Kitemaker changelog

Kitemaker changelog

We periodically send out a changelog to all of our users to keep them up-to-date with the latest and greatest improvements to Kitemaker. Follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn to get notified of the latest changelogs when they're published.

April 6, 2021 - Issue #14

Hi everyone! 👋

Here are some of the improvements released in Kitemaker lately for your reading pleasure.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

GraphQL API access

Access to our API has been invite-only so far, but now we're opening it up to everyone. You can get access to API tokens by searching for "developer settings" in the Kitemaker command, or by clicking the cogwheel/settings icon ⚙️ for your organization and selecting "Developer settings".

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From this settings dialog, you can issue tokens for new applications or get a personal access token in order to access the API as your own user.

Documentation for the API is available in the Kitemaker guide. The API is still in an alpha state, so expect some changes going forward.

Using our API to build something awesome? We'd love to hear about it! Drop us an email at hi@kitemaker.co!

Webhooks

Kitemaker now also supports webhooks, allowing your applications to be notified whenever interesting events happen in Kitemaker. Webhook support is provided by our partner Diahook and instructions on how to use them are available in Kitemaker guide. Currently we have hooks whenever work items, themes, and comments are created or updated.

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Just let us know if you'd like to see additional hooks. Happy hacking!

Contacting us

We're always happy to hear any feedback you have. To reach us you can:

  • Send us an e-mail on hi@kitemaker.co
  • Contact us through the built-in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or
  • Join our community Slack organization

Other

We've also made a bunch of little improvements that we hope make the experience of using Kitemaker even better:

  • You can now move work items between spaces via the cmd/ctrl+shift+m hotkey (or by selecting "Move to space" in the ... menu for a work item). All comments and activities are maintained when moving to a new space
  • You can now remove the work item backlog from a space if you decide you don't want to use it. Simple search for "Remove work item backlog" in the Kitemaker commands. All work items in your backlog columns will automatically be moved to the leftmost column on the "Current" board
  • We have some new hotkeys for moving work items that result in the work items being moved to the bottom of a status column instead of the top. You can use shift+m to move a work item to the bottom of any status column, and < and > to move items to the bottom of adjacent columns
  • Made option+m a hotkey to move all work items in one status to another status
  • Made a change to lowercase letters in our hotkey hints in order to remove some confusion (e.g. whether something is an uppercase I or a lowercase L)
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes notifications didn't correctly open the comment thread when you received a reply to one of your comments
  • Fixed a bug where moving work items to your done column via the ... menu had unexpected result
  • Fixed a bug where it was impossible to pick some users when mapping Trello users to Kitemaker users during an import
  • Adding a filter to the move hotkey so that you can filter for the status you want to move to
  • Fixed a bug where the label filter didn't get the focus if you added a label via the Kitemaker Command
  • Fixed a bug with the title editor where you could accidentally overwrite the work item title in rare cases
  • We tweaked the way the work item search/creation input works on the theme screen because users were reporting they often accidentally added an existing work item when they actually wanted to create a new one
  • Fixed a bug where deactivated users would still occasionally show up when mentioning users
  • Fixed an issue where the little hover menu on comments (for adding reactions, etc.) covered up the X icon used to close a comment thread
  • Rather than saying "Close all work items" in the ... menu for a status column, we now specify the name of the column to move them to since "closing" is not a terminology we use anywhere else in Kitemaker
  • Fixed a weird bug where adding reactions to certain activities caused extra messages to be sent to the Slack integration

March 2, 2021 - Issue #13

Hey 👋

Below is a summary of the new things we have released in Kitemaker lately.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

GitHub integration improvements

We added some new features to make the experience of working with Kitemaker and GitHub as seamless as possible.

First, we've added a button to the work item screen where you can copy a branch name for the work item (can can also use the hotkey cmd/ctrl+shift+g).

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Any commits pushed to that special branch name will automatically appear in the activity feed for the work item, even if the commit message doesn't mention the work item by ID. It works with PRs created from these special branches too!

Speaking of PRs, we now show you PRs for work items both in the board and in the work item screen.

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Just mention a work item in the PR's title or description (or even in any commits in the PR) and we'll automatically associate the PR with the work item.

Finally, one piece of feedback we've heard often was that it was super useful to see the relevant commits in the activity feed, but it was less useful without knowing which branch they're happening in. Now you get a link to the relevant branch in the activity.

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Guest users and private spaces

Many teams have members from outside their company, for example contractors. In many cases, giving these guests access to your entire Kitemaker organization might not make sense. To address this, we're introducing guest users to Kitemaker.

In any space to which you want to invite a guest, use the Kitemaker command and search for "Manage access" or click "Manage access" under the cogwheel icon for your space.

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Just type your guest's email address and select "Invite <guest email> as guest" to invite them. Your guest user will now be able to collaborate with your team on this one space, without seeing any of the other spaces in your Kitemaker organization.

Additionally, teams occasionally need to restrict access to a space within their organization. In the same "Manage access" settings, you can now remove access from all of the members of your organization, and instead individually add the users you want to have access.

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This gives you a private space that will only be visible to the members you've specified.

