Dazzle your senses with Wunderlist, a task management tool

Having trouble keeping track of the zillion things going on in your life, but can’t seem to find an easy-to-use, down-to-earth task management tool to help you out? Wunderlist may be what you are looking for.

Wunderlist is an easy-to-use task management tool by 6wunderkinder, a small start-up based out of Berlin, Germany:

Wunderlist is extremely easy-to-use because it is very simple – there aren’t too many features for users to have to deal with. You can add tasks, delete tasks, edit tasks, star tasks, and mark tasks as complete; each task is comprised of the task description and a due date. (NOTE: Due date is displayed next to tasks in DD/MM/YYYY format.) There are categories where you can file each task under, and you can filter tasks by their star-status (i.e. starred or not), their completion status (i.e. complete or not), and their due date (i.e. overdue, due today, tomorrow, in the next seven days, at a later date, or have no due date). Each task can be drag + dropped within a category (i.e. reordered) or drag + dropped into a different category and there is a search feature available for people that want to find specific tasks.

For some the lack of features may be a deal breaker; after all what kind of competent task management tool does not have built-in alarms/reminders and does not allow users to set a due time? For others, however, the simplicity is a welcome feature and the aesthetics of the program (beautiful interface) just make it that much better. Plus there is another reason Wunderlist may win over many users: The ability to sync tasks.

Wunderlist is a cross-platform application; it works on Windows, Mac OS X, and has an iOS app. Through Wunderlist’s synchronization feature (you need to register an account, which is free) users can sync tasks between all their computers (Windows or Mac) and with their iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. Unfortunately Wunderlist does not have an Android, Windows Phone 7, or BlackBerry app – nor does the developer show any signs of adding them in the future – but for those that do use multiple computers and/or have an iDevice, the ability to sync can be extremely useful.

That said, forget everything I just mentioned about Wunderlist; just think about the interface. The interface is extremely well designed, with good aesthetics and seamless transitions; and there are nine different backgrounds for the main program section (the area that lists the tasks) you can pick from if you don’t like the default one. Clearly 6wunderkinder have some very talented artists and UI experts on their team.

Now, Wunderlist is not a perfect program. It is only v1.0.0 so it doesn’t work perfect yet. For example, during my short time of using it, Wunderlist would often crash on launch. Indeed it seems like 50% of the time it would crash on launch while the other 50% of the time it would launch without any problems. In addition to the potential bugs, there are three basic features that I feel the developer overlooked. I understand that Wunderlist is using a “minimalist” approach when it comes to feature, so I am not going to criticize the program for not having many expected features such as an alarm; but I feel the following three features should be added to the program:

  • A trashcan where one can recover deleted tasks
  • The ability to order tasks in ascending or descending order within a category based on due date
  • The ability to pick exactly where to drop in a task (in the list of existing tasks) when drag + dropping tasks from one category to another (currently you can drag + drop tasks from one category to another but cannot select exactly the order the task is placed in the new category)

Lastly, there are also two privacy related points I would like to caution everyone about:

  • While you are not required to synchronize your tasks lists (simply don’t register or login to an account if you don’t want to sync), I noticed every time I create a new task with Wunderlist it makes an outbound call to Wunderlist’s server:

Now I understand this behavior when one is synchronizing tasks lists, but this happens even when I am not syncing the tasks list – even when I have not logged into an account or registered an account with 6wunderkinder.

  • 6wunderkinder does not have an explicitly stated privacy policy; I could not find one on their website or one listed in their program. In other words, no one really knows for sure what data they collect or what they do with that data.
    • Update: Just to clarify, 6wunderkinder does state that all data synchronization is done over SSL (encryption) and the e-mail address and password is never shared with a third party. However, there is no further information, such as what data does Wunderlist collect and what is done with that data (i.e. task data).

You can grab Wunderlist from the following links:

Version reviewed: v1.0.0

Supported OS: Windows XP SP2 and higher, Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, iOS 3.1 and higher

Download size: 7.7 or 23.5 MB for Windows depending on which version you get

Wunderlist homepage

[Direct download – Windows version]

[Direct download – Windows version, no Internet connection required during installation]

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9 comments

  1. Mike

    Can anyone recommend:

    — alternate task management tools, similarly simple but which include an alarm feature (for task due dates and reminders), and that don”t “call home”?

    and

    — a good tool to capture website URLs for reference, for returning to websites at a future date (i.e., a tool that one can click on that will capture the URL for a webpage that one is on, allowing one to edit the reference and add a description so that, in the future, one can consult the list of references and return to a website–in essence, a tool to replace the collection of desktop website shortcuts that one might accumulate over time, without having to manually copy URLs and paste them, with a description, into a document kept for that purpose)?

    Thanks, folks–

  2. Teacher Donna

    They DO have an app for Droid phones, which I use. I love being able to sync the list created on my laptop so I can carry my “To Do’s” with me everywhere. Also, they have updated to version 1.2.1 on their homepage and have added a few features and fixed some bugs. I have become a real fan of this program.

  3. Connah

    For those of you curious, it connects to the internet as it syncs your notes with the server so that when you access your list from the online interface or when you access your list from another computer, you can actually get your lists and tasks.

    Besides that, i do like this program, i’ve been using it for probably about a year now, i don’t even know, i’ve lost track, and i do like it’s simple, clean interface and it’s ease of use. You make a list by clicking in the list box and typing, you add tasks to that list by clicking in the typing field, punching away at your keyboard and hitting enter. How much easier could it be.
    It also allows you to share your lists through cloudapp for free, which i find useful actually. Recently i’ve been creating lists of components i wish to purchase for my custom PC that i wish to build in the coming weeks, and i’ve been using the cloudapp sharing feature in Wunderlist to show my more computer savy friend and having him verify that the components will work together etc.

    Basically, if you want a nice clean simple to use task/ list management application with multiple computer syncing and web interface capabilities, go for it. If not, then maybe try your luck with something else. I know that some people recommend Simplenote. But imma stick to Wunderlist for now , personal preferance ;P

  4. Filtereyez

    This looks really super cool, just what I have been needing. Only problem is after I installed it I started it and as soon as it opened it closed and I got a crash error report window. Now when I click the icon all I get is the error report window – total bummer

    It did say it saved a report but I could not find the report so I could send to the developer so I uninstalled it :(. Anyway I am downloading the bundled install as I type and am gonna give it another try and if anything hopefully I can find the crash report for the developer as this looks like one slick minimal program for us non-savy computer users.

  5. Robert Kock

    Hi guys,

    the outbound call you discovered is going directly to appcelerators Titanium. These guys provide the framework for both the wunderlist desktop and iPhone apps. They collect data for usage-analytics, such as how many users are using the program, from wich countries are they from and such.

    We know the importance of privacy and hey, we are a startup and know what can happen, when the users think your service collects more data than necessary. That’s why we will work on a solid privacy policy and make it public on our website http://www.6wunderkinder.com in the next days.

    @Shava Nerad I hope this will reassure you a little bit, because that was no lie at all ;)

    But thanks for your feedback. That’s the only way to improve things.

    Regards from Berlin,
    Robert Kock

    6 Wunderkinder

  6. Shava Nerad

    Lack of a privacy policy is a kicker for me. There are so many templates, anything I’m going to add my (and others’) info into, I’d at least like to think they’ve at least thought enough about privacy to have ambitiously lied to reassure me ;)