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Posted by Simon
Sep 7, 2019 at 09:38 AM


I used Workflowy for a few years and it was my goto app. I then switched to Dynalist for the last year and hardly use it at all. I’m now returning to Workflowy.

I think the main reason for my switch back is that dynalist on an iPad Pro is woeful. As this is my mobile tool it creates a lot of friction. I’ve also come to realise that I don’t use the wiki-links, or attach files much. The dates option is more problematic than useful as dated things usually need export, which is another major problem for me with Dynalist. I also found the line change from normal to edit mode extremely annoying when editing a lot of entries.

In the end I miss the simplicity of Workflowy. That’s why I used it so much. My calendar does diary, my files are in icloud. I just need a good plain text notebook.

Would appreciate any thoughts on others who have used both.


Posted by marlowe
Sep 7, 2019 at 02:59 PM


I’ve used both, and other tools like Checkvist. Workflowy’s big strength to me is the single tree idea, and the way it really handles extremely long outlines very, very well.


Posted by Paul Korm
Sep 7, 2019 at 03:12 PM


I use Dynalist mainly on Mac and Windows 10, and find I’ve been using it more.  The web version in Edge on Windows 10 is great for me at work, where I do not have a Mac—I can drag emails from Outlook, files, etc., and set up tasks as calendar events with the Google calendar integration.  The sync is very fast.  Dynalist is a great way to pick up a file needed for a task and quickly move it over to another machine.

I don’t think I could do all this with Workflowy.


Posted by Luhmann
Sep 8, 2019 at 06:27 AM


I prefer Dynalist, but agree that if I were just selecting between the two iOS apps right now I might use Workflowy instead. It has been clear from the beginning that the Dynalist developers don’t really use their own app on mobile, and certainly not on iOS. If they did, I’m sure the mobile experience would be much better. Having said that, they are making constant improvements. Check out their monthly blog to see what they’ve been doing:



Posted by satis
Sep 10, 2019 at 01:20 AM


I have free accounts on both services and just decided to try them out again in the web versions on my Mac. I pasted a TaskPaper document as well as an OMPL file from my clipboard. Dynalist seems a more comprehensive (and complicated) product, but I think that Workflowy was easier to work with, and faster, so for now I think I like it a bit more.

Checkvist still seems uglier and more ungainly, though perhaps that’s only skin deep. (But I don’t want to scratch the surface to find out.)

I also opened up OmniOutliner for the Mac and the templating and weird font-level formatting just made me angry at it all over again.


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