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Release Notes: Freehand

InVision is committed to continually improving Freehand by resolving bugs and regularly implementing new features with each release. You'll find our latest Freehand release notes below.

March 31, 2021

What's new in Freehand?

Check out the new enhancements to Freehand in March:

  • Commenting in V7 Freehand: With Comment mode in Freehand, you can supplement your realtime online whiteboard collaboration with threaded conversations the team can refer back to at any point. You can start new comment threads, reply to existing comments, mention others, and even toggle comment visibility on the fly.
  • V6 Freehand Enterprise Share Settings: We've updated the Freehand share settings for Enterprise customers in V6 so you can invite people, share a document link, or remove people from your Freehand when they no longer need access.

February 9th, 2021

What's fixed in Freehand?

An issue with source templates was resolved today:

  • Locked objects in source templates: When working in a source template, you can now unlock objects that were locked. Previously, the Editing template bar that appears at the bottom of the canvas had been blocking the Unlock button.

February 8th, 2021

What's new in Freehand?

Freehand now comes with the highly requested grouping feature:

  • Create object groups: Now you can select multiple items on the canvas and create an object group via the contextual menu.

February 3rd, 2021

What's fixed or improved in Freehand?

This release includes a couple of fixes and a useful improvement:

  • Version history modal: When reviewing previous versions of your freehand, these issues in the Version history modal should no longer be a problem:
    • Modal preview was randomly displayed upside down or was empty
    • End caps for lines could have an incorrect angle in the modal preview
    • Shadows for sticky notes were darker in the modal preview than in the freehand itself
  • Trouble with lines exported to PNG: Now when you export a freehand as a PNG file, lines in PNG will perfectly match lines as they appear in the freehand. Previously, lines were not getting rendered as a pixel-perfect match in the PNG.
  • Incomplete search results in Microsoft Teams: When viewing available freehands in Microsoft Teams, the Freehand modal will now display a comprehensive list of embedded freehands you can open. Previously, teams that had embedded numerous freehands were not seeing the full list.

January 28th, 2021

What's fixed in Freehand?

This release addresses Freehand troubles in Safari as well as an unshapely issue that had been affecting squares and rectangles in all browsers:

  • Improvements for Safari users: If you're a Safari user, you may have previously run into a couple of bugs that this release corrects:
    • Blurry text: Text should now be nice and clear in Freehand on Safari.
    • Opening a freehand document: Now you won't run into a showstopper when opening a freehand in Safari, as we've fixed the bug that was causing Mac to freeze and/or crash.
  • The right angle: When using the Shape tool to add a square or rectangle, now the angle of the top-right corner will match the other corners. Previously, a bug was causing a slight bulge that left the top-right corner slightly curved.

December 12th, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

This release includes two new enhancements for Freehand templates:

  • Template Gallery for Microsoft Teams: If you use the Freehand whiteboard integration for Microsoft Teams, now you will see the Template Gallery when adding a new freehand to a channel.
  • Template tags: If you've saved a freehand as a custom template, now you can easily spot it when glancing over your project thumbnails on the InVision homescreen.

December 2nd, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

The latest Freehand release includes a couple of notable improvements:

  • Image rendering: If your freehand includes many images or particularly large image files, you'll notice the freehand loads much faster, scrolls more smoothly, and uses fewer system resources now that we've overhauled our image rendering to improve performance.
  • Deep links: If your freehand includes deep links, now when a recipient clicks the link, it will pan and zoom smoothly to the target object.

What's fixed in Freehand?

This release includes a single, important fix:

  • That's a wrap: Your text within text boxes and sticky notes will now wrap appropriately.

December 1st, 2020

What's fixed in Freehand?

This release includes just one hotfix:

  • Selecting a filled object: Now if you hover over a filled object, you should be able to select the object as expected. Previously, in certain cases, a bug was preventing the ability to select filled objects.

November 30th, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

See your freehands at a glance:

  • Expanded My projects list: If you're an InVision V6 user on the Free, Starter, Pro, or Team plan, now when you click the My projects tab on the homepage, you'll see any freehands you've previously accessed.

November 24th, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

Ready to do more with elements in Freehand? Get started with the newly added More icon (•••) in the contextual menu, and try out the new download feature for images:

  • Contextual menu: With any object, image, or sticky note selected, now you can click the More icon (•••) in the contextual menu to do more with your elements:
    • Go deep: Now you can grab a deep link and share specific items in a freehand. Simply select a text object, image, or sticky note; click the More icon (•••) in the contextual menu; click Copy link; and then share the link URL. When the recipient opens the link, the freehand file will open to a zoomed-in view of your item.

    • Export a section: Excited about a specific section of your freehand? Now you can snapshot that beauty and share it with your team! Select one or more items, click the More icon (•••) in the contextual menu; click Export to image; and then share the file as wanted.

