Popular to-do app Things was updated today, bringing a new feature that enables users to add to-dos to the app from non-Apple devices.
Previously, Things offered four ways to add to-dos: Quick Entry, Siri, 3D Touch, and the Add to Things extension. However, these methods are only available from within the Apple ecosystem. For this reason, version 3.3 introduces Mail to Things – a feature that allows users to send an email to the Things Cloud, where it will be automatically converted into a to-do for them.
The Mail to Things feature basically means users can get access to “Quick Entry” from other platforms, such as their Windows PC at work, or an Android phone. It also gives them the option of giving their @things.email address to a partner or colleague for delegating to-dos to them.
To enable the new feature on the Things mobile app, users need to open Settings, located at the bottom of the interface, and toggle on the Mail to Things option, after which a private @things.email address will be allocated for them to use. The same option can be found on macOS within the Things app preferences.
Emails sent to the address are converted into to-dos and placed into the user’s Inbox. The main thing to remember when sending messages to Things Cloud is that the email’s subject becomes the to-do’s title, and the rest goes into the notes. (At present, there’s no way to set tags or any other metadata via email.)
A few other things are worth noting. If an email is longer than 2,000 characters, it will be truncated by Things. Also, the app only supports plain text, so any formatting in emails will be lost. Lastly, file attachments are not supported and will be ignored.
Mail to Things also creates new opportunities for workflows that send emails. With apps and services such as Workflow, IFTTT, and Zapier, users can build workflows that create to-dos automatically. A few examples using Workflow include sending to-dos to Things, copying the clipboard to Things, and dictating to Things.
Things 3 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99 and from the iOS App Store. The iPad version is priced at $19.99 [Direct Link] while the iPhone version (which includes Apple watch support) is priced at $9.99. [Direct Link] A 15-day trial of Things for Mac is available on the Cultured Code website.
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