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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
98.1.5

Fixed a crash scenario when saving files from sketch.

October 2, 2019
85

Our latest release is all about keeping you in the loop. We’ve replaced thumbnails in your Activity feed with preview images large enough to glance through. No 🔎 necessary. And, with the ability to zoom and pan when updating from Master, you can merge with confidence. ICYMI: Our integration with Adobe XD is coming soon.

New Features

  • Notifications are now available in the Abstract web app! 🔔 While we were at it, we made them easier to skim with new iconography and unread notifications pinned at the top of the Notifications list.
  • You can now use Quick Jump to navigate between Organizations, Projects, and Branches in the Abstract web app. ⚡

Enhancements

  • In all Activity feeds, we replaced thumbnail preview images with large preview images so you can stay in the loop without needing to open each preview’s Layer Detail.
  • When you update a Branch, you can now pan and zoom artboards to compare old vs. new.
  • You can now find all items from Linked Libraries used in a file listed in the Files list under the “Dependencies” section.
  • You can now collapse pages in the Files list. We improved how non-visual changes display here too.
  • The change filters on merged Commits are now displayed below the summary in a less confusing spot than before.
  • Android asset names now include the drawable- prefix.
  • Admins are now notified via email when someone leaves or is removed from their Organization.
  • When an Admin grants a Guest access to a project, the Guest can now immediately access the project. They will also appear under the Members tab.

Performance Improvements

  • Comments now load faster in the Layer Detail.
  • Improved application load times by reducing how much data needs to download each time you start the app.
  • When you invite people to a project, the Invite team members modal can now handle longer lists of users.

Fixes

  • As part of our commitment to building an accessible product, we fixed and enabled keyboard access to filters, tabs, and expansion buttons.
  • If you attempt to edit a project’s details while offline, you’ll now see appropriate copy letting you know this isn’t possible.
  • We’ve also removed the ability to merge offline in order to prevent diverged branches.
  • The pending reviews notification bubble is now better aligned
  • Fixed broken alignment of project headings and icons in the Reviews tab.
  • When you click Copy link to latest version, you now get a link that always shows the latest version.
  • When you go to delete a comment with a reply, the confirmation modal now closes.
  • Fixed the missing exit button when adding Layers to a Collection.
  • Fixed an issue that temporarily showed Collection Layers as “Removed” after creating a new Commit.
  • Quick Jump will no longer return deleted Branches in the results.
  • Fixed a bug that displayed the “Something went wrong” screen when viewing a Collection.
  • Fixed a bug that displayed the “Something went wrong” screen when trying to create a Collection while offline.
  • Fixed copy on non-visual changes that suggested a change was related to Libraries when it wasn’t.
  • Fixed an issue when a project was changed from public to private where the members list didn’t update to reflect the new permissions.
  • When opening files, it now less likely you’ll see a “Job timed out” message.
  • Broken Share buttons no longer appear on personal projects.
  • When you’re filtering the People list, the scroll position now resets.
  • Fixed an issue where projects that became inaccessible whilst offline would not be removed from the application on startup.
  • If you edit the title of a Collection, this change is now immediately reflected on the project’s Collections List.
  • Fixed other minor alignment, color, and spacing issues.
September 3, 2019
84.0.1

Use CMD+K to jump to a project, Organization, or Branch. We added a new menu on Commits to provide quick access to specific files and pages. We are also shipping many impactful performance updates with this release. And, in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we're releasing a fresh app icon to celebrate.

New Features

  • Notifications are now available in the Abstract web app! 🔔 While we were at it, we made them easier to skim with new iconography and unread notifications pinned at the top of the Notifications list.
  • You can now use Quick Jump to navigate between Organizations, Projects, and Branches in the Abstract web app. ⚡

Enhancements

  • In all Activity feeds, we replaced thumbnail preview images with large preview images so you can stay in the loop without needing to open each preview’s Layer Detail.
  • When you update a Branch, you can now pan and zoom artboards to compare old vs. new.
  • You can now find all items from Linked Libraries used in a file listed in the Files list under the “Dependencies” section.
  • You can now collapse pages in the Files list. We improved how non-visual changes display here too.
  • The change filters on merged Commits are now displayed below the summary in a less confusing spot than before.
  • Android asset names now include the drawable- prefix.
  • Admins are now notified via email when someone leaves or is removed from their Organization.
  • When an Admin grants a Guest access to a project, the Guest can now immediately access the project. They will also appear under the Members tab.

