Wunderlist is the cloud-based, task- and project-management solution from Germany's 6Wunderkinder. I say "solution" because it's available for iOS, OS X, Kindle Fire, Chromebook and the web. I've been playing with it for a few weeks and I'm quite happy. However, I don't think all users will be. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Version 3.0 is an interesting release. Many of the service's eight million users have been hoping for two things: a public API and integration with services like Dropbox and Evernote. Many of the 400+ comments on the announcement blog post attest. A major release, four years after its introduction, seems like a logical time to address those requests. Instead, the developers at 6Wunderkinder focused on what they called "...the number one problem our customers were having": sync.
Wunderlist 3 offers real-time sync. I can tell you, it's very fast. In the weeks that I've spend with beta builds, I've been delighted with how quickly changes are synchronized between my iPhone, Mac and the Web. There's no need to initiate a sync manually, though you still can. I've added more than a dozen items at a time on my Mac only to find them waiting for me on my iPhone. Wi-Fi is not required.
By focusing on sync in this release, Wunderlist's developers have done three main things. First, they've addressed a major concern, as I mentioned. They also laid the groundwork for other highly anticipated features, like integration with third-party apps. "Since we've also built [sync] to be scalable for the tens of millions," says community manager Simon Chan, "it'll be easier for us to turn our attention to the number 2 most requested feature, which is service integration by way of Public API."
I'm glad that the Wunderlist team took the time to get sync working well (and it definitely does). Still, I suspect that this will be a divisive release among the service's long-time users. Some will appreciate the result as I do, while others will lament that this is just one more release that doesn't support [x].
Let's look at some other changes.
Wunderlist 3 has a whole new look and that's quite apparent on iOS. A new overview screen is the app's default look and that's a huge improvement over version 2.x, which plopped you on whatever screen you viewed last. If you were grocery shopping last, you'd open to your grocery list. That wasn't very helpful while at the office.