Windows Users: Try The New Installer for the WorkFlowy Desktop App

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October 12, 2017

The WorkFlowy desktop app is almost ready to officially launch. However, we need people to test the new installer for Windows. The new installer is tiny to download, much faster to install, and works on older versions of Windows, so it should be better overall.  Please follow these instructions and we should be able to officially launch the desktop app in no time.

1) If you are already using the WorkFlowy Desktop App, uninstall it

2) Download the WorkFlowy Windows Installer

3) Click through all the warnings and install the app (Here’s what the warnings look like for Windows 7, and Windows 10)

4) Email help@workflowy.com if you have issues


 

Windows 10 Installation Process

  1. Download the installer file
  2. When file finishes downloading, click “Run”
  3. Windows will give you a big warning because the app is new and hasn’t been installed many times yet. To get around this, When you see the big blue window with the “Don’t Run” button, you have to click “More info” and then click “Run Anyway”.

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Windows 7 Installation Process

Windows 7 gives a lot of warnings! Here are the steps

1) Download the installer file

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3) Click “Actions”

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4) Click “More Options”image202017-10-1220at203-39-0720pm

5) Click “Run anyway”image202017-10-1220at203-40-2720pm

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dwalkercg
dwalkercg
3 years ago

Just installed, seamlessly, on Windows 8, with NO warnings, popups etc. When finished I received a login screen and after I logged in, the desktop app opened and is running without any issues. Kudos, WorkFlowy team…great job!

jameschrislloyd
3 years ago
Reply to  dwalkercg

Me too! Fast install and works great. 🙂

csicilia
3 years ago

Thanks Jesse. This time it worked like a charm. I have Windows 7 (I don’t have plans to install Windows 10 in the next 100 years). But the previous installer was impossible to install. This time it was a snap. Like dwalkercg said, no warnings, no nothing. Thanks!

Jesse Patel
Jesse Patel
3 years ago
Reply to  csicilia

Oh, great to hear!

Ian Feavearyear
Ian Feavearyear
3 years ago

Seems to work like a charm on Windows 10

Olaf Bond (@olafbond)
3 years ago

Works OK. No Stylish charm obviously. Why it’s better than web version/Chrome app?

Olaf Bond (@olafbond)
3 years ago

Windows 10. One warning.

Jesse Patel
Jesse Patel
3 years ago

Yeah, stylish type stuff we want to bring natively into WorkFlowy, so hopefully that limitation won’t be too late.

Chrome App is being discontinued (because Chrome is no longer supporting them). It is better in a lot of small ways than the Chrome app. A few examples: control+tab and command+tab work as expected to switch between things, you don’t have to have Chrome running while the app runs and the app doesn’t close when you close Chrome.

In terms of the web app, it has full offline support, so you can work on an airplane, close the app, reopen it, all your stuff will still be there. And a lot of people just want a desktop app so they can quickly switch to it and just always have it be open.

histam
histam
3 years ago

please let us to hide the menu bar on top.

Victor P.
Victor P.
3 years ago
Reply to  histam

YES, please!

Steve S.
Steve S.
3 years ago

Windows 10. Installation worked as described (one warning), The app works well too. However, i’ll keep using WorkFlowy in a Firefox tab, that wokrs very well too and no extra 170 MB RAM required 🙂

ulfgj
3 years ago

is this version 0.0.5 you are talking about?

ulfgj
3 years ago
Reply to  ulfgj

oh no no no… this is 0.1.8.0!! schweet 😀

Adrian Bradshaw
Adrian Bradshaw
3 years ago

Hi Jesse

Marvellous and dreamlike! As others opens great in windows 10 (1 warning) and as someone said, it seems faster than the web version. Keep up the great work Adrian

Michael Engard
3 years ago

Windows 10, no issues whatsoever. Cheers!

Amaran
Amaran
3 years ago

At last I was able to download. Now I am using in my desktop. Thank you

moakdesigns
3 years ago

Downloaded and installed onto Windows 10 with zero issues! Great job! However, since I heavily rely on Stylish/Stylus to format my tags and everything, I will be continuing to use chrome web browser. If you are able to allow us to apply Stylish/Stylus to the desktop app, I’d be using it all the time!

Jesse Patel
Jesse Patel
3 years ago
Reply to  moakdesigns

yep, eventually we’ll be allowing stylish type stuff inside WorkFlowy

Ted Ciuba
3 years ago
Reply to  moakdesigns

I’ll weigh in on needing and liking the stylish things too. For power users, NOT having them is a big issue. Might consider the ability to change font size, too.

moakdesigns
3 years ago

Reblogged this on moakdesigns and commented:
Works beautifully, downloaded & installed onto Windows 10 with zero issues!

Writch
Writch
3 years ago

I concur with the other Win10 users: No issues…. not even the Protected warning.

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

No problems installing. Maybe as a future enhancement, a spell check being integrated. That would be very helpful.

forcemetze
forcemetze
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan

+1

Sarah Howell
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Yes, please include spellcheck!

