Things 3 for iPad updated with extensive support for trackpad and mouse as Magic Keyboard arrives

Cultured Code has updated the award-winning task manager Things 3 for iPad to add extensive support for trackpads just in time for the new Magic Keyboard.

This version of Things brings full support for the iPad’s new mouse cursor!

Connect a mouse or trackpad in your iPad’s settings, then open Things—you can click around and control the app, just like you would on your Mac …

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The new features arrive today in version 3.12.2.

  • The entire interface responds to your cursor.
    Your cursor will now highlight clickable interface elements, and hop to buttons or checkboxes as you move your mouse near them.
  • Context menus everywhere.
    You can now right-click everything: to-dos, projects, areas, and lists in the sidebar. This will bring up context menus with powerful actions.
  • Open a new window.
    In the sidebar, right-click a list and choose Open in New Window to quickly enter Split View (close it again with Cmd+W).
  • Swipe gestures.
    Swipe right on a to-do or project to schedule it, or left to enter multi-select mode. You can also swipe left within a checklist to delete rows.
  • Special clicks.
    To select a to-do without opening it, hold down Cmd when you click it. Click in an open space to deselect it again. If you like to cancel a to-do, hold down Option when you click its checkbox.
All the new features require iPadOS 13.4, which brings full trackpad and mouse support to the platform. The latest version also introduces a number of fixes
  • Made it easier to tap the checkbox of expanded to-dos.
  • Fixed some issues with Things’ toolbar being visually obscured by other on-screen elements, such as the keyboard’s shortcuts bar.
  • Fixed an issue where the Shift key could become “stuck” (this fix requires iPadOS 13.4 or later).
  • Fixed an issue where completed to-dos could be resurrected when marking a project incomplete via keyboard shortcut.
  • Fixed some animation glitches during the onboarding sequence.
  • Fixed a typo in the German translation.

Things 3 was an Apple Design Award winner in 2017, with our own Jeff Benjamin describing it as ‘a gorgeously-designed new take on the to-do app.’

Things 3 for iPad is a $19.99 purchase from the App Store.

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