Offline mode - especially in the app.
I live on planes without wifi. I'd love to be able to at least view existing, mark completed and add tasks while offline. When online, all the syncing and delegation happens. Please!!
Wanted to let y’all know that some of our earliest efforts at addressing offline access are available in the new iOS app.
- The app is now accessible when offline
- You can now access tasks that have been downloaded when offline.
- You can create tasks when offline, and they’ll get synced when you’re back online.
The new app is a separate download from the old one, so you’ll need to either search for “Flow Tasks” or follow this link to get it:
Maybe instead having full features offline we could have some of them: only being able to create tasks for ourselves or someone else, take notes, view what is already there... and not comment in a task that already exist or delete one that has other people involved...
I believe this way it doesn't impact the syncing in a complex manner when we login again... ? It could be also a safe way to approach offline option without shaking the whole structure...
Best Thoughts and many thanks again for every update you have already made, we love Flow :)
Adam Westland commented
We all travel a lot (Hotel Company) and everyone ends up using another tool to record tasks, idea, etc while on the road because flow isn't available offline for quick note taking, which means we end up having to transcribe things into flow later on. Massive hassle
Adam Westland commented
I understand that there would be challenges to team based interactions while offline but we should definitely be able to view our tasks, add new tasks, create new projects, full control over private tasks, etc. This would be my number one app request.
Can't we at least VIEW our Flow accounts offline? For goodness' sake - we're in and out of coverage every time we travel! Flow may be replaced sooner than later because no offline mode exists.
Since Wunderlist, Trello (in beta) and Asana (soon) are offering offline mode for their mobile apps, I don't quite understand why Flow says "...we don’t see offline as an especially good fit for a team-oriented app".
When do you have time to plan an new project? often while traveling with train or airplane... sad if you cant reach your todos or plan new jobs!
Michael Ireland commented
Syncing FLOW issue - syncing app and desktop (especially repeat tasks) email integration, need for saving offline or after getting online, chatting (phone app) crashes, iphone task appointment show completed apps as not completed; all need to work offline; need different due dates for subtasks; FaceTime-like needed; GoToMeeting-like needed; Drop emails into application needed
Why not just add the ability to add new tasks offline?
I don't see the difficulty with this. On the remote chance that offline two people create a task with the exact same name and details, you just act as does the file system of windows and insert (1) onto the duplicate.
Very simple, come on now. It's been in the windows file system for 20 years.....
I concur that I have used (A) web function, (B) iphone function, and (C) offline use as the major features of a to do app.
At least having offline view would be very helpful. This wouldn't raise any sync issues.
John D. commented
We've been trialling Flow on and off for a few months now and whilst we love it in online mode, it's the lack of offline functionality that's going to make it a non-starter for us. I just don't understand why this isn't a priority - it's an absolute must for any business that takes to the road where wi-fi can be hard to come by. Apps like Wunderlist and Evernote allow you to check content and add more content whilst offline and then syncs everything when you're connected. It's a real shame but clearly the Flow Team have other priorities. Au revoir Flow, we'll spend our money elsewhere.
Reviewed several task management systems and chose Flow because it really is the best for many reasons. Now that we are using it every day, we are realizing that most of those reasons don't trump the need for offline access. We are looking for other options *because* this feature isn't considered a priority. Great product, but understanding/addressing user needs does not seem a strong suit here.
@Jake... mobile devices with offline - at least for comments and adding new tasks - would be enough for me. It sounds like there is the possibility that you'll enhance the product to fully support mobile users?
I'm starting to have to get in the habit of writing comments in gmail so that I have an automatically saved every 1/nth of a second backup. That SHOULD be in app. Hell, even when I use basic webforms (like this one) if the internet goes down it simply won't let me submit the form. It doesn't send the data into the ether.
What I really love is when I've written a long comment, the internet connection is down for whatever reason and I have not noticed, I hit submit and then it's lost forever.
Please fix. It's like for every 40% increase in productivity I lose at least a few minutes off my life every week over the stress of lost data.
Jake - even just being able to VIEW tasks when you are offline would be a huge help. I wouldn't need the ability to edit / add / change tasks while offline, but without being able to even view them offline my team's productivity is seriously diminished as we frequently operate in areas with limited internet and data coverage. Again, this could be make or break for my team.
AdminJake Paul (Product Director, Flow) commented
@Ben I’m sorry you’re disappointed, that’s certainly not what we want. I completely understand why offline features like viewing and adding tasks is important to you. Like I said, we’ll look at ways we might be able to add features like those to our mobile apps, but I’m hesitant to make any promises before our team develops a clearer idea of what might be viable.
That's really disappointing.
There are other products that have such issues - and yes, asynchronous updating is a pain - but there should be simple approaches that can allow some access or even addition of tasks offline.
This is a feature that a lot of folk have hoped for - I for one have been unable to get my co-director on board with using flow *because* of this.
In essence, that means that I'm going to start looking for a new platform to move to my company task system. It's a shame as I enjoy using Flow and I love the support from people like Jessie - great team, good product, but focusing on "online only" as a "principal use case" is not acceptable.
Guys we really need an update and commitment on when offline support will be introduced. We need to make a decision on a v large user installation, but no offline = no deal. When is it coming?
It'd be nice to have a way to lock or save your place in a thread. I like reading all the comments in old threads and a lot of times after a day, flow will reload or something and will take me back to the front page and lose my spot in the thread.