The Hit List

Licence: Shareware (49.95)
Version 1.1.6 | Release Date: 2014-10-16 | Download
Version 1.1.3 | Release Date: 2013-12-05 | Download
Version 1.1.2 | Release Date: 2012-07-03 | Download
Version 1.1.1 | Release Date: 2012-05-04 | Download
Version 1.1 | Release Date: 2012-04-23 | Download
Version 1.0.6 | Release Date: 2011-08-11 | Download
Version 1.0.5 | Release Date: 2011-07-28 | Download
  • When syncing, change the title of the Sync menu item to "Syncing..."
  • Show critical warning icon when turning off iCal sync because iCal tasks can be deleted (by design).
  • Fixed display problem that can happen when scrolling in Mac OS X 10.7, "Lion"
  • Fixed Quick Entry window not showing up on top of fullscreen apps on Lion
  • Fixed toolbar button drawing incorrectly in Lion
  • Fixed a crash that can happen in the inspector view under Lion
  • Fixed tooltip for list name in smart folders not displaying correctly
  • Fixed a crash that can happen when the Quick Entry window is open when starting a full sync
  • Fixed a crash that can happen before doing a full sync
  • Fixed a rare crash that could happen when completing a task that's being timed
  • Fixed DiskWarrior warning about an invalid property list file
  • Fixed multiple tasks not being droppable on a tag if one of them already has the tag
  • Fixed list name being all lowercase when creating a list and moving the task at the same time in the "File To" pop-up
  • Fixed crash that happens when undoing after creating a list
  • Fixed background tabs not getting closed when undoing after creating a list
  • Fixed a rare crash that could happen in the inspector view
  • Fixed a crash that could happen when syncing an invalid note object from the sync server
  • Pressing return in the "Email Support" window now moves the keyboard focus to the next field instead of sending the email right away
  • Other minor improvements to email support request system
  • Fixed full sync failing on Mac OS X 10.5 sometimes when a library fails to copy due to a bug in Mac OS X 10.5
  • Fixed a crash that can happen on Mac OS X 10.5 when a task note is too large to sync
  • Fixed full sync failing on Mac OS X 10.5 if the Trash folder is not writable to the user
  • Fixed a crash that could happen on Mac OS X 10.5 after performing a full sync
  • Fixed a crash that could happen when fonts are added or removed to the system in Mac OS X 10.5
Version 1.0.4 | Release Date: 2011-06-21 | Download
Version 1.0.3 | Release Date: 2011-06-08 | Download
Version 1.0.2 | Release Date: 2011-06-02 | Download

New Features

  • Sync over the air with other copies of The Hit List running on Macs and iOS devices
  • You can now archive lists instead of tasks. Tasks in archived lists are not included in smart folders.
  • Today list's icon now shows today's date
  • Spotlight search support on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and higher
  • Added a preference to control when tasks get automatically hidden
  • Detect addresses and phone numbers when editing task notes
  • Control-tab and control-shift-tab now changes the current tab
  • New keyboard shortcuts for selecting the next and previous items in the source list: ⌥⌘[ and ⌥⌘]
  • When multiple tasks are selected in tasks view, indent and de-indent tasks by pressing tab and shift-tab
  • Task's actual time can be edited in the inspector view
  • You can now click on the example in the repeating task pop up editor to get more examples
  • AppleScript support for timing tasks
  • When turning on iCal sync, you can now back up your iCal library at the push of a button
  • Keep backups of the most recent 5 saves and one for each of the last 7 days inside The Hit List library bundle
  • A copy of the upgraded library is now placed in "~/Library/Application Support/The Hit List/Previous Libraries"
  • New Safari extension that allows adding tasks from Safari. Text selection in Safari goes into the notes of the new task. Get it from here
  • Create tasks using URLs with 'thehitlist' scheme. See the README inside the Safari extension to see how this works


  • Existing library is moved to the Trash after restoring from backup instead of being deleted
  • When sorting by list in a section, show the Inbox at the top of the section
  • Improved the way some keyboard shortcuts are shown in the main menu
  • Improved launch time drastically if there are lots of notes in the library
  • Show quick entry window when invoking "New Task From Selection" service menu item
  • Tag bundles with an empty name now get "Tags" as the default name
  • The Upcoming group gets its own color now as in the iPhone version
  • Quick Entry window no longer opens slowly when shift key is held down
  • When editing notes, start with the cursor at the end of the note to make editing easier
  • Added a 15-day trial and removed beta expiration check


