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🙌We want your collaboration experience to be the best it can be, so we are working hard to improve it every day. Collaborators will see your changes faster, since we reduced by half the amount of information we were sending through the real-time channel.
🙌 Hide and reveal steps in the Outline! For facilitators only - now you don’t have to lock shapes down in front of activities you don’t want participants to see yet.
🙌 Add Instructions to steps the Outline so it’s easier to consume murals with instructions. Murals published as templates will reflect instructions in template form, too! Only available to selected users.
🙌 Edit templates you’ve published when you need to update them based on learnings and best practices.
💪Only facilitators can edit the Outline (add instructions, change the order, add and remove elements, etc.)
💪Frameworks and areas won't be added automatically to the Outline anymore - now it will be a place where people can create a custom "guide" through their canvases.
💪If you’re going through the Outline in a mural, anyone following you will see the same step open in the Outline so they can see what you’re seeing.
💪Longer voting session names are now more legible (we added back the tooltip and increased the minimum number of visible characters)
💪You can modify the canvas size while editing templates now.
💪Selecting multiple elements works way faster than before. No more laggy marquee selections.
💪Creating straight lines is easier than before, just remember to hit the SHIFT while dragging to force a line.
💪You can now use the Platform Business Design framework, created by SAP, from the Business tab.
💪The calendars for 2020, 2021, 2022 are now available as frameworks.
💪The request reactivation email used to take you to the workspace member list. Now it takes you directly to the Pending Requests page.
💪You can now favorite a mural from within the canvas itself (upper menu).
💪Any workspace admin from a company with more than 1,000 employees can request a demo directly from the workspace dashboard.
💪We fixed the survey to collect information from users who are deleting their workspace.
💪Made improvements to the callouts and their logic so they’re easier for us to work with.
💪We added the antivirus tech support for files added to editable templates.
🐛Sometimes images would appear in low-resolution and wouldn't update until adding a new element and zooming into the image.
🐛Guests were able to access Mural Settings through the context menu even though they couldn't make any change.
🐛A ghost sticky would appear in a canvas if a collaborator deleted it right after it was moved.
🐛We disabled pan and pinch gestures on sidebars and menus so that the browser won’t zoom in or go back to the dashboard when it wasn’t expected.
🐛The top bar wasn't responding well to changes of size, specially when opening a sidebar.
🐛The open button for locked elements had a delay response when hovering it.
🐛Duplicating with ALT and undoing would leave the new elements on top of the original element, instead of deleting it.
🐛The MSFT teams toolbar had an UI error.
🐛Modal’s descriptions can’t be expanded manually anymore.
🐛Duplicating a mural with the timer running doesn’t duplicate the timer.
🐛CREATE LINK button in the SHARE modal for templates only appears for people who have permission.
🐛Outline order will always save correctly.
🐛Feedback that shows you where you left off in the Outline is now working correctly.
🐛Longer voting session names are now more legible.
🐛Editable template’s titles don’t appear in Italic anymore.
🙌Loading a mural with tons of images? You will now see a 50% memory performance improvement, making the app faster and more reliable.
🙌Canvas re-sync time after a disconnection is now way quicker.
💪Getting ready for all new facilitation features, like hiding and revealing outline elements so collaborators won't peek on upcoming activities.
💪We're not showing the default image caption anymore after an image is dropped.
🐛Some collaborators actions could get lost while the device was in the middle of a re-sync or while being opened. Not anymore.
🐛 An element could start flickering if moved by two devices at the same time.
🐛 Entering a mural as view-only would still allow you to edit and would then kick you out.
🙌 Opening the app for the first time? You can now choose between public or private use.
💪 You can now clear your session when using a Touchscreen Device in public mode, so nobody can open your murals when you leave the room.
🐛 When trying to log in you could sometimes land on a white screen.
🐛 Youtube videos didn't display inside the mural.
🐛 Some shapes weren't showing the correct text color if they contained transparency.
🐛 Using the Smart Draw tools would cancel the Draw by Hand mode after the first detection.
🐛 Creating a new account was broken, leaving you in an infinite loading screen.
🙌 Company settings: Enterprise Network customers can now replicate their own set of policies on some/all of their company workspaces from the company settings interface. For example, they can disable features such as allowing members to invite anonymous users or the chat.
🙌 Multi-Tenancy: Enterprise Network customers can now store their data on an independent isolated encrypted database.
🙌 You can now add multiple selections to the Outline directly and save yourself tool time setting up a mural!
🙌 Recover lost areas, connectors, and draw stickies directly from the Activity Feed.
🙌 Need to use Adobe Acrobat or Reader to open exports? You will now receive a scaled PDF in the export email that opens on all Adobe software.
🙌 Adding compatibility with Windows 10 High Contrast Mode. Users with low vision or vision impairment can now take full advantage of MURAL.
💪 All templates show the descriptions on hover so you don't have to guess what they should be used for.
💪 Global templates don't show the :mural: avatar anymore so titles are more legible
💪 The blue feedback in areas only shows when new elements are added, not when elements inside the area are moved around.
💪 We added educational callouts to show the Outline in templates.
💪 Easy Extend Trial Button: All free trial workspaces will be able to automatically extend the trial 5 more days when reaching the end of the trial.
💪 + sign to Invite: Users will see a + sign beside their avatar (even when navigating alone) that will open the invite module when clicked.
💪 Updated loaders when entering guides and templates.
💪 Re-added the Icebreakers category to the template categories so facilitators can find them easily.
🐛 Moving multiple elements with the arrow keys would freeze the browser.
🐛 PNG exports now look the same than PDF exports, so many bugs were fixed in the process. PNG exports might be lower resolution than before.
🐛 Creating elements with a shortcut would add multiple if you hold it for a couple of seconds.
🐛 The entire Outline doesn’t get selected when navigating with tab in Firefox anymore.
🐛 Fixed a bug that occurred when deleting an area while you edit a template.
💪 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.