For this update, we wanted to share a little bit about what’s been happening behind the scenes with the team features. The features are currently in the usability testing phase. That means we recruited a group of users that were already utilizing Workflowy in a team setting and have been testing out the new features with their teams.
Our product team has been meeting with these users to gather feedback and to analyze several aspects of the features. In other words, this is where the rubber meets the road. It’s where we find out if our solution will actually work for the issues we set out to solve. This is where a lot of tweaking and polishing usually happens.
So far we’ve have some very positive feedback from the test users and come up with tweaks to improve some slight issues we detected.
One tweak that stands out is the color-coding of the changes based on the type of change. Initially, we had highlighted these with a single color and used labels with icons to indicate the type of change (completed, created, edited, moved).
This worked fine as it was, but after using it for some time and after discussing it internally, we opted to use the same color scheme we use in the daily update email.
First, it makes the color-coding consistent across the app and the email notifications. And secondly, it makes distinguishing what type of change has happened much easier when you’re scanning the updates. At a glance, you can tell if the items were added, moved, created, etc. without having to stop and look for the label.
That’s just one change that’s been made as we user-test and tweak the updates feature. In the next update, we’ll share some more details about the feature as it gets closer to the final version.
That’s all for now, see you in the next update.
– The Workflowy Team 🇺🇦
Could you consider adding sidebars and PWA programs?
With collaboration firmly on the way, I’d really like to ask again for non-bullet (paragraph) input. If that is there, I am certain the switch from a google docs would become so much more simple. Thank you.
Hey Amrith, we’re with you – that’s why paragraphs are on our “considering” column in the product updates page. Giving folks the tools they need to not have to switch apps when collaborating is one of our goals.
Amazing!!! I am really hoping that with that, a lot more people write more longform as well on wfy! The distraction-free aesthetic is the magic of wfy and I can only imagine how good it would be to write a whole lot in focus mode! Thank you.
Thanks for reporting this Fabio.
Ah! I thought it was my custom WorkFlowy Stylus theme. Good to know it isn’t and that it will be fixed. Thanks, also, Fabio.
Hola, esto promete.
Un abrazo, fuerza y gracias por vuestro trabajo
Saludos Carlos, gracias por tus observaciones.
Creo que la retroalimentación de la comunidad nos va a ayudar a perfeccionar esos detalles.Sobre la marcha en beta pronto nos vamos a dar cuenta que funciona y que hay que modificar para que sea funcional y estético a la vez.
Whoa, considering the date, you should have announced you’re getting rid of all the new-fangled features and going back to Workflowy as it was in 2013, by user request!
Creo que la respuesta de Rodolfo a Wayne resuelve lo que planteas. Veamos una vez que llegue, pero mis sensaciones son positivas
Looking great! I am a bit concerned about Workflowy becoming overly complex (ummm, and slow it down, especially with large Workflowys, like mine!), so please have toggle switches in Settings to turn off and on advanced features.
Hey Wayne, that’s a totally reasonable concern. It’s something we’re keenly aware of and are trying our best to strike a good balance.
We want to make it easy to access the feature for those that want to use it but also make it unobtrusive for those that don’t.
A toggle is definitely one way to do that. How it works right now is – if you’re not using the feature, i.e., working in a shared space, then you won’t see any buttons or icons for the feature.
With regards to how that could impact speed, we plan to focus on that area in particular after we release these collaborative features to make sure that doesn’t become an issue.
This is great for bullets shared with my team. But what about read only bullets shared with my clients? Will it clutter their view?
Hey DBG, the “View Updates” mode is not the default view for a shared space, you have to manually turn it on to see the changes and the details for the changes so it shouldn’t be an issue.
In other words, unless they want to see it, it’ll be hidden.