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.
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.
- 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.
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.
* Elevated static images to behave in the same way as imported artboards - users can now double-click to see the detail view and add comments and annotations to new images.
Figma and Sketch plugin updates
- Only show projects with notebooks that you can make updates to.
- (Sketch only) Adds support for dark mode.
- A new Jira integration connects design and development work together in a Notebook.
- See the status, priority, ticket name, and last updated date of Jira ticket links inside Notebooks.
New onboarding experience
- New users will now see a pre-made Notebook in a private project, walking them through the key features and capabilities of Notebooks.
Comment edit indicators
- If a comment it edited and updated, users will see the text (edited) inline with their comment.
Moving Notebooks between projects
- When needed, users can now change which project their Notebooks lives in to better organize their work.
- The series of Notebook updates, reviews, and comments are available by clicking the activity icon in the upper right corner of the Notebook. Activities include the user making the change as well as the time it occurred and repeated events are consolidated into a single activity.
- For example, if you left 5 comments in a notebook, 1 comment activity will be logged to note that you've left 5 comments. Activities will be rolled up for Notebook content updates, frame additions and updates, and when adding reviewers.
This week, we began sending a weekly email which gives an overview of Notebook activity in each organization. The email includes:
- Notebooks that require attention (because of outstanding reviews, inactivity, or a notable change in status)
- Most active notebooks in the last week
- General activity counts in the last week (Notebooks opened/closed, and Reviews opened/closed)
Create focused comments and collaborate using annotations on imported Figma/Sketch frames
- Click [A] for a quick shortcut to create either a single-point or rectangular annotation.
- On/off toggle to temporarily hide annotations from view.
- Click an annotation box to scroll its associated comment into view.
- Edit an annotation after you’ve submitted your comment by editing the comment.
We've added the ability to post comments in review threads, making each review more interactive and iterative
- Any Contributor can comment in a review thread without having been requested for a review.
- Requested reviewers are able to comment and optionally submit their review as Approved or Changes Requested.
We’ve released a new Sketch Plugin which integrates directly with Notebooks.
- Add and arrange designs directly from Sketch into beautiful presentations that display your work and the context behind it.
- Access all your Notebooks from within Sketch, and publish any artboards or components you’ve worked on in one click.
- Update all your work in Notebooks in a single click, without leaving Sketch or having to rearrange or recreate presentations of your work for review.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Resolved an issue relating to opening and exporting Sketch files for customers who use both Sketch and XD.
We've added the ability to start a trial of our Branches product directly from our website
We have shipped a new major version of our Branches desktop app (v98) with a number of performance and usability improvements including:
- Stability and performance of Branches Sketch plugin while opening and saving Sketch documents
- Branches Sketch plugin (Reduced in size by about 1MB)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
🌊 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.
- 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
- 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.