Every year Apple releases new software and hardware. We are always looking for new ways to better integrate List Maker into how your phone works. This year one of the major new features of iOS 12 was opening up the Siri voice assistant to developers like us. We are releasing an update to the app that takes advantage of this new way of integrating with Siri. We are going to start by allowing users to create “Siri Shortcuts” for lists that will allow you to open List Maker directly to a list by just using your voice. For example, you will be able to issue a command just like this: “Hey Siri… Open my grocery list…”
Try it out yourself:
List Maker has always been about simplicity, yet if you look at other apps, reminders is a feature that tends to add a lot of complexity. We took our time to avoid the complexity trap and get it right. It took us over a thousand iterations to come up with something so simple yet so powerful. We can’t wait for you to try it.
Adding items is the most fundamental feature of a to-do list, so we will continuously improve it. In this update, we used your feedback to do just that. Now, you can add items from top to bottom instead of the other way around (just like you would naturally do on a chalkboard or paper). Lists that are written from bottom to top force you to know what you want to write last, first. In other words, you have to think backward.
“When I serendipitously stumbled upon this app, little did I know that it would become one of my essential go-to apps! It’s such a charming and handy app, and an absolute pleasure to use 😊 I love the chalkboard concept, the different colored chalks, and the friendly font! I also highly appreciate that it’s not overcrowded with excessive features — I love the beautiful simplicity! I find myself opening the app even when I don’t need it, just because it brings a smile to my face!…” — from Elza
You can now create two-line titles! No more cutoff titles like “Favorite Restaur…”. It seems simple, but among the top to-do list apps on the market, List Maker is currently the only to-do list that supports two-line titles. We even scaled the size of the title so that users with larger devices don’t type long titles that won’t fit on smaller devices. It’s these little details that you wouldn’t otherwise think of that sets us apart from everyone else out there!
Two weeks ago, Sophia reached out to us. She wanted an option to move lists up and down. At the time, last edited lists would go to the top (similar to how iMessage works). It was great to keep track of the latest list updates. However, important lists like “🥒 Grocery List” would get dropped to the bottom until you needed them. We felt like the benefits of the manually organized list were outweighing the benefit of an automatic list management system. So thanks to Sophia 🙌, you can now drag and drop lists to reorder them in your Kitchen Wall (just like the way you can drag and drop items in a list).
A week ago, Kyriahnna emailed us about reflecting the internal list title color on her Kitchen Wall. As you know, you can change the internal list title color, but the title remains white on your Kitchen Wall to keep it homogenous. Kyrianhnna had a different perspective. She wanted to use title colors as a way to indicate the significance of a list within her Kitchen Wall. For example, she would use red titles to indicate important lists with high priority to take action on. What we liked about her idea is it would further allow you to take control of how you want to organize your Kitchen Wall, just like a real chalk board in your kitchen. The internal list title colors can now be reflected in your Kitchen Wall, thanks to Kyriahnna’s feedback 👍.