Quick Add to Inbox (mostly app support)

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    Dale C Backus

    YESSSSSSS

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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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    Bálint Kőszegi

    As a GTD user, this feature would be essential for CAPTURING. (first, and most basic habit for GTD, ref)
    Opening a list is slow, and seeing other todos (/possible other stuff, themes, tasks, etc) can be overwhelming and disruptive!

    Just a bit from my user story: I was Nirvana user (built for GTD exclusively) subscribed for the biggest plan. Nirvana also misses this feature -.- . I used IFTTT button widget, to send mails for my personal nirvana mail, which creates a new inbox item on my GTD system.  This worked well, for months then I just started to notice that tons and tons (~week) of ideas are missing, because of some sync malfunction. I don't use Nirvana anymore, and my GTD system is broken, instead I use Workflowy with some mutant GTD - bujo hybrid way...but I'm not 100% satisfied.

    We, GTD / ZTD believers could be happy from a simple "instant bullet" widget, without Google Assistant,  I guess. 

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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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    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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    Matt Hulse

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

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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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    Jonas Aurelian Jaggi

    Yess i really miss this feature as well!! I use workflowy as a Personal Knowledge Management App, and i keep putting entries into wf multiple times a day, and to open the android app, open the left bar, click the add sign is just too many clicks for a one shot action occuring many times a day from mobile.

    Please DO something!! 

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    Stef Kunzer

    Years after the original request, we're still asking for the same thing. I stopped using my To Do list manager after discovering how to manage it in Workflowy (albeit a bit manually), and that's kind of fine, (although it adds short steps to my daily to-do workflow, that's outweighed by the benefit of having it all in one manageable place), but this simple feature is a major drawback for me too. Being able to quick-add something to Workflowy (either via an add button on the app icon, or via a widget to 'add to inbox') is essential, and after so many years, I don't understand why it's been continually deprioritised. Even something like TickTick has where you can email an item to yourself and it gets added to your default list (which is selectable, but doesn't have to be) - would be useful.

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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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    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 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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    mlw

    +1 for quick add feature.

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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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    Pete

    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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    Cameron J Peterson

    Frank, I use your suggestion, but it does have one MAJOR drawback for me: when you click on the plus sign, it adds a bullet to the TOP of the list.  But when I add items sequentially (i.e. think brainstorming) they are added at the bottom of the list.  When I process my "inbox" list, I want to have the most recent stuff that I thought of at the bottom of the list because it might be quite urgent, and I want to get to it now.  I don't want to have recently thought of stuff at the top if I thought of it on mobile, then at the bottom if I thought of it at a computer.  

    The same principle applies when I drag and drop into a closed node on the left sidebar.  It will put the node at the top, but I really want it at the bottom.  It is so useful for me mentally to have my projects and inbox ordered sequentially, whether I add a node on mobile, drop a node in, or add it on computer.  Consider a simple toggle feature that allows any dragged and dropped, or newly created node to show up at the end first.  Thanks.

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    Bruno Valente

    Quick add like Things 3 please!
    Simple and practical!

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    Six Biomes

    I also would like to be able to add "quick notes" without having to switch pages first. The rationale is as follows: if you use a tool heavily, every saved click or saved context switch will allow you to stay focused longer and make long work sessions more enjoyable. As a solution, I would imagine something akin to page switching: use e.g. cmd n to surface a pop up bar and allow me to enter text. After pressing return, text entered will be appended to a predetermined list (a quick notes inbox). 

    When or to who would this be useful? Everyone working in full screen mode who has the need to able to take unrelated notes during their work. For example if you use Pomodoro, it is recommended to note every non work related thought on a piece of paper. An example of my everyday work would be: I'm working through a book and take project related notes but I have a sudden idea or am reminded of an obligation, so i would like to quickly take a note I can look at later, without having to take my hands of the keyboard. Solutions right now are: use pen and paper, switch apps, windows or lists or take inline notes to be treated later. Most of these things require a context change and actually come with not insignificant cognitive costs. I think the best practical solution is to mark certain bullets as not related to the task and deal with them later (e.g. emacs orgmode has this feature and the spotlight macro environment 'alfred' has a hook like this for sidenotes, to give two examples).

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    Rachel Rahman

    Pleeease !!!!!!!  I found the tool to add Text to a WorkFlowy inbox to the iPhone share menu, however, I can’t share from the search function. Any of you know what’s the fastest way to get shareable text on an iPhone?

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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