Contacting us

We're always happy to hear any feedback you have. To reach us you can:

  • Send us an e-mail on hi@kitemaker.co
  • Contact us through the built-in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or
  • Join our community Slack organization

Other

We've also rolled out a whole bunch of smaller improvements since the last changelog:

  • You can now copy the titles of all the work items in a status column in one go by searching for "Copy all work items" in the Kitemaker command (or via the ... menu for that column). Handy for building changelogs like this one!
  • The settings icons for spaces and organizations are visible all of the time (not just on hover)
  • The "create work item" button will always place work items in the default status for your backlog (e.g. Inbox) if your space has a split-out backlog
  • The "create work item" button automatically applies any labels, themes and members from active filters
  • Clicking notifications no longer causes a full screen reload
  • Made it possible to insert Figma links to entire files in addition to frames
  • Fixed the sorting of work items on the "my work" screen so they correct reflect the priorities from their respective spaces
  • Added a "Created by" option to the work item filters
  • Added a "Manage team" to the sidebar to make it more obvious how to invite team members
  • Fixed an issue where mouse hovering wasn't correctly highlighting elements for some Linux users
  • Improved the dragging behavior of the activities feed. You may now drag it to your preferred width, and it will automatically shrink as the window itself is made smaller
  • Fixed some bugs where deactivated user accounts where showing up where they shouldn't and improved the sorting of users in a bunch of places (ensuring active users are on top, etc.)
  • Improved the click area of the hover menu that appears when you hover over activities/comments
  • Improve truncation of really long theme names in various places

February 2, 2021 - Issue #12

Hey 👋

Below is a summary of the new things we have released in Kitemaker lately.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

My work

Kitemaker now has a screen where you can get an overview of all of the work items you're working on. Just click "My work" or press = and you'll be taken to the new My work screen. By default, you'll see all of the work items you're a member of, and you can press tab or click "Watching" in the top right to see work items you're watching.

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You can filter your work items and use all the usual hotkeys on this screen like you can in all of the other work item screens in Kitemaker.

Improved search

Now you can quickly and easily search across your entire organization. Press / anywhere in the application (or click "Search" in the sidebar) and you'll be taken to the new search screen. Kitemaker will search across all of your spaces and show you results in realtime as you type. And of course all of the work item hotkeys work in this screen too!

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Emoji reactions

Who doesn't want more emojis in their life? Now you can add reactions to all of the activities and comments in the activity feed of work items and themes. Celebrate wins together by giving your teammate a big 🙌 when they land a PR, and quickly give those comments a quick 👍 or 👎.

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Just press : to add a reaction or click the reaction button 🎉

Hotkey hints - supercharge your hotkey skills

Some users are happy learning the hotkeys in Kitemaker at their own pace, mastering the hotkeys for the tasks they do all of the time. But for some, they just can't wait to become power users and learn every trick Kitemaker has to offer. For these users, we've added a feature where each time you use the mouse to do something, Kitemaker will tell you how you could have done it using hotkeys.

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You can enable hotkey hints by searching for "hotkey hints" in the Kitemaker command, or by clicking your profile in the sidebar and flicking the switch for hotkey hints.

Contacting us

If you have any feedback, you can:

  • Send us an e-mail on hi@kitemaker.co
  • Contact us through the built-in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or
  • Join our community Slack organization

Other

We've been cranking out lots of little improvements too! Here are some other things we've rolled out since the last changelog:

  • Made it so Kitemaker detects Figma links more accurately in descriptions and comments
  • Improved the placeholder in the descriptions of work items and themes to make it more obvious that you can use Markdown and more
  • Added icons next to the integration-related activities in the activity feed
  • Fixed an issue with uninstalling and reinstalling the Slack integration
  • Fixed an issue where deleting status column could cause a crash
  • Fixed an issue where deleting a comment caused the keyboard focus to jump all the way to the top of the thread
  • Fixed an issue where the keyboard focus jumped when you archived all of the work items in a status column
  • Improved the behavior of the ... menus on work items
  • Fixed an issue where copying/pasting work items sometimes resulted in the description not getting copied
  • Fixed an issue where pressing the hotkey for the space you're already in made the sidebar close for that space

January 18, 2021 - Issue #11

Hey 👋

Below is a summary of the new things we have released in Kitemaker lately.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

Videos

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You can now add video elements to all of your work items, themes, and comments. This is an awesome way to report bugs and to frame discussions around new features. Just drag and drop videos into descriptions and comments as you do with images, or type /video to get started.

Slack and Discord feeds

Kitemaker's Slack and Discord integrations are great for bridging the gap between the tool where your team chats and the work going on in Kitemaker. Now we've made it even more useful! By inviting the @Kitemaker bot to a channel and using the command /km subscribe you can now get a feed of changes happening in Kitemaker delivered to Slack and Discord. Right now we send messages when new work items and themes are created, when work items change status and when themes change horizon.

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Want to see more events from Kitemaker in Slack or Discord? Let us know at hi@kitemaker.co

Loom integration

You can now embed Loom videos in your work items, themes and comments. Loom is a great way to capture and annotate screencasts of your product, and to share your feedback with the team. To use this feature, just paste a public Loom URL into your description or comments or type /loom to get started.

