Minor Feature Requeset - Duplicating Flows

Hi - when duplicating a flow in Setup, the main panel doesn’t move to the new Flow, I have to click off and onto the new flow to move the main panel. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve not realised and start editing the original flow, not the copied one. Please can the behaviour be changed so that the main panel immediately moves to the new duplicated flow. Thanks!

Yes, this is a good idea, and we’ll take care of this in a future version.


Could it be optional?
I use the current behaviour to save different versions of a flow as I work. So I need to stay on the working flow and not relocate the duplicate!

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No, in general I wouldn’t be in favour of making this kind of thing optional. In general, when a flow card becomes active in the Flows panel, Dorico navigates there. When you duplicate a flow in the Flows panel, the new flow is selected, but Dorico doesn’t navigate there. It would be more consistent if Dorico did navigate there.


In which case, I’d advocate for not selecting the new flow when duplicating, if you want to make the behaviour consistent!

Well, Dorico has always not only selected the new flow but also started editing the flow title in the flow card. We’re not going to change that behaviour.

If you want to duplicate flows without using the Flows panel, you can do it via the Project Info dialog.

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OK. Never noticed that facility before. Thank you. Project Info has (for me) always been about populating flow tokens, not changing the structure of the project. Perhaps the clue was in the name?

We extended the Project Info dialog to be able to do things like duplicate and add flows because you can set up multiple operations in the dialog and then apply them in a single operation, which can be faster than performing lots of operations in sequence in Setup mode.

Perhaps you could now consider renaming it the Project Management Dialog?

(A landscape gardener once advised me that he never predefined paths in his designs. He first waited to see where people wanted to walk)

UX designers call these “Wish Paths”, where users find their own ways of getting stuff done within software, and then when the UX designers find out via telemetrics, they can adapt the software to make it a common path for everyone.