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Posted by Leib Moscovitz
Jan 29, 2020 at 05:42 PM


There are a number of Windows (or web-based) alternatives to Things which, though perhaps not fully equivalent to the original, can certainly give Things a run for the money.

Specifically, there is the web-based Nirvana (https://www.nirvanahq.com/); the Windows program Everdo (https://everdo.net/); and, perhaps somewhat astonishingly, MS To-Do - see most recently the interesting discussion of getting the latter to work like Things posted at: https://thesweetsetup.com/how-to-use-microsoft-to-do-as-a-cross-platform-gtd-solution/.

BTW, without any criticism of the above options, all of which I have used, you might be interested in Ticktick, which offers both an excellent and very rich free option and a good (and relatively inexpensive) subscription option; see https://ticktick.com/ (this is what I use now).


Posted by Christoph
Jan 29, 2020 at 06:34 PM


Thank you for these suggestions, Leib.

Nirvana is not bad, but the last time I looked it did not have reminders which are essential for me.

MS ToDo is interesting but still lacking features. I doubt that it can really replace Things, though I will look into that.

TickTick is nice, but could not convince me. E.g. I was missing instant search, highlighting of search hits, support of start dates vs. due dates, work areas and tags (other than hashtags in the tile). Also protection of data privacy is an issue for me. TickTick operates in China and is unclear about that. Similar problem with MS ToDo, MS and Google already know enough about us.

Did not try out Everdo so far because I believed it was a supplement to Evernote, but it seems to be a standalone solution?


Posted by Leib Moscovitz
Jan 29, 2020 at 08:10 PM


Everdo is indeed a standalone solution - largely an offline clone of Nirvana, aimed at better privacy.

Another option which might be of interest is Leadertask (https://www.leadertask.com/). Its main advantage over other solutions (at least as far as I’m concerned) is the ease with which it enables you to view tasks in your calendar, although users for whom this is of secondary importance would probably be better off looking elsewhere. Also, it’s somewhat difficult to learn about all the features of the program, since the help is extremely poor.


Posted by Christoph
Jan 31, 2020 at 12:18 AM


Just hat a look at Everdo - right, it has nothing to do with Evernote (there is an EverDo add-on though, not the capital D).

Everdo seems to be in fact a neat solution for Windows, but it does not support hierarchical structure of tasks/projects, reminders, and priorities.


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