Quick Add to Inbox (mostly app support)

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    Dale C Backus

    YESSSSSSS

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    Nils Kassube

    I use this daily in Todoist. It would be incredible to have it for Alexa and Google Assistant. An open API would be perfect to build my own AoG for this -- because I assume support for a German AoG will not be Workflowy's first priority. 

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    Christoph Marquardt

    This would make things so much easier

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    Coffeeling

    A quick note button is one of the best features in eg. OneNote and Evernote, and is on my list of things that are just plain essential in notetaking/task management apps. Frictionless capture is killer.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    If you have the iOS app... would you mind checking out the Starred pages menu via the Star icon on the bottom toolbar.... if you had an inbox list in your starred-pages list, you'd be able to tap on the plus to the left of your list and it would create a bullet in your inbox and you'd also jump there. Is this close to what you envision?

     

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    rawbytz

    @Frank  This gets solved with the server-side API.  It can be done in mobile (without the API) by beefing up the current workflowy:// url scheme.  

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    George Jardim

    Frank, Your suggestion works beautifully for me.  Make a starred Inbox, click on the plus sign and add a note quickly.  From there, I tag then distribute my notes to other lists / bulletin.  Brilliant!

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    rawbytz

    I agree the starred inbox-plus button workflow is today's best solution... but:

    1. it doesn't replace the need for "frictionless capture" from outside the WorkFlowy app
    2. the current mobile beta version of the left menu kills this plus button... it needs to be added to the Left Bar
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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Glad that helps George!

     

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    Coffeeling

    I didn't even know there are plus buttons next to the bullets - I had the left sidebar enabled on Android since the setting apparently carried over to the mobile app. Disabling it on mobile also gets me the Home button and bottom right corner plus button back, which are good design ideas, left sidebar or no.

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    Coffeeling

    Here's an example of the Quick Note UX on OneNote Android, one of the most fantastic capture tools I've ever seen: https://imgur.com/a/E1TbgZC (the button on the home screen is from the long-press menu, not a widget from OneNote itself. It has its own Quick Note widget, but the widget takes up two squares for some mysterious reason, so I dragged the long-press menu button to the desktop, which you can do on Android)

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Anssi,

    Your observations about the "old" vs new layout are noted! We're still very much working on polishing things up :-)

     

     

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    Stephanos

    Such a feature would be highly useful for your desktop apps as well! How about a keyboard shortcut, such as Cmd/Ctrl + Q, to quickly add an item to a predefined inbox without leaving the current page/app? The pop-up window could be similar to the jump window (when you hit Ctrl + K).

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Stephanos, how about this script via the WFx Chrome extension?: 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZRFDsq1Z1E&list=PLgi2Y4JImXPhCPhtAILbNRzci-X4w1MKT&index=8&t=1s 

     

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    Stephanos

    Hi Frank, thank you for the reply. I've seen there are a lot of workarounds for all sorts of things, but it would be nice to have a WorkFlowy which natively supports those basic features.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Stephanos, I definitely hear what you're saying. A native solution would be the ultimate. We're just now ramping up with multiple features that will be released over the coming months. We certainly want to make it easy for people to get their thoughts into WorkFlowy with a minimum of fuss!

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    Stephanos

    Hi Frank, that sounds great. I just wish I hadn't heard and read about "multiple features that will be released over the coming months" for sooooo long! And yet, I'm still patient. Can we expect anything this year?

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Stephanos,

    Sure... the team is currently working on better date filtering as well as history filtering using more "natural" language, such as, "This week", "today", etc. We also came out with an experimental side bar which you can activate in your Settings area.

     

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    Marcos Dias Alves

    After some weeks using Workflowy every single day to manage my life and my business, I now also feel the need to have a quick add shortcut and then I went to Workflowy help just to discover this is not yet implemented. I do hope it will be someday.

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    Matt Hulse

    This is such a hole in the Android app. Please consider this.

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    Alfred Peters

    @Frank

    So I know there is an unofficial API... Is there documentation on that somewhere? If the API is robust enough it's possible we could add this by targeting it through something simple like IFTTT/Zapier/Integromat + Google Assistant.
    Once set up you could just say "Ok Google, add 'Send Frank an email about making a my little pony theme for WorkFlowy' to Inbox".

    You could, theoretically, specify different nodes if the API supports it. Maybe this is more of a @rawbytz question?

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    rawbytz

    Alfred, the existing API is client-side only, meaning a user can access it once authenticated and looking at WorkFlowy.  What is needed is a "server-side" API, which would allow you to authenticate and communicate with WorkFlowy servers from the outside.  Once we have that, you will be swimming in quick add tools.  :)  

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    Alfred Peters

    Well darn. :/ Wish I could pay for that... +1 for a real API I guess lol

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    MAX LIN WORM

    +1 for quick add feature.

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    Mark Harrison

    For those who don't mind using a custom script, and are looking for a way to quickly add to an inbox from within workflowy (as opposed to ifttt or similar) I made a quick add button that works similar to the requested feature here: https://github.com/mivok/workflowy-userscripts#workflowy-quick-create. It's intended to let you quickly add under several places (e.g. meeting notes) as well as an inbox, and will pre-fill the title of the new item with today's date.

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    Rain Perry

    I use workflowy for many things, but mostly my to do lists (which I process using Mark Forster's "Get Everything Done" techniques).

    My workaround for this at the moment, so I can have ubiquitous capture, is to dictate into reminders as I go throughout my day ("Siri, remind me to buy milk") and then once a day transfer the reminders to my workflowy inbox. It's not elegant but it works. But it would be so great to skip the step and be able to dictate directly!

     

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    This may soon become a reality! We're looking into mobile dynamics :-)... but perhaps Siri may not be invited so soon...

     

     

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    Rain Perry

    Whoo! Doesn't have to be Siri. As long as it's easy, that's great.

     

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    Richard D

    Another plea to get the ability to add items into an Inbox via some form of ubiquitous capture.  In my case, I would love to be able to dictate items via Google Assistant and Amazon Echo. 

    I've used Workflowy on and off for a few years, and was a Pro member for a while.  I've found that I keep coming back to Workflowy because I like the workflow and design.  However, it seems every time I get back in to Workflowy, a couple of months pass and I again realize how how difficult it is to get things in to Workflowy.  I'm not in front of my computer all the time, and even with my phone on me most of the time, I find it too cumbersome on the mobile platform to add entries by having to open an app, navigate to a spot and then type out the note, especially when there are good voice recognition options now.

    I'm currently evaluating Checkvist, although I have to admit that I don't like the interface compared to Workflowy.  However, it has the option to add items to a list via email.  That may win me over if I can leverage the email entry feature to work with Google assistant and Alexa.

     

     

     

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    Alfred Peters

    In a nutshell, what WF needs for this is an external API. I know they have an internal one but with an external API tools like IFTTT, Zapier, Integromat, etc. have the potential to make WF extraordinarily powerful. I'm not sure if Siri would work with IFTTT but Google assistant and Alexa do, not to mention a billion other things.

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