App of the Week: Wunderlist

If there’s one thing I find that I do more and more it’s scheduling.  As I have more responsibilities in my life I need help remembering and planning them all, including Mac’s built-in iCal.  There’s something to be said for dedicated scheduling and homework agenda apps.  This week I decided to try the app Wunderlist to see how it did.

Wunderlist is more of a to-do list app than a scheduling app.  After you make an account with them, you create lists, which are basically the different folders that you organize your life into. You can create folders for individual school subjects, your home life, clubs, etc.  Making assignments and tasks is easy.  After selecting your list of choice, all you have is a long text box.  Add your task in the text box, then hit enter.  Once it is in your list, you can then edit when your task needs to be done, any notes about the task, and whether or not your want to sync it to the Cloud App.

The first thing about this app is that it really does look like an app you would see in iOS.  That’s not a bad thing, it’s a really beautiful app and simple to use.  There is almost nothing that you can change in the menu bar that you could not change from a button in the app.  Sometimes this is rather disorienting when trying to edit preferences, but that does not change how easy the app is to use.  And the fact that it looks like its iOS counterpart makes it feel more natural to use.

That being said, there are some issues I find with, primarily in task set up.  While the task setup is fairly simple, most other task apps make you select due dates and times in the same window.  In Wunderlist, you set the date after you have already created the task.  On a rather strange note, the calendar also starts on a Monday, whereas most apps start it on Sunday, or at least give you the option to select what day it starts on.  Any notes about the task are also added after the fact.  To be fair though, the app is really nice for one that is completely free.  If you don’t need something as powerful as iCal, and you want some good syncing options, Wunderlist is a great option.

Wunderlist is completely free and is available for Mac 10.6 and higher.  It also works with Windows, iOS, Android, and their web-app all at www.6wunderkinder.com/wunderlist/ and in the Mac App Store.  And if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this or any other topic, leave a comment below or email me at easyosx@live.com  You can also check me out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by hitting the buttons on the top of your screen.  Thanks.

 

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Posted on October 4, 2011, in App of the Week and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Needs a menu bar icon option like Evernote. I love the app but it really needs something for the menu bar. I would like to tie it in with my ical because it’s not convenient to go to Apple Mail to make a note, and ical’s To Do function is clunky.

    I use Fantastical for iCal so Wunderlist having a menu icon right next to it would be a great enhancement instead of having to open it constantly to jot down a quick note/list.

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