Hey there Workflowy folks, we’ll be posting updates biweekly to let you know what’s new and keep you in the loop. Last week we released several changes related to the upcoming “mentions” and “changes” features. As we mentioned in the last post, we’ll be running a closed test of the features before going to beta so we’re busy working on that.
Usually, when we build new features, we do an internal test then deploy to beta and finally production. However for these two features in particular we’re going to start with a small group of teams users and have them test these out before we release to beta. These are folks that are already using Workflowy in a team setting and have volunteered to use the feature with their teams and provide feedback.
There’s still some work to be done before the closed test but the bulk of the work has been completed. That means that the features are functional, and we’ve been using them internally for a while now. One of the reasons this release has taken a bit longer than our previous ones is that we decided early on that we wanted to release both features at the same time. They work really well together so it only made sense that both needed to go out on the same day for users to experience that benefit.
There are still some visual tweaks being made to how a user marks items as viewed and how mentions are presented. Getting these details right is really important to us as these are the things that often will make the difference between a feature that is pleasant and intuitive to use or not.
We’re excited to be getting closer to releasing these features and getting feedback from the community. We think that for folks that are already using Workflowy in a team setting, this release is going to be a game changer. And for those that have thought about getting their team into Workflowy, this is going make that much easier.
As we get closer to releasing these features we want to share a bit more information behind our thinking and design processes so keep an eye out for that.
Sound off in the comments if you plan to either start using the features with your team or if you plan to bring your team onboard once they’re out.
That’s all for now, see you in the next update.
– The Workflowy Team 🇺🇦
One thing I would suggest is that you don’t actually need to do updates biweekly if it doesn’t make sense to do them because there have been no announceable changes between them, or you’re really slammed with something high priority, or whatnot.
However, if you’re going to say you’re going to do these biweekly updates, it would be better to post something, even if it’s just to let people know you haven’t forgotten and are keeping that expectation.
Just a thought (since I have looked to see if there was a new biweekly update after the last one on April 1st).
That said, I’m really happy with the recent improvements to WorkFlowy over these past several months and, overall, your communications here. Hopefully, you’ll take this as constructive, even if you disagree and choose otherwise.
My team uses Workflowy, we’re excited to try out the new features as soon as possible!
I know it’s not mentioned anywhere (not where I looked at), but can you please detail a little bit what are your plans in terms of improvements for the Dates feature?
Not talking about reminders but in the overall UI/UX with dates. Any plan for example to add a simple pop-up calendar and a better visual indicator of a date besides the light underline?
Hey Fabio, there are several things we want to do to improve dates (like a date picker and a better way to group date related items) and we’re aware what we have now is very bare-bones.
In terms of when we plan to do that, we still have a bit of work we want to do after the launch of the mentions and updates features – particularly related to improving our infrastructure and speed. After that it’s likely we’ll focus on more core features like dates.
There’s not much to share about the UI/UX right now since we haven’t started fleshing out exactly what we want to do. We have done some internal experiments but nothing that has gone to beta.
When we do start working it, we’ll be sure to share that on the blog and our product updates page so the community can provide feedback and help us shape it.
Keep up the GREAT work!
Is there any place we can see the roadmap? Or maybe a UserVoice to see the most voted features by users?
Hey Bruno, you can check what we’re currently working on and what we’re working on next at our product updates page.
Excelente!!!! Ansioso por verla en acción. Suerte y a seguir así
Thank you for the regular updates. Looking forward to the new features, particularly as a friend and I are working on developing some shared PKM concepts in WorkFlowy.