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🙌 Did it ever happen to you that, while in the middle of your research, you needed just a bit more canvas space? Now simply go to the edge, and *pull to expand*!
🙌 *Find Content Fast* We added a new sorting filter based on creation date. Sort your murals by newly created!… or oldest, if you are dusting ye olde Murals.
🙌 Be able to *select and copy an email* from the member list
💪 Are you curious to know what the real dimension of your mural is? Check out the *size conversions* (to feet, meters, and human scale) in the mural's settings, and be amazed at how infinite the canvas really is.
💪 Check out our polished *shortcuts* list to become a MURAL pro and be 100x more productive.
💪 Synthesizing a brainstorming is now faster! Change both drawing and text stickies background color in the same selection.
💪 Alerts are looking prettier, they are all following our latest design guidelines.
💪 Active Murals will now be the default value of every room. This means that, should you decide to switch to archived murals, if you go to another room, you will see the active ones, instead of archived.
💪 Some accessibility enhancements to polish the existing experience.
💪 Choosing a template from the Template section will open it in a new tab so it’s easier to keep browsing
💪 The *Cheat Sheet* will replace the tutorial video for first-time collaborators when they enter their first mural.
💪 Only other *facilitators* will be able to unlock what facilitators lock down so collaborators can’t mess up their murals.
🐛 The order of the items in the Outline will now be saved correctly in Firefox.
🐛 If you’re the only one voting, you won’t see the “There are still people voting” popup if you end your voting session with remaining votes.
🐛 Any email received by a non signed in user that contained a button (link) to MURAL would take you to sing in and not to the appropriate page. Now it's fixed and links are getting you to where you were supposed to go.
🐛 Should you delete your only workspace, and press the back button, it would result in a “Not found” loop. Now it's fixed.
🐛 After a voting session, the toolbar would overlap the a selected element in the mural.
🐛 Elements that are inside a framework disappeared when you moved the framework.
🐛 Sometimes, double click to edit failed in Chrome.
🐛 When double clicking really close to a sticky note, we created a new sticky that would overlap with the one in the mural.
🐛 We weren't showing a hand cursor when hovering over the mural's dropdown, which made it look broken.
🐛 Some line-breaks on text boxes were not applying correctly.
🐛 We improved the way we track connectivity issues, so we can better understand what's causing certain bugs.
🐛 "Send To Hub" was not working in a specific scenarios, we fixed it.
🙌 Thinking about crafting a mural for a very specific activity or device? You can now set your own custom size to your murals in the mural settings page.
💪 When someone signs up to MURAL and their company has 1 or more discoverable workspaces, they land to a page with a list of all discoverable (free to join or request based) workspaces. This list will now be sorted by member count.
💪 If you want to change the mural's size or color, quickly access the settings modal from the right-click menu.
💪 We used to have a footer with an always on top row with pagination commands in it in the manage members page. We gave it some thought, ran some tests, and came to the conclusion that it was better off without the bottom commands, leaving only the ones on top. Now the footer will only appear when you reach the end of that page’s list.
🙌 Videos can now be played inside the mural, like in the web app (YouTube and Vimeo for now. Brightcove coming next).
💪 We are making crystal clear why a Surface Hub may not be able to create murals (either having an expired workspace, a deactivated account, or restricted permissions).
💪 We became a little smarter detecting lines, and we won't show the conversion toolbar when drawing a doodle.
🐛 When duplicating an image, one of them where not appearing anymore when re loaded.
🐛 Sometimes dragging and dropping an element from the sidebar menu didn't behave well.
🐛 Icons could get pixelated when scaled.
🐛 Files footer wasn't rendering correctly.
🐛 First stroke was showing a selection box.
🙌 Recently Opened Murals! Your last 32 opened murals will appear in this section in the dashboard.
🙌 Favorite Murals! Star your favorite murals, and find them in the "Favorite murals" section in the dashboard!
🙌 Guests can now be invited to Open rooms and murals belonging to open rooms. They will still be unable to see all other open murals. Only those that they were invited to.
🙌 We're trying out a new On-boarding flow for new users, that we think you'll love.
🙌 Need a vertical mural? There are two brand new mural sizes: *Vertical 2x* and *Vertical 3x*!