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Google login

You can now sign up or log in with your Google account. This works for existing Kitemaker accounts that have been registered with your GMail or Google Workspace/GSuite accounts. Pro tier organizations can also use this new login method if they have single sign on configured with their Google Workspace/GSuite domain.

Contacting us

If you have any feedback, you can:

  • Send us an e-mail on hi@kitemaker.co
  • Contact us through the built-in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or
  • Join our community Slack organization

You can also follow Kitemaker on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Other

It's only been a week since the last changelog, but we've been busy! Here are some other things we've rolled out since the last changelog:

  • You can now add horizontal lines in descriptions and comments by typing --- or using /line
  • All filters are now removed when you press F and then backspace in the work item board and archive
  • We renamed the command for managing your team in the Kitemaker command to "manage team" (creative!) so it's easier to find
  • We fixed up some spacing issues with themes and labels on cards in the board
  • We made it possible to delete archived themes
  • We improved the API documentation. Let us know if you're interested in trying out our API

January 11, 2021 - Issue #10

Hey 👋

Below is a summary of the new things we have released in Kitemaker lately.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

Redesign for easier navigation

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We've added a sidebar that will help you navigate your organization and all your spaces. You can hide the sidebar at any time by pressing the << icon on the sidebar itself, or using the hotkey cmd/ctrl+s.

Now we have a flexible setup where we can continue to enhance Kitemaker without it becoming confusing or cluttered.

Work item backlog

The first feature to take advantage of this new design is the work item backlog. By clicking "Add element" or using the Kitemaker Command (cmd/ctrl+K) and searching for "Add work item backlog", you can add a separate backlog to your space. This has been a frequently requested feature for teams that want to maintain a large backlog but don't want it cluttering up their board.

When a backlog is added to a space, there will be a separate Backlog board where you can keep your backlog organized and easily move things to your Current board when you're ready to start work on them.

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Richer themes

Now collaborating on themes is even easier. Themes now have an activity feed just like work items, so you can have discussions and track the activities related to your themes. Keep an eye out for even more theme enhancements coming soon.

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File uploads

This is a feature we've had a lot of requests for and now it's finally here! You can now add any file to your work items and themes by either dragging and dropping them or typing '/file' in the description or comment.

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GraphQL API Alpha

We're introducing a GraphQL API that allows teams to manipulate their spaces, work items and themes programatically. It's in its early stages and subject to change, but teams are already testing it out.

Interested in trying it out? Email us at hi@kitemaker.co and we'll provide you access.

Contacting us

If you have any feedback, you can:

  • Send us an e-mail on hi@kitemaker.co,
  • Contact us through the built-in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or
  • Join our community Slack organization.

You can also follow Kitemaker on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Other

We're always pushing out small but important fixes, so here's some of the smaller things we've gone live with recently:

  • Roadmaps only show up in spaces that have themes. You can also manually add a roadmap by clicking "Add element".
  • You can mark individual updates as read or unread. Just press the hotkey 'A' or use the 'Mark read/unread' button.
  • Fixed a bug where deleting a space prevented the same space name from being reused later.
  • Ensured that comment threads disappeared once all comments in the thread were deleted.
  • Fixed an issue where content copied out of Kitemaker would lose its formatting when it was pasted in Google docs, Notion, etc.
  • Added a filter to show only work items that have no team members working on them.
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes opening the Electron app via a link (for example from the Slack integration) would cause an error.
  • Clicking the current themes on the top of the board now filters the board to only show work items in that theme.
  • Fixed a bug where the focus followed a work item when it was moved using the 'M' hotkey.
  • Fixed a bug where notifications was not showing up.
  • Fixed a bug where archiving would sometimes move the focus.
  • Made copy/pasting from Slack more resilient.
  • Links are once again the proper color in comments.
  • Fixed an issue where closing a comment thread could sometimes result in the whole activity feed scrolling to the top.
  • Swallowed cmd/ctrl+a outside of inputs to prevent accidental selection of the entire board, etc.

November 17, 2020 - Issue #9

Hey 👋

Below is a summary of the new things we have released in Kitemaker lately.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

Improvements in performance & handling of bad internet connectivity

The most active teams have been experiencing some performance issues. That is quite bad, so we’ve been working very hard the last month to fix that. It has been a lot of work, but hopefully, Kitemaker works a bit better for everyone now.

As a bonus, Kitemaker will now work much better on bad connectivity since it will store all changes and report them to the server when you get back online.

Issues -> work items, assignees -> members

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What you call things affects how you think about them and how you use them. For many it affects their work very little, but for some naming can be a pain in the neck. To make a long story short, issues are now called work items, and assignees are now work item members.

Windows desktop client

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We now made a windows client to improve the experience on everyone using that OS. Windows is our second most used OS after MacOS, with Linux in third place.

The client is still in beta, but you can download the client here, or press cmd+k and search for “Windows Desktop Client” inside Kitemaker. Ping us if you experience any issues with the client!

Discord integration

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We now have Discord integration for all the teams using Discord. It has the same functionality as Slack to tag work items (also creating backlinks), make new ones, and search for items in Kitemaker.

