What’s new in The Hit List

The Hit List for iPhone & iPad 2.5

iPad support

Manage your tasks effectively from the iPad of your choice (iPad 2 and newer), including the iPad Pro. With multitasking support.

Apple Watch support

See the status of today's tasks from the convenience of your wrist with The Hit List for Apple Watch, included in the iPhone app.

Today Extension

Swipe down from the top of the screen to see the Today widget for The Hit List in Notification Center. The widget is live updating and it gives you a quick overview of what's on your plate today.


Conveniently take text and URLs in other apps, and use them to create new tasks in The Hit List. See it in action on our blog. On your iPad, share lists with friends and colleagues by email. Also available: URL Scheme for creating tasks.

iPhone-Optimized Shortcuts

Manage those tasks quickly with shortcuts! Swipe right in a list to schedule a task. Swipe left to move, cancel, or delete. Flick between viewing lists and tags. On iPhone 6s, press the Hit List icon on the Home screen for Quick Actions to immediately create a new task, or go straight to your Today list.

Syncing Included

Our sync service — speedy as ever — is now included with The Hit List. Synchronize seamlessly and automatically between your Apple devices.

Fast Editing

Edit tasks at a single touch — no edit mode to switch in and out of! Dates are adjusted using an integrated calendar. Repetition and priority controls stay out of your way but are there instantly, in-line, with a simple tap. Type in subtasks, right there on the card.

Good News for Existing Customers

The Hit List 2.5 is a Universal app, running on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch, so existing customers of Version 2 get full iPad support for free. Still using Version 1 and looking to upgrade? Learn how to import your data using our sync service. It's quick, easy, and of course, free.

App Store

The Hit List for Mac

Maintenance releases to The Hit List for Mac published by Karelia Software are now available. Note that our sync service is now included, so it’s easy and fast to synchronize between The Hit List for Mac and The Hit List for iPhone.

Latest Version

Release Notes

The Hit List for iPhone & iPad

Version: 2.5.6, September 13, 2016

  • Now fully compatible with iOS 10
  • Fixes minor bugs and crashes

Version: 2.5.5, April 21, 2016

  • Fix a bug where signing back into the sync service was not possible when login credential is removed from the System Keychain
  • Fix recurrence bug that happens when task is set to repeat in 2 years or more and after completion
  • Other bug fixes

Version: 2.5.4, March 22, 2016

  • Fix crash that happens when you choose "End On" when editing custom recurrence of a task
  • Fix crash that could happen when adding a new tag in the tag selection view
  • Fix crash that could happen when adding a new list in the task move view
  • Fix crash that could happen when moving an archived list to another folder

Version: 2.5.3, February 1, 2016

  • When using swipe shortcuts for a task, the Edit button changes to "Done" again, and the button for showing completed tasks retains its appearance
  • Corrected bug where tasks assigned both start and due dates in the near future would be incorrectly highlighted when viewing the containing list
  • Addresses a crash when reordering tasks
  • Performance improvements
  • Fixed a sync bug that could cause problems when you sync from a device that has not been synced in over 2 months
  • Fixed a minor bug related to repeating tasks that are set to repeat after completion

Version: 2.5.2, January 17, 2016


  • Choosing the location for a new task location occupies a smaller portion of your screen
  • Slightly clearer wording for the button that shows or hides completed tasks
  • Fixed bug where changing the tags, repeat rule, or location of a new task would slightly upset the card’s layout
  • Fixed a crash-on-launch problem which could occur when using the app with iPad multi-tasking functionality

Today Widget

  • Tasks are badged to indicate if they have notes now, just like the main app
  • Fixed bug where due date was sometimes laid out in the wrong spot

