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

    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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