What this article covers:
How to adjust flow direction at the field level
How to adjust flow direction at the block level
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Unito is a powerful two-way integration technology that enables true collaboration across tools. But sometimes you want information to go in only one direction. With that in mind, Unito gives you full control over flow direction at either the field level or for the entire block of work.
Flow direction at the field level
Sometimes you want some fields to sync bi-directionally but not others. For example, if you’re syncing between your internal block of work and a customer or supplier block, you might want titles and descriptions to sync, but not due dates or assignees.
You can control the direction for each of your field mappings. To do this, edit your flow, go to the Map Fields tab, and toggle the direction icon of your choice.
A note on flow direction
With most fields, you can choose between setting up a two-way or one-way mapping. However, some fields can only be synced in one direction, while others are limited to two-way mappings. In some cases, this is due to a technical limitation. In others, this is inherent to the nature of the field.
For example, you might set up a mapping between the Description field in Trello and the Attachments field in Asana. When syncing from Asana to Trello, the attachments will be represented by links in card descriptions in Trello. However, since there's no real benefit in syncing the description back to Asana attachments, you can't use a two-field mapping in this case.
Flow direction at the block level
Making an entire flow uni-directional can be useful if you want, for example, to create read-only reports or views of work across multiple blocks. A customer-facing roadmap would be another example. This way any edits from the reporting or roadmap block will never update the underlying blocks.
Unito allows this quite simply by enabling the one-way flow in the Flow direction tab of your flow settings:
This mode means that everything will be synced from one block to the other and not vice-versa. Even if there are updates on the synced items (status, comments, etc.), they will not be synced back.
Note: direction at the block level wins over direction at the field level. So if you want to control direction on individual fields, you must keep the whole flow bidirectional.