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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.
We have built a major new product: Notebooks, with built in data and insights on the work, and integrations into other design and development tools. This release is a public preview, and we are rolling out to waitlisted users over the next several weeks.
Notebooks is a new designer-specific platform where cross-functional teams can gather requirements, review designs, and continuously measure what works, all in one thoughtfully-built space.
What’s included in today’s release:
- A beautiful, rich text editor to capture context around any design effort. Fully supports Markdown syntax, emojis, and GIFs.
- A new Figma plugin, which integrates directly with Notebooks.
- ~Add and arrange designs directly from Figma into beautiful presentations that display your work and the context behind it. Any design elements can be added: individual components, frames, or entire pages.
- ~Access all your Notebooks from within Figma, and publish any frames or components you’ve worked on in one click.
- ~Update all your work in Notebooks in a single click, without leaving Figma or having to rearrange or recreate presentations of your work for review.
- Drag and drop image support for most image file formats and GIFs
- Rich comment threads for both text and images help you capture feedback on specific elements within a Notebook.
- Invite important stakeholders to review your work, and get structured feedback in the form of approvals and change requests.
- ~Create unlimited review requests per Notebook, which is helpful for designs that need multiple rounds of review, or different feedback from different audiences.
- ~Close a review once you’ve gotten all the feedback needed to get back to work.
- ~Use the built-in notification system to automate the review process so that you don’t have to remind reviewers for their feedback.
- Set a range of statuses for a Notebook, which helps your collaborators know where you are in the design process across a project.
- A new, bi-directional GitHub integration connects design and development work together in a Notebook.
- ~See the status and other relevant information about GitHub Issues and Pull Requests in a related Notebook.
- ~Notebook links unfurl to show the Notebook name and project over in GitHub.
- Insights surfaces actions taking place across Notebooks; helping you keep track of the work your teams are doing. It includes:
- ~An attention block that tells you which Notebooks might need a review decision, a nudge, or are being reworked.
- ~Top-level counts that display Notebooks and reviews being opened and closed over the past 7 days.
- ~An overview of the spread of activity across busy Notebooks and contributors, helping you understand what’s working well and where there might be blocks.
- ~A deeper look at the range of contributions your team is making, from creating and updating content to feedback and reviews
- Organize your Notebooks into unlimited projects, which represent major work streams or products in your organization.
- New users will see a brief onboarding experience when viewing Notebooks for the first time, to learn about how Notebooks work for design teams and their peers in engineering and product management.
Fixed a crash scenario when saving files from sketch.
- Added support for displaying layer style overrides in inspect
- Added CMD+O and CMD+SHIFT+O shortcuts to open a file
- Items added to collections from the files view will now automatically update to the latest commit
- Fixed an issue that would cause older files stored in Abstract not to open in Sketch 52
- Fixed an issue where changing between pages would not update the UI if they had the same number of artboards
- Fixes some Sketch files on very old commits having missing icons
- We made it easier to add artboards to a collection with Multi-select!
- Support for Sketch 52
- A new login flow design and branding update
- Support for authenticated proxies
- Draft branch reviews are now persisted so you won’t accidentally lose an in progress review
- Branch descriptions now appear on the branches list again
- Deleted artboards and symbols now show a visual preview
- We improved the visual style of artboard previews
- Artboard previews with comments now show a count of how many
- The file tree now has a search filter
- Quitting Abstract now correctly exits all ongoing child processes
- Sidebar vibrancy now works correctly in Mojave
- Estimated width of overridden text layers now respects newlines in Inspect
- Projects are now sorted more naturally, accounting for number at the beginning
- Fixed an issue where some overrides were missing in Inspect
- Fixed another issue in inspect where it was possible to “select” multiple layers at once
- It is no longer possible to rename a branch with uncommitted changes, which would could cause uncommitted work to become inaccessible
- Artboards no longer appear as “changed” on a branch if they were only changed as part of a file version upgrade
- We addressed an issue where inviting viewers via email would try and add paid seats to the organization account.
- Lots more miscellaneous UI fixes
- We made several changes to improve the speed and concurrency of preview uploads, particularly when syncing large commits
- We improved filtering of debug logs to remove false positives and ensure that only logs from Abstract or Sketch are included
- Improved the logic around restarting Sketch after it has crashed, making file opening more reliable
- Fixed an issue that would cause files to not open with no error when clicking on "Edit in Sketch"
- Collections are no longer confusingly displayed on the branch overview when your team is on the Starter Plan
- Comments with long words and URLs will no longer overflow the window bounds when editing
- Fixed an issue that could cause a forever-spinner on “Master files” when all files in a project are removed
- Fixed invisible background not ignored on artboard in inspect
- Fixed artboard preview sidebars animating in at different speeds
- Fixed a “Something went wrong” error on collections when the author of the collection had been removed from the project
- Fixed an issue where annotations would incorrectly show on file upgraded commits if they had been made on the previous commit
- Review Requests streamline your design review process and set expectations for feedback. Read the blog post.
