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  1. Image Markup

    My team would use Flow to submit proofs of designs for approval, but one thing that would be nice to have would be the ability to markup an image within the app.

    I imagine a user being able to tap or click a spot on an image and comment so it's easy to see where something needs to get changed (things like spelling errors, or changing an image). This would remove the need to provide a lengthy description of where a change needs to occur and prevent miscommunication.

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      Thanks for the suggestion, Colin. This functionality would actually be a whole separate app in itself. Currently, we don’t have plans to build this ourselves, but there’s certainly a way to get the best of both worlds. Here’s how we do it:
      1. Create a design task in Flow
      2. The designer can then create a mockup and upload it to a feedback tool like Redpen (https://redpen.io)
      3. Link to the Redpen upload by commenting in the Flow task—don’t forget to @ mention people who want to leave feedback
      4. High level feedback can be a task comment, detailed feedback can be made directly in the Redpen file.

      Hope that helps :)

    • Threaded Chat

      I would love to move from flowdock to this! Problem is my higher-ups love the threaded conversations. (I kinda like it too). Once you have this feature we can jump ship!

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      • Choose a preview image for each task in Kanban view

        I sent feedback a moment ago about a suggestion to add a preview image to each task bucket under Kanban view…

        It would be great if you had the option to show the last uploaded image or to choose any image

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          not planned  ·  2 comments  ·  Admin →
        • Auto-removal of formatting on imported text

          Add a button to turn on and off auto-removal of the formatting on text that is pasted in to a comment.

          It seems sometimes the text we copy from e-mails goes crazy in the comments window. making the text jump several steps down, and jumps down from the point lists and so forth based on the e-mail formatting.

          A function to make the comment text field auto remove all formatting on the text if there is any.

          Thanks for a great service by the way.

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            not planned  ·  Cyrus Molavi responded

            Mac OS (and likely Windows & Linux) provide a system-wide shortcut to pate-without-style. On Mac OS, this is accomplished with Shift-Opt-Cmd-V. However, it appears as this is not being respected in Flow. We’re looking into this.

          • Sort by Project AND by date in the Overview workspace.

            Sort by Project AND by date in the Overview workspace.

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              not planned  ·  0 comments  ·  Admin →
            • Tabled Tasks or Sections

              I often have a collection of tasks both within Sections and scattered across various Projects that I are "on hold" or "tabled" for the time being.

              Purely out of a desire to get that Inbox Zero™ feeling, I would love to be able to archive or table specific tasks or sections until the team comes back to them.

              There's nothing quite like seeing all those tasks assigned to you that you can't do anything with. #OCD

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                not planned  ·  Cyrus Molavi responded

                I like this suggestion, Jody. Makes total sense. There’s definitely work to be done to bury (and resurface) tasks in Flow in a timely way.

              • Live Support (Phone, Chat)

                I have had a very frustrating experience with Getflow's support so far in that there is no one you can talk to over the phone. For those of us that are less technically inclined, discussing technical matters in the delayed communication form of email is extremely challenging and frustrating. I would highly, highly recommend adding the ability to call (or at least chat) with support.

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                  1 comment  ·  Improvements  ·  Admin →
                  not planned  ·  Cyrus Molavi responded

                  Still no plans to add phone support, but we’ll keep an eye on this request. For what it’s worth, our response times continue to decline. We’re also dedicating more resources to improving the Support Center to help with immediate answers to questions.

                • View previous months and older tasks in calendar

                  It would be great to see previous months in the calendar view, to track the progress of a project, since some projects span multiple months or begin towards the end of the month.

                  Currently I can't even see the 1st of *this* month, because it is part of last week, and last week has days that are in last month.

                  In this vein, if this were possible, it would be nice to set due dates in the past for completed tasks. If tasks are easy to complete, we don't always think to add a due date before completion, but it…

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                    Thanks for your comment. We push the overdue tasks to the current date so they are visible to you after there due dates pass. Otherwise they are kind of lost back there ;) The due date doesn’t change – so you are always able to view the original due date. This keeps the calendar load times to a minimum.

                  • Allow full screen chat to be put back to small window

                    With the new Chat, if you are viewing Tasks and you get a DM you can make the chat "full screen" which moves you to the Chat area - however once you're there there's no option to return to the previous neat small window.

                    In fact... the DM should be an option to ALWAYS be small when viewing tasks.

