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Release Notes

August 26, 2021
Image Drag and Drop Updates

Images and designs are vital components to a building out a Notebook and explaining your work. We have improved the drag and drop functionality when repositioning images and designs in a Notebook to make interacting with these components easier. Here are a few updates we made to improve repositioning images and designs:

  • When an image or design selected, the curser will become a hand-grab curser .
  • The image or design selected will dim to illustrate that it is selected.
  • A thumbnail preview of the design will display it is repositioned
  • The cursor will reflect the exact location where the item will be repositioned to.
August 24, 2021
Add content from FigJam

Participants in the FigJam Plugin Beta can now use the Abstract Notebooks plugin for Figma to add content and groups to Notebooks from FigJam.

August 12, 2021
Public Share Links

Notebooks contributors can now edit their Notebook settings to share a Notebook to anyone with the Notebook link. Unauthenticated users viewing a Notebook will be able to read the contents of the Notebook (written and image content, comments, and reviews) but will not have edit access. These unauthenticated users can create an account and request organization access to edit the Notebook.

August 5, 2021
Decisions section

Contributors can now add decisions to Notebooks to show how and why a design choice was made. Notebook participants can view the series of decisions made in new section at the top of the Notebook.  Record a decision title and, if desired, additional information about why, where, and how the decision was made.  You can even link to detailed conversations, whether those are in a Review, Comment, meeting recording, chat thread, or elsewhere.

July 27, 2021
Collapsible Reviews section

We've collapsed the Reviews section at the top of the notebook to show only the most recent review by default.  You can click "View all" to expand and view each of the notebook's existing reviews.  We've also moved the "Request review" button next to the status selector to make more room for the notebook's title.

July 23, 2021
Abstract Home, Reviews, and Custom Templates

Abstract Home

  • Design isn’t linear.  Moving from project to project as well as designing and building in tandem can lead to losing track of where we started. On Abstract Home, your most recently viewed notebooks and pressing action items are listed for you so that you can continue where you left off.


  • Notebook reviewers can now see all their reviews at a glance on the review tab. Reviews are categorized by Assigned to me, My Reviews, and Completed reviews. Users of both Branches and Notebooks can toggle between the reviews that are visible.

Custom Templates

  • Templates save teams time and ensure that Notebooks have consistent content.  Enterprise organizations can now extend the default set of Notebook templates to include custom-defined templates which meet the specific needs of their organizations.
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.

July 15, 2021
Resolve comments

Notebooks Contributors can now resolve individual comments made by themselves or others within a Notebook to indicate that the comment does not require further conversation.

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.

September 2, 2021

We've fixed an issue related to our Sketch plugin that currently blocks users from using Abstract with Sketch version 76. This fix also makes using Sketch + Abstract more performant, as we are no longer generating unneeded previews when using the plugin.

August 23, 2021


  • All members now load in the desktop app when viewed.
  • The changes button is now always operable.
  • Fixed some help article links so people are routed to the right place.

August 9, 2021

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue relating to opening and exporting Sketch files for customers who use both Sketch and XD.
August 4, 2021
Branches trials

We've added the ability to start a trial of our Branches product directly from our website

July 26, 2021

We have shipped a new major version of our Branches desktop app (v98) with a number of performance and usability improvements including:

Performance Improvements:

  • Stability and performance of Branches Sketch plugin while opening and saving Sketch documents
  • Branches Sketch plugin (Reduced in size by about 1MB)

Usability Improvements:

  • When a file is uploaded to Sketch Workspace, closed, then reopened, Branches users have to upload the file to Sketch Workspace as a new file instead of being able to update the already existing instance. This workflow is not ideal so we have updated our Sketch plugin to reallocate with the appropriate Sketch file.
  • Correct timing dependent commit condition that resulted in the loss of recent commits.
  • Remove the Open Quick Commit button from Branches app as it opens an old commit, Quick Commit happens over in the Sketch plugin.

April 6, 2021


  • Contributors can now leave multi-line commit messages!


  • Some odd interactions between the Sketch editing file and the .abstractBackup file that may have prevented committing work on a branch have been resolved.
  • Resolved an uncommon bug that caused Sketch to crash when committing.
  • Abstract and the Gallery Sketch plugin are more compatible now.
  • When using Safari, on hover in preview and Collections layers, the overlay controls no longer remain visible after hovering.
  • Projects once again correctly sort by with the “recently updated” option.
  • Organizations owners are now able to leave the organization when other org admins exist via the Personal Settings menu.
  • The notifications window should now close as expected after clicking on a notification.
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


  • 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.