Changelog
Discover the latest changes and improvements to Almanac.
Improvement
Organize any project, and keep every document minty fresh
Organize any project, and keep every document minty fresh

Real-time Database views

Turn your Almanac Folders into Databases to visualize projects, processes, roadmaps, and more with custom properties and views. Databases now update in real-time, so everyone is always on the same page. Whether you're still in the planning stages or seeking transparency on project blockers and risks, Database views have you covered.

Anyone with edit access on a folder can create and manage multiple Database views that can be tailored for every stage of your project. Click the (+) while in a folder to add a new view, choose your layout, then filter, sort, or group to easily get the answers you need.

Build living documentation with Suggestions

Almanac handbooks now have Suggestions built in, so you can ensure your important company policies and team documentation are always current and accurate.

Any user with read/comment access on a handbook doc can suggest changes on a private Layer and submit a Review to the owner. Document editors get notified, and have the final say in which updates to approve and merge down.

Additionally, the document Activity Feed can now be filtered to only show merge events, providing a more focused view of how a document has changed over time.

An even better editor

Documents are the heart of Almanac, so we're excited to bring a suite of long-awaited improvements based on customer feedback.

We've updated both the formatting tab and formatting toolbar to give you access to what you need, when you need it, while editing your document.

Callouts and Quotes also have a fresh look, helping you to create effortlessly beautiful documents with highlighted content that stands out.

💡  Use the Slash menu to save time! Easily insert elements by entering / followed by the element you'd like to insert.

Track Changes on docs by default during Reviews

  • When you start a review on a doc, track changes will now be automatically turned on for your request recipients to ensure their proposed edits can be easily followed once it's time to merge down changes.

Quality of life improvements

  • We improved the experience for opening documents from the Table view of folders on mobile.
  • We fixed a bug causing some templates in Almanac Core to not display properly.
  • We cleaned up some small visual bugs appearing in the document's right sidebar.
  • We fixed a bug where invite links weren't working if the user signed in with Google.
Improvement
Transparent collaboration, made even better
Transparent collaboration, made even better

Know when your teammates are active in folders

It's easier than ever to know who is viewing your folders, boards, and databases. Just like in docs, your teammates' avatars now appear in the top right of a folder they are actively viewing.

See merged edits from layers in the Activity Feed

To make it crystal clear how a document reached its current state, we've made it easier to follow the paper trail of changes in Layers. Merged edits from Layers, including comments, now appear as an event in the Activity Feed.

Quality of life improvements

  • We sped up the performance of adding a property to a folder.
  • We resolved a set of issues causing comments to erroneously display "Commented text removed" when the commented-on text was still in the document.
  • We polished the experience of using Layers on a document.
  • We fixed a bug where the menu for editing hyperlinks on mobile devices displayed the desktop experience.
  • We resolved an issue where uploading a Workspace Avatar would sometimes not save properly.
Improvement
A more delightful editing experience
A more delightful editing experience

New quick action menu in the editor

To make it even faster to dynamically write in Almanac, our most frequently used elements are now just a tap away. Press the "+" on the left side of any new line to add tables, images, embeds, links, or access more options.

Enhanced Focus Mode

Removing distractions as you write is critical for getting into flow. We've enhanced Almanac's Focus Mode by adding an additional entry point at the bottom right of the screen, a faster way to ESC it, and hid even more of our interface so you can center your attention on what matters most.  

Quality of Life Improvements

  • You can now create docs faster inline by holding "Shift+enter" as you type a doc's name; the doc will be created without opening it, and your cursor will automatically move to the next line to add another doc.
  • We refined the selected state of our elements to make it easier on the eyes.
  • We fixed a bug where pressing delete after typing a comment in a table would remove the underlying text.
  • We fixed edge cases around finishing a review so that it always progresses a doc's status.
  • We improved the presence of how avatars display on document Layers.
  • We sped up performance for the Assigned property on Kanban boards.
  • Deleting a favorited doc now automatically removes it from the left sidebar's Favorites area.
  • Right clicking on a cell in a database now opens the options menu in the same place.
New Feature
Introducing the Almanac Desktop App
Introducing the Almanac Desktop App

Welcome Almanac to your app dock 🎉  

The new Almanac desktop experience provides you with a distraction-free home for your work within Almanac.

The app supports all the core functionality that you know and love about Almanac, including document editing, Reviews, and Databases.

We also know many of you rely on in-app tabs for your other critical desktop apps, so we also introduced tabs to keep all your work in one place.