  • Fixed smart folder rule that references a tag not getting deleted when the tag is deleted
  • Fixed a copy/pasted task losing recurrence
  • Fixed date parsing sometimes being incorrect when the month name is used
  • Fixed a crash that can happen when completing a recurring task with sub-tasks in the Upcoming group
  • Fixed bug where it didn't update the dock badge count at midnight sometimes
  • Fixed a crash that could happen when quitting while the iCal sync preference is open
  • Fixed empty folder showing "0 of" in the status bar
  • Fixed the "Due in the next 3 days" section in Today group sorting incorrectly sometimes
  • Fixed the task grouping row being clickable in the priority column
  • Fixed timer's LCD background drawing glitch
  • Fixed many other bugs, plugged memory leaks, and improved performance
Version | Release Date: 2009-10-17 | Download
  • Fixed multiple copies of recurring tasks being created sometimes
  • Fixed a crash that can happen when a smart folder rule has the empty string for a "contains" rule
  • Fixed not being able to create a smart folder rule that can match a question mark character
  • Move existing library to the Trash after upgrading it. Just in case things go wrong.
Version | Release Date: 2009-09-29 | Download
  • Fixed a crash that can happen randomly
  • Fixed a crash that can happen after editing a smart folder rule
Version | Release Date: 2009-09-02 | Download
  • Fixed tags with suffix "2" not getting recognized as tags
  • Fixed the task's checkbox not showing overdue and timing statuses
  • Fixed the Quick Entry window not showing up in some Spaces
  • Fixed some drawing problems
Version | Release Date: 2009-06-22 | Download
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Version | Release Date: 2009-05-30 | Download
  • Linkify URLs with non-standard schemes such as 'journler://' when pasting into notes
  • Made AppleScript definition file compatible with sdp tool for Objective-C scripting bridge
  • Added item and color classes to the standard suite of the AppleScript dictionary
  • Fixed not saving view options when there are no library data changes
Version | Release Date: 2009-05-13 | Download
  • Make priority drop down open below the mouse cursor to make choosing higher priorities easier
  • When creating a smart folder, don't show the "tag is" and "tag is not" conditions if there are no tags to choose
  • Fixed calendar preference checkbox not being clickable when certain mouse software are running
  • Fixed crash that can happen when quitting
Version | Release Date: 2009-05-05 | Download
  • Fixed the dock badge reverting its count while saving
Version | Release Date: 2009-05-04 | Download
  • When specifying "the last n days" or the "next n days" in a smart folder rule, include today
  • Reverse the order of the priority numbers in the column pop up button and the smart folder editor sheet
  • Made wording for priority conditions in smart folder editor a little clearer
  • Improved parsing of partial weekday names when setting start and due dates
  • Parse "11 april" correctly when parsing dates
  • When not all subtasks have time estimates, show a "+" sign next to the task's estimated time to indicate that the amount is the minimum amount of time required
  • Restoring from backup now takes about half the time
  • Better handling of linked files that are no longer there
  • Fixed dock badge count being incorrect sometimes
  • Fixed smart folder source list count being incorrect sometimes
  • Fixed license information and library location getting wiped when resetting preferences
  • Fixed Asian language characters being typed in twice in card view's task title field
  • Fixed a crash that happened when typing in "@" followed by a Korean character in Go To
  • Fixed a crash that happened sometimes when removing start or due date from a task in a smart folder
  • Fixed a crash that can happen when changing a task's tag while viewing that tag
  • Fixed multi-line text paste from Pages not creating multiple tasks
  • Fixed tasks being sorted incorrectly in the Upcoming list within a section
  • Fixed Core Data validation error that happens when dragging a new empty task
  • Fixed modification date of everything getting set to today when restoring from backup
  • Fixed the main window not coming to the front sometimes after closing the Quick Entry window
  • Fixed the Quick Entry window flickering when opening sometimes
  • Fixed the estimated time pop up window opening even when the value is not editable
  • Fixed being able to set the estimated time of parent tasks
  • Fixed some minor issues that occur when resetting preferences
Version | Release Date: 2009-04-23 | Download
  • Smart folder condition for "tag is not set"
  • Offer to upgrade the app when encountering a library created with a future version
  • Command-shift-left and right arrow keys now change the current tab in card view
  • Indent a task when the tab is pressed when the text cursor is at the beginning of the line, not just when the task is empty
  • Apply the same tag and title filter when printing
  • Made "Expand All" work again
  • Fixed a hang that could happen when deleting a list that contains a repeating task
