what I should be doing today, tomorrow etc.

    I have been using Appigo’s “ToDo” lately. It’s not perfect either, and also suffers from the annoying need to open is to get icon badges. However, it has a good “list view” that shows me all upcoming tasks and when they’re due, prioritized.