Contacting us

If you have any feedback, you can:

  • Send us an e-mail on hi@kitemaker.co,
  • Contact us through the built-in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or
  • Join our community Slack organization.

You can also follow Kitemaker on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Other

You might have noticed some of our smaller changes as well, so here are some of the other things we’ve launched lately:

  • We now have a “Wide board columns” setting, so columns will stretch when you have a widescreen
  • Slack messages now have a link to open work items in the desktop app
  • We changed the logic a bit on when to show the keyboard navigation hint on the work items board
  • Fixed a bug where users had to re-authenticate every time they embedded a design
  • Experimentation with a referral program. If you are interested in getting some $ when you promote Kitemaker give us a ping (the program is currently paused, but we’ll be happy to open it again)
  • Fixed a bug where the app wouldn’t load if the background image failed to load
  • Fixed a bug where we wouldn’t re-import issues you had deleted in Kitemaker (note this only affects you if you import from the same place multiple times)
  • We now hide the intercom chat bubble when you are writing comments
  • We fixed several small bugs introduced by the design changes we did earlier
  • You will no longer get a “thanks for registering” e-mail when you change the e-mail address

September 23, 2020 - Issue #8

Hey 👋

Below is a summary of the new things we have released in Kitemaker lately.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

New designs

We have now redesigned many of the elements in Kitemaker. We did this to allow more flexibility with the backgrounds. Currently, you can select between the daily background images(changes every day) or a blank background:

A new and clean look for the board
A new and clean look for the board

To start or stop using the background image, you can press Ctrl (Cmd on Mac)+K and find “stop/start using daily background.” Alternatively, you can press the cogwheel on the top right and toggle the “Daily background image” setting.

New onboarding

We have spent a lot of time improving the onboarding experience. The two most significant changes are:

  1. We encourage imports, integrations, and inviting team members when setting up an organization
  2. We no longer create a massive “Welcome to Kitemaker” board in new organizations
New and improved onboarding
New and improved onboarding

A less busy and overwhelming first meeting with Kitemaker
A less busy and overwhelming first meeting with Kitemaker

Contacting us

If you have any feedback, you can:

  • Send us an e-mail on hi@kitemaker.co,
  • Contact us through the built-in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or
  • Join our community Slack organization.

You can also follow Kitemaker on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Other

We launch new things almost every day, so we sometimes miss to note them, but here are some of the other things we’ve launched lately:

  • We now support Single Sign-On for almost any provider
  • We made it more evident when you are editing the description on Issues and Themes
  • Fixed Github logos in dark mode
  • We fixed a problem where resending invitations was not very intuitive
  • Fixed a problem where the ordering of issues would be wrong when archiving an entire column and then undoing
  • Changed the text in the “verify your e-mail address”-e-mail
  • Fixed a problem where the description text in themes would overflow
  • Improved the cursor handling when dragging and dropping images
  • Changed behavior of un-submitted comments, so now you won’t lose your comments when you leave the comment field.
  • The login screen now automatically give keyboard focus to the e-mail field
  • Fixed a problem where users would loop through parts of tutorials several times
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes archived Trello cards wouldn’t be imported to Kitemaker
  • Fixed a bug where you would sometimes end up creating an issue twice
  • Fixed a bug where moving from issue to the issue board in list view would put you at the bottom

August 18, 2020 - Issue #7

Hey 👋

Here is a summary of the new things we have released in Kitemaker lately.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

Also, please follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

If you have any feedback, fire us an email on hi@kitemaker.co, contact us through the built in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or join our community Slack organization.

We are working on several design changes to the core product and onboarding. You have input or want to help us by commenting on the new designs? Tell us!

New things in Kitemaker

Slack integration

We now have a slack integration. It is still in its infancy, but so far, you can mention issues, and the Slack message will be automatically linked to the issue as well as expanded in Slack, and you can create new issues directly in Slack. What do you want us to support in Slack? Drop us a line!

You install the Slack app though the “Integrations” menu.

You can also create issues without leaving Slack
You can also create issues without leaving Slack

… (more options) menu on issues

By clicking the ... on issues on the board you'll see a menu of all issue actions
By clicking the ... on issues on the board you'll see a menu of all issue actions

We have now added a … (aka more options) menu on issues. By opening it, you can see all actions possible on issues as well as the hotkeys for each action.

Math expressions

We now support math expression using Tex in issue descriptions and comments. Type /math to create a block math expression, or use $$<Tex expression>$$ for inline math expressions.

Making math heavy teams happy
Making math heavy teams happy

Billing

We need to feed our families occasionally, so we are about to roll out payment plans. If you already need a paid plan, we’ll contact you before we enable it for you. For everyone else, you’ll be part of the free plan. Not ready to pay yet? Contact us, and we’ll figure out a plan for you.

Payment plans will be managed inside Kitemaker
Payment plans will be managed inside Kitemaker

Feedback

Feedback, bug reports, and suggestions for improvements are always welcome. We read and respond to all of them. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co or through the built-in chat, and we’ll look into it ASAP.