🙌 Spellcheck finally works inside text boxes.
💪 We changed the confusing `Follow me` wording to just say `Follow` when someone requests to be followed.
💪 We added the user status (active/inactive) to the workspace member list export (download as csv).
💪 The top bar is now responsive, it won't break with resizing or opening the sidebars anymore.
💪 We are working on making drawing on a computer as easy as it can be. Drawings are now smoother than before.
💪 The mini-map has a new look! It now adapts to different mural sizes without taking up a lot of real state.
💪 The mural settings page is now a modal, so you don't leave and reload the mural when you want to change the background color or size.
💪 Alerts inside the mural now follow our latest design guidelines.
💪 The widget's toolbar appears and disappears with a beautiful animation.
💪 Enjoy the performance boost when zoomed into a sector of a huge mural.
💪 Surface Hub is identified as his own kind of user/member. This will allow us for advanced admin features and also so bill them differently if we want to.
🐛 Sometimes double click fails in Windows Chrome. We think we managed to make it work when double clicking to create a new sticky note, but it may keep failing when trying to enter edition.
🐛 When editing a sticky note, the text would sometimes crop on Chrome browsers.
🐛 Shapes borders looked really bad in Edge and IE.
🐛 When switching the sticky note's size, you couldn't type in it anymore without re-selecting it.
🐛 Double clicking when the eraser inside draw mode would create a sticky note.
🙌 Struggling to load big murals on your iPhone? With this update, we've reduced almost by half the memory usage of titles and text boxes. More memory improvements on the way.
💪 We've been working hard on fixing all sync issues, so you're always up to date when collaborating realtime.
💪 Mural thumbnails now load faster than ever.
💪 Added some missing titles and buttons to the dashboard menus.
🐛 You may have noticed that the app logged out automatically. We fixed it.
🐛 If you tapped the screen while drawing, the stroke used to disappear.
🐛 Some screens were not looking pretty on an iPhone X.
🐛 As usual, we fixed tons of bug and crashes.
🙌 Navigate inside the canvas with just the keyboard! Users can go through the sidebar tabs, the top bar, the activity feed, and the outline tab without needing a mouse; including all drop-downs, menus, overlays, and modals.
🙌 If enabled, people will be able to find, join and request invitations to open workspaces from the same company.
🙌 Pop up elements and see their content even from far away! We now teach it in Zoom Settings, and we fixed the issue of typing `x` if a text element was selected.
💪 Enjoy the performance boost when zoomed into a sector of a huge mural.
🐛 The Windows and iOS app used to hang on "Trying to reconnect". This shouldn't happen anymore.
🐛 Images uploaded with the iOS app were not always being displayed in the web and windows versions of the app.
🙌 Pop-out elements and see their content even from far away! Hold `x` and hover over stickies, images and text to see the details without needing to zoom!
🙌 You can finally add grouped elements to both free and grid areas!
🙌 Convert Guest to Members - This feature will give admins the ability to convert guest to members and members to guests. With Convert Guest to Member, we added a gear icon, which will be the general icon to identify all the actions that can be made over a single / groups of user / s. Available in all member lists (workspace, room and mural).
🙌 Multi-workspace release 2 - We are now allowing people to request to join a workspace. This feature is enabled on demand.
🙌 Accessibility! Now the dashboard is navigable by using the keyboard!
💪 We are now better explaining members & guests when inviting and when to invite who. Among other changes, now there is a comparison table to access and learn from, before making the decision.
💪 Work faster by exiting both Move and Draw Mode using `esc`.
💪 The elements' primary toolbar is always always visible on screen. No more panning to make it appear on screen when you had large elements selected.
💪 We've added more beautiful transitions! All menus and tooltips now appear with a subtle fade in and out.
💪 Added transitions and animations to dropdown menus.
🐛 Comments don't get sent anymore when clicking outside the thread without saving.
🐛 Sticky note's text wasn't centered if the sticky was smaller than the default size.
🐛 Unlocking a group would just select an element instead of the group.
🐛 Scaling alignment wasn't working inside free layout areas.
🐛 Sometimes many operations would revert when wanting to undo just one change. We tackle one of those issues.
