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Posted by Daly de Gagne
Dec 28, 2014 at 04:36 PM


I haven’t heard anything about Workflowy in last fews months, and it seems their blog not updated since August. That makes me a trifle nervous.

Is there any news, a word from the developers?




Posted by jaslar
Dec 30, 2014 at 05:47 AM


No, I haven’t heard anything either. But your post did prompt me to go into my setting and choose the backup to Dropbox option, just in case!


Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM


Daly de Gagne wrote:
I haven’t heard anything about Workflowy in last fews months, and it
>seems their blog not updated since August. That makes me a trifle
> >Is there any news, a word from the developers?

It’s not entirely out of character for them to go silent on the blog for a while:

“Why no blogging from WorkFlowy? Babies!”



Posted by Paulo Diniz
Jan 6, 2015 at 08:44 PM


Workflowy is a foundation of my productivity setup, as of today. I suspect many other people are in the same situation.
There is a very comforting feeling to know you have a simple, very easy to use plain text outliner that can be accessed from anywhere.
The fact that every node is, in and of itself, a new document (that is, a bookmarkable URL), and has very sleek visual and transition animations, is a bonus.
It works with raw/pure text, so it is really universal. You paste raw text on it and you export plain text out of it too. VeEEEery straigtforward.
Great keyboard shortcut support, e.g., a simple ESC goes to search/filter mode, a new hit ESC returns to the editor.
Also, URL links are automatically created . So, i use chrome extensions to export lists of tabs to it and use it as my tab session manager, availiable from anywhere

Answering the question, according to a topic on Quora, they are just fine. http://www.quora.com/How-is-WorkFlowy-doing-as-of-September-2014
In my experience it is a very focused app, steadily being updated and fine tuned. It has GREAT UI and User Experience.
I urge that anyone interested on productivity apps take a look in Workflowy and see if it fits on your Workflow.


Posted by jaslar
Jan 7, 2015 at 01:15 AM


I like the tool, too, and find myself spending more time in it for many of the reasons you say: easy to use, easy to fly around, easy to add and rearrange things, etc. I bought the annual subscription, and will no doubt renew.

I spent much of today doing research for a “chapter” I’m writing, though (an essay for an American publishing reference work, actually), and saw some of the limitations. I had to look at a lot of pdf journal articles. Cutting and pasting citations and quotes was a little clunky and required a lot of cleanup. So it probably isn’t the best tool for that. ConnectedText is probably better (based on what I read here - I haven’t really used it). While I like Worfklowy’s speed and cleanliness, it really didn’t seem to be optimized for that use. Dr. Andus’s workflow probably would have worked better, but not for a single project, probably. Too much ramp-up time!

Tomorrow I’ll be doing the writing to start plugging the quotes into my outline - and that might be a little clunky, too. I suspect I’ll wind up with an editor (WriteDown, maybe, just to put it through its paces) in one window, and Workflowy in the other, side by side. Both of these are Chrome apps, which is interesting, too (because I’m bouncing around various devices, mainly). But somehow I can’t see using Workflowy for the drafting and final edit. It doesn’t give me the word count, I can’t easily consult citations AND write. And not only do I not have two big monitors side by side, I usually use a laptop or tablet screen.

I’ve noticed that almost everybody on this forum winds up stringing together five to ten apps to accommodate their workflow. That’s probably just the way it goes. We all have our own wrinkles and needs. Speaking for myself, I can’t imagine how I could balance my fondness for minimal user interfaces with a longing for a one-stop shop for research, pattern-recognition and writing.

Nonetheless, Workflowy seems to have found its way into my core tool chest.


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