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  1. Permanently editable description, or editable comments

    Big field for extensive description is main reason why I am using Flow. I really need to change informations about task and non editable stream of commnet is not good way for it.

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    • Start/Review dates as well as due dates

      Add an opportunity to give a task a Start Date, so that it will be hidden until then. This corresponds to the GTD "tickler file" for removing items from the inbox that do not need to be processed at the moment. Tasks could also be made to repeat based on start date or completion date rather than due date, as in OmniFocus.

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        under review  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

        While we have no interest in developing methodology-specific features, the idea of hiding tasks until they are relevant is a compelling one.

      • Prioritize Tasks

        I find that the (White Square) (Yellow Square) and (Red Square) are a feeble method of color coding the importance of tasks. This is because when a task hits Yellow... it is due THAT DAY... and when a task is Red it is already past due. What if you are working on 2 other tasks and that "Yellow" task has crept up on you... and will at least take you 2 days to complete? Now you are putting your current tasks behind, missing the deadline for the yellow task, and having your workflow decimated. Ultimately accomplishing nothing.. and leaving not…

        145 votes
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          under review  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

          We’re looking into new ways of displaying task priority without the use of list resorting, due dates, and tags.

        • Have an Inbox not in a workspace

          Currently, the inbox is in a workspace - which means that I have to assign an email to the workspace and then awkwardly move tasks around. I want to be able to easily move tasks from an inbox to wherever they need to be - so having an inbox that all my stuff goes into that's then drag and dropped to the right list/workspace would be great.
          Cheers
          Ben

          111 votes
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          • List panel is huge, but simple. Task panel is puny, but complex.

            I picture this layout akin to an email inbox - the List panel contains subject lines, and the real content is in the Task panel. Thus, the Task panel should be larger! (At least, on huge monitors like mine...)

            97 votes
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              started  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

              While we have no plans to enlarge the task pane at this point, we have begun two initiatives that aim to solve the same problem for people with larger screens.

            • Task time tracking (Ballpark, Harvest, etc integration)

              As Asana just integrated Harvest for time-tracking (http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/07/asana-integrates-with-timesheet-app-harvest-to-to-track-time-and-measure-productivity/) it would make total sense in my opinion to integrate Harvest in to Flow too.

              Almost always, a task in Flow is a task in Harvest too which needs to be tracked. Integrating Harvest directly in to the Flow tasks would make life a lot easier for a lot of teams I believe.

              95 votes
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              • Public API

                We would like our in house system to talk to Flow and be able to search for, create, delete, and modify tasks.

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                • Assign tasks to no one or more than one person

                  We have 2 jr. graphic designers, 1 creative director (myself), one database dev./designer, and another coder - all of whom work interchangeably on projects.

                  Oftentimes I am assigned a task which I then have to re-assign to my jr. designers. I prefer for them both to be responsible for the task equally, and I want them to feel that this task is just as much the responsibility of one as it is of the other.

                  However, I find that the person who the task is assigned to is often viewed as the sole party responsible... which is NOT the case…

                  82 votes
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                    planned  ·  7 comments  ·  Feature Requests  ·  Admin →
                  • Additional ways to filter and sort by tag

                    Flow would benefit from a way to view tags more effectively than either version.

                    Is there a reason that it can't sit in the sidebar as a navigation item? That then takes you to all tags and the number of tasks assigned to them and you can then select a tag?
                    A bit like Evernote.

                    78 votes
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                      under review  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

                      We understand how powerful tags can be for some (including ourselves) and are looking into ways to improve their usefulness and visibility around the app without adding too much clutter to our interface.

                    • Private Tasks

                      There are numerous times daily when I want to assign one person a task without them seeing the rest of the tasks on a list (often because it's beyond their pay grade or there is confidential information shared.) But I can't, so I end up having to create list after list based on who's allowed to see that list (often one list for one person?!) rather than being able to keep lists project-oriented or categorical. This creates WAY TOO MUCH confusion within an organization and flies in the face of simple group and list structures. My people end up not…

                      64 votes
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                      • Smart syntax for task rows, task form (@assign, #tag, etc)

                        First of all, I love love the new look & feel, I love having the task view on the right side, and I love having different workspaces. Bravo!

