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Release Notes: Design System Manager (DSM)

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To review Design System Manager (DSM) release notes for versions released prior to May 5, 2020, see our Craft release notes.

InVision is committed to continually improving Design System Manager (DSM) and your design system workflow by resolving bugs and often implementing new features with each release. You'll find our latest DSM release notes below.

August 5th, 2020

Grab a quick fix!

What’s fixed in the new DSM?

The latest release for the new DSM, version 0.6.16, includes a single fix:

  • Library upload blocker: You should now be able to upload libraries to the new DSM without encountering an error, including if you previously couldn't due to certain proxy settings that were causing DSM to throw an upload error.

July 14th, 2020

Pics or didn't happen! 

What’s new in the new DSM?

With the latest DSM release, you can record proof of design systems past—for posterity's sake or, just a tad more realistically, for reference during future projects:

  • Archival footage: As a DSM editor, now you can archive your older design systems—whether created in the new DSM or in legacy DSM—as read-only versions for both the web and Sketch plugin. To archive (or later restore) a design system, open DSM on the web, navigate to your Design systems list, click the More menu (•••) at the top right of the system you want to archive, and then click Archive (or Restore).
    invision-dsm-web-archive-design-system.gif

Current versions

Here are the version numbers for each DSM tool at the time of publication:

  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.38
  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.12

July 6th, 2020

Looking for documentation on a part of your design system? The new DSM has you covered! 

What’s new or improved in the new DSM?

This release introduces a must-have time saver:

  • Search party: Now you can search your design system documentation for the specific element you need. To use the search feature, open the design system on the web, and then click the search icon (invision-new-dsm-documentation-search-icon.png) in the upper-right corner. The new DSM search engine currently indexes your documented symbols, colors, text styles, and component names.

Current versions

Here are the version numbers for each DSM tool at the time of publication:

  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.37
  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.11

June 29th, 2020

Save time by using existing DSM systems in the new DSM!

What’s new or improved in the new DSM?

Creating design systems from scratch is no problem with DSM, but now you can also start with existing DSM content:

  • Import legacy DSM content: You can forget about manually recreating your design system content in the new DSM! Now you can import all your documentation and Sketch data from legacy DSM. You can even copy over any live component documentation you created in Storybook! Check out the details: Importing Legacy DSM to the New DSM
  • Duplicate new DSM design systems: Need to create a clone of a design system? Now you can create full duplicates of design systems you built in the new DSM, just like you can with legacy DSM on the web.

Current versions

Here are the version numbers for each DSM tool at the time of publication:

  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.37
  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.11

June 17th, 2020

Cut out the guess work with easy-access documentation tabs for every component!

What’s new or improved in the new DSM?

The latest release of the new DSM includes a big win for all you detail-oriented designers and devs out there, plus a couple of time-savers:

  • Documentation tabs: Catalog important details for designers and developers with the newly added documentation tabs on components. To ensure that DSM meets your team's specific documentation standards, you can add and name tabs as needed:
    invision-dsm-documentation-tabs-1.png
  • Toggle plugin visibility: Now when you enable or disable visibility of DSM via the Sketch Plugins menu, the change will happen immediately. Previously, toggling visibility required a Sketch restart to take effect.
  • Improved upload performance: You may notice performance improvements when uploading files, especially if uploading larger files.

What’s new in legacy DSM?

  • Export assets to Sketch file: Now you can export your legacy DSM assets to a Sketch file. Editors can access this from the design system dropdown in the top left corner of the legacy DSM plugin.
    As part of our upcoming import workflow improvements, soon you will also be able to upload the Sketch file with your exported assets to design systems on the new DSM!

Version changes

The version numbers for each DSM tool was updated with this release:

  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.37
  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.11

May 5th, 2020

What’s new or improved in DSM?

Say hello to the new InVision DSM, built for collaborative teams. Available in Early Access!

From build and beyond, it takes a team of collaborators to make a design system succeed. That’s why we've redesigned InVision DSM with an even deeper appreciation of design system makers and users.

Here's what to expect from the new DSM:

  • Sharing and versioning: Use the new DSM plugin to distribute and version your Sketch Libraries as part of a comprehensive design system.
  • Rich documentation: Tie all aspects of your design system together with DSM's revamped, rich documentation site that lets you centralize and showcase the system.

You'll also notice a number of improvements to DSM, including these:

  • Familiar ground: When working in Inspect mode, links to DSM documentation now open the same design system version used in the prototype.
  • Custom font support: Now when you publish Storybook entries that include custom fonts, those fonts will appear in DSM as expected.

Version changes

The version numbers for each DSM tool was updated with this release:

  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.32
  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.4

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