Thomas Hutton
Thomas Hutton
3 years ago

Features!

– Font Colors
– Multiple independently searchable and stackable Windows
– Allow removal of top bar like in fullscreen – allows us to glance at it on another screen whilst taking up as little
space as possible – Lite mode
– Minimize to Tray
– Allow Always on Top
– Open on Startup – save location like Sticky Notes does
– Spell check – toggleable – with ignore/ add to dictionary options
– Projects – able to save and load projects for different work sessions – multiple instances open at once

I understand this post is about the new installer, and most of this has been mentioned before. I just wanted to add.

Also installation worked flawlessly and I love your product.

Αλέξανδρος
Αλέξανδρος
3 years ago

Desktop Workflowy is definitely in demand and appreciated step to evolve. However its size (170+ MiB) and the lack of portable option (i.e. when related data is kept inside the chosen folder without polluting the rest of the host system) ruins the impression. The former could be understood (“fine, let’s use that bulky Electron wrapper since it seems to be the fastest way to deliver web app”), but the latter really hurts, especially when portable Firefox fork (full-fledged browser with addons) takes less than 100 MiB. Looking forward to see the portable feature in the nearest future.

Mark Permann
Mark Permann
3 years ago

Installed without warnings on my Windows 10.

Jura
Jura
3 years ago

Nice that there’s a new Workflowy desktop version.

But I don’t really understand this post. From what I read, it seems that all what’s new is a new installer? That’s not something I want to uninstall and reinstall Workflowy for, especially when there’s a risk that the update might break something. I’m rather safe than sorry. 🙂

So I think a changelog would be nice (now and in the future).

Jesse Patel
Jesse Patel
3 years ago
Reply to  Jura

The old version won’t keep being updated.

Volker
Volker
3 years ago

Installer test: Win 7 64bit, very quick, no warnings, opened right as and where I closed it before the uninstall.

John A. Taylor (@johnataylor)

Installed on Windows 10. No problems, no warnings, works like a charm!

M Gorman
M Gorman
3 years ago

The latest app version seems to be struggling with the multiple monitors on my Microsoft Surface. Launches in strange locations, even off screen completely.

Keith
Keith
3 years ago

Can those of us that don’t use Windows begin watching for a release?

forcemetze
forcemetze
3 years ago

Worked like a champ! Looked everywhere for the version number and finally found in under “Add and Remove Programs”. Would be nice to make this available within the app. Great install experience here on Win 10.

hoichi
hoichi
3 years ago

The installer downloads the .7z file, shows a progress bar for a while and then disappears. Does it mean it’s installed? The blue banner for the new installer is still there. How can I see a version?

Joseph J Shuster
Joseph J Shuster
3 years ago

I followed the instructions and it installed on current Windows 10 with no warnings. (AVG anti-virus slowed down the uninstall.)

Two things:

1) Is there a way to see the desktop app version from the app? Almost every app shows a version number with a Help > About menu or somewhere in Settings or Support. I couldn’t find the version number in the app.

2) Maybe I was blind, but I thought the version I uninstalled was 1.0.1 (from Control Panel > Programs and Features) and the “new” version is 0.1.8. Is that correct? If so, it’s another strange version number thing.

Joe

PS, after a few days of testing the desktop app and comparing to the web app, I didn’t see any advantages and I was crimped by the inability of the desktop app to let me right mouse click for context menus, especially Chrome’s ability to “Search Google for ””.

mutluturk
mutluturk
3 years ago

I’ve downloaded the new one because that blue bar on top keeps reminding me every time i start it. And guess what? Altoguh this is the newest one (I downloaded/installed today) that blue bar on top still comes up during start. ??

Denma
3 years ago

Thank you for the great app!

But I really hope if I could open two app windows at the same time.

I understand that there might be a sync issue… but we can already do that with the web app, right?

Currently i’m using webpage & windows app at the same time if I need to view two pages at once.

Bill Duncan
3 years ago

Need right-click copy and past functionality added to desktop version. Also need a way to see what version of the application I am running.

Joseph J Shuster
Joseph J Shuster
3 years ago

I’m giving up on the desktop app until the infinite nag issue is solved.

Kai Brodersen
3 years ago

Thank you – it’s a good thing that one does not have to run Chrome anymore. However, every time I open the app it tells me that there is a new version – when there clearly is not. If removing this in case the latest version is running is too difficult to implement, it would be good to add a version number (e.g. under help). Thank you for all the hard work and the enhanced quality of life, as it were, which I owe to workflowy. Kai

Mike V
Mike V
3 years ago

Windows 8 here….flawless

Obi
Obi
3 years ago

we need the latex in workflowy

picperfectapps
3 years ago

Thanks for the great App!!!
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billdenbigh
3 years ago

Can we please get rid of the message every time I re-open the desktop app? It’s starting to become annoying…

Dorothea
Dorothea
15 days ago

Looks like a virus to me.

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