🐛 Even if you changed the image of a private url link to a public one, the image wasn't showing on refresh.
🐛 Some tooltips were appearing when closing a menu (like timer and voting menus).
🐛 Toolbar used to awkwardly move on hover when the element was on one of the screen edges.
🐛 Color dropdown looked broken on Windows devices where the PCs screen scale wasn't the default.
🐛 Resize of multiple groups had a wrong minimum size.
🐛 If a comment was linked to a group's element, it used to get lost when ungrouping.
🐛 You were able to move connectors while drawing.
🐛 Some alignment issues were fixed on all member list tables.
🐛 Wrong checkbox status when loading member list page. Now the bulk select should work, and behave as usual.
🐛 Some other visual bugs generated by accessibility have been fixed.
💻 We are adding a new 3rd party sub processor, and we want to keep you in the loop. We will start using NomNom (nomnominsights.com) to capture insights about the usage of our platform so we can offer a better service to you. You won't notice any change at all in the usage of MURAL.
🙌 Forget about taking turns to draw in the Surface Hub, you can now ideate together using both pens at the same time!
🙌 When a facilitator decides to summon everyone, the Surface Hub and Studio will also follow and notify what happened
💪 Inking now auto-saves after 60 seconds of inactivity, so your drawings are always synced between all devices, regardless if you pan around or not.
💪 If you are missing a compatible stylus, you can activate the "Draw by hand" mode in the Surface Hub.
💪 All mural modals follow the same guideline, looking cohesive and polished.
🐛 Fixes multiple parsing and rendering text boxes errors.
🐛 Hitting enter to finish editing a sticky note also triggered the exit button.
🐛 Exiting a mural when editing or creating content (like drawings) wasn't being saved.
🐛 As usual, we killed multiple annoying bugs.
🙌 You can now add any element to the mural: titles, icons, shapes and connectors.
🙌 Import images faster by selecting multiple images from the library.
🙌 Huge increase of performance when moving elements inside a mural.
💪 We will automatically zoom you out when dropping large elements to the mural, so you can work comfortably.
💪 New elements added by tapping will align to nearby elements.
🐛 The context menu didn't appear when tapping on an element, selection or mural.
🐛 When drawing on the mural or a sticky note, sometimes you could lose strokes.
🐛 Editing the text of titles or areas would randomly move the viewport of the mural.
🐛 Sometimes the selection marquee would appear on screen when trying to zoom.
🐛 The resync warning was showing up every time you came back to the app.
🐛 Transparent button on format bar was broken.
🙌 Safari user? Great news: you can now pinch to zoom just like in Chrome and Firefox.
🙌 Work faster when copy and pasting. The pasted elements now appear where your cursor is, instead of somewhere over the screen.
🙌 Keyboard shortcuts for accessibility are here! You can now add different elements to a mural without needing a mouse or trackpad. Check out this thread to learn how to use them.
🙌 Start from a template. New users will be able to try mural without signing up. Once they are comfortable with the tool, they can sign up and save the mural in their workspace.
🙌 14 day expiration policy is now optional! Enabled by default, but can now be disabled from workspace’s settings.
💪 Workspace Title Disclaimer - When you create a workspace, that name goes directly to the URL, which later cannot be changed. We added a fair notification of it at workspace creation, to avoid/reduce this kind of issues.
💪 Workspace Member List will now have an info box with active members, inactive members and - if membership quota exceeded - will let you know by how many members.
💪 Titles and textboxes now auto-save while you edit them, so if you have a really bad internet connection and - need to refresh, your latest changes will be there.
💪 We love we are international, and we want to assure everyone can use MURAL equally. Hebrew and - russian text will now appear in exports.
💪 Members List end of table - We added a cute spacing with pagination to the bottom part of the table. It should improve the experience while using the list with large numbers of users.
💪 The mural's right click menu now has a beautiful animation.
🐛 We fixed several IE/Edge issues when editing a sticky note.
🐛 Sometimes grouping elements would mess up z index.
🐛 Some arrows would remain on top of elements that were sent to front specifically.
🐛 We found out why sometimes the browser zoom was off when entering a mural, it shouldn't happen anymore.
