Instantly Duplicate Any Sub-list

We’re happy to announce another new feature. This one’s been heavily requested for quite a while but for various reasons we didn’t get to it until now.

It’s now possible to instantly duplicate any sub-list in WorkFlowy. This is useful when you have a template that you want to duplicate multiple times (say for each customer of your business), or if you have a checklist that you need to complete repeatedly.

Here in WorkFlowy land, we have a release checklist that includes a testing process. We run tests for every platform that WorkFlowy can run on before releasing a new version. We have a template for the testing process that contains a section for notes and a checklist for the platforms we need to test on.

With the new duplication feature, we can simply duplicate the template. To duplicate a list, hover over its bullet to bring up the control menu, move to the down arrow to show the additional controls, and then click “Duplicate”.

Then it’s simply a matter of changing the name of the duplicate (in our case, to something like “Testing checklist – May 16th, 2012”), moving it to where it needs to be, and actually completing the process.

We hope this speeds up anything you find yourself doing repeatedly in WorkFlowy, and we’ll see you next time.

Paste Multi-Level Bulleted Lists into WorkFlowy

Here at WorkFlowy HQ we’ve been thinking about how to better enable people to move their lists from elsewhere into WorkFlowy. It’s been possible to paste single-level lists into WorkFlowy for a long time – but what fun is that?? The power of WorkFlowy lies in its hierarchical structure!

The problem with importing multi-level lists is that there are so many different formats – HTML, OPML, plain text, etc., etc., and many formats come in many variations. We also want pasting lists into WorkFlowy to feel seemless – just copy the list from one program and paste it directly into WorkFlowy. No having to click on menus to bring up a separate box to paste into or anything like that.

We decided to start with enabling pasting of normal bulleted lists* like those you’d find in Google Docs. 

Here’s an example. I have a (very interesting) list in Google Docs that I want to move into WorkFlowy. First I select the list in Google Docs and hit ctrl-c (or Command-C on Mac) to copy it.

Then I open up WorkFlowy, navigate to where I want to paste the list, click into the item in which to paste and press ctrl-v (Command-v on Mac) to paste. This is the result.

Fancy, huh? We hope this helps you move your other lists into WorkFlowy. More import options will come in the future.

* For the more tech-savvy, we specifically support pasting HTML lists that use <ul>, <ol>, and <li> tags. Note that some programs like Microsoft Word and very old versions of Google Docs do not save HTML lists in a sane format, so we currently can’t import them correctly.

Update: You can now paste and export OPML as well. It works better than the other options, so try it!