Lists, Tags and Folders

  • Clearer naming of the location of lists and folders during editing
  • Resolved issue where editing a list, tag or folder on the main screen would leave the app in a mixed editing state
  • Fixed minor cosmetic glitch where editing the tags associated with a task could result in a weird double selection
  • Addressed issues where lists or tags could could unexpectedly be shown as selected on the main screen
  • Better handling of deleting lists and tags
  • Choosing the location of a list, tag or folder:
    • More concise view of your folders without lists and tags cluttering it up
    • Fixed glitch where some folders would be collapsed and unable to be expanded further

Moving Tasks

  • Very long task titles are truncated neatly, rather than growing too wide
  • Fixed bug which could sometimes stop tasks from being moved to their desired list


  • Improved layout of sign-in screen
  • Fixed handling of a full sync being required

Other Bug Fixes

  • Links to non-Apple apps were unable to be opened
  • An empty list could result in the button for accessing completed tasks becoming jammed as if selected
  • Crash when using the swipe shortcut for deleting tasks from search results screen
  • Crash when trying to edit completed tasks on iPhone (or similar multitasking environment on iPad)
  • Choosing an end date for a task repeat rule works again

Version: 2.5.1, December 17, 2015


  • Creating a new list or tag will open it so you can start adding tasks straight away
  • Dates in search results are now editable

Bugs Fixed

  • Long-pressing on a link behaves properly again
  • Trying to choose the location for a new list or tag in some parts of the app was crashing
  • If unable to sync due to an incorrect password, you can use settings to change it
  • Unmarking a task as completed was sometimes crashing, if it were the only task in a list
  • When creating a task using the Share extension, assigning dates works again
  • The button for creating new lists/folders was slightly misplaced

Version: 2.5, December 10, 2015


  • Full support, including iPad Pro
  • Manage your tasks alongside other apps, with iOS 9 multitasking features
  • Convenient quick editing of start and due dates
  • Keep your tasks and lists seamlessly up-to-date between your iPad, iPhone and Mac with our included Sync Service
  • Share your lists by email

Other Changes

  • 3D Touch Quick Actions for iPhone 6s
  • Handy badge to indicate if a task has notes attached to it
  • Cleaner, fresher appearance for tags
  • Corrected an issue where trying to move a subtask to a list had no effect

The Hit List for Mac

Version: 1.1.28, December 9, 2016

  • Disable disk caching of sync callback network activity
  • Make "New Task in The Hit List" Service work properly in macOS Sierra

Version: 1.1.27, November 17, 2016

  • Fix crash that happens on new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar machines
  • Don't reset timer when pressing the B keyboard shortcut on an already timing task
  • Other minor bug fixes

Version: 1.1.26, August 19, 2016

  • Improve printing
  • Improvements to library fix operation
  • Reveal Task Library and Fix Task Library menu items added to Help menu. Hold down the option key on the keyboard to access them

Version: 1.1.25, July 7, 2016

  • Make Reminders Sync more reliable
  • Fix crashes

Version: 1.1.24, June 14, 2016

  • Fixes a crash that affects users with a multiple monitor set up

Version: 1.1.23, May 24, 2016

  • Improved crash reporting
  • Fixed Quick Entry with Context feature not working in Safari. OS X 10.11.5 update has made getting the selection in Safari not possible by default. As a result, the selection in Safari no longer gets turned into a task's notes. If you'd like that feature back, you must enable the 'Allow JavaScript from Apple Events' option in Safari's Develop menu.

Version: 1.1.22, April 20, 2016

  • Fixed reloading problem that can happen on the Today and Upcoming lists after a date change

Version: 1.1.21, April 16, 2016

  • Fixed a crash on launch caused by some smart folder set ups
  • Fixed a crash that can happen after establishing push sync connection
  • Fixed a crash that can happen during sync
  • Fixed a crash that happens when duplicating a folder that contains smart folders
  • Fixed a crash that can happen after a date change
  • Other crash fixes

Version: 1.1.20, April 12, 2016

  • Bug fixes related to smart folders
  • Fix recurrence bug that happens when a task is set to repeat in 2 years or more and after completion

