Don’t look now but a long awaited subtasking feature might be on the way to a Wunderlist app by the end of the year The very popular Wunderlist task manager allows users to quickly add and manage tasks. The tasks are presented on an attractive user interface. Once entered the task may be managed from the Web or any number of mobile and PC native apps.
Here is the rub! The app does not all users to create subtasks. This has been a requested feature for as far back as the fall of 2011 when a suggestion was posted on the Wunderlist site requesting the developers to enable subtasking. The subtask feature would break down a task into component units. As a user checks of the subtask the parent task could potentially display a completion percent.
In response to the 2011 post a 6Wunderkinder representative indicated that while the Wunderlist team was not actively working to incorporate a subtask feature the idea was in fact on the team’s roadmap.
More recently however, in response to a twitterati’s frustrated tweet about the lack of subtasking the Wunderlist Twitter account promised, “Don’t give up just yet, we're working on something new for Wunderlist and it’s coming this year.”
It should not be seen as surprising for the company to take this long to incorporate such an advanced feature. It isn’t as if they can just drop a few lines of objective C code into an iPhone app. The robust array of Android, both types of iOS, Mac, PC and Web apps mean putting something like subtasks into place represents a major logistical challenge. A feature of this type couldn’t be incorporated into just the latest release of an iOS app and remain out of the Web or native PC apps. Logistically speaking all versions of the app must be upgraded at the same time.
Patience is clearly in order and the delay completely understandable.
This doesn’t change the fact that Wunderlist provides users of most devices with an easy to use simple method for managing tasks through a convenient and well-designed user interface.
However, by the end of the year, here is hoping this blog will be announcing the release of subtasking for Wunderlist.