                    Here's the small view: https://db.tt/ObVERnLM
                    Here's the full view: https://db.tt/SZk3bdSM

                    B.

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                      not planned  ·  0 comments  ·  Improvements  ·  Admin →
                    • Export Task List With Filters Applied

                      I would like to be able to export the task list as a PDF with the filters applied. For instance all the tasks for one person on my team.

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                        not planned  ·  Cyrus Molavi responded

                        We don’t have immediate plans to provide this, but we do plan to make it easier to see all of one person’s tasks.

                      • Provide all users with one non-shared workspace (work/life feature)

                        In a typical organization, a bunch of coworkers collaborate under one paid account structure to get work done - thus your business model. It would also be nice to allow for everyone to have a single private workspace, free of charge, to track personal things such as "get milk" or "change a/c filters at home" sort of stuff.

                        Having one tool to track both work/life details is very useful and productive and builds loyalty to the product. Providing one free (non-sharable without additional fee) workspace might also become a nice try/explore/use tool for potential new users; if a family decides…

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                          1 comment  ·  Improvements  ·  Admin →

                          While not everyone can create a workspace (only owners for now) we do provide all users with a Private Tasks view for tasks that are personal or don’t fit into another project. Workspace members can also create private/invite-only projects so that no one else can see or access their personal tasks.

                        • Support of RTL (quick & easy implementation)

                          First of all. thank you for your aaaawesome app :D, it's unbelievable piece of software :D <3 <3

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                          In Telegram, WhatsApp and other popular apps, when you write in RTL languages like (Arabic, Persian and Hebrew) the text editor detect that and switch the direction of the text to RTL.

                          Check this code to get the idea :)

                          http://jsfiddle.net/Hcx6H/240/

                          it's a quick and easy thing to implement *_^

                          Thnx OXOX

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                          • Chat read receipts

                            Have some sort of status similar to Google Hangouts where you can see which messages are read and by whom in both private message and group channels

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                            • Link outside calendars

                              Allow my meetings and appointments from my gmail calendar to be shown

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                              • Archive Section

                                We can archive a project, but not a section within an archive. Once a list is done it’d be nice to archive/clear it, while keeping the rest of the sections (lists). Hope that helps@

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                                  1 comment  ·  Improvements  ·  Admin →
                                • Cancelled status

                                  I'd like to be able to have a second type of "completed" status - "Cancelled".
                                  This would be used where a task is no longer required, but there may be work that has been performed or the task itself may be needed for later reference.
                                  At the moment, you can either Complete a task (with a tick, which implies goodness...) or delete it.

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                                    not planned  ·  Shara responded

                                    If you do delete a task, it is available to you for 30 days to retrieve information. Just FYI!

                                  • Show and assign next repeating task

                                    We have tasks that are repeating monthly and we plan ahead for them to happen. I'd love to see the next task to be able to make notes or comments so we don't have to take the conversation elsewhere. This could be optional - I don't need to see every future version of the task but the next one.

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                                      not planned  ·  Cyrus Molavi responded

                                      While we don’t plan to show future task copies, one good way you can handle this is to duplicate the current project (along with its tasks) so that you can have next month’s version show up in a separate project.

                                    • Include link to original email

                                      I'd love to be able to have a reference from a task back to an email (cf. Omnifocus). No idea how you'd actually achieve that with a web-based application, but could be something to include in a Mac client. Optionally, be able to send tasks from gmail and have a link back to the email as well.
                                      The rationale behind this is that I want my task list to be my complete set of things to do, if I need to reply or action an email I want to be able to find it straight away and then deal with…

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                                        not planned  ·  Luke Seeley responded

                                        While we’re unsure about how to do that as well, with the release of our Public API soon after launch, I’m sure some talented developers will figure out ways to build support for this with their favourite web email clients.

                                      • Team notifications

                                        It would be nice to be able to toggle notifications for individual teams. As it is, I get notifications from teams I need to be part of but don't necessarily need to track (and vice versa)

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                                          not planned  ·  Cyrus Molavi responded

                                          We just released a massive improvement to notifications in Flow. We’ve culled the noisy ones, given you more control over how you’re notified, made the bell badge in the top right easier to use, and added chat room-specific settings.
                                          Workspace notifications did not get added, but I thought I’d let you know about these changes.
                                          More info here: https://www.getflow.com/blog/2016/07/focus-mode/

                                        • Better Notificiation Sounds

                                          Just more distinct sounds for chat message notifications, tasks that are checked off and done

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