                        Here are a couple features that I would have loved to see come along with this update:

                        The ability to assign tasks to people on my team using the "@" symbol within the title. Maybe if you have more than one person the first one is the one assigned and the others are just subscribers...

                        The same thing goes for using the "#" character and creating tags. Creating tags should be much…

                        64 votes
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                          planned  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

                          We are planning to make it much easier to quickly enrich your tasks with details, directly from the task title input in the task form and quick task bar, using the same syntax we use with emailing tasks to Flow.

                        • Task reminders

                          There are important (flagged) tasks and there are due tasks. But there also are important tasks, that have a due date.

                          I would love to get specifically notified about tasks that are important _and_ due today. I don't need a notification on this unimportant task, which is due today, but that I don't really care about. But there are these critical tasks, which are so important, you should not forget them. But you do, unfortunately.

                          I'd like to make sure I won't. So it would be awesome to get a little notification (by email, iPhone app, or whatever) on the…

                          63 votes
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                            planned  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

                            Task reminders are definitely something we plan on tackling.

                          • Separate today's tasks from overdue tasks

                            I really miss not being able to have old tasks stay on the date when they were initially going to be due.

                            I get that having them all jump to today and be marked red should be a helpful way of getting actual tasks done, but Classic Flow was great because you could easily track things that weren't done and then re-prioritize them at your leisure.

                            New Flow makes it so that everything is a jumbled mess all at once, and that makes me less likely to want to use Flow to capture tasks and projects that I'll need to…

                            61 votes
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                            • Landscape mode for iPad

                              Offer a landscape (horizontal) mode for iPad. The current forced portrait / vertical orientation is limiting, particularly since many of the iPad cases only support operation in horizontal mode.

                              61 votes
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                              • Time

                                Many of my colleagues complain that it is not possible to assign an exact time to a task, is this something that you plan for in the future?

                                52 votes
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                                  not planned  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

                                  At this point in time, this is not planned, though we have other planned features that we think will achieve the same goals.

                                • Advanced Subtasks

                                  I like the new subtasks (and refreshed UI), thanks Flow. However, was hoping for a bit more than just a simple check list. Something along the line of how Todoist handles it, where essentially every task can be turned into a subtask, including separate due dates, comments, files, assignees, etc.

                                  Is that something that's planned?

                                  51 votes
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                                    not planned  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

                                    At this time, we have no plans to further enhance our subtasks with more attributes or in-task-list viewing and editing.

                                  • Google Drive Integration

                                    The same functionality provided for Dropbox for Google Drive as well.

                                    45 votes
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                                    • Advanced repeating task options

                                      I have recurring tasks for work that must be scheduled for the first of each month. The problem is that the first of each month isn't necessarily a business day, it quite frequently will be on a weekend. I'd love it if you could add the ability for me to create recurring tasks that occur on the closest business day after the first of the month (or the first of the month if it DOES happen to be a business day).

                                      44 votes
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                                        not planned  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

                                        We do not have any current plans to enhance our repeating task functionality in the near future.

                                      • Chat, DIscussions

                                        It would be super cool if you add in the app one-to-one and group conversations, here is the best UI implementation ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmdQMYdcwBo

                                        With permanent searchable history and cloud file sharing support.

                                        Even better if you implement group video calls support (to replace Skype in small distributed teams at all).

                                        43 votes
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                                          planned  ·  Luke SeeleyLuke Seeley responded

                                          We are planning to incorporate task-less communication within Flow in the future. We commonly create #discussion tasks within Flow, which we complete or convert into more actionable tasks afterwards. This has motivated us into creating a specific discussion feature that better suits this workflow.

                                        • Comments indication

                                          It would really help if there was an indicator icon on each task item showing there is a comment and update when there is a new one. Right now I have to click through each item to see if they have comments.

                                          43 votes
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