Help Us Design WorkFlowy: Join WorkFlowy Alpha

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At WorkFlowy, we’re entering a new phase focused on improving the product at a much faster pace than we have in recent years. We don’t want to do this in a vacuum, though, just building stuff and hoping you’ll like it. We need your feedback to help us brainstorm ideas, decide what to work on and refine and develop the projects we do tackle.

To get this feedback, we are launching WorkFlowy Alpha, a group where users will give us feedback on new ideas when they’re still just sketches in notebooks, suggest new ideas to us and test the new stuff we’re actively working on before it is released to the general public. WorkFlowy Alpha users will also be able to toggle all the new features on and off, so if you hate something, you don’t have to use it. Essentially, by joining WorkFlowy Alpha, you’ll serve as our brainstorming group and test bed for new ideas.

How WorkFlowy Alpha will fit into your life

  • You’ll use WorkFlowy as usual
  • You’ll get in app messages alerting you of new ideas & features
  • You can toggle new features on and off based on how much you like them
  • You’ll have a variety of channels to communicate feedback and new ideas to us, including the /r/workflowy Reddit, emailing alpha@workflowy.com, blog comments and more
  • We’ll take your feedback seriously and it will influence the direction of the product

If you care about the future of WorkFlowy, join WorkFlowy Alpha.

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Workflowy replaces your notebooks, stickies and bloated apps with a simple, smooth digital notebook that makes it easy to get organized and be productive.

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Teubi
Teubi
3 years ago

Hi, quick question: these features don’t work in the workflowy desktop / mobile app (macOS / iOS), do they?

Jesse Patel
Jesse Patel
3 years ago
Reply to  Teubi

They work on desktop, but require a reload. To reload, you have to sign out and back in, we will be pushing a reload button into the app shortly.

glennpj
glennpj
3 years ago
Reply to  Jesse Patel

Should that include the Chrome App as well? I am not seeing the alpha features in that.

Thanks.

dadapotok
3 years ago
Reply to  Jesse Patel

I use only desktop and mobile apps now, it’s good to know alpha is working on desktop

Tenbashi Abramovvicz
3 years ago

Smoother Zoom Animation – for me irrelevant. Workflowy have to be as simple as is. Work on old machines too.

Alexey Levin
3 years ago

+1

dei
dei
3 years ago

I agree. Make it simple enough to work the same on every platform.

Michael
Michael
3 years ago

I love Workflowy. So glad things are finally moving and it’s great that users can be a part of the process. First feedback: the zoom animation slows things down too much. I’d much rather have the speed.

Dustin Glendinning
3 years ago

Awesome! What’s the official channel for providing feedback?

Jesse Patel
Jesse Patel
3 years ago

For now reddit.

dustying
3 years ago
Reply to  Jesse Patel

Sounds good thanks!

Brian
Brian
3 years ago

How about a highlight feature? Sometimes my lists get a bit busy, and the ability to highlight a few particular bullets would help me visually focus on the most important items.

James Kuijpers
3 years ago
Reply to  Brian

You could use workflowy painter for that,..

Err, or perhaps you are asking for an official feature =D

Anon
Anon
3 years ago

I’d like GoogleDocs-esque revision history.

Clarke Beaudry
Clarke Beaudry
3 years ago

I am not interested in these updates.
Suggestions:
Enter key should start a new bullet, not split the line.
Should be option to paste keeping all as one bullet.

Juan Pazos
Juan Pazos
3 years ago
Reply to  Clarke Beaudry

I actually like how that works because it’s more intuitive and feels right, since we’re all so much used with text editors.

Adam
Adam
3 years ago

I must say this announcement makes me happy and scares me at the same time.

I like progress and innovation. I also highly value stability, flexibility, and ease of use. And I love, love, love how lightweight Workflowy has been so far (still actively using it on a 10+ years old IBM Thinkpad).

I do hope that this new push for innovation does not mean more bugs, less stability, and an overall heavier application (bandwidth and computing power).

There is a competitor that has been innovating quite quickly, but they are not nearly as stable and reliable as Workflowy. Which is one of the main reasons I stayed with Workflowy. Impeccable reliability combined with wonderful simplicity and perfect sync (which still amazes me). I knew I could rely on it. Quite relevant considering I manage my whole life out of Workflowy.

Not sure whether that would be feasible, but perhaps somewhere down the road the toggles for switching additional functionality on and off could be introduced for all users, not just alpha users. That way we could decide for ourselves how much of the new stuff we want.

rawbytz
3 years ago
Reply to  Adam

I concur with all of the above.

