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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.

October 14, 2021
Tables in Notebooks

Sometimes your ideas need a little more structure. Whether you need to track a project, take structured notes, or organize data sets, tables are a great way to organize your thoughts. Notebooks users can now add and delete tables in their Notebook by selecting the table icon in the context menu. Tables can be retrofitted to your requirements by resizing columns, adding cell colors, and multi-selecting rows, columns, and cells.

October 11, 2021
Public Link Previews
  • When a Notebooks user pastes a publicly shared URL from a variety of popular sites, Notebooks will render the preview of the content from the URL.
  • We have ensured we have support for public links the following providers and content types: Figma Files, Figma Prototypes, Loom videos, YouTube videos, Trello boards, Giphy, and Spotify. However, in addition to these core providers, we support public link previews for URLs from over 1900 providers.
  • September 27, 2021
    Improvements to Decisions, Custom Templates, and URLs
    • Added the ability to edit and delete recorded decision blocks.  While it's important to maintain the history of decisions in an initiative, sometime you need to correct a typo or add clarifying details or links.
    • Updated the custom templates administration page to warn administrators of unsaved template changes, improve cursor movement between title and template body, and add hover text to edit and delete icons to improve accessibility.
    • Users can now highlight text in a Notebook, paste a URL from the clipboard, and the text will become a link.
    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.

    February 1, 2024

    Dependencies Updates

    • We have updated various dependencies to ensure better performance and security. This helps in maintaining the app's robustness and reliability.

    Security Updates

    • Fixed potential security vulnerability which could have allowed arbitrary code execution in the application.
    November 9, 2022

    Fixes incompatibility issues with Sketch 94, including the creation of new Sketch files via Abstract

    October 25, 2022


    • Fixed issue where Macs with M2 chips running Abstract would continue to use CPU power even after quitting the app.
    • Fixed problem where in certain edge cases, the Branch name displayed on review-related comments & notifications could be wrong.
    • Debug Logs now accurately capture all MacOS versions (including many older OS versions)


    • "Master" branch renamed to "Main"
    • Artboards with custom names no longer erroneously lose their name upon switching their default Sketch artboard template.
    • Auto-deleted preview images from old project branches & collections now restore faster.
    • Removed functionality to add new or edit existing Adobe XD files (no longer supported).
    October 14, 2022

    Fixes issues preventing users from creating branches & opening files while running Abstract on Macs with M1/M2 chips.

    October 13, 2022

    - "Master" branch renamed to "Main"
    - Artboards with custom names no longer erroneously lose their name upon switching their default Sketch artboard template.
    - Auto-deleted preview images from old project branches & collections now restore faster.
    - Removed functionality to add new or edit existing Adobe XD files (no longer supported).
    - Upgraded app from using Electron v8 to v10.

    September 14, 2022

    Speed and stability upgrades

    September 13, 2022

    Bugfixes (including inability to copy paste in collections)

    July 25, 2022

    Performance upgrades and compatibility with Sketch 90.

    February 9, 2022

    Fixed a crash scenario when saving files from sketch.

    February 3, 2022

    We've fixed an issue that prevents users using older sketch versions from importing or updating some sketch documents if they are created with recent versions of sketch.

    January 13, 2022

    We've fixed an issue that prevents users from opening documents with plugin versions 256 and earlier using Sketch 82 beta.