Things Parser 2.0


This is designed to work when adding tasks to an existing project, but not when creating a new project. So for an existing project

#Existing Project ==Existing Heading
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3

will add three tasks under the heading. If you wanted to do this with a new project, you would have to create it first and then add the tasks in two separate blocks, e.g.

+New Project ==New Heading 1 ==New Heading 2

#New Project ==New Heading 1
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3

The reason for this design is that you can only add headings to a project on creation, so users will have to indicate all the headings they want after the +New Project. Tasks in the same block can’t be added to all of those headings, so if the user’s intention is to add some of them to particular headings, that needs to be specified.


Thanks, Peter. I appreciate it.


So, firstly I just wanted to say I think this is great.

So far a great use I have found for it is problematic for me since I have a document with a number of suggestions about local networking meetups etc. It contains places and times etc.

What I am hoping to do is to schedule some actions according to the document by breaking it down using the delimiters that you have set up so that I can send the whole text into ‘Things’ and have your action do the heavy lifting.

So am I right in suggesting that:

  • Everything for 1 task has to be in the same sentence. i.e. Your action differentiates a new line as a new task?

  • One problem I have run up against is that if I am not mistaken I can’t refer to any Date or Time in the notes as they appear to be removed when I sent them over.

I am assuming the following presents all kinds of problems as it’s not working as I would like.


#Networking ==Networking Events Dalycom Nottingham Business Networking //Thursdays 8.00am - 10.00am Contact Anita Popat, 01509 410 407 *Ugly Bread Bakery, 21 Market Street Nottingham NG1 6HX

#Networking ==Networking Events An informal business networking event for Businesses in Nottingham and the surrounding areas //taking place on the 3rd Thursday of every month (starting 18th January 2018) from 8.00am - 10.00am.

If this were possible, I’d like to see it under Networking (which is one of my Projects) as listed items, and I’d continue to work down the sheet to highlight the others.

So far when I send this over, I get nothing at all anywhere?! :worried:

@pdavisonreiber Can you explain why?


Hello, Im new to all of this. But this looks like what im looking for.
I love the use of dictation on drafts for the iwatch and prefer it to using siri because of the pauses in between talking to her. I think this is what I have been looking for but not sure. I basicly want to be able to say ‘siri…export drafts into things’ and have all my draft notes exported to things ‘todo’ then I can sort them later. Is this what your program does? and if it is how do I download it to my iphone.

thank you very much