    • Copycat: Grab a copy of the element to paste elsewhere in the freehand or in a different freehand.
    • Twinning: Duplicate the selected element/s.
    • Trash it: If an element is missing the mark completely, you can always delete it.
  • Origin stories: Now you can select any image in your freehand and download the file in its original source format.

November 11th, 2020

What's new in Freehand?


It's a template free-for-all!

Ready for more-purposeful, more-effective online collaboration? Featuring curated templates designed by numerous industry leaders, the extensive new Freehand Template Gallery will help you reimagine how you brainstorm, plan, reflect, and align as a team—online in real time:

  • Freehand Template Gallery: Whatever the need, start your Freehand sessions right with powerful templates created by design leaders like Xbox, American Express, Atlassian, UserTesting, AWS, and others. Kicking things off with one these proven frameworks makes it easy to learn from the best, adopt the template aspects you love, and adapt anything that's not a perfect fit!

  • Custom Templates for Enterprises: If you're on an Enterprise team, now you can create your own templates and share them with the rest of the organization—in a dedicated, internal-access-only category in the Freehand Template Gallery.

Are you into details? Same with us. Read more about using the new Freehand templates in the Getting Started Guide for your version of InVision: 

October 27th, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

Check out this handy new feature for those of you who belong to multiple InVision teams:

  • "New Freehand" shortcut: When using the URL as a shortcut to create a new freehand, now you'll see the option to select a team—if you belong to more than one InVision team.

October 12th, 2020

What's fixed in Freehand?

Okay, maybe there is an easy fix for better collaboration—at least for InVision V6 Freehand users:

  • Collaborator visibility: If you're on a Free, Starter, Pro, or Team plan for InVision V6, now when you share a freehand, the Share dialog includes a list of collaborators who have joined the freehand.

September 3rd, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

Freehand just got a bundle of exciting new features:

  • Contextual menus: When working with the tools in Freehand, you'll notice the contextual menu for each tool has been markedly improved.
  • Locking objects: Avoid collaboration mishaps by locking objects that should not be moved or edited. With the object selected, toggle the lock icon on (invision-freehand-contextual-menu-lock-object-icon.png) in the contextual menu.
  • Arrange to grid: Now you can grab multiple objects with the pointer tool and align them to a grid. Just select the objects and click the grid icon (invision-freehand-arrange-objects-grid-icon.png) in the top-right corner of object group.
  • Reactions and voting: Show some love for your collaborators' work with one of seven animated emojis. As other people click a reaction, the running tally increases, making reactions a great way to vote on brainstorming sessions and potential design solutions.

August 3rd, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

Create a still life.

  • Exporting to an image: You can now export an entire freehand as a still image—as a PNG file, specifically—by clicking the More menu icon (•••) and then clicking Export to image.

July 14th, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

This will go down in history.

  • Version history: With the new version history feature in Freehand, now you can collaborate with other editors in real time without the fear of making unintended changes or deleting content. Read this article for details and instructions on reverting to a previous version: Version history in Freehand documents
  • Pan the canvas: There's a new way to pan your Freehand canvas! Click the Pan icon (invision-freehand-pan-canvas-icon.png) in the lower-right corner of the canvas to trigger panning. You can also still pan by holding the Spacebar while you click and drag in any direction.

June 29th, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

Why weight in line? Because you can! [Side note: We got Dad jokes for days!]

  • Change your line weight: Now when you're working with the pencil tool (This image is the pencil icon used in the Freehand toolbar.), you can choose from one of 3 line weights in the secondary toolbar that appears at the top of the canvas.

With the pencil tool selected, you can also use shortcuts to change line weight: Thin: ⌥1Medium: ⌥2Thick: ⌥3

May 12th, 2020

What's new in Freehand?

In answer to one of our most popular feature requests, Sticky Notes are here!

  • Easy to use: Simply click the Sticky Notes tool icon (This image is the sticky note icon used in the Freehand toolbar.) and then drop a note anywhere on your freehand. To move a previously placed sticky note, select and drag it.
  • Friendly formatting: With a sticky note selected, click any of the formatting options that appear just below the URL bar:
    • Switch to text box: Click the Sticky Notes dropdown (This image is the icon used to indicate the Sticky Notes dropdown menu in Freehand.) to convert the sticky note to a regular text box.
    • Color dropdown: Change the given sticky note's color.
    • Note width: Select a previously placed sticky note and drag the selection box (on either side) left or right to adjust its width.
    • Texting 101: Your text formatting options include bold, italic, and highlighted font as well as left, center, and right alignment.

April 2020

What's improved in Freehand?

