Issue: 9.6 (September/October 2011)
Author: Dave Mancuso
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IN BRIEF Product Wunderlist Manufacturer Wunderkinder Price Free Contact Info http://www.wunderlist.com Pros Multiplatform; free; reliable synchronization service; easy to use Cons No straightforward way to do Getting Things Done (GTD) if you prefer this method Rating (1.0-5.0): 4.1
The to do list and personal organizer space has been traditionally dominated by simple web solutions like Remember the Milk or (at the high end), Getting Things Done/GTD-style Macintosh applications like OmniFocus or Things. The simple applications are often too simple for some to use, and the high end applications can cost forty dollars or more on each platform you purchase. These platforms can include Macintosh, iOS iPhone, and (separately available for purchase) iOS iPad. Windows versions aren't yet available for these solutions, and the apps themselves can be tricky to learn and hard to use.
Enter Wunderlist. This application has achieved a massive amount of popularity in the past year, and is currently nominated for a .net awards' Web App of the Year. In fact, despite its lack of features for some (and some very vocal) users, Wunderlist has surpassed its competitors in popularity, reaching over a million users in 275 days.
Wunderlist's key advantage is that it's available on Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. There's no Linux version, but there is a website version (or you can install it on Linux if you have WINE). More importantly, if you create an account (or use your Facebook account), all of the devices you install it on can synchronize with each other and stay up to date this way.
I installed Wunderlist on my MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and my Windows 7 PC at work. It was easy to install and easy to use. The interface is largely the same and/or easily recognizable on all platforms. In fact, I've heard that the iOS version is actually the web version in an iOS Webkit wrapper. Regardless, the interface is easy to use as you jump from device to device.
Wunderlist has a simple system. You can create lists, and for each list you can create tasks. Each task can have a due date and notes, and you can mark tasks with a star if you choose. That's about it. It's a little odd to see the menus on the desktop version, as there's no File menu. It doesn't affect functionality. The iOS and Android apps have no menus of course, so it's a reasonable conclusion that the desktop versions were developed after the mobile versions.
The applications and the syncing service are free. The company explains that Wunderlist is actually their entry level free product, and that their paid version for businesses, Wunderkit, is in development for release. They also explain that features are not likely to advance on Wunderlist. This is a breaking point with some users, but at least the company's being clear about their goals. Their support site is active, and the company is obviously active as well (they're currently hiring). Wunderlist is certainly worth a try, especially if you have multiple devices on which to synchronize to do lists.
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