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Release Notes: Specs

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As part of our commitment to continually improving our digital design products, InVision is resolving bugs and often implementing new features with each release of the Specs document type—currently available in beta for a handful of InVision V7 Enterprise teams.

For all the latest on Specs, keep up with the release notes below.

October 7th, 2020

Give your devs the rich context and clear details that make Specs such a powerful tool for design-to-development collaboration.

What’s new?

Check out our latest list of feature additions for Specs:

  • Comments: Have something to say? Looking for feedback? Post and reply to comments directly in the Specs canvas.
    invision-v7-specs-comment.gif
  • Text annotations: Grab your collaborators' attention with text formatting and provide details right where you need them.
    invision-v7-specs-add-text-annotation.gif
  • Align and distribute: See a better way to organize your designs and developer details? By all means, spark that joy! Just grab what you need and move items as you see fit.
    invision-v7-specs-align-and-distribute.gif
  • Clean, in-line editing: The new in-line editing quill lets you easily format your Overview, so you can quickly highlight critical details for the spec and link to resources or related info that collaborators need.
    invision-v7-specs-format-inline-text.gif
  • Even easier image uploads: Along with adding images to a spec via the Upload images icon (invision-v7-specs-upload-image-icon.png) that you're familiar with, now you can also drag and drop images directly to the canvas.
    invision-v7-specs-drag-drop-image-upload.gif

July 16th, 2020

Change the game with multiplayer collaboration in Specs!

What’s new?

Here are the latest additions to Specs:

  • Specs multiplayer: Now work alongside colleagues in a Spec document at the same time without overwriting one another's work!
  • Easy image upload: The new Upload menu (invision-v7-specs-upload-icon.png) makes it nice and easy to add images to your Specs canvas.
    invision-v7-specs-upload-images.gif

July 2nd, 2020

This release introduces a couple new ways to get started with a spec.

What’s new?

Here's what's new after the latest Specs release:

  • Third way to create a spec: Now you can create a spec from the Documents screen or from a space in InVision by clicking the + Create button in the upper-right corner. You can also still publish a spec via Craft Sync in Sketch and/or create a spec from a set of prototype screens in InVision.
    invision-v7-create-spec-from-home.gif
  • Publish screens to existing spec: Speaking of creating a spec from a set of prototype screens, now you can also enhance a spec you previously created by publishing a set of screens to it.
    invision-v7-publish-screens-set-to-existing-spec.gif

June 3rd, 2020

Along with some bigger feedback-driven improvements to the Specs user interface (UI), you'll discover a few new time-saving features—including additional ways to create a spec document.

What’s new, fixed, or improved?

Here are the details for this release:

  • More obvious UI cues: You'll notice a couple of obvious changes to the Specs UI:
    • Noteworthy: Your feedback made it clear that the purpose of annotations in a spec document was, well, not very clear; therefore, annotations are now called notes, as seen in the GIF below.
    • Better together: With the Overview and Notes tabs now consolidated into one area, collaborators can readily see important context about the entire spec as well as individual screens and design elements (also seen in the GIF below).
      invision-specs-overview-and-notes.gif
  • Time savers: A number of users suggested features that can shave valuable seconds off common tasks. Here are three we've been able to add so far:
    • Auto panning: Now when you select a note in the left panel, the canvas will pan to the corresponding artboard.
    • Rearrange screens: Use the new drag-and-drop functionality to arrange spec screens as wanted on the canvas. 
    • Quick-access for Inspect: Double-click any screen on the canvas to open Inspect mode.
      Previously, a single-click would open Inspect mode; this change was necessary to support the new drag-and-drop feature, which requires a single-click to select a screen.

May 7th, 2020

Last time on Specs Today, we left on a cliffhanger: "There's plenty more to come on the canvas flexibility front, so stay tuned!" Hold your breath no more; it's time to reveal the lucky features and fixes you voted most wanted and get to know our winners...

What’s new, fixed, or improved?

Let's get flexible:

  • Info at a glance: Now you can see the status and assignee for the Jira ticket or epic in the upper-left corner of a spec, so you don't have to leave the spec for those key details.
    invision-specs-jira-status-assignee.png
  • The more you know: So you can provide all the context, details, and resources necessary for a useful spec overview, now the editor includes formatting options for inline code and will auto convert pasted URLs into clickable links.
    invision-specs-overview-inline-code-and-links.gif
  • Auto panning: Now when you select an annotation in the left panel, the canvas will pan to the corresponding artboard.

April 14th, 2020

We’re just getting started with more options for artboards and improvements to user permissions!

What’s new?

Specs aren't quite yoga-ready just yet, but you'll notice this release includes additional flexibility for the Specs canvas and permissions:

  • Increased admin control within a spec:
    • Now you can rename or delete a screen without leaving your spec in InVision V7: Hover over an artboard to reveal and click the More (•••) menu, or right-click the screen to reveal the Rename and Delete buttons.
      invision-cloud-v7-specs-rename-delete.gif
    • You can also now archive or delete an entire spec while it's open: To reveal the Archive spec and Delete spec buttons, click the More icon (•••) at the top right of your spec.
      invision-cloud-v7-specs-archive-delete.gif
  • Request access to specs: If you send a spec share link to someone on your Enterprise team who isn't yet authorized to view it, they can request access via the share link interface.
  • Every annotation counts: With a spec open in InVision V7, now you'll see the number of annotations indicated next to the Annotations tab.
    invision-cloud-v7-spec-annotation-count.gif
  • The delight is in the details: This one isn't exactly a game changer, but the designers among you will probably appreciate the font and spacing improvements we've made to spec overviews.

There's plenty more to come on the canvas flexibility front, so stay tuned!

What’s fixed?

Insights from our beta testers have already helped us find and fix several bugs. Keep 'em coming!

  • Save securely: Now you can save your spec as expected. Previously, a bug was causing issues that could lead to data loss or errant states on the spec document.
  • Counting characters: To avoid issues caused by extremely long spec document titles, there is now a 100-character limit per title.
  • Protect & serve: So you can be sure your specs are protected, guests can no longer add or delete Jira links within a spec, nor can they restore a spec that has been archived.
    To learn about user permissions for each Enterprise role, check out the table in the "Understanding Enterprise user roles" section of this guide: Managing Your Enterprise
  • Annotation improvements: You may notice more consistent behavior for annotations, as we've made several coding changes to improve annotation stability.
  • Auto layout issues: Now your screens should be aligned as expected in InVision V7, even if the screens are different sizes.

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