  • Fixed a crash that can happen when adding a new task after undoing
Version | Release Date: 2009-04-19 | Download
  • Fixed a crash that can happen when there are more than 2 levels of nested tasks
Version | Release Date: 2009-04-19 | Download
  • Added next and last 90 day sections when sorting by a date attribute
  • Remember the expanded state of tasks better
  • Fixed Quick Entry shortcut button not appearing in preferences for some users
  • Fixed sub-tasks not showing up sometimes in the completed section of the Today list
  • Fixed tasks getting counted twice sometimes in the Today list and smart folders
  • Fixed a hang that could happen when undoing a list creation
  • Fixed the checkbox not being clickable when certain mouse software are running
  • Fixed the sorting order in the Upcoming list being reversed
  • Fixed a hang that happens when canceling the last task in card view
  • Using latest Sparkle from the development tree
  • Other bug fixes
Version | Release Date: 2009-04-10 | Download
  • Fixed the Upcoming list not showing anything when it's sorted by Upcoming
  • Don't ask to move the app if it's already in ~/Applications
  • Don't allow timing from the Quick Entry window
  • Changed keyboard shortcut for Show/Hide Number of Actions to ⌘⇧U
  • Improved registration preferences to be more error tolerant
Version | Release Date: 2009-04-09 | Download
  • Extended the beta expiration to 7/1/2009
  • Offer to move the app to the Applications folder on launch
  • New option to send the library when sending a support request
  • Fixed a problem where some users could not upgrade their library
  • Fixed crash that can happen when dragging in email
  • Fixed the information view toggle button not working
  • Fix the sort order getting changed when switching tabs
  • Fixed tasks disappearing when switching tabs sometimes
Version | Release Date: 2009-04-09 | Download
  • Made smart folders load faster
  • Added sections for the last and next 14 days when sorting by date
  • Don't let the timer window move above the system menu bar
  • Don't bring other windows to the foreground when clicking on the timer
  • Added smart folder rule condition for matching tasks with set estimated time or actual time
  • Correctly parse email subjects that contain non-ascii characters
  • Added keyboard shortcut for opening and hiding the Info view (⇧⌘I)
  • Changed keyboard shortcut for Show Number of Actions to (⌘⇧⌥I)
  • Remember the continuous spelling check and grammar check settings
  • Fixed single key shortcuts not working for some international keyboards
  • Fixed repeating tasks that repeat after completion creating unnecessary copies
  • Fixed filtering in the Today list being incorrect sometimes
  • Fixed the smart folder rule "no estimated time" not matching any tasks
  • Fixed the source list mode not changing sometimes when switching tabs
  • Fixed drag and drop inserting into the wrong position when sorting by list
  • Fixed a drawing artifact caused by the "greater than or equal to" rule condition not fitting in the pop-up button
  • Fixed a crash that happened when right clicking on a tag auto-completion
  • Fixed an iCal sync bug that happened when a list has a ":" in its name
  • Fixed the card view's checkbox not getting updated when the task is completed through the timer
  • Fixed the incorrect description of recurrence rule: "13rd of the month"
  • Other bug fixes
Version | Release Date: 2009-03-16 | Download
  • Inherits context of parent task when creating new tasks. To disable this you can use defaults write com.potionfactory.TheHitList inheritParentTags -int 0. To inherit all tags, use 2, and to inherit just context tags again, use 1.
  • You can now drag and drop tags into tasks in outline view and card view
  • Allow modification of notes through AppleScript
  • When attaching files to a task's notes through AppleScript, create link to file
  • Linkify URLs after setting notes through AppleScript
  • Better parsing of estimated time. It now understands "10min" and "2hr"
  • Better parsing of dates. It now understands "dec25" and "December 25th"
  • Don't reverse order of subtasks when dragging them to another task
Version | Release Date: 2009-03-13 | Download
  • License keys are validated now. The beta is still free.
  • Whenever possible, use the task's start date as the next start date when making a task repeating
  • Added repeating attribute to tasks in AppleScript
  • Correctly parse estimated time when the locale uses a comma as the decimal separator
  • Fixed recurrence pop up window not closing sometimes
  • Fixed some issues with the Go To view
  • Fixed Sort by Reversing in Edit menu crashing
  • Fixed not being able to set notes in AppleScript
  • Fixed a bug where the date pop up could switch the main window to a different Space
Version | Release Date: 2009-03-11 | Download
  • Fixed due date not getting set on repeating tasks
  • Repeat correctly when recurrence rule specifies last weekday of the month
  • Correctly parse recurrence rule "on the last day of the month"
  • Fixed the Today and Upcoming group not getting the correct title when restoring from backup
  • Upgrade the library from version 0.9.1 properly
Version 0.9.3 | Release Date: 2009-03-09 | Download

