A couple months ago we disabled expand all by double clicking on the page title because it was leading to performance problems on larger accounts and the UI was unintuitive (many people didn’t know that it existed or clicked it by accident).
We promised that we would bring it back once we had resolved some of the underlying performance issues and today I am pleased to announce the first step along that journey. Two new features are being made available to members of WorkFlowy Alpha (not a member, you can join here):
The first feature is called Large Projects Optimization. It enables a suite of changes we have made to the way that WorkFlowy projects render on the page to make them faster even with tens of thousands of items visible. The way it works is by keeping bullets invisible when they are not within the current scroll window, and then revealing them as you scroll up or down. By keeping the majority of items invisible, we lessen the burden on the browser and improve performance.
This is a major change to the way the WorkFlowy works under the hood and even though we have been testing it ourselves the last couple weeks, we expect that there will be plenty of bugs left to fix. We encourage you to try it out and report any issues you see on the reddit thread. Once it is suitably stable we will release it to the general WorkFlowy population.
The second feature is Expand and Collapse All. We added ‘Expand All’ and ‘Collapse All’ options to the menu that appears when you hover over a bullet
When you click ‘Expand All’ it will expand not just the selected bullet but every item nested underneath it all the way down. ‘Collapse All’ works similarly in reverse.
We also added a new ‘…’ menu that exposes these options for the project that you have open:
This menu is available from the Home screen so if you really want, you can use ‘Expand All’ or ‘Collapse All’ for your entire WorkFlowy (formerly available by double clicking the WorkFlowy logo). If you have ideas on how to improve the design of this feature, discuss them on Reddit here.
We encourage you to sign up for WorkFlowy Alpha and give these two new features a try!