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Improvement
Doc Dividers, More Markdown, and Timely Templates
Doc Dividers, More Markdown, and Timely Templates

Divided we write, united we fight ✍️

You can now easily divide up your document content with multiple styles of dividers. Use the Insert ribbon, / Element menu, or ---​ in Markdown to try it out today!

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Markdown++

We've added new Markdown shortcuts to help boost your productivity πŸš€ Now, you can use the below list of Markdown shortcuts in addition to those you already know and love. Check out our Help Center for our full list of keyboard shortcuts.

  • Bold text with ** and ** or __double underscores__
  • Italicize text with * and *
  • Highlight text between :: and :: or == and ==
  • Strikethrough text with ~~ and ~~
  • Add inline code with `code`
  • Insert quotes with >
  • Add a hyperlink with [title](https://www.example.com)
  • Create a checklist with [ ] or []
  • Use [x] to create a checked checklist item
  • Insert a code block with ```
  • Insert hosted images with ![description](https://www.example.com)​

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Unlock the power of the Almanac Core in your docs

New documents will now show top templates from the Almanac Core to help you get started on making decisions within your documents. Browse templates by discipline and explore our most popular templates across categories. Let us know what templates you'd like to see added here by emailing us at support@almanac.io.

Quality of life improvements

  • We updated the Versions modal to make it clearer to view the versions of your document
  • Inbox and email notifications for comments and tasks will now link directly to the specific comment or task within the document
  • Changing gradient text to inline code will now work as expected
  • Viewing the details of a task now works with your very, very long task names πŸ™‚
New Feature
Almanac's Summer Release: Powerful New Version Control Features πŸš€
Almanac's Summer Release: Powerful New Version Control Features πŸš€

Today, Almanac is introducing powerful new features to enhance the revisions and redlining experience for managers who want to make decisions and get to "vFinal" without meetings.

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In-Line Track Changes (Beta)

First up, you can now enable tracking changes when collaborating on a document. Previously, the ability to track changes was only available on Branches and Linked Versions. Now it's available right on your main document. Note: In-line track changes is in beta, so if you see something not working as expected, please reach out to support@almanac.io. We value your feedback and hope you enjoy using this new feature!

When you would like to suggest some changes to a document, press the "Track Changes" button in the Format ribbon, or from the πŸ’‘ tab in the right sidebar, to turn on or off tracking changes. With Track Changes enabled, you can also hide decorations to see the document as it would look with all your changes accepted.

To review a collaborator's suggested change to a document, click on the in-doc tracked change or navigate to the Tracked Changes sidebar to accept, reject, or comment on the edit. Accepting edits will merge them into the document, while rejecting edits will delete them. You can also accept or reject all changes at once. Users with comment or read access won't see tracked changes, only the final version of your document.

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Linked Versions

If you want to create a new version of a contract, marketing copy doc, or product requirements draft, you now have the option to create a linked version of the doc in addition to an unlinked copy. Linked Versions are perfect for easily tracking changes across separate copies of documents.

By linking copies, you can easily navigate to previous versions and future copies right from the document itself. Click on the "Versions" button to see the lineage of the doc, access other versions, and create additional copies.

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Compare and Merge

You can now compare linked versions in one click through the "Compare" button in the top right of your document. Note that this button only appears on docs that are linked to other versions.

From "Compare," you can merge versions together, either into one of the documents or into a new version entirely. You can then merge or exclude edits individually or all at once before completing the merge.

After the merge is completed, you can deprecate, delete, or keep the merged docs as is. Deprecated documents are locked to future edits. To enable future edits on them, you can make new copies of them, or change their status to "Draft".

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Send Back

When completing a Review in Almanac, you may want your colleague to make further changes, reply to comments, or complete tasks.

Now, you can "Send Back" the review to inform the requester that further changes are required.

When you send back a review, you can select a due date for the requester to respond to your feedback to ensure they meet your timeline.

After completing their revisions, the requester can request a new review, with abilities to give you updated context and set a new deadline.

These updated statuses also appear in the Reviews Tab so you can manage your tasks and keep track of deadlines in one place.

