Thoughts on using Things 3 again

I’ve been simplifying a lot lately and whilst I hate the lack of accessibility options it offers I’ve settled into a little bit of a rhythm now using Things 3 daily. My main reason for this was I wanted a system that offered

  • An integrated Calendar
  • A great user experience when using the now always attached to my iPad Magic Keyboard
  • The ability to set a due date but not be forced to enter a time
  • A great sync service

I started off with Reminders and I really enjoy the iOS 14 widget for the app but the lack of trackpad support makes it a little painful to use if you have gotten used to using the trackpad daily like I have now. Reminders would be a great solution if I didn’t use it on the iPad so much, I feel like I have a hand tied behind my back without being being to right click on inbox items and projects.

OmniFocus was out because I had to set a due time and the UI can get a little overwhelming for me when there is a lot on. I also echo Matt’s (see link below) view of feeling bad for having red flags reminding you that you have failed somehow in your day and why he likes Things for this.

Link: Why Matt uses Things 3

Todoist is a good app with good trackpad support but I can’t justify paying for the app monthly when I have already paid for Things and OmniFocus without a subscription service.

This left Things 3, an app I had paid for on iPad, iPhone and the Mac and I wasn’t using. My previous problems with the accessibility options i.e. they don’t support full system font size support was a bit of a game changer (I even left a review on the App Store to try to highlight this to the developers), and is still an issue but as I started to use it on the iPad primarily the iPhone font size didn’t really bother me, I don’t go a lot of places and the app on my iPhone hardly gets used. I still think that the Things 3 developers should embrace accessibility going forward for now it’s ok and I’ve made my peace with it.

I have enjoyed using it, in a simpler way. I can fire it up, see my day covering both the Calendar and Tasks in one place. I can easily move items between projects and can simply set a due date without worrying about a time. I like the break down of areas, projects and the upcoming view is a great way to see what you have to do.

Accessibility aside my only real other gripe is around how many clicks it takes to create a repeating task. I’d like the option to be able to mark the task as repeating at creation rather than having to take another step once you have created it.

So, for now I’m with Things and look forward to seeing what they do for iOS 14 (if the developers are reading I’m open for beta testing…).

How I manage my RSS subscriptions manually across devices using NetNewsWire

Since making the decision to engage less in social media I’ve become a big fan of RSS again and have my reader of choice NetNewsWire installed across all of my iOS devices.

I started curating my feed on my iPhone only. Once I was happy I then used the export option to save to my iCloud.

On my iPad I then use this export to sync my feed. When I add new feeds I export and reimport again. The only issue with this is that when you reimport you’ll need to remove all of your subscriptions first or you’ll have duplicates.

I know this isn’t perfect but is free and saves a sign up to an RSS management app.

Apps using your clipboard in iOS 14

Another day, another warning for apps that use your clipboard. I trust Apollo but wonder why they are taking my clipboard at all. I think there’s info here that needs to be shared by the development community as to why they are using our clipboard. For me it’s a lack of understanding so I’m not targeting any developers, just want to know why in general for any app that shows this message.

Anyone else on the beta finding they are suddenly aware of their data being shared between apps?

iOS 14: App Library

A week in testing iOS 14 and I’m loving the new App Library feature. My setup now involves one home screen and then the App Library, no more other pages of apps. This feature allows you to let iOS manage your app organisation and for me at least has encouraged me to install more apps.

When I swipe over I get all of my apps organised by category.

To do this I simply turned off all of my home screens in the edit home screen setting.

This has been working quite nicely for me and can’t see me going back to multiple home screens.

Now I just need Apple to bring it over to the iPad.

iOS 14: how to customise the Reminders widget

I’m very much enjoying iOS 14 and wanted to start to share how to customise the Reminders widget.

Add the widget and then long press and tap ‘Edit Widget”.

I like to change this view to see how many items I’ve got due today. So I tap list and change.

You can change the list displayed to meet your own needs but personally I use TODAY because for me this seems most relevant to have on a widget you want to see most often.

iOS 14: widget first impressions

I don’t think I could go back to iOS 13 now after beta testing iOS 14, it’s made the iPhone home screen so much more alive and interactive. I’ve not gone overboard with my widgets but now settled on one large one that is ‘stacked’. This stacking means that I added the medium sized calendar, followed by reminders. I then dragged reminders on top and hey presto I have a stack I can scroll through. I then simply added weather, notes, music and battery.

They aren’t updating super reliably at the moment but I’m so impressed with the implementation.

As a side note this beta 1 seems really stable, much more than iOS 13. I think Apple have taken the negative feedback on board from last year.

Can’t wait to start seeing more of your setups.