Other changes

Things were moving so fast that we might have missed something, but here is a list of some of the other changes we have done:

  • You can now manage labels through “Manage labels” found in the cogwheel menu and Kitemaker command.
  • You can now deactivate accounts in the “Manage team.”
  • You can now delete archived issues.
  • You can also change the key of a space through Kitemaker command.
  • We fixed a bug where issue preview was broken for some issue mentions.
  • We fixed a bug where you would always get the same color when creating labels during issue creation.
  • Keyboard hints are now less intrusive than before.
  • We made issue descriptions a bit nicer when the first element is an H1.
  • If you happen to delete the “Welcome to Kitemaker” space, you can now recreate it through Kitemaker command.
  • You can now zoom using cmd+= (so no shift on us keyboards) in the desktop app.
  • Updates are now sorted so that unread notifications are always on top.
  • We fixed a bug where the issue preview would stay open when the spacebar has been released.

June 30, 2020 - Issue #6

Here is a summary of the new things we have released in Kitemaker lately.

You can check it all out by heading over to Kitemaker!

You can also follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

If you have any feedback, fire us an email on hi@kitemaker.co, contact us through the built in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or join our community Slack organization.

New things in Kitemaker

List view

Alt (Option on mac)+v toggles between board view and list view.
Alt (Option on mac)+v toggles between board view and list view.

You can now see all your issues in a list view. Each status is collapsable so that you can hide the issues in particular statuses. Simply press enter to collapse a status when it is highlighted in list view.

Impact and effort

Several of our user are utilizing t-shirt sized impact and effort estimates in order to help with prioritization. We therefore added support for this in Kitemaker:

Press E to set effort, and I to set impact
Press E to set effort, and I to set impact

To help with prioritization, you can also sort the elements in a status by impact and effort. Find sorting by pressing cmd+K, or by clicking the “…” on the status.

Sort by impact and effort to help prioritize issues.
Sort by impact and effort to help prioritize issues.

Chat with us

We added a chat dialog that lets you ask questions, come with feedback or raise problems directly with our product team.

Chat with Kitemakers in real time
Chat with Kitemakers in real time

Feedback

Feedback, bug reports, and suggestions for improvements are always welcome. We read and respond to all of them. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co or through the built-in chat, and we’ll look into it ASAP.

Other changes

We don’t remember everything we did (because it was a lot), but here is a list of some of the other changes we have done:

  • Issue names are now included in notifications and notification emails
  • Desktop app now support multiple windows
  • Archive all issues is now way faster
  • The desktop app now auto-updates, and has a nicer icon
  • Fixed a few places where the internal “back button” would take you to the wrong place
  • Fixed the close icon on the updates slide-in not being visible in light mode
  • Fixed multiple bugs where certain operations would make Kitemaker loose keyboard focus
  • Fixed cmd+shift+i not working properly everywhere
  • Fixed triple clicking in description makes it loose focus
  • Fixed a bug where the top of the screen would render incorrectly
  • Fixed bugs when copy/pasting snippets from Slack
  • Built in chat service to let users easily ask questions or provide feedback
  • Fixed a formatting bug when copy/pasting from Kitemaker to VS Code
  • Updated the design on issues everywhere

May 29, 2020 - Issue #5

We’re excited to announce the new stuff we have made available for you in Kitemaker.

Go to www.kitemaker.co to check out all the new stuff!

Do you have some feedback or suggestions? Contact us at hi@kitemaker.co

Also, follow us on twitter @kitemakerhq, or chat directly with us in our Slack community

New things in Kitemaker

Lately, we have mainly been focusing on improving existing functionality in Kitemaker, opening Kitemaker up for everyone several hundreds of new users, and improving the underlying code to prepare for some exciting new features for the coming weeks. But, still a bunch of new things here.

Trello import

You can now import Trello boards to Kitemaker. Press Ctrl (Cmd on Macs)+‘K’ and write ‘import.’

As with Github, we will import all content, images, archived cards, comments, labels, etc. Note that when importing a Trello board Kitemaker will create a new space.

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Figma preview are now embeds

By clicking on a Figma thumbnail, the large preview will now be an embedding in which you can pan, zoom, and open the file in Figma. The embed works for both private and public files.

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List view redesign

We did a redesign on the list views of issues. At the same time, you can now do all issue actions in search and theme screen.

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Watching issues

You can now get notified of updates on issues without being assigned. Simply press ‘W’ to toggle watching an issue. You will automatically watch issues you create.

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Issue mentions

We have had issue mentions for some time, but we’ve added a new feature so that when you mention an issue, the mentioned issue will get receive and activity with the message. Also, assignees and watchers of the mentioned issue will get notified.

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Onboarding

We went through a few iterations on the onboarding. New organizations now get a “Welcome to Kitemaker” board that contains information on how to use Kitemaker.

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Feedback

Feedback, bug reports, and suggestions for improvements are always welcome. We read and respond to all of them. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co, and we’ll look into it ASAP.

Other changes

We don’t remember everything we did (because it was a lot), but here is a list of some of the other changes we have done:

  • Cards now display the number of todos completed on the board and in list views.
  • We fixed a bug where h/l wouldn’t work on placeholder cards.
  • If there is no search result, we will say that now, instead of not giving you a list…
  • Emails from Kitemaker should now look better
  • We fixed a very edge case bug where filters would cause a 404
  • We fixed various bugs with drag and drop images into descriptions
  • We now have updated the branding 💄
  • We fixed a bunch of small bugs related to Github.
  • We fixed issues created on a theme appearing at random places in the backlog.