View Modes

If you'd like to see how your doc appears to users with read or comment access, view your doc in Read and Comment mode from the toggle next to the document title in the top left area of your screen.

Import improvements

We have been improving our import infrastructure to better serve your large files, making it faster and easier to get your content into Almanac. Our import service is now stronger than ever and ready for your 100+ MB files.

Quality of life

  • Commenting on and deleting comments on tables is now working better than ever
  • Fixed flakey behavior when exporting to PDF
  • Improvements to group access and Review request notifications
  • "View Task Details" is now available in the more dropdown on all Tasks
New Feature
Introducing the Almanac API πŸŽ‰
Introducing the Almanac API πŸŽ‰

We're excited to announce that the first version of the Almanac API is now available in Private Beta.

The V1 API allows you to:

  • Import files.
  • Move files and folders.
  • View the users and groups in your workspace.
  • View and update properties for your documents.
  • View and update who has access to given documents.
  • Access and update metadata for your documents and folders.

To learn more about the API and how to request access, see our Help Center.

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A tour to show you how to make decisions without meetings

Implementing async work at your company can be a difficult task to take on. Where to even begin? Worry not! Our team put together a simple tour to Draft, Review, and Organize your work using Almanac to make decisions without meetings! Check out the tour here.

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Keep your workflows on track with Document Statuses

Document status is now restricted to being one of 6 default states to keep your workflows organized and on track.

Quality of life

  • We updated the All Files sorting by last Updated to always match the timestamp shown.
  • Linking to a specific Header in a document is back to working as expected.
  • The Search window will now close with a single click away from it.
  • The unread comment count in your document's right rail is back to behaving as expected.
  • The email notification text for suggestions has been updated to always show the relevant information.
  • Accepting a new workspace invite will now bring you directly to that workspace.
  • Commenting on published handbooks is back.
  • Small styling tweaks to handbooks to make them✨.

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Improvement
The Async Protocol for decision making and a fresh inbox
The Async Protocol for decision making and a fresh inbox

A checklist for making faster, clearer decisions with The Async Protocol

New users to Almanac will now be greeted with a checklist to help them orient to this new and magical land. The Async Protocol is designed to help you and your team make decisions without meetings. From Drafting to Reviewing to Organizing your documents, we got you 🀝.

Check out our blog post on how to improve decision-making with the Async Protocol β†’

Inbox insights

Inbox got an upgrade! View insights into your week ahead with visualizations for your upcoming Reviews and Tasks. Easily access your most recent documents from your Inbox to help you find focus, fast.

Quality of life

  • Sharing your Handbooks via the command line or the keyboard shortcut ⌘ + shift + s is now working as expected
  • Toggle blocks will persist their open/closed state across your sessions
  • We've made improvements to notifications for group memberships as well as removed repeat notifications when an access request is approved by multiple people
  • The overlapping comments experience has been cleaned up
  • We added notification preferences for Tasks and Read Receipts
  • Inline menu prompts will always appear directly below your cursor
Embed Jira issues, easy access to context on your files, and a new registration flow
Embed Jira issues, easy access to context on your files, and a new registration flow

Jira 🀝 Almanac

Connect your Almanac workspace with Jira to bring your project context directly into your documents. Once connected, you can simply type /embed​ to leverage the Jira option, or use the Embed button in the Insert ribbon.

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For more information on connecting with Jira, check out our Help Center.

Information at your fingertips

You can now easily view the folder hierarchy of a file you are working in, making it simple to work across folders and discover related content. Hover over any document name to check it out!

Welcome in: a new experience for joining Almanac

We've rolled out a new "welcome mat" for Casa de Almanac. We simplified our registration process so it's even easier to get started with Almanac. We also added some new quotes from users like you πŸ˜‰

Quality of life improvements

  • Reordering items in Handbooks will now behave as expected, 100% of the time
  • The Compare action is now easily accessible alongside Share in Linked Copies
  • The original document will now auto-populate in the Compare view for Linked Docs
  • We squashed a bug which caused unexpected behavior when nesting comments

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