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💪 Increased performance while editing and moving through a mural during real-time sessions.
💪 Having a problem with the app? You can now access the Settings menu directly from the mural.
💪 Erasing with the back of the pencil now works faster.
🐛 Current drawings' strokes would start disappearing after using the undo tool.
🐛 Frameworks sometimes appeared empty when entering a mural.
🐛 Fixed multiple errors when groping large drawings.
🐛 As usual, we killed a couple of tiny bugs.
🙌 You can now undo your drawings inside a sticky note from the top bar.
💪 Draw instantly over the canvas when using an Apple Pencil.
💪 Drawings now look better and smoother.
💪 No more auto-captions for searched images.
💪 MURAL Scan: Pale color sticky notes are now detected
💪 MURAL Scan: Strokes have a higher quality than in previous versions.
🐛 If you started the app in portrait mode and then changed it to landscape, the canvas wouldn't adapt.
🐛 "Trying to reconnect" message appeared too frequently, specially when switching between apps.
🐛 The app would freeze on loading when trying to open a mural through an element's share link.
🐛 Setting bold format to an empty sticky or text would crash the app.
🐛 The format bar wasn't appearing after a re-connection.
🐛 Scanned stickies are now always added inside the canvas.
🙌 Templates are now easier to find. The templates section is now separated into 2 tabs - one for global templates and one for workspace templates.
🙌 You can search the global templates by JTBD category, just like in the Onboarding flow.
🙌 Recover content. If you or any team member deleted ideas from a mural by mistake, you can now recover them directly from the Activity Feed.
💪 If you’re not allowed to unlock elements, you’re also not allowed to delete them.
💪 Multiple security enhancements.
💪 No more 100% zoom limit when zooming in on items you click in the Outline.
💪 Facilitator(s) avatars will always appear directly after your own in murals with many collaborators
💪 We moved the templates/ guides descriptions out of the big grey bar and into a little `i` icon. It didn't look good.
💪 Do you need your participants to open files, images, and links from a mural without moving them around? Now you can lock these elements and an Open button will appear on hover, even in view-only.
💪 Adding compatibility with Windows 10 High Contrast Mode, so you can keep using MURAL even if you have any vision struggle. Still a work in progress.
💪 Big connectivity refactor in the web client that will improve real time performance.
💪 Removed old calendar frameworks from the frameworks tab.
💪 Optimized the Activity Feed to decrease the real-time bandwidth use when drawing intensively.
🐛 Various small fixes to the Activities features.
🐛 Sometimes swiping a mural in Mac makes the browser go back to the dashboard. We now disabled pan and pinch gestures on some sidebars and menus that were allowing the default behavior to get triggered.
🐛 We had some connectivity interface bugs here and there (Reconnecting bar staying for too long, the offline bar wasn't always appearing, etc). They shouldn't happen anymore.
🐛 The Open link button didn't work on Move mode.
🐛 Users couldn’t right click and go-back-to-dashboard in another tab. Now they can.
🐛 From within a MURAL, when pressing the back arrow, users were being redirected to the room where that mural was, instead of going to the previous place in the dashboard.
🐛 Workspace names had an issue with lower/upper case. It's now fixed.
🐛 Admins could deactivate users that were not yet active.
🐛 Duplicating a room to another workspace not always copied all murals.
🐛 Anonymous links have now a clearer UI that properly displays available settings.
🙌 Your real-time sessions will now be faster than ever! We've highly optimized the bandwidth use so only the minimal information needed goes through the real-time servers. From strokes being 66% lighter than before and optimized, to splitting them when they become too dense.
🐛 Elements that were moved from a remote device ended up in different places.
🐛 The app was lagging on certain Windows OS languages.
🐛 The mural dancing animation was appearing when starting a voting session.
💪 The 2019 calendars are up and the older ones were removed
🐛 Remote drawings were appearing with a white box, which blocked the UI (and looked really bad).
🐛 Smart inking popup was showing up on Free Inking mode.
🐛 Some other minor crash and bug fixes.
We are adding two 3rd party sub processors, and we want to keep you in the loop. We will start using:
1) Drift (https://www.drift.com) to connect with our biggest clients more efficiently.
2) Periscope (https://www.periscope.com) as our business intelligence tool.
You won't notice any change at all in the usage of MURAL. We also want to inform you about the following page: https://mural.co/terms/subprocessors. We encourage you to subscribe to this page to have the latest news about our sub processors.
🐛 The app would freeze when you drew too much.