April 28, 2020 - Issue #4

We’re excited to announce the new stuff we have made available for you in Kitemaker.

Head over to www.kitemaker.co to check out all the new stuff!

Do you have some feedback or suggestions? Contact us at hi@kitemaker.co

Note: If you know any team that you think should try out Kitemaker, then ping us at hi@kitemaker.co, and we’ll give them access.

New things in Kitemaker

We have now released the first version of roadmap and themes. If you are not familiar with themes, it’s, in this context, basically similar to Jira Epics. To add an issue to a theme, simply press ‘!’ when the issue has focus. To view the roadmap, press ‘G’ then ‘!’.

Note that themes that are in the “Current” time horizon are visible on top of the issue board.

'!' means theme, 'G' then '!' means go to roadmap
'!' means theme, 'G' then '!' means go to roadmap

Board filters

By pressing ‘F’ you can now filter the board. You can so far filter on assignees, labels, themes, free text, and creation dates. You can also press ‘Q’ on the board to instant filter issues assigned to you.

Press 'F' to apply filters. 'Q' will toggle filtering issues assigned to you
Press 'F' to apply filters. 'Q' will toggle filtering issues assigned to you

Undo

Keyboard shortcuts are powerful, and some more powerful than others. That is why you can now undo all the risky actions in Kitemaker.

Kitemaker telling you about risky undoable operations
Kitemaker telling you about risky undoable operations

Github Issues import

We have met some teams with a long history in Github Issues. That is why we built a Github Issues import. The import doesn’t only bring the issues, the assignees, and labels, but also closed issues, and their history.

Missing an importer for your tool? We’ll build more, so tell us about it at hi@kitemaker.co

Import all your history from Github Issues
Import all your history from Github Issues

Copy/Paste issues

You can now copy/paste issues (cmd+c and then cmd+v). This allows you to duplicate issues or copy issues across spaces. Notice that when you do copy an issue, it brings all history, and both original and new issues will contain an activity referencing the other issue.

Ctrl(Cmd)+C and the Ctrl(Cmd)+V will duplicate an issue
Ctrl(Cmd)+C and the Ctrl(Cmd)+V will duplicate an issue

Onboarding when creating a new organization

One of the challenges of Kitemaker is to teach the user about all the cool things in Kitemaker. Therefore are we improving the onboarding. Currently, we’re testing a tutorial that explains how to set up the first space in an organization.

Get to know Kitemaker step-by-step-by-step
Get to know Kitemaker step-by-step-by-step

Feedback

Feedback, bug reports, and suggestions for improvements are always welcome. We read and respond to all of them. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co, and we’ll look into it ASAP.

Also, if you want a quicker way of giving feedback and ask questions, you can sign-up to our community Slack channel. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co to get access!

Other changes

We don’t remember everything we did (because it was a lot), but here is a list of some of the other changes we have done:

  • Figma is now part of the ‘/’ menu in comments and descriptions 👀
  • Hotkey menu is now searchable 🎉
  • If you mention issues, we will add activity to the mentioned issue 🗣
  • We now show commit messages from GitHub that mention issues 🧈
  • Improved handling of todos in descriptions
  • More keyboard hints
  • Redid the emails Kitemaker sends out
  • Fixed modals not accepting escape (oops! 🙈)
  • Improved handling of long label names
  • Fixed up the placement of login and tutorial dialogs
  • Fixed status column deletion (you can now press Alt/Option+Backspace to delete an empty status column)
  • Improved escape handling and commenting highlighting
  • Fixed a bug where drag and dropping an image to an description would sometimes delete portions of the description (🙀)
  • Fixed a bug where dragging an image into the description would make the spinner never stop
  • Made transition from new issue card to newly created issue card 🧈
  • Hint about creating cards about shift+enter if you open an issue directly after creating it
  • Added Feedback and Help in Kitemaker Command
  • Fixed the keyboard focus when opening issues
  • Fixed opening notifications sometimes not highlighting correct comment
  • Optimized speed 🏎
  • Fixed a bug where the + button on the issue screen wouldn’t work

May 25, 2020 - Issue #3

We’re really excited to announce new stuff we have made available for you in Kitemaker. This Changelog contains some changes to the core functionality, so please take a quick look at the changes below.

Head over to www.kitemaker.co to check out all the new stuff!

You have some feedback or suggestions? Contact us at hi@kitemaker.co

Note: Even though we are in closed beta now, we are willing to open up Kitemaker to anyone affected by COVID-19 and in need of a better tool to handle issues. If you know anyone, please feel free to ping us. If the team is in your organization, feel free to invite them in to your organization and let set up their own space.

New things in Kitemaker

Edit title of card in place

Now you can press ‘T’ on the board screen and now edit the title in place. You can also type ‘@’ and ‘#’ to select the assignees and labels while writing the title.

Use 'T' to edit titles in place
Use 'T' to edit titles in place

Creating cards above or under current selected card

Pressing ‘C’ on the board will now create an issue above the currently selected issue, while Shift+‘C’ will create an issue below the currently selected issue. This way it should be easier to create issues without breaking prioritization within a status column.

