Let’s talk about the things that might annoy you in WorkFlowy:
- Have you ever had to do a big re-organization of your WorkFlowy and found it tough?
- Have you ever been frustrated moving between things in WorkFlowy that are far apart from one another?
- Have you ever been annoyed with the crappy interface for accessing saved searches and starred nodes in WorkFlowy?
If you answered yes to any of those three questions, you’re in luck: we’re launching a left bar that should help.
Reorganizing your WorkFlowy
Hopefully the above GIF helps make clear, but this creates an easier way to move stuff around in your WorkFlowy. It’s handy, dandy.
Getting places, and adding stuff, quickly
The biggest way the left bar has changed the way I personally use WorkFlowy, is in my use of saved searches. I never used to use them, and now they’re one of the main ways I organize my stuff. Every day, I click on “@jesse #today” and I get to work. Members of the team know that if they want me to do something, they need to tag me on it. They can tag it wherever it makes sense to them, deeply nested in their own work, and I see it, and respond in context. And I love this.
But it’s also just useful for getting around. It also works on mobile, where I find the quick-add functionality particularly useful.
Re-organizing with the left bar closed
Some people don’t want it open all the time, but they still want to quickly re-organize stuff. If you don’t want to have it open all the time, just close it. You can still move stuff into it by just dragging whatever you want to move over the icon, then into the left bar when it pops open, as demonstrated in the GIF below.
There’s still more stuff that I think could be useful in the left bar. I think it could probably use a section related to your current location. Perhaps containing the children of the currently zoomed node. Also, I think a list of recent zoom locations where you’ve made edits would be really helpful for jumping back and forth between a few different areas of active focus.
We’ve taken a bunch of feedback on this already, but if you have more, please let us know what you think! Comments on this blog, or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org are both welcome.