Version: 1.1.19, February 15, 2016

  • Make updates happen securely and completely over https
  • Update Sparkle to latest version available
  • Fix bug that prevented typing of speial characters into the "Go To" or "File To" fields
  • Fix bug where inner folders were not duplicated when duplicating a folder
  • When duplicating, a list, folder, etc., append "copy" to the end of the duplicated item's name
  • Improve updating completed state of parent task when "Complete parent task when all sub-tasks are completed" pref is turned off

Version: 1.1.18, January 29, 2016

  • Fixed a sync bug that could cause problems when you sync from a device that has not been synced in over 2 months
  • Fixed a minor bug related to repeating tasks that are set to repeat after completion

Version: 1.1.17, October 16, 2015

  • Fixed a problem where access to sync service could be disabled

Version: 1.1.16, October 1, 2015

  • Compatibility fixes for OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Push sync reliability improvements

Version: 1.1.15, May 18, 2015

New Features

  • The "Start Today" section is now shown above the "Still Working On" section in the Today list. It should make new tasks to the Today list less likely to escape your attention.

Version: 1.1.14, April 23, 2015

  • Fix a bug related to repeating tasks that resulted in the user getting the "task is a required value" error
  • Don't be as eager to switch to secondary sync service host when connecting to primary sync host fails
  • Use a different way to line break tags when displaying tasks
  • When launching for the first time, add a task to check out THL for iPhone in Inbox

Version: 1.1.13, March 19, 2015

  • Fix some recurrence rule changes not getting synced over
  • Fix next start date is not getting filled in automatically sometimes when toggling repeat after completion off while editing task recurrence
  • Fix Expand All menu item in main menu displaying the wrong keyboard shortcut
  • Improvements to crash reporting mechanism

Version: 1.1.12, March 5, 2015

  • In Quick Entry window, you can now use command-shift-f to open the list pulldown menu
  • If the Quick Entry window is open and has a typed task in it, save it when the Quick Entry shortcut is pressed again
  • Show URLs in notes synced over from iOS as links
  • Fixed a sync bug related to repeating tasks
  • Fixed notes in task list moving down temporarily when checkbox is clicked
  • Fix a crashing bug in OS X 10.8 related to Reminders sync

Version: 1.1.11, February 20, 2015

New Features

  • Sync now works in China
  • Reliability improvements to automatic sync after Mac awakes from sleep
  • Help documentation updated to explain custom thehitlist:// URL scheme
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements

Version: 1.1.10, December 15, 2014

  • The Hit List Sync Service is now included with purchase
  • Added an announcement for The Hit List 2 for iPhone
  • Minor improvements

Version: 1.1.9, November 28, 2014

  • Fixes problem of tasks view's scroll point jumping after a task inside is modified in OS X Yosemite

Version: 1.1.8, November 7, 2014

New Features

  • When using OS X 10.9 and above, weekends are colored correctly in the date picker for places whose weekends do not fall on Saturday and Sunday

Bug Fixes

  • Reminders sync bug fixes
  • Fixes problem of all folders getting expanded after filing a task to a list in OS X Yosemite

Version: 1.1.7, October 21, 2014

  • Fixed tasks view scrolling down by a bit when adding tasks near the top of the list under OS X Yosemite
  • Other minor changes for Yosemite compatibility

Version: 1.1.6, October 16, 2014

  • Yosemite compatibility fixes
  • Improved calendar control
  • In repeating task input, recognize "annually"
  • Fixed bug in the URL parsing engine that didn't recognize some empty unicode characters properly
  • Other bug fixes and minor improvements
  • OS X 10.6 is no longer supported

Version: 1.1.5, August 20, 2014

  • Improved data consistency check when restoring from library backup
  • Wording changes in "Learn The Hit List" tutorial list
  • Fixed a bug where the app can freeze during launch due to an invalid repeating task
  • Fixed tabs becoming black when the window is moved between a retina and a non-retina screen
  • Fixed a OS X 10.8 compatibility issue in the task timer

