During the summer we’ve done quite a few improvements to Flowdock, including user highlights, one-click email and Twitter replying and a successful change to a new message database. Today we deployed a big update for Influx, our application for bringing external content to the flow. Here are some of our latest features:
Redesigned Influx sources dialogSince we launched our public beta, the experience of managing Influx sources hasn’t been as good as it should. Because the sources dialog worked as it should (technically, at least) and we had more urgent things to fix, we left it pretty much untouched. However, as the rest of the user experience became more polished and clean, the old dialog with its many tabs, fields and buttons started to stick out like a sore thumb.
After several iterations of sketching and planning we came up with a design that was dramatically simpler than the old one. Inspired by the multi-function address bars in today’s browsers, we implemented a single text field that works with all source types. Type a Twitter user name, RSS feed address or any keyword you’d like to follow and you’ll get a preview dropdown of all the sources you can add to your flow.
When anybody in the flow adds or removes an Influx source, everyone gets notified of the change so they know what content is coming to their flow without constantly checking the sources view.
Get notified about messages for youStarting from today you’ll get notified by email about all the chat messages sent to you. Notifications about discussion in your flows pop up in your inbox after a day if you haven’t visited the flow. This is a great way to inform your teammates about important stuff even if they can’t access Flowdock right away.
Pending invitationsLast but not least, we’ve added a list of invited people after the flow members list on the Dashboard. In addition to seeing who has already got an invite, you can also resend the email or cancel the invite completely.