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Branches Release Notes

October 28, 2021
Updated Slack Integration for Notebooks

The updated Slack integration for Abstract Notebooks automatically shares notifications for notebook reviews to one or more of your Slack channels of choice, and unfurls Notebook links pasted into Slack.

July 15, 2021
Cut and Copy Images and Frames
  • Notebooks users can easily cut and copy images and frames in a Notebook using common keyboard shortcuts Cmd/Ctrl+X and Cmd/Ctrl+C.
  • Images and frames copied and pasted into the same Notebook will retain all annotations and comments. Those pasted to differing Notebooks will simply paste the image or frame.
  • Copy and pasted Figma frames will continue retain the link to Figma.

June 30, 2021
Link Content Back to Figma

Get back to your original Figma file right from your notebook. Users can now link a Figma frame to a file, and Abstract will link all frames from that file across the organization.

Learn more here.

June 23, 2021
Paste images into Notebooks

Paste Images

  • Users can now paste images from their clipboards into their notebooks - no more saving content to your desktop!

Branches Pro administration

  • Updated billing plans to include Branches Pro plan.  New Branches organizations can now self-administer and select this plan, which allows unlimited Contributor seats to be added.

June 15, 2021
Project and template updates

Improved Notebook Template Selection

  • We've improved the experience to select a template when you create a notebook.

Project naming conventions

  • Changed project naming conventions to remove restriction on project name uniqueness.

June 8, 2021
Interactive images

* Elevated static images to behave in the same way as imported artboards - users can now double-click to see the detail view and add comments and annotations to new images.

May 18, 2021
Notebooks Open Preview

Figma and Sketch plugin updates

  • Only show projects with notebooks that you can make updates to.
  • (Sketch only) Adds support for dark mode.

Jira integration

  • A new Jira integration connects design and development work together in a Notebook.
  • See the status, priority, ticket name, and last updated date of Jira ticket links inside Notebooks.

New onboarding experience

  • New users will now see a pre-made Notebook in a private project, walking them through the key features and capabilities of Notebooks.

Comment edit indicators

  • If a comment it edited and updated, users will see the text (edited) inline with their comment.

Moving Notebooks between projects

  • When needed, users can now change which project their Notebooks lives in to better organize their work.

Activity timeline

  • The series of Notebook updates, reviews, and comments are available by clicking the activity icon in the upper right corner of the Notebook. Activities include the user making the change as well as the time it occurred and repeated events are consolidated into a single activity.
  • For example, if you left 5 comments in a notebook, 1 comment activity will be logged to note that you've left 5 comments. Activities will be rolled up for Notebook content updates, frame additions and updates, and when adding reviewers.
April 26, 2021
Weekly Insights email

This week, we began sending a weekly email which gives an overview of Notebook activity in each organization. The email includes:

  • Notebooks that require attention (because of outstanding reviews, inactivity, or a notable change in status)
  • Most active notebooks in the last week
  • General activity counts in the last week (Notebooks opened/closed, and Reviews opened/closed)
April 9, 2021
Annotated comments

Create focused comments and collaborate using annotations on imported Figma/Sketch frames

  • Click [A] for a quick shortcut to create either a single-point or rectangular annotation.
  • On/off toggle to temporarily hide annotations from view.
  • Click an annotation box to scroll its associated comment into view.
  • Edit an annotation after you’ve submitted your comment by editing the comment.
March 26, 2021
Comments in reviews

We've added the ability to post comments in review threads, making each review more interactive and iterative

  • Any Contributor can comment in a review thread without having been requested for a review.
  • Requested reviewers are able to comment and optionally submit their review as Approved or Changes Requested.
March 12, 2021
Sketch plugin for Notebooks now available

We’ve released a new Sketch Plugin which integrates directly with Notebooks.

