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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.

February 17, 2021
Abstract Notebooks, now available in limited preview

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.
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.