MURAL Product Changes

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  • πŸ™Œ New Features
  • πŸ’ͺ Enhancements
  • πŸ› Bugs

Jan 11, 2019

Add links to sticky notes and manage members faster

Web Release

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ™Œ You can now sort murals byΒ creation date.

πŸ’ͺ We made a significant refactor that should improve real time connectivity.

πŸ’ͺ Expanded the mural a bit too much? You can now undo and redo to retrieve the latest size.

πŸ’ͺ Comments won’t block arrange and distribute options anymore, woohoo!

πŸ’ͺ The shortcuts sidebar is now fully accessible for keyboard-only users.

πŸ’ͺ We improved the padding in the Outline so that it's pretty for our upcoming Activities release

πŸ’ͺ No one really wanted the pre-populated caption that appeared on searched images, so we removed it.

πŸ’ͺ Member list - We added new interactions to it. When you select some (but not all) rows on a page, you will now see a β€œ-β€œ (minus) in the bulk checkbox. If you click on it, it will unselect all selected rows.

πŸ’ͺ Member List - Inactive members/guests will now appear with their avatar gray-scaled and a bit more transparent than active users.

πŸ’ͺ Member List - When downloading the CSV, the invited by field used to have a username. Now it will contain that user’s email address.

πŸ’ͺ Accessibility - the share modal has now been fully redesigned in terms of accessibility.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ› There was no way to remove a link from an image or sticky, the clear button wasn’t working as expected.

πŸ› A sticky would lose its attached link when changing its format.

πŸ› The connectors stayed behind the content when organizing to an area.

πŸ› The link to a specific mural’s element was missing the initial "https://β€œ, which other apps didn't recognize as a hyperlink.

πŸ› The title element would lose the text cursor when changing its font or background color.

πŸ› The file’s image would reload each time it appeared on screen again after panning or zooming.

πŸ› When deleting an element while moving it around, it stayed as a ghost widget for the other online collaborators.

πŸ› Changing the stickies' type would detach their connected lines and arrows.

πŸ› Sidebar and top-bar menus were accessible by using `tab` during draw mode.

πŸ› File upload wasn't working in IE11 on Windows 10.

πŸ› The canvas top-bar and side-bar where not actionable when the performance warning was on screen (1000+ elements).

πŸ› 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

Dec 5, 2018

Windows 1.45

Windows Release

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ’ͺ Brightcove videos can also be played from inside the mural.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ› We fixed a large number of bugs.

Dec 3, 2018

iOS 1.48

iOS Release

πŸ™Œ Participating in a collaborative session? You will now be aware of the remaining time, and also be summoned by the facilitator.

πŸ™Œ Find your murals faster! Access your recent and favorite murals directly from the dashboard.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ To open locked files, just click on them and use the Open option in the context menu.

πŸ’ͺ You can now zoom out to see the complete mural, even the larger ones and in small screens.

πŸ› The mural wouldn't respond well to remote changes of size.

πŸ› We will not create lines and dots anymore when you were trying to zoom into a sticky while editing.

πŸ› As usual, we killed a lot of bugs and work hard on improving performance and connectivity.

Nov 14, 2018

Resize murals from the edge and add content faster

Web Release

πŸ™Œ Did you need just a bit more canvas space? Go to the edge of the mural and pull to expand!

πŸ™Œ Sort your murals by newly created!… or oldest, if you are dusting ye olde Murals.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ Check out our new shortcuts list to become a MURAL pro.

πŸ’ͺ Synthesizing a brainstorming is now faster! Change both drawing and text stickies background color in the same selection.

πŸ’ͺ Alerts are looking prettier, they are all following our latest design guidelines.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ Some accessibility enhancements to improve the existing experience.

πŸ’ͺ Choosing a template from the Template section will open it in a new tab so it’s easier to keep browsing

πŸ’ͺ The "Cheat Sheet" will replace the tutorial video for first-time collaborators when they enter their first mural.

πŸ’ͺ Only other facilitators will be able to unlock what facilitators lock down so collaborators can’t mess up their murals.

πŸ› The order of the items in the Outline will now be saved correctly in Firefox.

πŸ› If you’re the only one voting, you won’t see the β€œThere are still people voting” popup if you end your voting session with remaining votes.

πŸ› 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.

πŸ› When you deleted your only workspace, and pressed the back button, you would get a β€œNot found” message. We fixed this.

πŸ› After a voting session, the toolbar would overlap selected elements in the mural.

πŸ› Elements that are inside a framework disappeared when you moved the framework.

πŸ› Sometimes, double click to edit failed in Chrome.

πŸ› When double clicking really close to a sticky note, we created a new sticky that would overlap with the one in the mural.

πŸ› We weren't showing a hand cursor when hovering over the mural's dropdown, which made it look broken.

πŸ› Some line-breaks on text boxes were not applying correctly.

Nov 13, 2018

Windows v1.44.11

Windows Release

πŸ› We improved the way we track connectivity issues, so we can better understand what's causing certain bugs.
πŸ› "Send To Hub" was not working in a specific scenarios, we fixed it.

