1. 78

    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.

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    New Features

    • Assets
    • Dark Mode
    • Emoji reactions

    Enhancements

    • 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.

    Fixes

    • 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 tab.
  2. 77.0.1

    February 15, 2019

    Enhancements

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

    Fixes

    • 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.
  3. 77

    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.

    Enhancements

    • 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.

    Fixes

    • 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.
  4. 76.1

    January 22, 2019

    Enhancements

    • We added support for the upcoming Sketch 53

    Fixes

    • Fixed an issue that could result in focusing the incorrect Sketch window when opening from Abstract
  5. 76

    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…"

    Enhancements

    • 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

    Fixes

    • 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
  6. 75.0.3

    October 24, 2018

    Fixes

    • 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
  7. 75.0.2

    October 5, 2018

    Enhancements

    • Added support for displaying layer style overrides in inspect
    • Added CMD+O and CMD+SHIFT+O shortcuts to open a file

    Fixes

    • 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
  8. 75

    October 2, 2018

    New Features

    • We made it easier to add artboards to a collection with Multi-select!

    Enhancements

    • 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

    Fixes

    • 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
  9. 74.0.4

    September 7, 2018

    Enhancements

    • 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

    Fixes

    • 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
  10. 74.0.1

    August 22, 2018

    Fixes

    • This build fixes an error that would prevent committing after creating new text or layer styles in a library file.
  11. 74

    August 22, 2018

    New Features

    • 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+/

    Enhancements

    • 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

    Fixes

    • 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
  12. 73.0.3

    July 14, 2018

    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. 🏆💕

  13. 73.0.2

    July 11, 2018

    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 support@goabstract.com if you need help.

    Fixes

    • 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
  14. 73.0.1

    July 10, 2018

    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 support@goabstract.com and we can help you recover work from a backup.

  15. 73

    July 9, 2018

    New Features

    • 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

    Enhancements

    • 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

    Fixes

    • 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
  16. 72

    June 21, 2018

    New Features

    • Introducing: Inspect. Get measurements, redlines and styles from any layer in Abstract. See our announcement post for more information!

    Enhancements

    • 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

    Fixes

    • 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