Big improvements to Freehand tools during April make it even easier to draw, write, and collaborate in real-time with your colleagues online:

  • Drawing attention: Use the improved shape tool to wow your fellow Freehand-ers with cleanly drawn squares, rectangles, circles, and lines.
  • Gift wrapping: Alright, it may not be first on your birthday list, but we can all agree a great line of text can be a gift. The new auto text wrapping feature lets you wrap that little text gem by selecting and resizing the text box.
  • Bulk alignment: Now you can align multiple objects in a freehand at once. Select the objects you want to align, and then click one of the three alignment icons that appear at the top of the screen.
  • Get colorful: Now it's easier to change and fine-tune your color choices. Select an object to reveal options at the top of the screen, and then use the dropdown arrows to adjust its color or the opacity of its fill and outline.

April 5th, 2019

What's New

The following release notes apply strictly to Freehand in InVision V7, and they are not applicable to InVision V6:

  • Your You're correct: Freehand text in InVision V7 now features autocorrection.
  • Let's wrap it up: Working with text in Freehand for InVision V7 is better than ever:
    • Now you can click and drag to draw a text bounding box, complete automatically wrapping text.
    • When you create a text area by clicking to type, now the text will wrap at a predefined width.
    • When hovering over a text area, you can now use the side handles to resize the area and change the wrapping of the text. It's worth noting that you can still drag the corner handles of a text area to change change the font size.

December 7th, 2018

What's New

  • Shape Menu in Freehand: Now you can easily draw rectangles, circles, and straight lines.
    Pro tip: To draw perfect squares, circles, and lines at 30° increments, hold the Shift key while drawing.

September 7th, 2018

What's New

  • Choose your line opacity: To change the level of transparency of the lines you draw, you can now use the opacity feature. (See the description of the pencil tool in the Freehand Tools table for more detail). 
  • More-usable text entry in Freehand: 
    • You can now insert line breaks simply by pressing Enter / Return on your keyboard.
    • The type something prompt is now a placeholder rather than actual text that needs to be overwritten.

May 2nd, 2018

What's New

  • Freehand sign in through Craft Manager: The sign-in flow for the Craft Freehand plugin with Sketch is now part of Craft Manager. This should streamline authentication and make it more intuitive.

Bug Fixes

  • Share link unfurling: Share links for prototypes, boards, and Freehands are now unfurled correctly in Facebook and Twitter.
  • Freehand sign out issue: InVision Private Cloud users are no longer signed out of their accounts when they click InVision icon in Freehand.
  • Freehand save location: InVision Private Cloud users are now automatically prompted to save freehands inside their respective Private Cloud accounts instead of their personal accounts.
  • Improved resizing for straight lines in Freehand: The behavior of the resizing handles used to resize relatively straight lines you've drawn has improved, making it easier to change the length of your line (or a thin shape) without changing the proportions of the line.
    Pro tip: Hold Shift while drawing a new line for a perfect straight angle!

March 6th, 2018

What's New

  • Create only one document at a time in Freehand: If you accidentally click Create” several times when starting a new Freehand, you can now be sure that only one document will be created.
  • Type something faster with text in Freehand: When you create a new text layer, the default type something” text will now be selected. Just start typing to overwrite it.

December 11th, 2017

What's Fixed

  • Selection resize functionality: Resizing any selection in a freehand document that contains empty text layers is now working without any scaling problems. 
  • Multi-line text: Issue where occasional empty text lines were created after pressing Shift+Enter is no longer happening.

November 29th, 2017

What's New

  • Switch to Pencil tool: Double click with the pointer tool anywhere on canvas now quickly switches to the pencil tool.
  • Shadow rendering: New faster and smoother rendering for drop shadows on artboards imported from Sketch/Photoshop.
  • “Who draw this” functionality improved: Name of the author for lines/text/images now displays different text based on the item type: drawn by, added by, written by.

What's Fixed

  • Close video modal: The issue of the escape button not responding next to the video player is now fixed and fully functional.
  • Zoom Numeric keypad: Cmd + shortcut to zoom now works on Numeric keypad.

November 14th, 2017

What's New

  • Freehand from Prototype: Users can now create new Freehand documents from any of their prototypes by simply pressing the Freehand icon next to Liveshare in Project’s view.
    This image is the Create New Freehand icon users will click.

November 10th, 2017

What's New

  • Freehand Plugin (Sketch/PS): Completely new Freehand plugin that allows users to sign in with their InVision accounts and create new freehand or update already existing ones. 
  • Archive functionality: When freehand is archived, the URL will not be accessible anymore (same behavior as all other InVision project types).
  • Keyboard shortcut help: Improved shortcuts helper now with all Freehand shortcuts categoried by their purpose. 

