We’re really excited to see Wunderlist release the newest version of their great free todolist app.
The new collapsable interface, the snappy native feel of the newer app, with a bunch more features outlined on their site. After being stuck on all the awesome things and starting to use the application I found myself really really missing the dark wood background though that tons of people on our team loved.
So since the team at Wunderlist is busy working on a slew of other things and likely dropped this background for their own reasons, I figured I would write about how you could get it back your own way.
You can add any backgrounds you want naturally if you don’t mind spending a minute like I did making a background in photoshop.
Once you have the image you want to change (they use the following size and setting)
Simply open your Applications folder and navigate to /Applications/Wunderlist/ and edit the contents of the package to see all the resources used in the UI and application.
Want to skip the description and just see a quick copy/paste approach for doing it yourself.
Follow these steps.
- Grab the image here and save it to your desktop. (I saved it as wlbackground11.jpg to simply override the purple background they have which I will never use)
- Since we’re going to be editing the contents folder which by default is a locked file and only accesible by the user accounts wheel and system it’s easiest to just open terminal and issue a copy command.
- sudo cp /Users/REPLACETHISWITHYOURUSERNAME/Desktop/wlbackground11.jpg /Applications/Wunderlist.app/Contents/Resources/
- Step three will ask you for your password since you are trying to run a super user command (that’s what sudo is for the non unix/linux lovers)
- Open up Wunderlist and change background choosing the “purple background we just replaced”
Obvious things to consider:
- Yes when you update the program if they roll out an update you might have to replace this step if they ship a new contents package.
- Yes I could have taken the time to replace the thumbnail image as well or changed any other element of the UI if I wanted to (thats how contents packages work)
So wrapping up instead of complaining again to the fine folks at Wunderlist I just took it upon myself to bring back the dark wood texture. If you missed the dark wood background like I did or found this useful or useless let me know I’m just @petesena on twitter.