🐛 When you enter a mural will 1000 elements, you will see a warning. It used to block the topbar and disable the sidebar.
🐛 The file sometimes look broken and wasn’t showing the preview.
🐛 If you were editing a text element and needed to open the mural’s context menu, the browser menu would show up instead.
🐛 The activity feed used to turn all black when trying to show a huge drawing.
🐛 Loading a mural would glitch, and it didn't look nice.
🙌 The timer is running! The timer will now show up in the Surface Hub and Studio, so you and your team can always be aware of the remaining time of an activity and receive notifications when the facilitators adds more minutes, if the session is paused, or if it is about to end.
💪 Lock your drawings and rest assured that nobody is going to erase them by mistake with the back of the pen.
🐛 Some elements weren't appearing when sent to the Hub, but they did on other devices.
🐛 You weren't able to edit elements that were added to locked frameworks.
🐛 We killed *lots* of tiny bugs.
🙌 Member / Guest deactivation
🙌 Multi-workspace Release 1
🙌 Want to zoom into a specific element or selection? Use the new selection toolbar option to directly focus on them with no manual zooming.
💪 Anyone invited to a workspace or a room will see the educational onboarding callouts in the dashboard (previously we didn’t give them any kind of welcome)
💪 The navigation callout will be the first callout new users see when they enter a mural for the first time, even if there are multiple areas (like we do for visitors).
💪 Enjoy the performance boost when zoomed into a sector of a huge mural (only for murally-org team, let us know what you think)
💪 Are you confortable using keyboard shortcuts? If so, learn all about how to zoom out, zoom in and go to 100% directly in the navigation control buttons tooltip.
💪 Check out the Zoom setting menu to see if your browser has some unsupported functionality that is preventing you to have an optimal navigation experience.
💪 The default navigation for anyone who creates an account with SSO in Mac is now trackpad. We also recommend trackpad mode to all Mac users that are using the mouse zoom configuration.
💪 We are continually working on making the interface look as polished as possible. We included a sidebar transition when going out of draw mode (and removed an ugly glitch), we polish up the widgets toolbar, as well as the navigation callouts.
🐛 Fixed multiple issues around exports, like file preview and shapes border not showing up.
🐛 When trying to duplicate a sticky with text selected in Chrome using shortcuts it used to create a Bookmark. Now it duplicates as expected (and no more unwanted bookmarks will be created).
🐛 Entering drawing mode using D shortcut didn’t close any right menu tab.
🐛 Fitting to content using a shortcut inside drawing mode didn’t work as expected.
🐛 Pasting a text with Japanese characters broke the mural (Sumimasen!)
🐛 August 2018 calendar in Frameworks section had some day numbers missing.
🐛 Using some F keys, like F15, would write it as a text in some elements.
🐛 Shapes borders used to change depending on the zoom, now it always respect it’s size. (edited)
💪 There is nothing like a performant and fast app, so we keep beating our own records: the loadtime of the murals is up to 3x faster, moving elements around is up to 1.25x faster, the app is using 1.25x less memory, and duplicating a ton of sticky notes is up to 30x faster too. You should also experience better performance overall when having MURAL open for several hours.
💪 Sometimes you can't completely relay on your internet connection, we get it. We will always let you keep working regardless and try our best to save all you changes as soon as the Surface Hub or Studio get back online. If we encounter any issue, we will let you know and provide a way to refresh your mural so you stay at sync with all other devices at all times.
🙌 Facilitator Superpowers are enabled for everyone!
🙌 we also are running an AB test in production where we ask workspace creators which category best reflects their work, and show them the corresponding templates when they sign up.
🙌 Want to work at an optimal scale? Go back to 100% level faster by hitting the diamond hint at the center of the slider.
🙌 Faster zoom, without compromising in precision, for both mouse and trackpad.
💪 Manual timer input has a muuuuch better interaction now!
💪 Zooming in and out with ⌘+ ⌘- now works on Firefox!
💪 New and redesigned url editor for images and links toolbar.
💪 We have a much nicer animation for the top-bar when entering and exiting drawing mode.
💪 You will see a visual feedback of the current selected element's attributes on its toolbar sub-menus.