October 30th, 2017

What's New

  • Shape fill functionality: Users are able to select a shape. By pressing cmd+e” they will add a fill color to that selected shape.
  • Pencil color picker: Users are able to change the pencil color by clicking the ••• menu at the top left, then clicking Change my default color.
  • Get started video: New walkthrough video tutorial is now available through the Freehand Guide.
  • Rich text editing: Users are now able to format text in Freehand. Allowed formatting functionality such as:
    - Bold (cmd+b)
    - Highlight (cmd+e)
    - Align center (cmd+shift+c)
    - Align left (cmd+shift+l)

What's Fixed

  • Emoji import issue: Fixed issue with importing emojis for retina displays
  • Mobile and tablet onboarding: Improved onboarding for mobile and tablet in landscape mode.

October 24th, 2017

What's New

  • Who’s drawn this: New feature to show who has drawn a particular in the bottom left of the screen,  rather than depending on just your color.
  • Duplicate for mobile/tablet: New feature that allows users to simply duplicate any selected content with a button that shows under the selection.

What's Fixed

  • Emoji resize issue: Fixed issue where you wouldn’t be able to resize emojis consistently without them disappearing.
  • Scaling issues: Fixed issue where invisible artifacts would sometimes appear preventing you from scaling properly.
  • Mobile redirect issues: Fixed Issue where you can’t access a Freehand directly from a mobile device without being promoted to download or use the Invision app.  

October 9th, 2017

What's New

  • Pointer Tool for MobileUsers will have pointer” tool as a default option when launching Freehand instead of pencil.”
  • Create New Freehand: New feature that allows users to create new Freehands directly from already opened documents. Open the overflow menu (•••) menu on top right to see an option to create new document.

October 2nd, 2017

What's New

  • Mobile/Tablet onboarding: Specific onboarding for mobile and tablet devices showcasing features and tips how to work and navigate through Freehand documents.
  • Duplicate for Mobile/Tablet: New feature that allows users to simply duplicate any selected content with a button that shows under the selection.

What's Fixed

  • Slack integration: Fixed issues with thumbnails not generating properly. 

September 18th, 2017

What's Fixed

  • Z” key shortcut: Fixed issue when pressing Z key returns to previously used tool in Freehand
  • Quick selection: Fixed bug pressing the command key when the selection option is enabled will change the cursor function to pencil mode

September 4th, 2017

What's New

  • Send Feedback: Users are now able to send feedback directly from Freehand documents
  • Become a Pro Tutorial: Interactive onboarding tutorial is now available to start again anytime from the Help dropdown 
  • What’s New: Users will see a notification dot directly in Freehand documents notifying about any new updates and releases

August 28th, 2017

What's New

  • Zoom reset for empty freehands: When there are no entities in the Freehand document, zoom is reset to 100%

What's Fixed

  • Custom minimum font sizes: Fixed issue where custom minimum font sizes in Chrome / Safari are causing text resizing in Freehand to not work
  • Old avatar placeholders: Fixed issue where avatar placeholders were showing old placeholders and not color + initials
  • Sketch Freehand update artboard resizing: Fixed issue where updating artboards from Sketch doesn't respect resized artboards in Freehand.

August 21st, 2017

What's New

  • Mobile smart shapes detection: Users are able to use smart shapes detection by holding pencil for additional 1-2s at the end of drawing to detect rectangle/circle or line.

What's Fixed

  • Image url copied as text layer: Fixed issue where copying an image from url and paste it into Freehand, it would paste the image’s link as text too
  • Same color for two or more users: Fixed issue where two users could have the same color
  • Enterprise SSO sign in: Fixed issue where for some Enterprise Freehand sessions with SSO it was not possible to sign in as a guest
  • “Esc” for closing all modal: Fixed issue when "Esc” wasn’t closing certain modals
  • Sideguide Scroll: Fixed issue where scrolling down in the side guide and then clicking a tip would not scroll to the top.

August 14th, 2017

What's New

  • No more dimming images in present mode: We removed dimming on images in present mode so it's easier to see what you're presenting.
  • Upload or drag and drop multiple images: You can upload or drag and drop multiple images at once!
  • New keyboard shortcut: You can now use the “A” keyboard shortcut as an alternate for the selection tool. Ctrl-A/CMD-A selects all objects.
  • Rename your Freehands: You can now rename your Freehands by clicking the Freehand name and typing to edit.
  • InVision logo takes you back to your Projects Dashboard: Previously, the InVision logo wouldn't do anything. Now, the home action works for all environments.
  • New keyboard shortcut: You can now use the “A” keyboard shortcut as an alternate for the selection tool. Ctrl-A/CMD-A selects all objects.
  • Improved, simplified clear drawing options with pointer tool optimizations

What's Fixed

  • Enterprise Freehands redirecting: Certain enterprise share links would redirect forever
  • Thumbnails updating: Freehand thumbs weren’t updating
  • Uppercase domain names redirect: Upper case domain names would cause redirect issues
  • Image path showing up as text object: Image path would paste as a text object in addition to the image

August 3rd, 2017

  • Freehand was released! It allows users to collaborate in real-time with designs in an infinite whiteboard experience. See more here.