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Things 3 for iPad Gets Major Update With Support for External Keyboards, Shortcuts and More

Cultured Code today released a major 3.6 update to its popular Things 3 app, introducing a slew of new features for the iPad. The company says the goal with this update is to make Things 3 for the iPad truly desktop-class with full support for external keyboards and keyboard shortcuts to make the Things 3 experience when connected to a keyboard as easy as the touch-only experience. To achieve this goal, Cultured Code has added support for selecting items in Things from the keyboard, mirroring how Things 3 works on the Mac.Before you can use a shortcut, you need a persistent selection in the list that you can target. So that's exactly what we've built for Things 3.6. To see what we mean, just open the app and tap the down arrow; you'll see the first to-do selected. Now you can move the selection around with the arrow keys, or hold down shift and use the arrows to select more to-dos. Yes, it works just like the Mac!Things 3 supports a wide range of keyboard shortcuts for a selection, such as inserting a new to-do, opening a to-do, moving items up or down a list, duplicating or copying items, setting a date, marking an item complete, and more. Popovers in the app are also fully accessible from the keyboard. Type Travel, a Things 3 navigation feature for the Mac, is also now available on the iPad. To use it, type where in the app you need to go, such as projects or a specific to-do, and then it automatically opens up. Other new features include support for dragging and dropping to-dos into the Things sidebar to move them to other lists, the ability to apply

Things 3.5 Update Brings Layout and Tagging Tweaks, New Clipboard Features, and More

Popular to-do app Things received a "spit and polish" update today for both macOS and iOS. Version 3.5 of the software bundles in 29 features and improvements based on user feedback, including performance tweaks, tagging enhancements, and more. Collapsible areas in Things has been one of the most requested features, according to the developers, which is why Things 3.5 enables users with particularly long project lists to collapse or hide them using new chevron buttons alongside project titles. On iOS, users should be able to find and add tags more quickly, now that the tag window is searchable. App-wide tag searches have also been made more broad, so that if a user searches for a tag, they'll see not only items with that tag, but also items with the tag nested under them. Additionally, the "No Tag" filter has been reinstated, due to popular demand. Things 3.5 introduces some helpful copy/paste features for bringing content into the app, too. For example, if a user copies text from another app then switches to Things and pastes that text, a new to-do is automatically created containing the clipboard data. On top of that, several new to-dos are created when pasting multiple lines of text. The same thing works with Universal Clipboard, allowing you to copy some text on your Mac and paste it in Things on an iPhone to auto-create new to-dos. You can also drag text from another app into Things to achieve the same thing. Elsewhere, thanks to a new "update" command it's now possible to edit workflows that make use of the recently launched Things URLs feature

Things 3.4 Update Introduces URL Linking Support, App Handover and Automation Features

Popular to-do app Things reached version 3.4 today and gained a trio of additional features made possible by the introduction of all-new Things URL links. Basically, the app now supports a special kind of link that starts with "things:" and enables users to send a variety of commands to the app. For example, it's now possible to link to your Today list, as well as the contents of your Upcoming and Logbook lists, from anywhere, such as in another app or within Things itself. In addition, links can be tied to specific to-dos within lists. On Mac, links can be generated within Things by right-clicking on any to-do or list in the sidebar and selecting Share -> Copy Link. On iOS, the same option can be found in the Share menu, accessed via the chevron button in the upper right corner of a list. Some examples of the new links users can generate include: Show Today: things:///show?id=today Show Upcoming: things:///show?id=upcoming
Show Logbook: things:///show?id=logbook
Show your “Vacation in Rome” project: things:///show?query=Vacation%20in%20Rome (This works if the project has that name).Apart from simple navigation, more advanced users can use Things URLs to execute powerful commands from outside of the app – to create to-dos, show tag filters, perform searches, and so on – while other apps will soon be able to use the URLs to send data to Things. For example, MindNode now lets users brainstorm on an empty canvas and then "hand it over" to Things as a project via a link. The popular Drafts app is planning support for Things URL links in its next version, and

'Things' for Apple Watch Puts Task Accomplishment Tools on Your Wrist

Cultured Code, the company behind popular task management app Things, already announced plans for an Apple Watch app, but as of today, the company is ready to share an in-depth look at how Things for Apple Watch will bring powerful task accomplishment capabilities to Apple's wrist worn device. As detailed in a post on the Cultured Code's blog, Things for Apple Watch was created to guide people through their daily "Get Things Done" goals, much like Apple's own built-in fitness-based apps help guide people through their daily movement goals. Things for Apple Watch revolves around a "Today list" that serves as a central place for people to list all of the goals they want to accomplish in any given day. Tasks can be pulled from different to-dos and projects in the Things app and compiled into this daily list, which is what's displayed on the Apple Watch. For quick access to the daily task list in Things for Apple Watch, Cultured Code developed a "Glance" view. Swiping up on the Apple Watch's face brings up Glances, and the Things Glance offers a look at progress that's been made on a task list as well as remaining tasks that need to be completed. Like Apple's apps, Things uses a circle to help users visualize their progress -- as tasks are completed, the circle fills up. A tap on the Things Glance view can be used to open the full Things app, where tasks can be viewed in more detail or marked as completed. Tapping on a task brings up information like due dates, notes, and the project it's in, and from this view, tasks can be postponed until another day. To