Performance Improvements

  • Comments now load faster in the Layer Detail.
  • Improved application load times by reducing how much data needs to download each time you start the app.
  • When you invite people to a project, the Invite team members modal can now handle longer lists of users.

Fixes

  • As part of our commitment to building an accessible product, we fixed and enabled keyboard access to filters, tabs, and expansion buttons.
  • If you attempt to edit a project’s details while offline, you’ll now see appropriate copy letting you know this isn’t possible.
  • We’ve also removed the ability to merge offline in order to prevent diverged branches.
  • The pending reviews notification bubble is now better aligned
  • Fixed broken alignment of project headings and icons in the Reviews tab.
  • When you click Copy link to latest version, you now get a link that always shows the latest version.
  • When you go to delete a comment with a reply, the confirmation modal now closes.
  • Fixed the missing exit button when adding Layers to a Collection.
  • Fixed an issue that temporarily showed Collection Layers as “Removed” after creating a new Commit.
  • Quick Jump will no longer return deleted Branches in the results.
  • Fixed a bug that displayed the “Something went wrong” screen when viewing a Collection.
  • Fixed a bug that displayed the “Something went wrong” screen when trying to create a Collection while offline.
  • Fixed copy on non-visual changes that suggested a change was related to Libraries when it wasn’t.
  • Fixed an issue when a project was changed from public to private where the members list didn’t update to reflect the new permissions.
  • When opening files, it now less likely you’ll see a “Job timed out” message.
  • Broken Share buttons no longer appear on personal projects.
  • When you’re filtering the People list, the scroll position now resets.
  • Fixed an issue where projects that became inaccessible whilst offline would not be removed from the application on startup.
  • If you edit the title of a Collection, this change is now immediately reflected on the project’s Collections List.
  • Fixed other minor alignment, color, and spacing issues.
August 15, 2019
83.0.2

Fixes

Fixed an issue that was prompting certain projects to attempt to sync unnecessarily.


August 14, 2019
83.0.1

Fixes

  • Sped up the sign-in process. Large teams, in particular, should feel a difference when signing in.
  • Improved performance of lists displaying your team members, including project and Organization directories.
  • Improved performance of review requests.
  • Fixed zoom functionality when comparing Artboards.
  • Fixed an issue that caused infinite loading after creating a new Collection.
August 6, 2019
83

As a company committed to empowering teams to deliver world-changing products, the last thing we want to do is delay your great work. This release you can expect further improvements to performance, which you’ll feel as you navigate the desktop app. ⚡You’ll also see new, more accessible colors and the ability to filter changes in Commits by status. Building great products is a team sport, and we’re grateful for your help building this one. Keep the feedback coming!

Enhancements

  • Accessibility: We’ve implemented new, more accessible colors. 💅 We also optimized the architecture of our desktop app to be more accessible for screen readers and keyboard navigation.
  • We standardized our modal sizes.
  • We’ve made it easier to share your work: You can now right-click any item to edit sharing settings or share an item directly.
  • We now let you know when your comment will be publicly visible before posting.
  • We now confirm sharing settings on the ‘Share’ button itself, making it much easier to tell if an item has been publicly shared.
  • When you’re adding Layers to a Collection, you’ll now click 'Cancel' rather than 'Discard' to exit.
  • If there aren’t any assets available to download for a Layer, we’ll now show you the auto-generation option.
  • You can now filter Commits by status and sort them by page.
  • We’ve prioritized performance again this release. The desktop app should start feeling snappier. ⚡