  • Add and arrange designs directly from Sketch into beautiful presentations that display your work and the context behind it.
  • Access all your Notebooks from within Sketch, and publish any artboards or components you’ve worked on in one click.
  • Update all your work in Notebooks in a single click, without leaving Sketch or having to rearrange or recreate presentations of your work for review.
February 9, 2022

Fixed a crash scenario when saving files from sketch.

March 2, 2021

This release of the Abstract Versions desktop app contains a few bug fixes and improvements.


  • Updated the name of our Sketch plugin to Abstract Versions, to make way for our upcoming Notebooks plugin.
  • Added support for XD version 36 and beyond.


  • Resolved issues causing some artboards and changes to be lost after committing.
  • Re-enabled the keyboard shortcut cmd + enter for submitting the quick commit form.
  • Updated broken Help Center links in the XD plugin.
  • Fixed an issue causing an alert dialog to appear when saving a tracked file in Sketch.
  • Resolved an issue where the Sketch commit bar did not show the project name for certain libraries after opening from Sketch.

January 26, 2021

New Features

  • We've added Apple Silicon architecture support for Abstract CLI and Sketch plugin
  • We improved how you move around the app with a unified global navigation and theme


  • Contributors are now able to open a file untracked while the same file has already been opened tracked


  • Fixed a bug where the commit window would appear on the wrong screen when using an external display

November 24, 2020


  • Abstract now supports XD 35.


  • Abstract will now share a more helpful error message if an action fails because it requires a local Sketch installation.
  • Fixed an issue where Inspect would show an incorrect background fill color on a symbol instance after an override was removed from the master symbol.

November 4, 2020

🌊 We’ve added Big Sur support! This includes a new application icon as well as speed enhancements to the Quick Commit window via a new, native Sketch plugin.

Bug Fixes

  • Added support for Adobe XD v34
  • Fixed a bug where components from Abstract libraries couldn’t be used in the insert window
  • We no longer force cleanup untracked libraries that are still being used
  • Fixed a bug where Sketch Cloud links were breaking after committing and re-opening the same file
  • Fixed a rare issue where Sketch would crash after upgrading a file’s version
  • When using Big Sur the Quick Commit window will now return focus to Sketch
  • Resolve diverged branch button will now always displays as it should without restart
  • Project context menus now match throughout the app
  • Fixed a bug where an update from master would remove artboards without the conflict resolution flow

September 22, 2020

Experience better app stability with the bug fixes and behind the scenes improvements we're shipping this release.


  • Enabled Abstract support for Sketch v69.
  • Enabled Abstract support for XD v33
  • Added support for adding, editing, and removing Sketch color variables in the commit history, and linking color variables through libraries.
  • Added support for ignored assistants in Sketch.
  • We made some tweaks to improve performance when generating assets.
  • Adding new colleagues to Abstract? They’ll now see an onboarding tutorial.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved a handful of sync issues that would occur when attempting to pull project data.
  • Fixed a bug where progress toasts remained visible on uncommitted changes errors until the app was refreshed.
  • Fixed a bug that would prevent the commit footer from appearing despite having changes to commit.
  • Fixed a bug where users were able to add removed layers to a collection.
  • Fixed a bug that would prevent fullscreen collection presentation to cover the entire window.
  • Fixed a rare race condition that would cause comments to instead display an error.

September 22, 2020


  • Fixed a bug that would occasionally ask users to update a file’s Sketch version to the same version when Updating from Master; the app will now suggest updating your Sketch version.
  • Fixed a bug where linked library symbols wouldn’t appear in the Insert menu.
  • Fixed broken links that point to our Help Center.
August 31, 2020

We’ve made some big performance improvements to commit speed. And, over the next few weeks, we’ll continue rolling out updates to opening, renaming, deleting, and merging files. With Reporting, we’re also surfacing data that gives Admins the ability to see the status of work across the team.


  • Reporting: Enterprise admins can now see team activity on projects, branches, and commits, both at the organization and contributor levels (viewable on the web only).


