Changelog
Discover the latest changes and improvements to Almanac.
In-Doc Voting and an Improved Review View
In-Doc Voting and an Improved Review View

Vote-by-doc now available

Poll your team on different proposals, unify your "+1s" for easy sorting... the possibilities are endless with our brand new Vote List! Vote Lists can be added to your documents today via the toolbar or / menu. Once your list has been voted on, you can easy sort the list to bring the best ideas to the top.

Improved reviews cards

We've updated your view on Reviews as both a requester and recipient to always provide a clear view into any state your Review Request may be in. Check out the new look today by starting a Review or Approval Request on your documents!

Quality of life

We fixed a bug where public documents where requiring a password when shared in certain cases

We've updated your experience for using keyboard controls in a comment or task

  • Enter or ⌘ + Enter will always create / update the Task or Comment
  • Shift + Enter will add a new line or new list item when you are inside a list

Bug Fixes
Bug Fixes

No one likes bugs in their software, so this week we shipped a bunch of fixes to get rid of the most annoying ones:

  • We've updated the document activity behavior for when a Layer has been merged. Now, when clicking on a history event where a Layer was merged, you will see the diff view of the document changes from the layer.
  • We've made improvements to document Clean Up mode to include all comments from before and during a Review.
  • We've added the ability to complete all tasks and resolve all comments in one action in Clean Up mode.
  • We've fixed a bug where the file name menu bar would stay open while typing in a document. It will now only display when clicked or hovered on.
  • We've added tooltips to the document toolbar buttons to provide more context on the actions and their keyboard shortcuts.
  • We've fixed a bug where the enter key was no longer usable for selecting items in the @​ menu.
  • We've fixed a bug where the document emoji was occasionally uncentered with the document title.

Improvement
Marvelous mentions and new Reviews filters
Marvelous mentions and new Reviews filters

Mentions are better than ever with customizable cards and frame previews

Now when mentioning another document or person within a document, you can create dynamic views on this information. Add custom backgrounds, include a full glimpse into a related document, and so much more. You can easily switch back and forth between mentioning a document inline as text or giving it some visual zest as a card or frame view. Try it out today using the @ menu!

Recently-ended reviews

You can now filter your Reviews to see those that recently ended in the past week, helping you to easily access any you may have just missed or quickly navigate to the latest doc you sent out for your peers' feedback.

Quality of life

  • We've fixed a bug where users with email addresses that contain special characters would receive incorrect password reset links.
  • The Reviews counter in your left sidebar will now always match the correct number of outstanding Reviews you have.
  • We've simplified your options when copying a document and the naming convention of copied documents.
  • We've improved the experience for checking if a URL is valid when creating a Review on a document outside of Almanac.
Improvement
Emoji reactions, a simple way to act on doc feedback, and insights on your Reviews
Emoji reactions, a simple way to act on doc feedback, and insights on your Reviews

🤯🤩 Emoji reactions come to comments

Acknowledging a comment is now easier than ever. You can react to comments with any emoji you choose, or quick react with a 👍 to let your colleagues know you've seen their inputs.

Some of Team Almanac's favorites: 🏄‍♀️ 🤙 🤯

Fall Cleaning

Fear your boss' 100 comment and 30 Tracked Changes Reviews no more. With the new Clean Up mode, you can breeze through feedback from all your reviewers in one focused mode. You can also track for progress until you reach that coveted 💯 percent completion.

Updated view on your Reviews

The Reviews page now provides you with insights into your working progress, helping you keep track of your Review flow week-to-week. As well, we've updated your views on your assigned and requested Reviews to make it easy for you to quickly knock out Reviews or check the status of Reviews you've requested.

New Feature
The Almanac Fall 2022 Release
The Almanac Fall 2022 Release

Up-level your decision making with enhanced reviews, streamlined editing, simplified organization and so much more ✨

The Almanac team is proud to launch a suite of updates focused on making Almanac the best place for your company to make decisions and conquer process chaos:

  • An improved collaboration experience, elevating your review cycles while giving you more control over your redlining process.
  • A simplified company organization experience, bringing the power of handbooks to folders and helping you swiftly navigate your workspace.
  • A streamlined editing experience so you can focus on what matters most— drafting powerful proposals, PRDs, and contracts.

The video below provides an overview of all the updates as well as our Fall Release site.

Next-generation collaboration and reviews

Reviews are one of Almanac's most-loved features, so we added even more ways to power-up your review cycles, as well as cross-platform integrations to expand your Reviews-love beyond just Almanac docs.

You can now drive decisions—feedback, approvals, read receipts, and more—on all your favorite file types, no matter where they are created. Reduce process chaos by consolidating all your decisions in one place so you can continue moving your business forward.

Reviews can now be made on a variety of file types, such as Airtable bases, Google Docs, Figma files, and more, bringing the power of Reviews to all your workflows. Reviewers will be able to provide comments and approvals within Almanac. Have another tool you would like to see integrated? Reach out to us at [email protected]!

Sometimes, you want a private space to jot down your thoughts, collaborate with a colleague, or get a confidential review before sharing your changes with the broader team.

We've added the ability to edit and provide feedback on documents in a private layer of your main documents. Document Layers empower you to work within a private working space or to collaborate with a smaller set of stakeholders without changing the main document. The document creator can then easily accept and reject proposed feedback back into the main document.

Reviews drive our users' daily, weekly, and quarterly workflows, often with the same stakeholders and expected outcomes. To help you establish these consistent and repeatable processes, we've added the ability to create Review Templates. Review Templates let you standardize who should be involved in certain reviews, how long they should last, and who the final approver should be.

Finally, we updated the right sidebar to combine collaborative notifications like comments, tasks, and more into one place, allowing you to breeze through feedback and easily filter down to the most important commentary from key stakeholders.

Find flow in the new editing experience

Your most important work happens in Almanac docs, and we want you to experience focus and flow every time you write in Almanac.

To enable this, we simplified your editing experience to make it easier to access your most frequent actions and to visualize all the ways to up-level your document. The new toolbar focuses on just the essential tools for your writing, while the new insert menu in the sidebar lets you easily and quickly insert the elements you know and love. And as always, all elements are available via the / menu.

A clean, simple interface for powerful collaboration. Write with delight using our new toolbar which keeps essential tools for drafting front and center. Drag and drop from our new insert menu in the sidebar, which puts images, tables, @ mentions and more right where you need them.

Go from idea → impact with a new way to organize

You can now access your favorites, files, and folders from the left side of any screen for a streamlined, fast experience. This will allow you to easily view the broader context of a document you're reviewing or quickly navigate projects.

To add to the magic, folders now have all the functionality you know and love from Handbooks, under one simplified organization and permission model.

Dive into a folder to see all the related and relevant documents alongside your current work, customize folders with your logo and colors, share entire folders worth of content with others in a simple-to-navigate view, and publish to the world.