Fixes

  • The option to sort by starred projects no longer disappears when loading the app offline.
  • Your newly added private projects now appear without needing to restart the app.
  • We’ll now display the grab cursor when a Layer image can be panned.
  • When you share a link to a specific comment, that link will now correctly scroll to the comment in the sidebar when opened.
  • It’s no longer possible to remove SCIM provisioned users.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Collections from loading if the window size was too small.
  • Fixed an issue where pressing the ESC key repeatedly when in a modal would jump back multiple screens.
  • Fixed an issue that caused signing in via an “Open in macOS app” link to take twice as long.
  • We no longer bold @mentions if they don’t refer to a user in the Organization.
  • We now render certain emoji characters in full technicolor 🌈 that previously displayed their black and white equivalent.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the update flow to be jumbled.
  • Fixed the project name missing in archive/unarchive toast messages.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the ‘Share’ button to be permanently disabled when clicking a notification to a comment that had been deleted.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed deleted Layers to be added to a Collection if you selected them as part of a file or page.
  • Fixed a display issue with sticky sidebar headers in Inspect.
  • Fixed an issue where the preview image displayed beyond the border on Collection thumbnails of certain sizes.
  • You can see a Branch’s review status as a colored ring around the Branch owner’s avatar again.
  • When you load archived Branches, you’ll now see the appropriate loading state.
  • When you try to access a Collection from a project you haven’t synced yet, you’ll no longer see an error.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented files from being exported when the file name contained special characters.
  • Fixed an issue where the CSS for border radius in inspect would be collapsed incorrectly.
July 19, 2019
82.0.1

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause some authenticated proxies to not connect
  • The "Manage libraries" functionality now allows you to save again
July 11, 2019
81

We’ve made it easier to toggle between Sketch and Abstract when you need to edit a Layer, given Inspect some extra polish 💅, and improved performance, too. We’re also honoring 🏳️🌈 Pride the entire month of June with a pride flag-inspired dock icon.

New Features

  • You can now open a Layer directly from the Layer Detail view. Simply, click the Edit button while viewing the Layer in Abstract and the file will open in Sketch, automatically focused on the Layer.
  • We also made it possible to open a Layer directly in Sketch by right-clicking the file in the Files tab or the changed artboard in the Commits tab and selecting Edit in Sketch.
  • You can now batch resolve conflicts when updating a Branch.

Enhancements

  • You can now download symbol assets in every instance, rather than having to track down the symbol master and download assets from there.
  • When you update a Branch, you’ll now see the Page location in the Details sidebar to give you additional context about the Layers you’re viewing.
  • We now ask for confirmation first when deleting a comment.
  • Inspect now displays paragraph spacing values.
  • CSS produced by Inspect now conditionally collapses border radius to more concise syntax.
  • Many improvements to UI performance.

Fixes

  • When you update your account or profile information, you’ll now see the changes reflected in real-time.
  • Fixed occasional flashing of avatars and preview images upon load.
  • Fixed an issue that caused files with periods in the name to be exported with the incorrect file extension.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the app inaccurately indicating Up to date, when a particular type of error had occurred with the Abstract servers.
  • The markdown icon wasn’t clickable in a couple of spots. We fixed that.
  • You’ll now be asked for confirmation when you click on a notification while in the middle of updating a Branch.
July 9, 2019
82

n July, we focused on little things that make a big impact on improving your design workflow, like adding breadcrumbs to Collections to help simplify navigation. And, ICYMI, one of our developers wrote a blog post on everything he wishes designers knew about designer-developer handoff.

Enhancements

  • We spruced up our default avatars. 💁🏽‍♀️
  • We disabled the back/forward buttons if you’re unable to navigate further.
  • You can now commit while detailed changes are loading.
  • Collections now have breadcrumbs to simplify navigation.
  • We refreshed the design of our modals so they’re larger and clearer.
  • When you’re presenting a Collection, we now hide your cursor and other controls once they’re inactive.
  • While searching Collections, results now populate more quickly as you type.
  • The Sync menu now indicates the number of projects syncing rather than the number of “jobs”.
  • We added more granular filtering controls to the Branch files tab. We’ll introduce these controls to Commits next.
  • We improved the performance of network reconnections.
  • The list of Branches now loads more quickly.
  • We improved the experience of viewing Organization members while offline.
  • Many, many more performance improvements…

