17. January 2012–
First review of Wunderkit from 6Wunderkinder
A special invitation to test-drive Wunderkit, the highly anticipated productivity application from 6Wunderkinder dropped into our inbox last night, so we’ve taken it for a spin to find out if it can live up to our expectations – read our first review of Wunderkit below...
What is Wunderkit?
Wunderkit is the latest release from the house of 6Wunderkinder, the people who brought us the awesome To-Do list app Wunderlist. The team originally had a release of the big brother Wunderkit app for late last year, but the perfection process means that it’s just rolled out to a fortunate few in private beta this week.
Essentially, Wunderkit is a cloud-based space for collaborative projects, with a dose of social networking thrown in for good measure. Sound familiar? Yes, it reminded us – in concept at least – to Google’s ill-fated Google Wave project, but with a few thankfully essential differences...
Wunderkit – look and feel
The first – and perhaps most important – difference is that Wunderkit looks and feels fantastic. The design team has produced an outstanding product that feels wonderfully organic, right down to its wooden-paneled background. Fonts and details such as rounded corners on images make it feel like a native Apple app, which brings a sense of reassurance for anyone who’s been within 10ft of an iPhone. Despite its raft of features, it feels wonderfully intuitive, with a dashboard that mimics Twitter. Our only minor gripe is that some of the slider selectors (which allow you to follow other users or change settings from public to private) still seem to need a little oil.
Functionality – how does Wunderkit work?
Matt at 6Wunderkit has very helpfully released a Wunderkit tutorial video, which does an excellent job of explaining the functionality of the service.
Basically anyone who has used a To-Do list or a social network will be able to join the usability dots pretty quickly. There are three main spaces in Wunderkit – Dashboard, Tasks and Notes.
As its name suggests, Dashboard is your first point of call – from here you can view collaborators, friends, projects, tasks, etc – we’ll come back to this later.
Tasks is essentially your extended To-Do List – click on here and you’ll be able to see what activities you need to action, and when. The difference between this and Wunderlist is that you’ll be able to see which collaborators you need to work with on these tasks. As a compulsive list-maker, this is like manna from heaven.
Notes, again, pretty obviously, is the area where you can jot down anything that hasn’t quite made it to a task yet. Scribble down and share your project ideas before you firm them up into actions.
Getting started with Wunderkit
When you first log on, you’ll be able to set up a profile in a matter of seconds – and connect with friends or collaborators by signing on using Google or Twitter. You will then be offered some initial “new and noteworthy” people or projects that you might like to follow.
Setting up a project is wonderfully simple – click on the left-hand bar to create a new workspace, name it, set it to public or private and then invite collaborators to join. From there you can share the space, discuss tasks and even post updates to users who have decided to “follow” your project.
Social media To-do lists – a function too far?
The USP of Wunderkit, however, is its social media smarts – any project or workspace can be made public so that others can follow, comment and share on much the same interface as Twitter. Now, why anyone might want to see that I haven’t managed to fill in my tax return or done my weekly shop is a mystery, but when you consider bands or creative projects then this function could start to make sense, especially for beautifully democratic creative crowdsourcing.
The only issue is really whether we are willing to adopt yet another social media shrub to cultivate in our already overcrowded digital garden. I would also liked to see LinkedIn integration – given that this service is task-based and professional it would be great to link up with other professionals as well as friends.
Wunderkit – the future of To-Do?
We’re told that work is far from over on Wunderkit – more mobile compatibility and further features are promised to be rolled out on the Wunderkit beta until it goes public on 1 February. The 30-day trials are free at the moment, but there’s no word as yet as to what the pricing plan will be. Stay tuned for more updates.