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HipChat Server Support

Good news for HipChat server users. Now Sketchboard.io for HipChat supports HipChat Server instances as well. To install Sketchboard.io Slash command on your HipChat server, go to your Group admin pages and select Integrations tab. Your HipChat Server instance should be addressable and not behind firewall. Until there is an official HipChat server listing for Sketchboard.io Slash command you can already install add on using an integration descriptor.

Organize and Group Sketches

Good news for heavy weight Sketchboard users. For quite some time, users have requested a way to organize or link boards. Tag feature is the first step to provide a bit of both. Tags make: easier to find boards group boards together switch quickly between related boards Group and Find boards Tags are similar to folders with the exception that the hierarchy is flat. Group related work together like marketing, technical and user interface design boards together, or bundle sketches based on users working with them.

Markdown Links and Shape Link Indicator

We have heard you and linking external web pages or Sketchboard.io boards should be improved. Markdown Links Users have requested markdown shapes to support links. It definitely makes possible to write more rich content. Open markdown editor by double clicking e.g. a Note shape. Select text Click link icon or press Cmd+L (Mac) or Ctrl+L (Win/Linux) Write link name inside [Google Search] and URL inside (http://google.com**)** After you have closed markdown editor, only link name is shown.

How to prevent CDN caching your updated JavaScript files

It is very annoying when you have updated your JavaScript files and then browser or some other caching entity caches your files and your latest changes are not there. I have tried to prevent this happening by hashing JavaScript file names manually, but process was very error prone. Therefore process was automated with small helper called Minish. When you change JavaScript files to be loaded from CDN to provide faster application load time.

Sketchboard Meets Real-time Presentation

We have always liked how Impress.js allows you to keep presentation using an endless canvas. Impress.js mindset is close to Sketchboard using endless canvas, that we wanted provide a way to use impress.js directly from Sketchboard’s online whiteboard. The presentation mode just touches the features of impress.js, and Sketchboard provides experimental simplified way to slide through your board right in Sketchboard. One potential use case could be to quickly go through a board content with your team, without a need to setup a proper presentation using e.

All New Shapes with Search

Happy to introduce a bunch of new shapes, new context menu with shape search. Until now Sketchboard.io have had a limited set of shapes. That has worked quite well, though from time to time there are requests to new shapes. It is always possible to describe entities with boxes and it is still one of the fastest way to sketch your ideas, but sometimes it is more fun to have shapes that looks like the entity.

Sketch Gallery

Sketch Gallery is a new service that supports a way to share how you think about Sketch Design. Share how you approach problems by sketching. Site is like GitHub for public projects, get inspired or inspire others. You can publish sketches through Sketchboard.io. Sketchboard.io supports public and private boards. Public boards are automatically published on Sketch Gallery. Private boards can be manually published from the menu “Publish on Gallery”. Private boards are never published automatically.

Sketchboard API

Create Board Creates a board and shares the board on a default team of the user. POST https://sketchboard.me/api/v1/board/new/:application_secret_key Header Content-Type: application/json Parameters NameDescription user_email Required User in Sketchboard.io service. Board will be created on a user_email default team and always shared between team members even if board_password is given. board_name Name of the board to be created. add_users Users to be added on user_email default team.

Search Sketch Diagrams

Paper sketches are best for understanding and communicating with others. There are still some problems with paper sketches especially from search perspective. Paper sketches get lost easily. This is due that paper sketches are thrown away and to support creative thinking. Most of the time it is even good thing that those get lost. On the other hand, sometimes you want to find your old creative ideas. E.g. you might create ideas before you actually work with the idea.

Sketching Linked Ideas Quickly

Do you feel that you could create related ideas faster, but tools slow you down? You want to create ideas and link them fast. Most of the time you need to create nodes separately and draw connection between them, lot’s of clicking, typing and drawing connections. Could be little bit tedious job. Sketchboard.io is also guilty for this kind of behavior, so users have requested to have possibility to create linked ideas quickly.

3 Steps to Sketch Design

Sketch Design helps you and your team to focus and orientate quickly to a story at hand. It helps you to better understand problems related to the story. It supports thinking what kind of tasks are related, which concludes to a better story estimation, e.g. as story points. Ultimately you’ll get a better feature implementation and expectations are communicated well to different stakeholders. Sketch User Interface ——– Sketch user interface could be many things.

Never Lose Sketch Design Again

At first I thought that versions might not be important for Sketchboard. Since Sketchboard concentrates creating sketches and concepts, not final products. Originally version control feature was added to the backlog due to “Three reasons why wireframing tools suck.” as a potential feature candidate. How wrong was I, there are many situations that versions are good for sketch diagrams and especially for concepts. I still wanted to have a proof that it is important for Sketchboard users, not to implement a complex feature that is not significant for them.