🙌 Do you have a new Apple Pencil? If you double-tap on the mural while drawing with your Pencil, we will change the pen to an eraser. You can change your Pencil behavior in the iOS Settings menu, including swapping between pens, opening the color picker, or just ignoring the gesture.
🙌 Adding links to your mural is now super easy. Just copy the link from any app and click in the mural to paste. We will create a link element if you pasted an URL, a sticky if it's a short text, or a text-box if it's longer.
🙌 You can now undo your drawings from the top bar.
💪 We're making MURAL Scan better and better, and we are getting closer! We've changed the way we detect sticky notes to better scan stickies the first time and prevent manual corrections. We fixed a bug that caused stickies to be duplicated.
💪 The "Done" button is in the top bar while editing, so it is easier to spot.
💪 The edition bars at the bottom were behind the home bar in the latest iPad.
💪 Navigating between comments with the arrows wasn't working.
🙌 If you want to use a large touch screen device in a shared space with MURAL, you can now change your device to "Public use" from the settings menu.
💪 Easily access to the "labs" section and the "device information" section from the new "About this device" menu under settings.
💪 Getting ready for the new shapes that will come along really soon.
🐛 Some murals were crashing when opened due to broken elements.
🐛 We're now using a new real-time sockets authentication protocol.
🙌 You can now add any element to the Outline. Before, only areas could be added. This will open up the possibility for facilitators and participants to take advantage of the mural and lead/ follow in a clear and organized way. This has been enable in selected workspaces only.
🙌 You can send users directly to any element in the Outline so participants land exactly where they’re supposed to (same restrictions as above)
🙌 If you have a published template, you can now edit it without having to duplicate it. Only available in selected workspaces.
🙌 Some g2k workspaces in trial now have a “request demo” button in the dashboard.
💪 We Added a visual division between the left sidebars and the mural.
💪 The Outline button now appears in templates, so you can browse the Outline of any template to see how it’s used.
💪 There were some visual improvements done to the Outline and the Presentation Mode button.
💪 The Outline can be navigated with arrow keys to move between steps easier
💪 we made a significant series of enhancements to the workspace member list. Now with a more discoverable `more actions` icon. Trash can icon is back where it was too.
💪 The Microsoft Surface Hub is now treated as a special member type and it can't be converted into a guest.
💪 Active/Archived Murals dropdown menu now has now an on-hover state.
🐛 You could go back to the dashboard before your latest changes were saved, and sometimes this caused some content to be lost. Now we will show you an alert, so you'll have to wait until everything is saved.
🐛 Sometimes the "Saving...." feedback would stay forever, even after successfully saving the mural.
🐛 Resizing multiple groups failed if they contained text elements.
🐛 The Confidential Rooms tag was not aligned correctly inside the canvas.
🐛 The mural shouldn't freeze in "Trying to reconnect" anymore.
🐛 The timer doesn’t stop when facilitator tries to add time with 1 second left.
:🐛 The padding around the timer for non-facilitators is now consistent with other padding in the top bar.
🐛 Forgot password screen - We did some text updates to add a bit more clarity.
🐛 We Fixed a bug where you could save a workspace settings without an email address.
🐛 We worked on with some accessibility fixes.
🖥 We've updated MURAL to the latest web libraries (RN 15.6 and more)
🖥 The Automatic visual testing with Storybook is now running daily.
🖥 We fixed errors that appeared in the console when anyone entered anonymously
🖥 We cleaned up the code for voting and mural dropdown so it’s easier to work with in the
🖥 We removed some unused backend operations.
🙌 Keep up the momentum: *you can now open linked murals in-app*! When you embed a mural into another, and you double click it, the mural will open in the same app rather than in the browser.
🙌 We are displaying much more accurate error messages, so you know exactly why a mural is failing to load or why you can't create murals in a specific Surface Hub, for example.
🙌 We tweaked and polished up the smart inking experience. Don't forget to play around with it :slightly_smiling_face:
🙌 Getting stickies and text ready to show their attached link.
🐛 The Surface Hub wasn't auto-following when a collaborator made a follow request.
🙌 Struggling to load your murals? With this update, we reduced the memory usage by 25%! We also fixed a memory spike that made the app crash when opening some of the heaviest murals.
🙌 Keep up the momentum: you can now open linked murals in-app! When you embed a mural into another, and you double click it, the mural will open in the same app rather than in the browser.
💪 Getting stickies and text ready to show their attached link; as well as rendering the new upcoming shapes.
💪Do you have a new iPad Pro? We polished up the app so it looks great on it.
🐛 Images added from the app appeared at the bottom of the mural, rather than on top.