  • We’ve been rolling out changes over the last few weeks to make opening files, interacting with files, and creating commits much faster.
  • Abstract now fully supports Adobe XD v32.


  • Fixed an error when updating Adobe XD files based on an invalid version number.
  • Prevents an error that occur on projects where files had been opened untracked.
  • Fixed “Project could not be unsynced” error.

August 11, 2020

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed sync error on High Sierra.
  • Opening a file untracked will no longer fail to sync master branch.

August 4, 2020

Clarity is key and, this release, we’re helping you bring more of it to your team. With Sketch Hotspot support you can now present designs the way they’re intended to work. Plus, we’ve added comment resolution so you can focus on the feedback that needs your attention 🙌


  • We added support for resolving comments.
  • When presenting a collection you can now navigate designs by clicking through hotspots that were created in Sketch.
  • Can’t think of a commit message? We made them optional.


  • Support for Adobe Xd 31.
  • Added support for Sketches new “tint” feature.
  • Added support for storing and merging Sketch assistants and embedded fonts.
  • We added tooltip with user's name to everywhere that avatars appear.
  • Inspect will now adjust redlines for "No symbol" overrides inside of symbols with horizontal smart layout enabled.

Bug Fixes

  • New new sidebar navigation now ensures that the active project is always in view by default.
  • We continued to fix individual issues that can happen during syncing.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking the share link for a previous commit in a collection layer brings the user to the collection page rather than layer detail.
  • Resolved an issue where opening Abstract on the developer’s beta of macOS Big Sur crashed the application immediately; work is still on-going to fully support Big Sur before its release.

July 1, 2020

Continuing in the spirit of ease and flow— this release, we’re making it easier to focus on your top priorities by adding them as favorites to our new sidebar navigation. We’re also completing the roll out of smarter syncing and bringing your projects up to speed, at speed. We smashed a few pesky bugs along the way, too.


  • We rethought project navigation to make it easier to jump between projects and reduce clicks. Be sure to favorite projects you use the most to pin them in the sidebar and make the most of the new design.
  • We added the ability to restore a single file to a previous commit
  • A new "My branches" card was added to project overviews to make it faster to get back to your previous work.
  • Continued rollout of smarter syncing – we’ve removed the need to manually sync projects in order to browse them and reduced the total data download needed to a minimum.


  • We made it easier to leave a comment in present mode with a new input that’s displayed when the comment sidebar is collapsed
  • The 'About' card on project overviews is now collapsible
  • It’s now possible to share a link directly to present mode, just click the “share” icon when presenting a collection
  • The in-app commit form has now gained the ability to jump to individual changed files
  • Files that have not yet been changed on a branch are now displayed on branch overviews
  • It’s now possible to filter projects in the “Link Library” interface
  • We’ve continued to make improvements to UI performance
  • All projects now show as options in the “Link Library” interface, previously only projects you’d explicitly chosen to “sync” appeared here.
  • Linked library dependencies are now automatically synced when changed by another contributor
  • We’ve removed one step when updating your branches from Master, to make it easier and faster.
  • We’re introducing a new master icon to make the context clearer.

Bug Fixes

  • Local project data is now removed automatically when a project is archived
  • Fixed a display issue on the active outline on collection cards
  • Fixed an issue where the changed diff in inspect would flip added/removed items
  • Fixed an issue with “quick synced” projects where it would not be possible to open a file in desktop from the web app
  • Fixed an issue where multi-select using the shift key could select layers that had been visually filtered out.
  • The “Clear Database Cache” command now clears more data than before
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent files being imported from locations on disk that include a comma in the file path
  • Improved the error messaging when attempting to add more than 100 layers to a collection
  • Fixed an infinite loading state when upgrading or downgrading a users contributor role
  • Nested symbol master assets from an external project now load correctly in inspect
  • Point releases of Sketch and XD will now get automatic upgrade commits when opening files in the new application version.