I took Things 3 for a spin, but didn’t stay with it long for a lot of the same reasons as others have listed. Like many of us, I am guilt of fiddling with the system too much probably, but it is always in an effort to be more productive (at least that’s what I tell myself :) ) I was hoping to simplify my system with the new Things 3. I realized I probably had too many contexts, and projects that were perhaps over complicated with nesting. I thought maybe Things 3 would force me to simplify and perhaps allow me to prioritize. I had reached a point with OF where the lack of the ability to prioritize was creating some overwhelming feelings. I have since started adding a priority snippet to the front of each task, and have made some custom perspectives with text searches to sort it all out while I patiently wait for multiple contexts.
I couldn’t adapt to the limited folder structure in Things 3. OF makes me feel much more organized with the nesting ability multiple levels deep. I did like the list feature in T3, but didn’t like the fact that anything in a list could not have additional data like a context applied to it.
Not being able to fold projects up in the left pane was another disappointment.
The OF2 import into Things 3 was very nice. It had to be tweaked a little bit, but it didn’t take long, and I have a large database. There is also no way to switch to a tag view. They open up in a separate window, but it wasn’t very useful. I like the context view to work out of and was hoping for that functionality with the tags.
I also missed OF’s review feature.
Although touted as a product feature for simplicity by Things 3, I prefer to see the details about my tasks displayed instead of having them hidden. In Things 3 you have to click on a task to see dates/times/attachments/etc. I agree with others on the white space being out of control. I remember how happy I was when OF released the compact view.
OF2 absolutely crushes Things 3 on the iphone. I didn’t realize just how easy it is to get around in OF2 and how closely it mimics the desktop version.
As I worked my way around the software seeing if I could make it fit, I found that what I missed most was this forum! So many helpful folks here that are willing to share their experiences, thoughts, and hacks on just about any OF subject no matter how trivial. Seems like there was a Things forum at some point in the past, but I couldn’t find it now.