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moo.do - new service in the workflowy / checkvist space

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Posted by yosemite
Oct 15, 2014 at 04:26 AM



I’ve been using this and testing it for a few hours and it’s pretty impressive.  I’ve used workflowy more than a little, checkvist some, trello some.  I still far prefer desktop apps (*) for their speed and power but workflowy was tempting me and now moo.do is even more so.  (*: OneNote, Excel, Word, ..., Noteliner, Treesheets sometimes)

Moo.do is on the web, chrome, iOS, and android.  (I’ve already put in my feedback requesting a truly offline (with sync) Windows desktop app but I’m not holding my breath).

It is multi-user / has sharing.

It is fast and responsive. It has instant search/filter like workflowy and checkvist.  It has outlining with folding and focus/hoist.  Also the usual tab/shift-tab to indent and alt/shift/up-down to move stuff. I tested down to 30 levels.  It has @dates with reminders and an “agenda” view.  It has #tags. It has (Google) contacts (+Joe). It has priorities and star/highlight. You can complete items, they turn grey.  You can archive stuff.

They say they want to keep a text-based paradigm, so no bold/italic, no markdown rendering, no custom CSS like checkvist. 

Drawbacks: at present it requires Google Drive to store its data.  :-(

Amazing: it updates in realtime for all users. You can open multiple views at once. Each can have its own focus/hoist and independent search.  I’m really digging fullscreen in the Chrome app with 4 views: overall, search, hoisted, and agenda.  I have about 500 items in here right now and it’s pretty quick.  I’ve never seen this multi-view done so well in an online app.  I find this kind of thing extremely useful in Excel and Word so I’m super impressed that they’ve pulled this off.

See their website for a 85-second video worth watching, a live no-sign-in demo pre-populated with a few lists, and on their blog are detailed examples of scrum/kanban and project collaboration. 

How is it for writing?  I don’t think it would work for me because it lacks styles or really any formatting at all.  I suppose someone could write in markdown and then render it elsewhere but that seems counter-productive to me.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 15, 2014 at 01:41 PM


Looks like an interesting service. The name is a little unfortunate. One of our enterprising Vermont dairy farmers packages composted cow manure and calls it Moo Do.

Thanks for the notice.

Steve Z.


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM


yosemite wrote:
> but workflowy was tempting me and now moo.do is even more so. 

Thanks for this, interesting development… I’m a big WorkFlowy fan, so I’m not sure what I see there at Moo.do currently is enough for me to switch over, but a bit of competition must be a good thing and hopefully it spurs on the WorkFlowy guys to come up with some new features as well. Moo.do surely make it easy to switch, with all their import tools… But they ask for quite a lot of access permissions to the Google account, which is a bit disconcerting. All WorkFlowy asks for is just any old email address to sign up with…

My impression so far is that WorkFlowy is more geared towards keyboard fanatics, while Moo.do seems to be more touch/mouse focused.


Posted by zoe
Oct 16, 2014 at 02:49 PM


I’m a big fan of Workflowy and I took a look at this with some excitement, but unfortunately it doesn’t appear to offer much that Workflowy doesn’t already. The Google Drive backup is a nice touch, but the interface isn’t as simple and intuitive as Workflowy’s. Also, WF is hinting in their Twitter feed about potential new features coming soon, so I think I’ll see what they have to offer.


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 16, 2014 at 07:08 PM


zoe wrote:
>Also, WF is
>hinting in their Twitter feed about potential new features coming soon,
>so I think I’ll see what they have to offer.

These are the features apparently they’re working on (from their FAQ):

Dates & reminders
Image attachments
Advanced tagging options
Collaboration improvements


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