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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.

November 25th, 2020

What's improved or fixed in the new DSM?

🎶 See Your True Colors Shining Through

The latest release of the new DSM further enhances support for features introduced with Sketch 69:

  • Support for Sketch color variables: Now when you upload a library from Sketch to DSM, the upload will include any color variables you’ve established in Sketch, so you can document the variables in the DSM web view—in the Color pages, alongside colors based on layer styles.

Current versions

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

  • New Design System Manager: version 1.0.5
  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.42

November 17th, 2020

What's improved or fixed in the new DSM?

This release addresses compatibility issues between the new DSM plugin and these two Sketch versions:

  • Sketch 69 compatibility: You may notice the new DSM plugin better supports the ability to display DSM data in Inspect when inspecting shared styles nested within components.

  • Sketch beta 70 compatibility: The new DSM plugin is now compatible with Sketch beta 70.

Current versions

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

  • New Design System Manager: version 1.0.3
  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.40

September 22nd, 2020

What's improved or fixed in the new DSM?

The latest version of the new DSM Sketch plugin includes a couple of improvements and a notable fix:

  • Big Sur compatibility: The new DSM plugin is now compatible with macOS 11 Big Sur beta.
  • Sketch 69 compatibility: The DSM side panel has been repositioned to account for the new Components View (beta) in Sketch version 69 (beta).
  • A11y enhancements: You may notice an improved experience after our latest round of minor accessibility enhancements.
  • Keeping up appearances: The plugin respects the Appearance setting (Light or Dark) in your System Preferences as expected.

Current versions

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

  • New Design System Manager: version 1.0.1
  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.40

August 18th, 2020

What's new in the new DSM?

The new DSM Sketch plugin has been updated to include accessibility enhancements.

Current versions

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

  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.17
  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.40

August 17th, 2020

What's new in the new DSM?

DSM now supports adding missing fonts so text style samples in Foundations are rendered correctly. With this enhancement, editors can ensure viewers see the correct text style samples, even if the needed custom fonts are not installed on the viewers' local machines.

August 12th, 2020

What’s fixed in Legacy DSM?

Hotfix here! Get your hotfix! 

  • What a drag: If you updated to Sketch version 68 (released yesterday, August 11th) and then began having trouble dragging icons from the Legacy DSM grid, this hotfix release (Legacy DSM version 1.1.40) should solve the issue.

Current versions

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

  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.16
  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.40

August 10th, 2020

What’s new in the new DSM?

Check out the latest way to work with symbols in the new DSM:

  • Iconic documentation: You can now add symbols from your Sketch library to the Icons category in the Foundations section of your DSM site. When you add icons, logos, or illustrations to the Icons category, viewers of your DSM site will be able to download these items as SVGs.
    To take advantage of this feature, you'll need to use version 0.6.15 (or later) of the DSM Sketch plugin. As always, we recommend updating to the newest version—0.6.16 at the time of publication.
    invision-dsm-symbols-add-as-icons.png

Current versions

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

  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.16
  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.39

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.

Current versions

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

  • New Design System Manager: version 0.6.16
  • Legacy Design System Manager: version 1.1.38

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:

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

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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