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Enter to submit and close, Ctrl(Cmd)+Enter to submit and start next

Most of the time, our users create one issue, or add and remove one assignee or label. That is why we changed Enter to submit, and Ctrl(Cmd)+Enter to submit and start next.

Enter submits and closes, while Ctrl(Cmd)+Enter submits and starts next
Enter submits and closes, while Ctrl(Cmd)+Enter submits and starts next

Inviting users

You can now also invite people when assigning and mentioning users. Enter their e-mail and select ‘Invite.’ You can now also assign and mention users that have been invited nut not yet registered.

Invite new users when assigning and mentioning
Invite new users when assigning and mentioning

Moving and Archiving issues

We have made some changes on how issues are moved. We have tried to untangle the ‘E’ button so that it is easier to remember the hotkeys.

Use , and ., as well as A to move issues fast on the board
Use , and ., as well as A to move issues fast on the board

Feedback

Feedback, bug reports, and suggestions for improvements are always welcome. We read and respond to all of them. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co, and we’ll look into it ASAP.

Also, if you want a quicker way of giving feedback and ask questions, you can sign-up to our community Slack channel. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co to get access!

Other changes

We don’t remember everything we did (because it was a lot), but here is a list of some of the other changes we have done:

  • Clicking an image or Figma design now shows a large version of the image (clicking Figma header will take you to the Figma file)
  • We did a minor redesign of the issue screen, and added an archive button
  • Pressing Alt(Option)-Backspace now deletes empty status columns
  • Press E to edit your comments
  • Press Cmd+E to manage labels through the label picker
  • You can now access the archive through pressing G and then A.
  • Fixed bugs when pasting Figma links into comments
  • Search results now respond correctly to hotkeys
  • Fixed various elements not being shown properly when rendering comments
  • Updates now have full timestamps
  • Mac desktop app now has correct copyright message 🤦‍♂️
  • Fixed a bug that would cause problem if you invited someone that has already been invited to a different organization, but not yet accepted the first invite
  • Usernames are no longer unique, pick whatever you think is right for you (you can change yours through Kitemaker Command)
  • In search we now accept spaces after is:, -is:, has: and -has.

May 12, 2020 - Issue #2

We really excited to announce new stuff we have made available for you in Kitemaker. We have done tons of stuff, and are working on tons more!

Head over to www.kitemaker.co to check out all the new stuff!

Note: Even though we are in closed beta now, we are willing to open up Kitemaker to anyone affected by COVID-19 and in need of a better tool to handle issues. If you know anyone, please feel free to ping us any time. If the team is in your organization, feel free to invite them in and set up their own space.

New things in Kitemaker

Figma integration

By pasting in links to Figma files or frames and pressing enter, we will now fetch a thumbnail from the link and show that in descriptions and comments. The first time you do this, we will need to authenticate you to access the data from Figma:

Simply copy/paste a link from Figma to use the integration
Simply copy/paste a link from Figma to use the integration

Note that this works both for your public and private boards.

If you click a Figma thumbnail or press cmd+enter when the thumbnail has keyboard focus, we will take you to where the links are pointing.

Github integration

Users that have used Github Issues a lot are familiar with using the ‘fixes/closes # 123’ way of closing issues. We now have a Github integration where you can set up automation steps depending on where an issue is mentioned.

Press cmd+k and enter ‘Manage integrations’ to set it all up:

Follow the steps in the wizard to configure the Github integration
Follow the steps in the wizard to configure the Github integration

Tip: on any issue (both onboard and when you have it open), press cmd+i on mac, or ctrl+i on Linux and Windows, and Kitemaker will copy the issue number (the ABC-123) to the clipboard.

Note: You can also make Github automatically create links to Kitemaker issue mentions. To do this, follow the directions here. You will be able to find the correct links and reference prefix to your space by visiting Kitemaker in your browser. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co if you have any questions about this.

Dark Mode

If we detect that your computer is set to dark mode, then we’ll give you a new dark mode of the UI. You can also switch between the two modes using the Kitemaker Command (cmd+k):

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Color mentions

Designers love colors. We notice because they keep talking about them all the time ;) To support our designers in the quest to make a more living color world, we now support color mentions using hex codes in issue descriptions and comments.

Designer ❤️
Designer ❤️

And much more…

We have a long list of other changes at the end of this changelog.

Next steps

Progress on structure

Progress on structure

On the structure functionality, we have gone with themes in a roadmap view. You can learn more about thematic roadmaps from Bruce McCarthy, who wrote the book on roadmaps, in his excellent talk.

A goal for us has been to make themes as easy and functional as issues, while at the same time make them easily visually distinguishable. Here is an example where the themes have ‘portrait’ dimensions and ordered in a simple roadmap.

