Can I email to a WorkFlowy list?

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Saverio,

    We don't have this yet, but would very much like to...

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    Saverio J Marrocco

    Arg.

    Is there any other method (API, etc) for getting info into Workflowy besides cutting and pasting or importing OPML files?

     

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    We have the Chrome Web Clipper... but that's about it. We'd like to develop quick-add widgets for mobile, etc.

     

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    Saverio J Marrocco

    While custom widgets (I assume you mean small apps) are nice, the overhead of development for all the different platforms seems wasted if the effort could be amortized in either an API call or an email-to type of solution. Of course, I'm biased towards the email solution because I've used it and it's relatively bullet-proof.

    While a lot of people use things like Chrome 'hacks', etc, to enhance apps like Workflowy, the problem with these is they are not platform independent.....and are useless for persons/companies that cannot use Chrome (see Google-distrust) or aren't in a browser on a computer.

    Should you choose to implement an email-to solution, I have some suggestions....

    No doubt people will suggest being able to email to any list, any subitem, but this adds unecessary complications to something who primary purpose is to 'get it into Workflowy'. Once it's there, the user can easily move it somewhere else in the outline. In Dynalist, you could pick the "inbox" location, and all emailed items would go there by default.

    I'd also suggest you add options for the following for flexibility:

    -Use Subject as Item Text

    OR

    -Use Body as Item Text

    OR

    -Use Subject As Item Text and Use Body as Note.

    If you are implementing an iOS-specific app option, being able to select things in safari and other apps, then "Share to" Workflowy would be very handy.

    Ultimately, SIRI integration such as "Hey Siri: Workflowy Mow the Lawn" is about as simple as you can get.

    A DotNet API would certainly be swell to allow coding tools that would access the Workflowy data, too, but that assumes the users have the coding background, and that's truly a niche.

    Thanks for listening.

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    Rubén García Pérez

    Just curious, any progress on this? (the possibility to add by email)

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    No movement on this yet, Rubén...

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    Jeff

    Is there a workaround that anyone is using for quick capture into WorkFlowy?

    I love the functionality of Workflowy, but it's awkward to populate it with one-off items that come to me during the day.

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    Rubén García Pérez

    If I'm on the PC, the web-clipper.
    It it's something not related to the web-page I'm currently visiting I will just edit the headline and remove the URL that automatically appears as a note.

    It would be great to have some keyboard-shortcut to trigger a popup window and capture to the designed inbox even from the desktop...
    If I'm on the move, I tend to prefer Braintoss (it let's me capture text, voice or images), and then it delivers to my email inbox (if there was a chance to add by email to Workflow, I would get those captures to my Workflowy inbox instead of my Gmail account). As I have to process both Workflowy inbox and GMail inbox, it's working for me.

     

    Hope that helps, Jeff.

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    rob

    I'm super surprised that workflowy doesn't:

    1. have insert from email

    2. have insert from siri

    3. have insert from ifttt

    The Minimum Viable Feature would be that all incoming stuff goes to an inbox item. Would love this!!!

    Would happily upgrade my account for this functionality and/or be a beta tester.

    Please let me know. 

    Thank you!

     

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    Saverio J Marrocco

    Rob, 

    the items you are surprised are lacking are exactly what we've been requesting--the ability to 'inject' items from Siri or an incoming workflowy email account into workflowy as a 'dedicated inbox' item.

    See Dynalist for an example of how it is done properly (with regards to an incoming email account). They never did get Siri support working, but you could voice-send an email with Siri to your workflowy account. Email for voice is a bit kludgy because you needs to state such a complex syntax (i.e. email Dynalist subject foo body bar....etc)

    Using Siri with "Workflowy Pick up milk from the store" would be a perfect example of simplicity to which to aim.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi folks,

    This is what we're working on:

    https://workflowy.com/updates/

    And the last couple of blog posts (blog.workflowy.com) will explain our development process moving forward. 

    Please bear with us. We're a small team and would like to develop everything all at once... but it's not possibly just yet.

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    rob

    That is exactly what I want!

    Siri: "Worklowy Pickup milk from the store"

    Action: Workflowy inserts it beneath "Inbox" or "Siri Inbox".

     

    Short term it's fine if it works via ifttt or Siri to email. I'm just tired of copy/pasting and maintaining two digital brains. I want Workflowy to be my brain digitized. The lack of this feature averts this goal.

     

     

     

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    Saverio J Marrocco

    Rob,

    Yes, it's the holy grail for input. Dynalist handled this as a personal email address dedicated to your list. Anything sent to it goes directly into your 'default' list for future editing. There was also a "send to" option that was very handy while surfing the web, cut/pasting from within an app, etc, that would send directly to your default list.

    Voice/Siri never made it before they stopped updating the app several months ago. But because the email -input capability was there, I was able to use Siri to voice-add items to my Reminders, and have a standalone app (you might use IFTTT) to capture Reminders and email them to my Dynalist, effectively giving me Voice->Dynalist.

    Direct Siri to Workflowy would be less kludgy than using iOS Reminders as an intermediate app just because it's already supported by Siri.

     

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