If you’re a fan of to-do list apps, chances are you miss Wunderlist. Ten years ago – when apps that were both useful and delightful were even harder to come by – Wunderlist was both packed with useful features and whimsical in a way that few apps manage. The app had nice animations, beautiful backgrounds, worked cross-platform and offered all kinds of organizational features. It was The edge‘s favorite to-do list app.
Long story short: Microsoft bought it in 2015, turned it into Microsoft To Do (a very good and much less fun to-do app), and killed Wunderlist forever. But a group of people who created Wunderlist in the first place, led by co-founder Christian Reber, wanted to bring its spirit back to life.
Three years later, that team releases Superlist, a new app that combines task management with notes and lists of all kinds. It is now available for Mac, iOS, Android and web. I’ve been using it in beta for a while now, and while it’s not exactly the beautiful, simple to-do app that Wunderlist was, it’s built with much the same sensitivity – and is even more fun to look at.
Superlist is more than a task product lists Product: You create a list for a project, share it with your team, and then populate it with all the notes, files, tasks, images, and everything else associated with that project. The app then automatically recognizes and organizes your tasks, giving you a “Today” list with everything from each project you need to complete today. There’s also a switch that lets you switch from personal to professional tasks, so you can manage everything in one place without having to manage everything at once.
You can do everything within Superlist, or connect the app to Gmail, Slack, GitHub, and a few others, and automatically pull or push tasks to the right place. (One of the things I’ve liked is starring an email to turn it into a Superlist task; it’s a handy way to make sure I’m actually replying to the things that matter. ) There are also some integrated AI features to turn messages into tasks, while Superlist tries to figure out what’s most important in everything you send to the app.
The concept of the app is actually very clever: a strict to-do list app often doesn’t feel like the right way to manage projects and all that comes with them, but tools like Notion can be. at full of features and ideas. Superlist sits right in the middle, with lots of things you can do, but only one system. You can make any list you want, but it will only be lists all the way down. Plus, the app is full of design details that any Wunderlist enthusiast would be proud of: the horizontal line is a hand-drawn squiggle, each list gets a custom image, and even the animation when you check off a task is strangely satisfying.
However, it’s still a very new app and is missing some pretty basic features. There are way too many clicks to set up repetitive tasks, the app lacks export options, and there are plenty of obvious integrations that aren’t currently supported. (Including, ironically and somewhat hilariously, Microsoft 365.)
Superlist is primarily a business product, intended for use by teams at work. (Given how clearly dissatisfied Reber and co. were with the Microsoft acquisition, you can imagine why it would want to have a solid business model from the start this time around.) The Pro account costs $8 per month per user and gives you more staff. more uploads, more AI and more integrations. However, the free account will be enough for most people, especially those who use it solo.
Building a great to-do list app is hard. Building two in a row is even harder, and the Superlist team seems to be on its way. Want to build a sustainable app that can avoid being buried in some overly managed enterprise app? That will be the most difficult task.