A simple thematic roadmap
A simple thematic roadmap

If you want to help us, feel free to drop us a line on your experiences or ideas on ‘Epics’ and ‘Themes’ to hi@kitemaker.co

Imports

A lot of teams ask us for imports. Specifically, importing existing Trello boards, Github Issues or Jira projects. The reason is quite apparent - you have your entire history and current issues in a tool, and it can be hard to switch over. That is why we are currently experimenting with imports. Our imports will import existing issues, your archive, and the users (if applicable). Currently we have a prototype of a Github Issues import, and will probably do a Trello one as the next step. If you have any ideas, wishes or input on importing and integrations, feel free to share them with us at hi@kitemaker.co

Feedback

Feedback, bug reports and suggestions for improvements is always welcome, we read and respond to all of them. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co and we’ll look into it ASAP.

Also, if you want a quicker way of giving feedback ans ask questions, you can sign-up to our community Slack channel. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co to get access!

Other changes

We don’t remember everything we did (because it was a lot), but here is a list of some of the other changes we have done:

  • Support for Portuguese and Brazilian mac keyboards
  • Fixed crash when copy/pasting conversations from Slack
  • Improved fuzzy searching of issues
  • You can now mention issues, and we’ll link to the issue mentioned
  • Added icons on status columns describing the ‘type’
  • Minor improvements to the onboarding tutorial
  • Fixed a missing space on remove assignee activities
  • Fixed a bug where comments appeared on the wrong issue (!)
  • Ensured that the activity feed scrolls to the top with keyboard navigation
  • Now there is a placeholder while images are being uploaded
  • Fixed an edge-case bug where labels wasn’t stored on issues
  • Fixed a bug where you seemingly could edit other peoples comments
  • Fixed scrolling when hitting d and t keys on long issue descriptions
  • Fixed a bug where the issue description would be automatically copied between issues
  • Fixed a very-very edge case bug, where you couldn’t move an issue horizontally without moving it vertically first
  • Fixed activity list items being rendered over tooltips and menus
  • Fixed a bug where deleting statuses could break updates
  • Alt+c now creates a status column next to the status column that has keyboard focus
  • Fixed a few bugs where you could end up getting a blank screen
  • Made certain error messages easier to spot
  • Change some tones of grey to increase contrast
  • Fixed various bugs when someone else archives the issue or status column you are currently working on
  • Fixed ‘Manage team" not being mouse-friendly (oops! Sorry!)
  • You can now press 'u’ anywhere and see the updates and notification
  • Updates view now has a ‘Mark all read’ button (Also, option/alt+r)
  • We now store the last space you visited, so whenever you log back into Kitemaker, we’ll show that space by default
  • Fixed escape not canceling issue title edits on Safari
  • Made everything more multi-player friendly
  • Fixed broken wrapping on issue titles
  • Fixed that links wouldn’t wrap in comments
  • Fixed weird problems while writing a description while an image is uploading

Feb 10, 2020 - Issue #1

Hey! This is a short update on things we have released recently. We’re really excited to have launched tons of stuff, and we’re also working on tons of more!

Head over to www.kitemaker.co to check out all the new stuff!

Redesigned hotkeys

We have now redesigned the hotkeys to make them easier to learn and remember and require less finger gymnastics.

Here are some of the new ones:

Shift+Arrow Keys to move issues on the board
Shift+Arrow Keys to move issues on the board

Operations on statuses (columns) are now using the alt (option on Macs) key. For example:

Alt+C (Option+C on Macs) to create a new status
Alt+C (Option+C on Macs) to create a new status
Alt+Left/Right Arrow keys (Option+Arrow Keys on Macs) to move a status
Alt+Left/Right Arrow keys (Option+Arrow Keys on Macs) to move a status

You can press ‘?’ at any time to view the full list of hotkeys.

Redesigned Issue Screen

A new and improved issue screen
A new and improved issue screen

We wanted to make the issue screen easier to use and give you a better overview, so now the activities and comments are visible on the right side. Also arrow keys now navigate the activities and comments, while ‘t’ and ‘d’ are still the keys to edit title and description.

We also changed the issue screen so ‘e’ now moves the issue to the next status, and moves to the next issue in the list. While alt+arrows (option+arrows on Macs) will change the status of an issue, but keeps you on the current issue.

... and a lot more

We don’t remember everything we did (because it was a lot), but here is a list of some of the other changes:

  • Emojis (we ❤️ emojis)
  • New onboarding for new users
  • Take-over hotkey: by pressing shift+s, you now remove all assignees and add yourself (s is still assigning yourself)
  • More actions create activities in the activity list
  • “My” keyword in search that will only search issues assigned to you
  • Other improvements to search (still not quite ‘there’)
  • There are now hotkeys for editing and deleting comments
  • There is now a nice ‘/‘ menu to help you format your text when writing descriptions
  • Mac users on web can now download desktop client from Kitemaker Command
  • 20+ bug fixes and improvements

Next steps

Our next step is to introduce more structure. We’re thinking in terms of something like ‘Epic’ in Jira and Clubhouse, or ‘Themes’ if you are used to ‘old’ Kitemaker or ProdPad. If you want to help us, feel free to drop us a line on your experiences or ideas on ‘Epics’ and ‘Themes’ to hi@kitemaker.co

Also, if you have any favorite tools you would like us to integrate with, tell us about it at hi@kitemaker.co

Feedback

Feedback, bug reports and suggestions for improvements is always welcome, we read and respond to all of them. Ping us at hi@kitemaker.co and we’ll look into it ASAP.