Oct 23, 2018

Custom mural sizes and security

Web Release

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ If you want to change the mural's size or color, quickly access the settings modal from the right-click menu.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

Oct 10, 2018

Windows v1.44

Windows Release

πŸ™Œ Videos can now be played inside the mural, like in the web app (YouTube and Vimeo for now. Brightcove coming next).

πŸ’ͺ 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).

πŸ’ͺ We became a little smarter detecting lines, and we won't show the conversion toolbar when drawing a doodle.

πŸ› When duplicating an image, one of them where not appearing anymore when re loaded.

πŸ› Sometimes dragging and dropping an element from the sidebar menu didn't behave well.

πŸ› Icons could get pixelated when scaled.

πŸ› Files footer wasn't rendering correctly.

πŸ› First stroke was showing a selection box.

Oct 4, 2018

Favorite and recently opened murals

Web Release

πŸ™Œ Recently Opened Murals! Your last 32 opened murals will appear in this section in the dashboard.

πŸ™Œ Favorite Murals! Star yourΒ favoriteΒ murals, and find them in the "Favorite murals" section in the dashboard!

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ™Œ We're trying out a new On-boarding flow for new users, that we think you'll love.

πŸ™Œ Need a vertical mural? There are two brand new mural sizes: *Vertical 2x* and *Vertical 3x*!

πŸ™Œ Spellcheck finally works inside text boxes.

πŸ’ͺ We changed the confusing `Follow me` wording to just say `Follow` when someone requests to be followed.

πŸ’ͺ We added the user status (active/inactive) to the workspace member list export (download as csv).

πŸ’ͺ The top bar is now responsive, it won't break with resizing or opening the sidebars anymore.

πŸ’ͺ We are working on making drawing on a computer as easy as it can be. Drawings are now smoother than before.

πŸ’ͺ The mini-map has a new look! It now adapts to different mural sizes without taking up a lot of real state.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ Alerts inside the mural now follow our latest design guidelines.

πŸ’ͺ The widget's toolbar appears and disappears with a beautiful animation.

πŸ’ͺ Enjoy the performance boost when zoomed into a sector of a huge mural.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ› 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.

πŸ› When editing a sticky note, the text would sometimes crop on Chrome browsers.

πŸ› Shapes borders looked really bad in Edge and IE.

πŸ› When switching the sticky note's size, you couldn't type in it anymore without re-selecting it.

πŸ› Double clicking when the eraser inside draw mode would create a sticky note.

Oct 3, 2018

iOS 1.46

iOS Release

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ’ͺ We've been working hard on fixing all sync issues, so you're always up to date when collaborating realtime.

πŸ’ͺ Mural thumbnails now load faster than ever.

πŸ’ͺ Added some missing titles and buttons to the dashboard menus.

πŸ› You may have noticed that the app logged out automatically. We fixed it.

πŸ› If you tapped the screen while drawing, the stroke used to disappear.

πŸ› Some screens were not looking pretty on an iPhone X.

πŸ› As usual, we fixed tons of bug and crashes.

Sep 28, 2018

Accessibility and Keyboard Navigation

Web Release

πŸ™Œ 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.

Sep 13, 2018

Discover and join open workspaces within your company

Web Release

πŸ™Œ If enabled, people will be able to find, join and request invitations to open workspaces from the same company.

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ’ͺ Enjoy the performance boost when zoomed into a sector of a huge mural.

πŸ› The Windows and iOS app used to hang on "Trying to reconnect". This shouldn't happen anymore.

Sep 11, 2018

iOS 1.45

iOS Release

πŸ› Images uploaded with the iOS app were not always being displayed in the web and windows versions of the app.

Aug 31, 2018

Convert Guests to Members, Pop-out elements, and Accessibility

Web Release

πŸ™Œ 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!

πŸ™Œ You can finally add grouped elements to both free and grid areas!

πŸ™Œ 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).

πŸ™Œ Multi-workspace release 2 - We are now allowing people to request to join a workspace. This feature is enabled on demand.

πŸ™Œ Accessibility! Now the dashboard is navigable by using the keyboard!

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ Work faster by exiting both Move and Draw Mode using `esc`.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ We've added more beautiful transitions! All menus and tooltips now appear with a subtle fade in and out.

πŸ’ͺ Added transitions and animations to dropdown menus.

πŸ› Comments don't get sent anymore when clicking outside the thread without saving.

πŸ› Sticky note's text wasn't centered if the sticky was smaller than the default size.

πŸ› Unlocking a group would just select an element instead of the group.

πŸ› Scaling alignment wasn't working inside free layout areas.

πŸ› Sometimes many operations would revert when wanting to undo just one change. We tackle one of those issues.

πŸ› Even if you changed the image of a private url link to a public one, the image wasn't showing on refresh.

πŸ› Some tooltips were appearing when closing a menu (like timer and voting menus).

πŸ› Toolbar used to awkwardly move on hover when the element was on one of the screen edges.

πŸ› Color dropdown looked broken on Windows devices where the PCs screen scale wasn't the default.

πŸ› Resize of multiple groups had a wrong minimum size.

πŸ› If a comment was linked to a group's element, it used to get lost when ungrouping.

