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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.

May 1, 2019

This update returns the "Collections" tab to an individual Branch's view.


  • We restored the "Collections" tab in the branch menu
April 30, 2019

Public sharing is the star of 79.0. This month on the blog, we’re sharing how content designers and UX writers can partner with designers in Abstract to take customer experiences from good to great.

New Features


  • Admins now have the ability to delete comments. ✂️
  • We made headings more consistent.
  • You no longer need to manually resolve conflicting Library symbols when updating a Branch.


  • Fixed several issues with Branch updating that caused files that weren’t edited to be marked as Changed.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Branches to fail loading, incorrectly showing that no files had been Changed.
April 16, 2019


  • Performance improvements for Collections, and Branch update flow.
  • The sign-in screen got a facelift.
  • You can now toggle measurement units between px, pt, and dp using Inspect Options.
  • You can now toggle color formats between Hex, Hex (ARGB) and RGB using Inspect Options.
  • You can now double-click to select a file in the libraries picker.
  • We improved empty states for Organizations, Projects, and Sections.
  • You can now create new Organizations from the desktop app.
  • We refined emoji reactions. 💅
  • We standardized cursor styles throughout the app.
  • Release notes: We polished the look of release notes and made them available from the Help menu.
  • Inspect: You can now hold CMD when hovering to ignore groups when mousing over redlines.


  • Committing is no longer delayed when the Abstract desktop app is on a secondary desktop or hidden.
  • Copy Link… for comments and layers works again.
  • Fixed an error that occurred when attempting to open multiple files at the same time.
  • We fixed the need to hide some characters behind the limit countdown when you type a really long Commit title.
  • The Branch name was sometimes missing in the confirmation modal for restoring a Commit. Now, it’s always displayed.
  • Sections ordering now takes into account numbers and latin characters.
  • Libraries in the “Manage Libraries” dialog are now sorted correctly.
  • We polished Dark Mode in a few more places.
  • Fixed a rare scenario where the Commit window would never load changes.
  • Fixed an issue where previews would not generate on the advanced Commit form when the same file is opened from two Branches at once.
March 28, 2019


  • We fixed the sorting of projects so that it’s no longer reversed
  • Window vibrancy now behaves correctly with a dark menu bar in High Sierra
  • Fixed up a couple of spots where dark mode didn’t look it’s best
March 19, 2019

New features all around: Assets, Dark Mode, and Emoji Reactions 🙌. We teamed up with our female-identifying teammates to redesign our app icon in honor of Women’s History Month. And we’re continuing the celebration by sharing Employee Spotlights all month, so be sure to keep your eyes on our blog.

New Features

  • Assets
  • Dark Mode
  • Emoji reactions


  • We focused on file loading performance in this build and put several improvements in place.
  • We combined the Project “About” and “Description” fields into a single “Description” field to reduce clutter.
  • You’re now automatically logged into the desktop app when you click the “Open in MacOS” button.
  • When you view changed files on a Branch, you’ll now see any artboards that were deleted from the Branch.
  • When you click Reviews from the left side bar in Abstract, you’ll now see the review requests assigned to you as the default view.
  • When you search for a Project, your search term will now be highlighted in the results.
  • Present: The cursor now hides itself when idle and presenting a Collection. (No more folks thinking it’s part of your design!)
  • Inspect: Now, you can only access locked layers through the layer tree, and you can click through them by default.
  • Inspect: We improved panning performance.
  • You’ll no longer see a new “Untitled Document” open alongside your own Sketch file when opening files from Abstract.
  • Collections: Collections on a branch will now be visible from the branch overview tab so it’s easier to find and share your work!


  • We improved proxy support (again!), adding support for Windows proxies.
  • Projects made private on the Business plan can now be made visible to the team again on the Starter plan and are no longer forever stuck private.
  • We removed the option to review a Branch that has already been merged.
  • We fixed an issue where comments might not load correctly immediately after your computer’s power has been suspended.
  • The sorting of Organizations in the dropdown switcher now takes capitalization into account.
  • Non-Contributors can no longer create a Branch by double-clicking files on Master. This was a sneaky workaround for a while.
  • It’s no longer possible to create a Commit with a single space character as the title—you’ll need to write something from now on.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause blank Projects to appear in the syncing activity menu.
  • Double-clicking fast on “Create Branch” or “New Project” will no longer create duplicates.
  • We fixed an issue that happened when you scrolled back a long way in the activity feed.
  • If saving from Sketch to Abstract fails for some reason, we’ll now let you know.
  • If you make changes in Sketch but don’t save them and then reopen the file from Abstract, your changes will no longer be lost.
  • Changed layers are now highlighted correctly again in the Inspect ta
February 15, 2019


  • When you go to a Branch in Abstract, Branch owners will now land in the Overview tab.