Fixes

  • You can now use a proxy username or password including the character “@”.
  • Fixed an issue with menus on archived projects.
  • We disabled the ability to select the UI text within our desktop app.
  • When you click on the Abstract window, your first click will now focus rather than taking an action beneath the cursor.
  • Fixed an issue that caused projects to show as having uncommitted changes after you manually changed the file permissions on disk.
  • Fixed an issue that automatically resolved conflict resolutions by picking the wrong Branch.
  • The project name now displays correctly in archive/unarchive toast messages.
  • Fixed a minor display issue when using Compare in dark-mode.
  • The Branch sidebar now shows a loading state instead of an empty state while loading.
  • We made several fixes to activity feeds in order to prevent stale data.
  • Project name is again shown in the sidebar details when viewing artboards.
  • Notifications: Fixed a display issue that caused text to overlap if the notification was particularly long.
  • Branches: Admins can no longer delete any Branch—they now only have permission to archive.
  • Collections: You can now filter by all possible users.
  • Collections: When you copy a link to a layer within a Collection, that link will now take you to the layer in the context of its Collection.
  • Collections: The titlebar is no longer unresponsive after exiting present mode.
  • Collections: Long user names in the author filter now overflow correctly.
  • Collections: If you’re on the Starter plan, you’ll no longer see Collections on the Branch overview.
  • Collections: When re-ordering Collection layers, you can now scroll while drag-and-drop’ing.
  • Collections: Fixed an issue where artboards would disappear from a Collection after toggling auto-update unless you reloaded the page.
  • Inspect: Fixed missing font-weight in “styles” panel when the weight is unnamed.
  • Inspect: Icons in the layer tree are now the correct (much smaller) size.
  • Assets: Fixed an issue that caused multiple asset generation jobs to pile up.
  • Assets: Symbol master assets now update correctly when the symbol master changes.
  • Assets: Fixed an issue that would prevent assets from uploading when behind an authenticated proxy.
May 23, 2019
80.0.1

Unblocking your workflow by addressing recent issues related to syncing. Now, back to work. 💻

Fixes

  • Fixed a networking issue that resulted in Projects staying “out of sync” until the app restarted.
  • Fixed a few errors preventing syncing due to failed asset generation.
  • Fixed a couple of spots where more network requests were being made than strictly necessary.

May 14, 2019
80

Collections got a lot of love this release. Check out our blog to learn how to use Collections to tell the story of your work.

New Features

  • Collections are now consolidated under the Collections tab in the main Project menu. We gave the Collection overview a design refresh while we were at it.

Enhancements

  • Sync menu now bundles syncing actions by project.
  • We now let you know if syncing fails due to uncommitted changes.
  • When you go to a project’s Master, you’ll now land in the Overview tab by default, rather than Files.
  • When resolving conflicting designs, the Branch author’s avatar is now displayed, letting you know who to reach out to.
  • You can now manage user roles and permissions in the People tab.
  • When viewing a layer detail from a Collection, we now display the Collection name under the “Details” section.
  • Pressing the CMD+O keyboard shortcut in a layer detail will now open the file in Sketch, focused on the current layer.
  • We added Swift and Objective-C color options to Inspect.
  • We’re (always) working on performance improvements.

Fixes

  • Fixed a rare Sketch crash.
  • Fixed an issue when copying a link to a layer in a Collection.
  • Fixed an issue where memory was leaked with every input field rendered.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed you to edit already-merged files from Sketch’s “Recent files” menu.
  • Fixed a sync issue where a project could attempt to upload and download at the same time, resulting in a lockup.
  • Fixed an issue where a minimized Abstract window would not become visible when clicking on a notification.
  • Fixed an issue where role permissions would disappear from view.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Discarding changes” message would not dismiss if the command failed.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Create Organization” dialog didn’t close on success.
  • Fixed an issue where author names and avatars would not appear for comments made by guests on public share links.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause syncing to fail due to asset generation.
  • Fixed an issue where the progress of a project’s download was not correctly reported.
  • Fixed incorrect messaging that said you were on the “beta” release when you weren’t.