New Features and Changes

  • Repeating tasks
  • AppleScript support
  • Smart folder criteria for repeating tasks
  • Preference to disable auto-completion of parent task when all sub-tasks are completed
  • Reset preferences button in General Preferences
  • If a task that's due in 3 days or less has a start date later than today, don't show it in the Today group
  • Don't show warning icon for tasks that are due today
  • "Show archived" checkbox is back
  • You can now add smart folder rules that match tags and tag bundles
  • Duplicate any list, folder, or smart folder by right clicking in the source list
  • When emails are drag and dropped, it now gets the sender's name and email address in addition to the subject
  • Don't allow multiple selection in source list
  • When filing to a list, if no matching list is found, create it first then file
  • Checkbox to not print lines in Print panel
  • Turn URLs into links after pasting into notes
  • New "Paste and Match Style" menu item
  • Command-W closes the window by default now. To have it close the tab like it did before, paste "defaults write com.potionfactory. TheHitList commandWClosesTab -bool YES" into
  • Command-click in source list to open the list in a new tab
  • Command-shift-left and right arrow keys switches tabs, in addition to command-shift [ and ]
  • In Today list, select the next task when completing or canceling a task
  • You can now double-click a tag bundle to rename it

Bug Fixes

  • The "is not" condition for Folders in smart folder rules work now
  • Fixed the smart folder None condition not working
  • Fixed some printing issues
  • Correct parsing of dates under different locales, such as, Australian and German
  • Priority is at most x rule no longer matches tasks with no priorities
  • Don't add empty tasks from the Quick Entry window
  • Fixed the start date getting set to today whenever completing a task
  • Fixed dock badge showing the wrong count if the same task shows up in inbox and today group
  • Fixed the Information panel not working after closing and reopening the main window
  • Fixed an issue where the main window was not reopening sometimes when the app is configured to be in all Spaces
  • Fixed the source list background color being wrong after reopening main window
  • Disable "File To" feature in Quick Entry window
  • Disable OK button in smart folder rule editor sheet if there are no rules
  • Fixed a bug that occurred when a background tab to the left of the selected tab is closed
  • Fixed a crash that happened when the tag filter is applied while editing a task
  • Fixed a bug that happened when choosing the "View > Go To > Today" menu item twice in a row
  • Fixed the date pop-up showing the wrong months sometimes
  • Fixed tasks getting priority 10 when moving them up when they have priority 9 while sorting by priority
  • Other bug fixes
Version beta | Release Date: 2009-01-11 | Download
  • Don't unhide the application when opening the Quick Entry window
  • Decreased the height of rows by 2 pixels in the source list. Let's see if this works better.
  • Fixed some crashing bugs
Version 0.9.2 | Release Date: 2009-01-08 | Download
  • Purchasing enabled. You can pre-order to get a substantial discount
  • Beta expiration extended to May 1, 2009
    *Dock badge
  • Updated application icon
    *Okay, I give in. 1 is the highest priority now. You can go back to the old sorting order by holding down the option key when choosing the sort order though.
  • Made bottom bars open and close faster
  • Duplicate Smart Folder menu item
  • Remove tags that are already in the task from completion
  • Changed shortcut key for Hints to 'e' from '?'
  • Fixed iCal sync preference being disabled no matter what
  • Fixed the Go To, Hints, and Filter buttons getting their icons turned on at the wrong times
  • Fixed an issue with the Hints bar not opening sometimes
  • Fixed not re-opening the last used library
  • Fixed a bug where double clicking a tag completion caused an exception