  • We restored support for macOS Sierra and El Capitan.
  • Some were seeing unedited artboards marked as “changed” upon save in Sketch 53. We fixed this issue.
  • The application was crashing for some, causing data to never finish loading. We’ve fixed this.
  • “Calculating changes…” should now complete when updating Branches that new files were added to.
  • Inspect: The original symbol name is now preserved when displaying overrides.
  • We restored some missing icons in upgrade and export file dialogs to their former glory.
February 5, 2019

Improvements to Collections, Inspect, Review Requests, and loads of fixes. We’re also celebrating Black History Month with our first Black History Month-themed App Icon, created in partnership with our African American teammates. Be sure to check out our blog for Employee Spotlights all month.


  • Performance improvements to speed up your workflow.
  • You’ll see a new filter to help you find your favorite’d Projects, quick.
  • We refreshed the Project card design.
  • “Reviews” in the left sidebar now show outstanding Review Requests.
  • We’re using new iconography for files and Libraries.
  • We reduced the file size of the Abstract binary.
  • Admins can now delete and archive Branches owned by others.
  • We cleared up the in-app messaging when sync is delayed due to server load.
  • If you view an archived or merged Branch, it now shows up temporarily in the left sidebar.
  • We improved proxy support.


  • You shouldn’t have any more trouble in Abstract when you try to load a Sketch 53 file with only Sketch 52 installed.
  • We improved our error messaging when you try to import non-supported files.
  • Archived Projects are no longer displayed in the Library picker.
  • Collections: You can now scroll while dragging when reordering artboards in Collections.
  • Inspect: We fixed some rounding errors. Maths. 😅
  • Inspect: You shouldn’t see duplicate fully transparent color swatches any longer.
  • Some were experiencing data loading failures because the home directory couldn’t be found. We’ve fixed the issue.
  • Syncing was failing for some very large Commits due to a memory leak. We patched it right up.
  • The timestamp in your Branch header now correctly shows when the Branch was created, not last updated.
January 22, 2019


  • We added support for the upcoming Sketch 53


  • Fixed an issue that could result in focusing the incorrect Sketch window when opening from Abstract
December 11, 2018

Welcome to the December edition of Abstract! We've made a number of feature enhancements and fixes in this build. For a quick summary, check out our blog post or read on for all the details.

New Features

  • Commit changes without leaving Sketch using our new quick commit window
  • Create Collections faster by selecting layers to add first in the new "Create+Add” flow
  • Update Library references by right-clicking a file and selecting “Manage Libraries…"


  • It’s now possible to deselect layers when Multi-selecting with shift + click
  • We removed the 3 character minimum on project names
  • Added a button to jump from collections to inspect a layer
  • Clicking on an annotation will now scroll so the comment is in view
  • The Sketch plugin now communicates when a commit is happening in the background
  • Comment and history panels are now resizable
  • You’ll find that the color green throughout the app is more accessible for your peepers


  • Using the CMD+O shortcut from within a layer detail will now open the file for editing in Sketch
  • We fixed several issues that could occur when opening Sketch files
  • We now display an error when the Sketch plugin fails to install, instead of silently failing
  • The text of an annotation is now selectable and copyable
  • Fixed several areas where long file names could break the UI
  • All warning dialogs now respect macOS guidelines and ESC can be used to cancel
  • It’s now possible to create a project and import files while offline
  • Fixed an issue that would make it impossible to rename files with a “|” character in the name
  • Fixed an issue that would show a “Sketch Not Installed” dialog, when in fact Sketch was installed
  • Fixed several display issues when a contributor deletes their Abstract account
  • Inspect: Fixed several issues with loading local overrides, layer style name, and text style names
  • Inspect: Fixed an issue where “left” alignment would be displayed as “natural”
  • Inspect: Generated css for gradients now respects overall opacity
  • Inspect: It’s now possible to select and copy individual css properties
  • Plugin: We improved dark mode support
  • Plugin: We fixed an issue causing the Abstract plugin to stay on screen after the window is closed
  • Plugin: Fixed an edge case that would allow commits to happen on the master branch

October 24, 2018


  • Fixed a performance issue which would result in cached files not being used and a slower file opening experience
  • Fixed a performance regression introduced with a libraries change in Sketch 52
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in blank files being opened; this was the result of us not forwarding errors from Sketch correctly and the error will now will displayed instead