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The Switch

December 9, 2020
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Hey Stackers! 👋

How are you all doing?

An important update has just landed on your devices, but before we review all the new features, here is a small announcement for you:

We have decided to start building our community of Stackers in Discord 🙌

The primary reason for shifting from Slack and FB group to Discord is its convenience, topic-specific text & video channels, creative environment, and a plethora of great features designed specifically for building communities. So those of you who want to get to know us in person, be the first to test new features, have two instances of Stack, or just be a part of a lively community, feel free to join our server by simply clicking on this button:

This will be a space where each of us can get to know each other better, initiate video calls in one click, share our stack experiences, and simply become friends.
We will also use this discord server for doing webinars and 1:1 on-boardings in the future. Here is a sneak pick of how it looks:

If you are a Discord user, all these should sound quite familiar to you. However, if you are not, and the primary reason for you to start using Discord is our community, we would recommend simply to add our server as one of the cards in your stacks.
ps. We will keep supporting Facebook group as well. But our communication in Discord will be more active. So, we would recommend you all to join it!

And now, here is all that you get with this update:

New Features

⚡️ The Switch - Much More than just a Quickswitch

Imagine you are in chrome, scrolling news feed and all of a sudden you want to google something, what do you do? - You have to move your mouse or use shortcut to open a new tab, after that move to that new tab and start typing.
In Stack, googling can be as fast as your thought!
Wherever you are use 'CMD+L' on Mac or 'Ctrl + L' on Windows and bring googling experience closer. New design of the Switch also allows you to change cards and spaces, open a new card right next to where you are, or check our video library by typing 'how-to'.

And this is just a glimpse of the full power of Switch. As we continue adding new features to it, soon you will manage to navigate like no one else!

ps. Shortcut of 'CMD+ T / CTRL + T' for opening a new card was the most requested one. Our new Switch basically incorporates that as well. So, enjoy using it!

🖥 Screensharing

Implementing Screen Sharing functionality is especially challenging for Electron apps like Stack. The ultimate solution is rewriting Stack to Native (C++), which we are already exploring. However, it will not be any time soon. Therefore, meanwhile we have decided to come up with certain hacks to make it work at least in some web-apps inside Stack.

So, with this update you can share screen in:

  • Messenger
  • Whereby
  • Discord

We are doing our best to make it work in other web-apps as well, stay tuned!

📲 Mobile Version

Quite large number of Stackers have been requesting to have a feature that would allow to change the desktop version of Web-app inside Stack into mobile. And with this update this will be possible as well. Click on the three dotted menu at the top right corner of each card and Request Mobile Website.

New Landing page

Last but definitely not the least, today we are also releasing our new landing page. Apart from being super cool, the primary goal of the new landing page is to explain to our future users how Stack works right from the very beginning. So, go ahead, check it out and share your feedback on how good it is in doing its job!

Stack is not a browser

Minor Product Improvements

  • New Tooltips
  • New Membership Page & Trials

Important Bug fixes

  • Spell Checker
  • Log-out problem

Closing Remarks:

Farewell of 2020 definitely needs to be celebrated. And we have decided to do that by doing what we can the best - Releasing the most important update to date!
Stay Tuned! Right at New Year's eve, your Stack experience will get a dramatic boost!




September 29, 2020

Hey Stackers!

Hope you all are feeling good, safe, and well-prepared for the second wave of COVID-19 ?

It's been more than a month since the last major product update, but oh... boy... we have achieved so much that it's even hard to recap! In the coming days, we will be releasing a manifesto, summarizing the insane journey we went through with you since the start of the pandemic, announcing some major news, as well as informing you what to expect in the product in the coming months.

Spoiler alert: we have raised Seed Investment and starting from November we will be speeding up the development speed like crazy! ? So, we do are well-prepared for the second wave, and nothing can stop our growth & development process - come what may!

This is a different McGregor, if you know what we mean ?

Furthermore, In general, from now on for quite some time, our main goal will be improving performance ⚡️ and eradicating annoying bugs ?  , However, while doing this boring but essential work, we will try our best to keep indulging you by releasing at least one most requested feature on each product update!

Consequently, in this update we had two main lines:

  1. Refactoring & code cleanup. We've been refactoring two big parts of the product: Synchronization and Analytics. We had a lot of tech debts in there so we decided to rebuild them from scratch - and we did. We have also modified our database structure to a more scalable design.
  2. Bug fixes and performance improvements. This direction will be the main direction in the coming months. In this regard, we have built one of the most requested features - Card suspender.

New Features

⚡️ Performance Mode

With this update, we are adding a performance mode, which comes with two features: Card Suspender and Animation Killer. The former automatically suspends cards after a predefined idle time, while the latter removes the card switching animation. These features have been requested by quite a large number of users and will save a lot of RAM and CPU usage.

As we progress, we will be adding new features to this section dedicated to improving the performance.

🧹 Clear Cache

There is a new item in the card menu that will clear the cache for that card.

Furthermore, we have come to know that after fixing the Twitter problem (see update 3.11.1) which emerged due to electron Twitter conflict, few apps (Slack, Messenger, etc.) sometimes do not load properly. And clearing cache fixes that as well. So this can also serve as a temporary solution to that problem. Don't worry, clearing cache doesn't log you out from the app.

Option to edit the name

After signing in Stack, in cases when we didn't manage to retrieve your name from the e-mail, your profile name was still a Guest Stacker. With this update, you can change your name in profile native card, so you don't get annoyed by being called a Guest!

This is a small change in the profile card, and we will be releasing a new profile page soon where you will be able to control all your account details.

Improved Navigation Performance

We have refactored the navigation between cards. This resulted in better performance and speed. This is only the first step of big refactoring that is coming in future releases.

New E-mail Extensions

Many of you are managing emails from Stack, so we integrated a new extensions for e-mails:

  • Snov.io
  • Gmelius

Bug fixes and improvements

Fix: Twitter is not loading at all.
Fix: Tips notification does not disappear.
Fix: Shift+ALT+L overlaps with polish key - Ł.
Fix: 2FA authorization does not work in Lastpass.
Fix Stack window size is not saved on Windows.
Fix: Zoom in/out with command + +/-.
Fix: AdBlocker was not loading on Stack start sometimes.
Update: Display ∞ symbol in notification badge if it's more than 3 digits
Update: Improve the user experience of Horizontal Spacebar layout tip
Update: Integrated Miro
and tons of other small bugfixes and performance improvements

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