Chandler Users discuss Things 1.0

January 23rd, 2009 by Mimi Yin

Things recently released their 1.0 and there’s been some interesting discussion about it vis-a-vis Chandler on the Users-List.

Some interesting analysis of relative pros and cons include:

– Things’ more native Mac OSX experience
– New ability to sync Things with Apple iCal
– Chandler’s ability to share and sync across multiple computers
– Always present notes pane (Chandler) versus separate pop-up (Things)
– Lack of printing in Chandler

Have you tried out Things? What has your experience been? What do you like about Things that you would like to see incorporated in Chandler?

Things and Chandler

Screenshot of Things was taken from the Culture Code website.

9 Responses to “Chandler Users discuss Things 1.0”

  1. Denny Says:

    I played around with Things briefly on my Wife’s Mac. In general I like Chandler’s ability to sync to Chandler Hub across multiple computers. I use XP and Ubuntu on several computers and all I have to do is to sync to Chandler Hub and I know I always have the latest data. As for Things, I do like the tagging feature.

    One thing I would like to ask, could you make Chandler start up faster? Sometime it takes minutes for the app to come up. Overall, this is a great app. Please keep up the great work.


  2. adam Says:

    Sometimes chandler takes longer to load up as it is restoring from a backup (once a week).
    This helps as far as I am aware with keeping chandler running as fast as possible when you are using it….see more notes here.

  3. David Says:

    i haven’t tried it out yet but I think I will soon.

  4. Sachin G Says:

    Haven’t been hearing any news about this project, i hope its not dead!

  5. mStudios Says:

    hi -

    I’m a long time user of Things. it is very flexible and very aesthetic to use. But I miss some abilities I find in Chandler and/or Toodledo. At this point I use a combo: Things for setting up many items and assign tags to them. Sync into Chandler/iCal. Partially I like Chandlers simple now-later-done approach but interface wise I definitely think Things is superior. Currently my instance of the Hub is busted and I don’t know how to figure out if I need to delete my account or what. Tried filing a bug report but now I can’t get back to track it if something is being done on the subject. Tried joining a mailing list but this seems not that simple either. In Things, when there was a problem you could mail directly out of the app and this makes for a better user experience - especially as the coders DID respond.

  6. Sam Says:

    Just giving my initial impression.

    I haven’t tried either of them yet, but based on the screenshot posted above, I would much rather try Thing first. It’s looks simpler, nicer, and less intimidating.

    I’ll give them both a try. First impressions can be misleading.

  7. a_c_m Says:

    I really like the look of chandler, seems to be the app i’ve been looking for. But i really needs to get into the Ubuntu repros, especially for 64bit which is a royal pain to compile for at the moment.

  8. Alan Says:

    Today I decided to stop using Lotus Agenda after many years because I encountered the dreaded damage file problem again. I tried Chandler and Things. I work in a cleanroom and I have a life away from the computer so I print my to do list on cleanroom paper after planning my day and carry it with me. While working with Chandler I was shocked to discover that it only prints the calendar month view. So I found this blog entry and downloaded Things. It prints. It maps well to GTD, which I had implemented using categories, filters and views in Agenda. Plus the to dos show up in iCal as they do in Chandler, so after getting a list of things to do today I can drag them from the tasks list in iCal onto the calendar, something that was possible to do in Agenda by sorting by start date, but somewhat laborious. If Chandler could print and supported tagging and filtering by tags as Things does, I might reconsider, but it looks like I’m going to pay for Things and not use Chandler.

  9. Manu Says:


    i use Chandler since few days… the missing functionnality for me (i use it alone) is a Waiting for status like deffered, active en done. It will be more easy to view actions that i delegate or i waitinf for somebody. A field Allocate to will be nice.