I’m a pretty big fan of Apple’s MobileMe service, except for the ToDo Tasks that get lumped into the Calendar, which is NOT how anyone I know uses a ToDo List. I’ve tried a few different managers and even used Notes or Text Files to do the job, but that just didn’t cut it. Then came along Wunderlist. It’s good. Real Good.
Wunderlist takes a pretty simple approach to Tasks and ToDo’s. It’s not overloaded and doesn’t go hog-wild on features…but they also didn’t skimp on them either. It’s beautiful and simple, and rather powerful too.
It allows you to sync your lists, which is a must in my book. But what’s great is that they have created iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Windows versions of the application, and each one is right for the device. Users can create multiple lists, star tasks, check-off completed tasks/items, put a due date on tasks, and sort with drag and drop. There are a few different background choices, and the app has push notifications for “dated/timed” tasks to remind you.
In addition to all these features, Wunderlist also has a sharing component. Users can share lists with other users easily. For example. My wife can share the grocery list with me. She creates the list on say the Mac, and shares it with me via my email address. I then have access to it on my iPhone. After I leave, if she remembers an item we need, she can add it to the list and I’ll never really be the wiser…Of course, it’s not really a real-time sync, so if I’ve already got the list open then it’s not going to update it while I stare at it, checking items off as I go through the store. Or, at least it didn’t do that for me. However, that’s a pretty nit-picky function anyways. But it does allow you to share your lists nicely and easily. Which is great.
While not on everyones radar for need, is a great icon. It is for me though. And Wunderlist really gives users that….at least on iPhone and iPad…the Mac App icon is not my favorite, and actually is DIFFERENT than the iOS counterparts. I’ve read part of that is due to Apple’s restrictions in icons, but I was under the assumption this would only be enforceable via the Mac App Store, so why not create a uniform icon for your users to easily identify the application? Exactly! Get on it, and do it up! Also, how about a web-version for when you’re on a shared computer, say like at work? Yup, hope it’s on the way!
Wunderlist isn’t going to be for everyone. At first, I’ll be honest, I was not a fan. But I do that a lot, not like an app right out of the gate. However, I could see it’s potential, and once the iPad version was released, and I installed it on all my devices, I finally understood it’s true nature and powerful task/todo management. And it’s my favorite type of app, FREE!
Check out the main webpage for Wunderlist for Mac and Windows versions