Color Formatting

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    Pablo Guevara

    Reposting my modest pitch given that the previous forum post has been deprecated:

    Coloring is from the pool of Workflowy's missing features the one with the greatest level of PARSIMONY.

    By parsimony I mean that with a small amount of effort it has the potential to enable a myriad of different applications, depending on who and how you use it. Pretty much like Workflowy itself, which with such a simple concept as nesting has enabled a myriad of different applications ranging from simple to-do lists to writing books or planning the release of a whole startup — It seems perfectly inline with the product philosophy and strengths.

    Coloring can be used to (1) tag priorities, (2) to mark distinct sections (like an inbox section), (3) to give the user visual anchors to navigate big documents...

    It’s also a very highly requested feature in the old Zendesk forum that Workflowy had. To the point that users have created a number of Chrome extensions for coloring Workflowy that have been successful to buy us time and get by in the meantime. However, with the company's strategy to pushing towards Desktop apps and Mobile apps those extensions no longer help.

    With that said, @Workflowy is there any internal optimistic targets to implement that feature?

    Disclaimer: I've talked about above about Workflowy's philosophy and the company's strategy. Those are just my personal interpretations and hence they might not be accurate. 

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    GUILLERMO R MENDOZA

    I agree. This "simple" feature (allowing coloring font) would expand WorkFlowy's system without interfering with its basic premise towards simplicity. Color coding is a great way to simplify the mental process of identifying what some element means and the group it belongs to. I know it's available as an "unofficial" Chrome extension, but I use the Desktop app. I really hope it can be available soon for all platforms.

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    Michael J. Greis

    Allowing color text in the desktop version would be a significant productivity boost for me as well.  I also completely agree with the thoughtful assessment of why this feature is consistent with the design ethos of simplicity and parsimony.  

    Please add this feature!

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    Tudor Achim

    +1

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    Franz-Peter Steiner

    +1

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    Pablo Guevara

    Any updates or ETA on this feature?

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    arbeitScott

    Yes!

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    Lucy Beck

    Come  on Workflowy Product management - you have been promising us COLOUR support for more than 6 years - I think your users have been patient.... please can we have it ....

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    Scott Stevens

    Agreed. I would love to hear a general timeline and am confused about why this change is taking so long. It's definitely making me consider alternative apps...

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    Scott Stevens

    One other note, I'm hesitant to invest time and energy using color formatting using the Chrome extension if that would be lost when (IF!) color is ever added to the app itself. Would there be a way to import colors added via the extension to the main app?

     

    Also, my vote is for color highlighting more than for colored text.

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    Lucy Beck

    @Scott - I cant get the chrome extensions to work at all - any tips please?

    I hope we get the choice of highlighting and coloured text as I prefer to have coloured text.

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    Scott Stevens

    @Lucy, I think a choice would be best too. Afraid I can't help with the Chrome extension as I'm holding my breath for color being added as a basic functionality rather than an add-on hack, but I'm turning blue here as the years go by...

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    Mr D WISEMAN

    I am also super keen to see colour in workflowy. Could you let us know when you are planning to have it done by or even if you are planning on doing it?

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    Coffeeling

    Adding my voice here too, especially with regard to highlighting since it's a key feature for progressive summarization as outlined eg. here: https://evernote.com/blog/designing-creativity-workflows/ 

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    We are planning color coding. In the meantime, here's a workaround (via the WorkFlowy blog):

    https://blog.workflowy.com/2018/05/17/color-coding/

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    Pablo Guevara

    Frank, your posts are always so solid, and the color-coding one is no exception. Do you have a hack to install those css styles on the Workflowy app for desktop or mobile?

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    There is currently no way to do so for desktop... and @rawbytz is working on a mobile solution... BUT... we are also working here at WorkFlowy to get color coding done natively! It's going to happen sooner rather than later :-)

     

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    George Jardim

    I definitely would support color text or color highlighting. I’ll take either, or both.  Anything that differentiates information helps intelligibility.  Bring it on Frank...!

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    daveyjonze

    Posting to refresh this conversation. Has there been any indication of a timeline for bullet/item highlighting? Thanks!

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Dave,

    We are building several significant features at quite a rate now... and coloring bullets/ lists is becoming more of a must-have for us now. It will happen, but we can't give an exact timeline. We now are building features with the team we have at least 4 times faster than we were last year this time :-). We're getting there!

     

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    daveyjonze

    That's amazing, Frank - and very exciting! Thanks for the update. I'm sure kind words help but I plan on paying for the Pro plan soon to support all of you. Just need to see what happens in the next couple weeks.

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    Michael J. Greis

    Really pleased to hear about the work on new features, and on native color formatting specifically.  It's been a long wait and that feature would be a big productivity boost for many of us  (and I already am a PRO subscriber).  

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    Brohannes

    Highlighting would be swell. 😊

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    David A Coales

    Fantastic.  I had defected to Dynalist primarily for the formatting options but the recent spate of updates has brought me back as a pro subscriber again. 

    Formatting on the browser is possible with workarounds but I mostly use the mobile apps so I'm hoping your new formatting options will be available on Android/IOS as well as the browser.

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