πŸ› You were able to move connectors while drawing.

πŸ› Some alignment issues were fixed on all member list tables.

πŸ› Wrong checkbox status when loading member list page. Now the bulk select should work, and behave as usual.

πŸ› Some other visual bugs generated by accessibility have been fixed.

Aug 27, 2018

New 3rd party sub processor: NomNom

Web Release

πŸ’» We are adding a new 3rd party sub processor, and we want to keep you in the loop. We will start using NomNom ( 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.

Aug 22, 2018

Windows v1.41

Windows Release

πŸ™Œ Forget about taking turns to draw in the Surface Hub, you can now ideate together using both pens at the same time!

πŸ™Œ When a facilitator decides to summon everyone, the Surface Hub and Studio will also follow and notify what happened

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ If you are missing a compatible stylus, you can activate the "Draw by hand" mode in the Surface Hub.

πŸ’ͺ All mural modals follow the same guideline, looking cohesive and polished.

πŸ› Fixes multiple parsing and rendering text boxes errors.

πŸ› Hitting enter to finish editing a sticky note also triggered the exit button.

πŸ› Exiting a mural when editing or creating content (like drawings) wasn't being saved.

πŸ› As usual, we killed multiple annoying bugs.

Aug 18, 2018

iOS v1.43

iOS Release

πŸ™Œ You can now add any element to the mural: titles, icons, shapes and connectors.

πŸ™Œ Import images faster by selecting multiple images from the library.

πŸ™Œ Huge increase of performance when moving elements inside a mural.

πŸ’ͺ We will automatically zoom you out when dropping large elements to the mural, so you can work comfortably.

πŸ’ͺ New elements added by tapping will align to nearby elements.

πŸ› The context menu didn't appear when tapping on an element, selection or mural.

πŸ› When drawing on the mural or a sticky note, sometimes you could lose strokes.

πŸ› Editing the text of titles or areas would randomly move the viewport of the mural.

πŸ› Sometimes the selection marquee would appear on screen when trying to zoom.

πŸ› The resync warning was showing up every time you came back to the app.

πŸ› Transparent button on format bar was broken.

Aug 8, 2018

Pinch to zoom in Safari, shortcuts, copy and paste in place, and templates in homepage

Web Release

πŸ™Œ Safari user? Great news: you can now pinch to zoom just like in Chrome and Firefox.

πŸ™Œ Work faster when copy and pasting. The pasted elements now appear where your cursor is, instead of somewhere over the screen.

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ™Œ 14 day expiration policy is now optional! Enabled by default, but can now be disabled from workspace’s settings.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ We love we are international, and we want to assure everyone can use MURAL equally. Hebrew and - russian text will now appear in exports.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ The mural's right click menu now has a beautiful animation.

πŸ› We fixed several IE/Edge issues when editing a sticky note.

πŸ› Sometimes grouping elements would mess up z index.

πŸ› Some arrows would remain on top of elements that were sent to front specifically.

πŸ› We found out why sometimes the browser zoom was off when entering a mural, it shouldn't happen anymore.

πŸ› When you enter a mural will 1000 elements, you will see a warning. It used to block the topbar and disable the sidebar.

πŸ› The file sometimes look broken and wasn’t showing the preview.

πŸ› If you were editing a text element and needed to open the mural’s context menu, the browser menu would show up instead.

πŸ› The activity feed used to turn all black when trying to show a huge drawing.

πŸ› Loading a mural would glitch, and it didn't look nice.

Jul 25, 2018

Windows v1.36

Windows Release

πŸ™Œ 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.

πŸ’ͺ Lock your drawings and rest assured that nobody is going to erase them by mistake with the back of the pen.

πŸ› Some elements weren't appearing when sent to the Hub, but they did on other devices.

πŸ› You weren't able to edit elements that were added to locked frameworks.

πŸ› We killed *lots* of tiny bugs.

Jul 17, 2018

Deactivation, Multi-workspace onboarding release 1, and zoom to elements

Web Release

πŸ™Œ Member / Guest deactivation

πŸ™Œ Multi-workspace Release 1

πŸ™Œ Want to zoom into a specific element or selection? Use the new selection toolbar option to directly focus on them with no manual zooming.

πŸ’ͺ 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)

πŸ’ͺ 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).

πŸ’ͺ Enjoy the performance boost when zoomed into a sector of a huge mural (only for murally-org team, let us know what you think)

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ› Fixed multiple issues around exports, like file preview and shapes border not showing up.

πŸ› 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).

πŸ› Entering drawing mode using D shortcut didn’t close any right menu tab.

πŸ› Fitting to content using a shortcut inside drawing mode didn’t work as expected.

πŸ› Pasting a text with Japanese characters broke the mural (Sumimasen!)

πŸ› August 2018 calendar in Frameworks section had some day numbers missing.

πŸ› Using some F keys, like F15, would write it as a text in some elements.

πŸ› Shapes borders used to change depending on the zoom, now it always respect it’s size. (edited)

Jul 17, 2018

Windows v1.357

Windows Release

πŸ’ͺ 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.

πŸ’ͺ 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.

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