🐛 There were some syncing issues while drawing on a sticky note, realtime collaborators didn't see exactly what you were drawing.
🐛 Some file previews were not rendering correctly.
🐛 As usual, we killed lots of other tiny bugs
🙌 Sticky notes are great to synthesize concepts. But, sometimes you just need to add a little more context. That’s why you can now attach a link directly to a sticky.
🙌 You can now sort murals by creation date.
💪 We made a significant refactor that should improve real time connectivity.
💪 Expanded the mural a bit too much? You can now undo and redo to retrieve the latest size.
💪 Comments won’t block arrange and distribute options anymore, woohoo!
💪 The shortcuts sidebar is now fully accessible for keyboard-only users.
💪 We improved the padding in the Outline so that it's pretty for our upcoming Activities release
💪 No one really wanted the pre-populated caption that appeared on searched images, so we removed it.
💪 Member list - We added new interactions to it. When you select some (but not all) rows on a page, you will now see a “-“ (minus) in the bulk checkbox. If you click on it, it will unselect all selected rows.
💪 Member List - Inactive members/guests will now appear with their avatar gray-scaled and a bit more transparent than active users.
💪 Member List - When downloading the CSV, the invited by field used to have a username. Now it will contain that user’s email address.
💪 Accessibility - the share modal has now been fully redesigned in terms of accessibility.
💪 Transfer content ownership - When transferring someone’s content, unshared murals within private rooms weren’t being transferred. Now, all content will be transferred to the designated user.
💪 Deleting Rooms - We added a validation that will check if a room is empty or not when you try to delete it. If it has murals in it, it will let you know how many murals you are about to delete and will ask for your confirmation before allowing you to delete the room.
🐛 There was no way to remove a link from an image or sticky, the clear button wasn’t working as expected.
🐛 A sticky would lose its attached link when changing its format.
🐛 The connectors stayed behind the content when organizing to an area.
🐛 The link to a specific mural’s element was missing the initial "https://“, which other apps didn't recognize as a hyperlink.
🐛 The title element would lose the text cursor when changing its font or background color.
🐛 The file’s image would reload each time it appeared on screen again after panning or zooming.
🐛 When deleting an element while moving it around, it stayed as a ghost widget for the other online collaborators.
🐛 Changing the stickies' type would detach their connected lines and arrows.
🐛 Sidebar and top-bar menus were accessible by using `tab` during draw mode.
🐛 File upload wasn't working in IE11 on Windows 10.
🐛 The canvas top-bar and side-bar where not actionable when the performance warning was on screen (1000+ elements).
🐛 If there are no votes cast during a voting session, closing the session will just end the session instead of showing you the results from the previous session
🙌 Smart inking: If you want to create perfect shapes and connectors, just change the drawing mode from Free Inking to Auto Shape. You can also create titles by selecting the Smart Text option and by drawing with the pen tool.
💪 Brightcove videos can also be played from inside the mural.
💪 Want to quickly connect your ideas together? Switch to Auto Shape and draw a line between them. If your drawing includes an end arrow, we will automatically change it to the correct type of connector.
🐛 We fixed a large number of bugs.
🙌 Participating in a collaborative session? You will now be aware of the remaining time, and also be summoned by the facilitator.
🙌 Find your murals faster! Access your recent and favorite murals directly from the dashboard.
💪 Never lose track of the big picture while adding sticky notes. Hitting Done will bring you back to your previous zoom level, so you can see everything as you left it off.
💪 To open locked files, just click on them and use the Open option in the context menu.
💪 You can now zoom out to see the complete mural, even the larger ones and in small screens.
🐛 The mural wouldn't respond well to remote changes of size.
🐛 We will not create lines and dots anymore when you were trying to zoom into a sticky while editing.
🐛 As usual, we killed a lot of bugs and work hard on improving performance and connectivity.
🙌 Did you need just a bit more canvas space? Go to the edge of the mural and pull to expand!
🙌 Sort your murals by newly created!… or oldest, if you are dusting ye olde Murals.
💪 Are you curious to know the real dimensions of your mural? Check out the size conversions (to feet, meters, and human scale) in mural settings.
💪 Check out our new shortcuts list to become a MURAL pro.
💪 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 for 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 the archived.
💪 Some accessibility enhancements to improve 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 sign in and not to the appropriate page. Now it's fixed and links are getting you to where you were supposed to go.
🐛 When you deleted your only workspace, and pressed the back button, you would get a “Not found” message. We fixed this.
🐛 After a voting session, the toolbar would overlap selected elements 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.