How to download the Almanac app

The Almanac App is available on Windows and MacOS and can be installed from any Chromium browser. To try it out today:

  • Navigate to almanac.io and login.
  • Click the download option in the far right of your URL bar.
  • Click the "Install" button to download and install the app within a few seconds ⚡️
  • Learn more in our Help Center.

Quality of Life

  • We fixed an issue where if you pressed backspace when commenting on text in a table the underlying text would be removed.
  • We fixed a bug where if you had a Review happening on a Layer, and assigned a task to a user who only had read access to the main document, their name would not appear in the Assign Tasks experience.
Automate away your process chaos with flexible databases, customizable workflows, and powerful Layers
Automate away your process chaos with flexible databases, customizable workflows, and powerful Layers

We're excited to bring you a wave of big product enhancements designed to simplify and speed up your team's collaboration. Note: these updates are currently available for existing customers. They will be rolling out to existing customers over the next week.

With automated Workflows and dynamic databases, you can structure your team’s process and create radical transparency on its progress—all within a single tool. Say goodbye to external spreadsheets and task trackers!

This latest suite of updates includes:

  • Flexible databases, allowing you to visualize and focus your work within folders
  • Automated Workflows, providing your team with process guardrails to focus and standardize your work
  • Enhanced document Layers and a simpler, cleaner document layout

Dynamic databases and kanban boards to power your work

We're thrilled to answer our most common feature request from customers: databases in Almanac! Starting today, every Almanac folder can be pivoted into a customizable database, allowing you to easily sort, filter, and add custom values to your files.

There are three new layouts for folders:

  • Database layout, where you can stay organized with customizable properties
  • Kanban layout, which arranges your docs into status-based processes  
  • List layout, which allows you to navigate simply across your files

In every layout, you can sort, filter, and group by properties to find what you need, when you need it.

Databases and kanban boards were brought to you with 🤍 by Fabien Loup, Gabriel Perácio, Kevin Aleman, Luke Tower, Martin Mochetti, Ninnette Fernandez, and Steven Ko.

Workflow Automations: Built-in rails for your docs

Almanac's Workflows are designed to help your team move with speed, structure, and transparency.

When you create a folder, database, or kanban board in Almanac, you can set up statuses to reflect the process your team uses to move the docs inside of it forward.

You can also attach automations to each of those statuses to speed up the overhead work that consumers your team today. Our automations include:

  • Request Review for feedback requests
  • Request Approval for formal approvals
  • Request Read Receipts to request that recipients mark a document as "Read"
  • Make a Copy to create a new version or duplicate of your document
  • Share to include new individuals on a document
  • Export to export your document in a specific format
  • More to Folder to move your document to a new location

For instance, Product teams can configure a Workflow to request review feedback from their peers, followed by sending it for official Approval from leadership.

You can also customize each Automation so that the same people receive it every time, with the same message, and the same amount of time to complete.

Workflows were brought to you with 🤍 by Diego Gawenda, Fabian Rydel, Gregorio Setti, Ivan Manolov, Martin Denyer, and Natanael Guerra.

Elegant editing

The Almanac doc editor has a fresh new look, designed to enhance your productivity and streamline your editing.

Our latest updates bring a focused view of your document's status, a cleaner formatting experience, a nifty update to versions, and elegant new layers.

You can now access all your document formatting options from the right sidebar of your documents. The Format tab provides dynamic style controls you need next to your doc. You can also close the sidebar to stay focused when reading or reviewing a document.

We've also made improvements to Versions feature, making it easier than ever to stay organized across linked versions. Now, you'll see the version number next to your document name ("v2") when there are any linked versions. Clicking on the version number will show any associated versions, and allowing easy access to copy or merge them.

Finally, we've updated our much-loved Layers feature with an all-new design. Layers have become essential to many of our users' workflows, and the elegant new look simplifies the experience of creating and navigating multiple layers. Layers are always only one click away via the Layers icon next to your doc's name.

The new editing experience was brought to you with 🤍 by Cem Kocagil, Jonathan Whittington and Russel Quadros.

A simpler sidebar: Recents and a home for your private docs

Finally, we've simplified our left sidebar, highlighting access to shared docs and folders in the "Folder" section and all your files from the "Recent" tab.

All Almanac docs now live in folders. When you create a new doc, its default location is a private folder named Your Name's Documents​. Individual docs shared with you can now be found in the Recent → Shared with me section.

These changes make it easier than ever to find your docs in Almanac and understand who has access to what.

Default folder and recents was brought to you with 🤍 by Andreza Feu, Jasmine Feldmann, Ninnette Fernandez, Payam Rajabi, and Vladimir Glusac Rill