FlowForge open for everybody

Sign up and start a new Node-RED project within a minute!

| Zeger-Jan van de Weg

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FlowForge wants to enable everyone to build workflows in Node-RED. Since announcing FlowForge Cloud two months ago we've had a waiting list for users to sign up to. That allowed us to control the pace we were bringing new users onto the platform, learning what is needed to scale up our platform and continue to improve our first user experience.

Today we have removed the waiting list. Anyone can sign up to FlowForge and start a new Node-RED project in under a minute!

What we offer

Besides the sub minute time to start a new Node-RED project, there's many more features our offering includes. Two we'd like to highlight.

To start our blog highlight reel: Collaboration. FlowForge allows you to work with a team on your flows. There's the ability to create multiple users, each with their own credentials that can alter the flows on Node-RED, and it's execution environment like for example the environments variables.

Furthermore, stacks. These allow a user to select the execution environment for their Node-RED project. For example; the Node-RED version being used. Combined with the ability for one to copy a project to a new stack, this allows FlowForge users to copy their project to the Node-RED 3.0-beta stack to validate their solutions will continue to work on the new release without disrupting their main project.

Our roadmap

Currently we're working towards our 0.6 release. The main feature of this release will be support for Devices. This will allow you to send a snapshot of a project to a Node-RED instance running outside of the FlowForge platform and update the flows remotely. Remote devices will run our agent to communicate with the FlowForge Cloud project.

While the first iteration will be considered an Alpha release, by shipping early and often, it lets us get welcome feedback from our users and the wider community - helping to shape the future direction. It also allows users to start validating the feature for their own proof of concept projects.

Over the next few months we're continuing to drive development of the platform across a number of areas - including further improvements to the Device feature. But also looking at new Enterprise-ready features, such as Single-Sign On integration and more tools to make collaboration even easy.

We intend to grow our offering so that FlowForge remains the best way to run Node-RED.

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