💪 Arrows are back in the mini-map.
🐛 Grouping groups could mess up the order in which the elements where original set to.
🐛 Some sticky notes didn't have the correct text color when exported.
🐛 The mural would hung up forever when trying to paste some files from one mural to another.
🐛 Dark sticky notes shouldn't have white border, and it has been fixed.
🐛 Hitting D over a selected text element used to open drawing mode.
🐛 Double click to create a sticky on top of a locked element wasn't working.
🐛 Already existing textboxes were showing a wrong bounding box size.
🐛 Text was being cut off when typing across the app in Internet Explorer.
🐛 You were getting disconnected when updating a mural after being idle from some minutes.
🐛 There was no pencil cursor while drawing on Edge.
🐛 We killed some other tiny bugs.
🙌 Is everything tiny or am I too far away? Never doubt about your zoom level again. Check it out at any moment in the navigation panel, go back to the default scale, and forget about enlarging all the element to fit your current viewport.
🙌 Enter draw mode released for Microsoft teams murals.
💪 Enjoy the extra precision and smoothness when zooming. The canvas won't "jump" anymore between zoom levels when you are trying to see the whole picture.
💪 Changing title's font color is way easier than before. You can change it with just one click, since it is not nested in the Formatting menu anymore.
💪 Participants will see feedback to let them know the time has ended
💪 Better, cleaner spacing between icons in the topbar for people who have the timer
💪 Workspace avatar used to require Save changes button confirmation. Now it auto saves.
💪 Disabled avatar upload for Single Sign On users. Some clients which had no avatar on their SSO system, could not have a custom avatar because it was being overridden with empty every time they logged in.
💪 Removed the "download data" option from user's profile. Now it will have to be a mail request.
💪 Partial Members should not see "Room Members" icon. We removed it.
🐛 Leaving a workspace and entering again duplicated a personal room.
🐛 Grayed value on weeks active in last 3 months. When there's a value, it shouldn’t be gray.
🐛 File preview weren't rendering to collaborators after the mural was duplicated.
🐛 Some icons where showing with different colors on exports.
🐛 Pasting a link from InVision to a mural ended up changing the link.
🐛 Viewport used to breaks after being automatically moved by a text box when typing.
🐛 Sometimes pasting an image from one mural to another didn't work.
🐛 Double clicking on a locked image wasn't creating a new sticky note.
🐛 Killed some other tiny bugs.
🐛 Using the toggles to add or remove minutes after manual input works as expected
💻 We keep improving mural-image stability and performance.
⚗ Removed the intro video for workspace creators and replaced it with a callout that suggests starting with a template (Results: we're sticking with the no-video version!)
🙌 You can now draw on the web! Use this feature to quickly annotate your murals. Use D as a shortcut to annotate faster.
🙌 Find the perfect icon for your mural ✨. When searching for icons by keyword in the sidebar, scroll to the bottom of the results list to load even more.
🙌 Usage activity in workspace members page (weeks active in last 3 months)
💪 You can manually input a time for the timer (no more clicking + to get to 30 mins!)
💪 Anyone who creates a mural will be marked as a facilitator by default
💪 Made some improvements to the way the timer calculates timeink to this Widget”
💪 Creating wireframes is now way easier! You can make icons, shapes and titles smaller to fit your current layout without having to resize your diagram's scale.
💪 Performance used to reduce drastically when selecting and moving multiple elements in a mural. It shouldn't lag so much anymore.
💪 All sidebar tabs look nicer and more polished.
💪 It was really hard to add a link to an image. Now the default link is selected once opened so it is easier to paste a new one.
💪 Added compression to drawing paths. This should reduce mural sizes considerably. Please alert if you see something unexpected when working with inking or drawing stickies (like loosing previous drawings, etc).
💪 Searching icons by keyword shows our default icons along with the Noun Project library results.
💪 Arrange By Type also takes into account sticky's shape (circle, 3x3, 3x5)
🐛 On Mural member’s list, the bulk delete option tooltip said “remove from workspace”... which was a bit misleading. Modified that to “remove selected”.
🐛 When an alert appeared in the dashboard, some titles were being overlapped.