With regards to “Alpha users”… your request is exactly what the alpha program is. You sign up for access to a checklist, and then you have to manually opt-in for each feature. You can toggle them to your heart’s delight.

Juan Pazos
Juan Pazos
3 years ago
Reply to  Adam

I’ve never even considered any competitor or even checked them, because I like Workflowy as it is so much.

losintentos
3 years ago

I use this app EACH day for work and my personal life.
I’m definitely in regarding giving some feedback.
Thanks a lot, guys!

Juan Pazos
Juan Pazos
3 years ago
Reply to  losintentos

Same here, two apps are on 24h/day for me, Chrome and Workflowy.

James Kuijpers
3 years ago
Reply to  Juan Pazos

Exactly the same here =)

KHAiiM (@rapoet)
3 years ago

Not too interested in these features,
but I just started using workflowy magic with tampermonkey, and the 2 features are very highly recommended
1. lets’ you quickly do math in workflowy (if you’re on the run and want to keep track of how much money you’re spending for example)
2. let’s you add images in workflowy (by including a url),
and what i love is both of those features work in real time, so it doesn’t save images, or take up space, it just presents the photo or calculation WHEN you need it and then disappears from the note until you enter it again 🙂

Also I agree that a highlight/color feature would be efficient – Thanks!

bartosz
bartosz
3 years ago

First of all – Workflowy is incredible, thank You for Your work so far 🙂

zoom is nice, but not really important – the best thing about workflowy is its simplicity, so I wouldn’t focus on visual optimalizations 🙂

Diacritic insensitive search is awesome and was much needed, thank You.

I think the most usefull development right now would be to show some love to mobile app – starting with starred pages support 🙂

bartosz
bartosz
3 years ago
Reply to  bartosz

oh, and adding to bullet menu option to sort its childs alphabetically!!

hut
hut
3 years ago

Sometimes for logging and meeting minutes I’d like to have ISO 8601 timestamps automatically added in a node below each node I enter (of course, with some toggle or preference to turn it on or off).

jocelin2017
3 years ago

I’m happy I got workflowly. Look forward for the updates

Rick
Rick
3 years ago

Not interested the new feature, But thank you for your guys’s fabulous work
1.Could you optimize the search ablitiy when chinese word with englihs words together,
for instance: 测试test ,like that sentecne i can NOT get that when i search “test”
2. you know ,workflowy has benn our life tool, could you add two-facor authentication to the accout?
thanks

bartosz
bartosz
3 years ago
Reply to  Rick

+1 for 2FA

Tenbashi Abramovvicz
3 years ago
Reply to  bartosz

+1 for 2FA 😀 ps. fajnie, że ktoś z Polski się pojawił. Pozdrawiam.

Stephen
Stephen
3 years ago

I’ve relied on WorkFlowy for years, and love it. A triumph of minimal, lean UI. My feature requests:
1. A way to see all nodes being shared. Added bonus would be to see which are view only vs edit shares
2. A way to view nodes by date added/edited. This would facilitate how a set of nodes have built up over time. It’s great there’s the last changed tooltip, and I’m aware there’s the option of email digests, but having this functionality in app would be tremendously helpful
Thanks for all your efforts, keep up the great work!

frank.dg
frank.dg
3 years ago
Reply to  Stephen

Hey Stephen,

– To see all nodes being shared, search “is:shared”
– To see all embedded lists (that others have shared with you), search “is:embedded”
– Although not the sorting you want, in any context you can search for a handful of “last-changed:*” parameters

Stephen
Stephen
3 years ago
Reply to  frank.dg

Thanks Frank!

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

Hey guys, going to check it out. Do you guys need any assistance with the overall look of the app? Credibility-wise, I’ve built a widely used style for the original app available on USO and would love to contribute to the real thing. I’m sure you guys have this all squared away in-house, but thought I would throw this out there. Thanks again for the wonderful app!

Bruno Faviero
Bruno Faviero
3 years ago

Love workflowy, just turned on Alpha.
I hadn’t realized, but I use Cmd+Shift+Left/Right a LOT to select an entire line of text. It’d be incredibly frustrating if there ever wasn’t an ability to turn that new shortcut off!

Otherwise, excited for new features!

DAVID
DAVID
3 years ago

Please add timer(or Pomodoro) at each bullet point..
And i want to check it Chrome Extension Or Windows Taskbar notification OR Android+Android Wear

DAVID
DAVID
3 years ago
Reply to  DAVID

SIMULTANEOUSLY

Rea
Rea
3 years ago

Just enabled it now, not much performance difference (thankfully) but nothing to indicate the opt-in aside from perhaps, the reload button. Really like the idea of “diacritic insensitive search,” an obvious lifesaver for those it frequents..