Version: 1.1.4, May 28, 2014

  • Fixes and improvements to Reminders syncing
  • List names are no longer included in the title of the reminder that gets created if Reminder Sync is turned on
  • Fixed not being able to add tasks to Upcoming list (Added tasks get tomorrow as the Start date.)
  • Fixed issue where a double click in an empty area of the Today list would sometimes not create a new task
  • Fixed a sync problem with repeating tasks where completed tasks would be recreated if a device that had not synced for a long time was then synced again
  • Fixed bug where if a repeating task with subtasks were all completed in the Today list, the next recurring copy got created with some subtasks missing
  • Fixed crash that could happen when a timer in remaining time mode reached 0
  • Fixed a crash that could happen under rare circumstances while writing to the system log
  • Fixed showing “Press return to add task here” in an empty archived list
  • Fixed multiple identical tasks being created from a selection in Mail.app when creating context based tasks (This happened when two identical emails were sent to a user’s multiple email addresses. Mail.app showed the emails as a single selected email.)
  • Numerous other bug fixes and performance improvements
  • Updated branding to Karelia Software

Version: 1.1.3, December 5, 2013

  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatibility changes.
  • Other bug fixes

Version: 1.1.2, July 2, 2012

  • Retina display support
  • Minor bug fixes

Version: 1.1.1, May 4, 2012

  • Fixed repeating task bugs
  • When in fullscreen mode, don't move the window when dragging on empty areas in the task list
  • If the Keychain is not accessible, don't log out from sync account
  • Fixed Quit button not working on the "Can't open library" error message window
  • When using AppleScript, you can access the Archive group
  • When using AppleScript, lists now have an "archived" property
  • Improved error checking when moving lists and tasks using AppleScript

Version: 1.1, April 23, 2012

New Features

  • Quick Entry with Context. You need to set a keyboard shortcut in the preferences window first
  • New menu item for "Due Today". Keyboard shortcut is shift-T.
  • New keyboard shortcuts for raising and lowering task priority (; and ')
  • Added a menu item to open links in notes. Keyboard shortcut is "V". Shift-V to open in background.
  • Added "Copy with Notes" menu item. You must hold down the option key to see it
  • Improved "Create Task" system service to use the context of the active application
  • You can show and hide the sidebar now
  • Fullscreen support in Lion


  • No longer Mac OS X 10.5 compatible. Requires Snow Leopard or Lion and an Intel based CPU.
  • The app is now signed with Apple's Developer ID in preparation for the launch of Mountain Lion
  • On systems with a discrete GPU, use the built-in GPU if possible to perform animations
  • Improved recurrence rule parser to recognize partial words such as "tues" and "decem"
  • Show the entire notes field when adding a task through the Quick Entry window
  • Use a bullet unicode character instead of a dash as prefix when copying tasks
  • When copying completed and canceled tasks, use the "?" and "x" prefixes
  • When copying just one task into the pasteboard, copy just the task text, omitting any prefix
  • Renamed system service
  • Don't bring The Hit List to the foreground after adding a task through the services menu
  • Improved automatic library cleanup process
  • Save any pending data first before syncing when forcing a sync manually
  • Ask for a different library at launch if only the option key is held down
  • Other small improvements

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed notes getting assigned to the wrong task sometimes when editing while filtering a list
  • Fixed parent task getting collapsed sometimes when it shouldn't be.
  • Fixed exception that can happen when pasting a titled link into task notes
  • Fixed tabs animating briefly when the right-most tab is closed
  • Fixed not relaunching correctly after modifying Core Data indexing preference
  • Fixed outline view columns not getting the correct size sometimes after the window is resized
  • Fixed toolbar button not getting drawn correctly when pressed
  • Fixed lines getting drawn incorrectly in the tasks view after checking for update
  • Fixed various crashes and other minor bugs