- Layers now show the full comment history across all commits
- A shiny new “Highlight changed values” toggle in Inspect makes it easy to see which layers or properties have changed since the most recent commit
- You can now view all keyboard shortcuts from the help menu or by pressing CMD+/
- Improved sync performance (We’re now serving your project data via CDN)
- The commit composer got a facelift: you can also now click on thumbnails to see them larger and compare against the previous version before committing
- You can now discard individual file changes from the commit composer
- Stale branches are no longer hidden on the project overview
- Project cards now show a more accurate representation of who is working on a project
- We updated the styling of share buttons to be clearer
- Editing the project “About” section is now inline
- Synced Collections are now available offline
- Improved performance of comment loading
- Improved performance of notifications loading
- Abstract will now offer to move itself to your Applications folder if ran from elsewhere
- Fixed an issue that would cause deleted layers to return during a merge under certain circumstances.
- Fixed several circumstances where the layer history or comments would fail to load, resulting in forever spinners.
- Fixed an issue that would make it impossible to navigate through layers while in overlay compare mode
- Fixed an issue that would cause the desktop app to appear as “Offline,” when in fact the internet was available
- Fixed an issue that would prevent commits from uploading to the server if you signed out of your account before the sync had completed
- It’s no longer possible to lose changes by linking or unlinking a library file while there are outstanding uncommitted changes
- We added a safeguard to prevent merging a branch twice by clicking the button really fast
- Fixed an issue where previews would not generate while offline
- Fixed an issue that would cause previews on a branch to disappear until the app is reloaded after discarding changes
- There were a number of places where you couldn’t select text. Now you can select to your heart’s content.
- Fixed an issue where the unread notification badge would get out of sync with reality after viewing notifications through the web app
- You can now delete a project that was created offline and never synced with the server
- Libraries in the file list are now sorted alphabetically
- This build fixes an error that would prevent committing after creating new text or layer styles in a library file.
This build includes a fix for two pretty gnarly bugs that prevented files from opening correctly from Abstract and prevented previews from generating for affected commits.
Be sure to download this one. Special thanks to the customers who were able to screenshare with our engineers so we could piece the puzzle together. You are champions. 🏆💕
Hey everyone! Thank you for your patience with us releasing three builds in three days - please know that this is because we care, we're tracking errors and we're fixing them fast.
Your help reporting issues is greatly appreciated and, as always, you’re welcome to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.
- An issue that caused files to not open or successfully generate previews in some circumstances
- A crash in Sketch when using color picker for some documents
- Files automatically upgrading if you open them on other people's branches
This patch fixes an issue that was uncovered where uncommitted changes could be lost when opening a file for the first time in Sketch 51.
If you were affected by this bug please contact email@example.com and we can help you recover work from a backup.
- We added support for shared text and layer styles in Sketch 51
- A refined flow for upgrading Sketch files between versions
- Support for seat based billing
- Performance improvements in the layer detail, you should see less spinners and get to your artboards faster.
- Added CMD+C to quickly copy the text from a layer in Inspect
- The branch overview tab got a spruce up for quick access to changed files, collections and a larger area for the branch summary
- We now warn you when quitting the app with uncommitted changes, just to be safe
- We added the ability to inspect the root layer in a canvas and measure against it in Inspect, keep the feedback coming!
- Improved support for system proxy settings
- We fixed some measurement issues in Inspect with groups
- It’s no longer quite as easy to create two branches with the same name by accident
- Fixed an issue that could result in the UI getting stuck “generating previews” when quitting while this action was in progress.
- Crash when inspecting borders with gradients
- Introducing: Inspect. Get measurements, redlines and styles from any layer in Abstract. See our announcement post for more information!
- Clarified language in notifications for members added / removed
- Previews cache is now cleared for branches when they are merged or archived
- Various performance wins when syncing a branch
- It's now possible to share a link to a specific comment
- Comments are now highlighted when navigating to them
- Primary button styling is now white to better clarify
- People and members tabs now show when the person joined your team rather than joined Abstract
- Clarified the language of notifications when someone is added or removed from a project
- We made syncing branch metadata changes with the server more reliable
- A potential race condition that could result in duplicate files appearing in the files list
- Notification unread count now updates correctly
- Collection layers showing as removed after a commit is created while viewing the tab
- Incorrect text color on network indicator when out of sync
- Incorrect project icons in some activity items
- Improved handling of offline state when loading comments
- Comments -no-longer-include-tons-of-unneccessary-hyphenation
- Designs are now pixel perfect when zooming past 100%
- The layer set is now preserved when changing tab in LayerDetail
- Using the up/down arrow keys in the Update Flow no longer exits the update
- Fixed an issue that made it possible to post a comment twice
- Fixed the wrong file potentially opening in Sketch after restoring a commit or using commit to a new branch functionality
- Fixed an issue that could result in not all comments being visible when viewing a collection presentation
- Fixed an issue that could result in the app prompting to commit “empty” changes
- Fixed an issue that could result in the app showing as in sync (while that not being the case) after starting offline