Still waiting on:
1/ Strikethrough formatting for notes
2/ Switch to search all workflowy – while preserving current search terms
3/ Rename all of a tag – from a list of all tags? (the bookmarklet at https://rawbytz.wordpress.com/tag/workflowy/ has been broken since I needed it..)
4/ Cycle through search results – maybe include result number
5/ Hide the “+” button on a zoomed in, childless node
6/ Fix for middleclick paste to not work on links – tagged, outgoing, etc
7/ Lock node – for changes, read-only etc.

Seconding the vote (here) on:
1/ Insert date/time – maybe copypaste attached dates (modified/created) from node info?
2/ View or sort nodes by date or name – preferably not permanent..
3/ Toggling or switching all additional features on and off for all users.
4/ Inline math – not so much calculated as displayed..
5/ version history – google docs, draftin, diff..? Useful for shared editing nodes where otherwise, changes can be lost without being reviewed or approved by the list owner. The workaround is to add delete permissions to shared nodes but this feature would still be useful for, say, reviewing personal re-articulation history over time.

Love, a longtime web user.

Tenbashi Abramovvicz
3 years ago
Reply to  Rea

Still.. 7 +1
Seconding: 5 +1

Anatoly Vasilyev
Anatoly Vasilyev
3 years ago

Great to hear! I love workflowy.
From the 4 suggested new features I like “Diacritic insensitive search “. And I think that it’s iOS and Android app that really needs improvements: at least an option to see starred pages and navigation improvements.

Good luck workflowy team, and thank you

Robert
3 years ago

Hi, after saving the 4 alpha features, i don’t get a “confirmation”. So you might want to add that so the user knows the signup for alpha is completed.

Robin
Robin
3 years ago

I’ve had one feature I’m really hoping will be rolled out on the new version. I noticed that on the mobile version there is no undo – I’ve had moments where I made mistakes and was not able to undo/revert to original like when using the web version on my desktop. Is that something that is on the horizon? I’m using the app on Android. Also noticed when creating a new line it jumps back one space then carries the character over to the next line. Thank you for being open for feedback. Love workflowy and it especially its indexing search capabilities!

Robin
Robin
3 years ago
Reply to  Robin

Two other items I just thought of…not being able to access the favorite pages on the Android app (unless I missed it). Also the ability to select more than one line when copying or cutting on mobile.

rowalth
rowalth
3 years ago

I am very excited to see things moving on Jesses side. I like the idea of the alpha audience very much, so that you can get instant feedback on new developments and UX/UI approaches.

Looking forward to the new path of Workflowy and can’t wait to test everything.

Keep up the good work. Your product is amazing.

Diego Echavarria
Diego Echavarria
3 years ago

I love Workflowy and I must say this announcement makes me very happy.

My feature requests:

1. I want to upgrade to WorkFlowy Pro, but I would like to do it by paying only once, (you people set the price) and not by little paiments per month or per year.

2. It would be nice to have the option to fully open all the nodes contained in the bullet I’m working on.

I want to thank to WorkFlowy Team for the work so far, I have been using it for years and I love it!!

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zeynel
3 years ago

As long as you don’t introduce some blinking or color changing thing that annoys the person who is trying to organize his thoughts… but seriously why is it that you need to have a button that changes color to indicate that the document is saved? Granted yours is not as disturbing as some other such things but what is the purpose of telling us that the document is saved since you are saving it almost real time? Except for this small thing I’ve been using WorkFlowy since I first saw it at HN years ago. Thanks.

James Kuijpers
3 years ago
Reply to  zeynel

Before I go offline or shutdown my computer, I really want to know my work is saved. So I hope they keep an indicator.

alpacanist
alpacanist
3 years ago

Help! Just turned on alpha yesterday and detected a bug…
I’m using Workflowy on Microsoft Edge. Now whenever I type Chinese in the “note” section of a bullet point, the note contents just start to duplicate exponentially. The IME used was the system default Chinese IME of Windows 10.
Pretty sure that this is a new bug. If you could take a look at it I’d appreciate so much.

alpacanist
alpacanist
3 years ago
Reply to  alpacanist

Clarification: it only happens when I type in a note with some link in it.

Luke Flegg
Luke Flegg
3 years ago

Fixing this infuriating bug making creating a new line really awkward:

https://youtu.be/59YsKkHFnYE

boroborobong
boroborobong
3 years ago

Please add backup to google drive.

richardcandle
3 years ago

How about a version number shown somewhere.

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