What's new in this version:
- When you’re in a lot of workspaces, the app now uses much less memory, and starting up is faster, to boot
- And flipping between those workspaces is now faster. Not super-sonic, but certainly somewhere between a jiffy and lickety-split
- We shunted the sign-in page out of the app — it's now rerouted to a new window, for reasons of reliability
- A new-fangled lock badge subtly lets you know which workspaces you're currently signed out of. Or of which you're currently signed out. Either way
- Our start up screen, spruced-up and slimmed-down, is worth a gander — as is the helpful way that dates now stick to the top of a channel while scrolling through messages. Though if you don't notice them, but quietly feel a little bit happier for reasons you can't put your finger on, that's cool too
- It’s been a long time coming but brings us joy to say: 100% less reloading during drag and drop. How much? 100%. That's all the percents, people. Sorry about the previous frustration
- For those encountering a screen claiming "Something’s not working", it turns out the main thing not working was this screen: it is no more
- If you kept the app running for a long time, you might be on the receiving end of two consecutive updates. Now good things come to those who wait, one-at-a-time, as is proper
- The sidebar now scoots considerately out of the way when viewing full-screen video
- We fixed exiting full-screen video when pressing the aptly-named “Escape” key
- The blackout caused by a window being closed while full-screen, with one request confoundingly eclipsing the other, has been sunsetted
- Found: One missing Ctrl-1 / Cmd-1 hotkey. Please call 1-800-SLACKME to claim. Don't actually call that. It doesn't do anything. Unlike the hotkey (now)
- Should you forget what app you’re using, the About Slack window is all new and loads much faster than before
- Scrolling through messages is flicker-free
- There are now no more crashes in High Sierra when starting up the app
- Composing text in an IME (for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean customers) no longer inserts zero-width spaces; in other words, it’s blank-box-free
- The diacritics menu – the place where the alphabet goes to try on different hats and accents – no longer adds a duplicate letter to your input once you've chosen the one you want. We've said it before, but this time we really mëean it
- Pinch-to-zoom gestures could, sometimes, tragically, irreversibly zoom. You can now make things on your screen smaller again without resorting to moving your computer far away
- The popup that appears when you look up the definition of a word has been realigned to make more sense
- And finally, sometimes selecting text in the search box would move the window around. You could say… it was a bit of a drag
- Slack now officially, and fully, supports Japanese. Along with the already available French, German, Spanish, and, of course, English (of the US variety). Find them under Languages & Region in your preferences menu
- A small release containing nothing but another Electron update, this one better than the last
- Previously in Slack app releases: we fixed the Japanese input in 2.6.3. Then we re-broke it in 2.8.0. And now it’s fixed again. Stay tuned for the next thrilling installment
- Added bonus: An Electron update improving security. A precautionary measure, but it’s always good to be up to date
- Fixed: Sometimes if you changed networks, we used to rouse from sleep in a bit of a daze, greeting you with a blank screen. Now, we awaken bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Or at the very least, with your team displayed
- Fixed: Where, in rare cases, some external links didn't end up pointing to the right place when you clicked them, they now do
- Fixed: Video playback should now be much smoother, and nicer to your network
- Fixed: On certain keyboard layouts, hitting backspace didn't actually delete the last character, which was a surprise, but a surprise of the lesser kind - there is now one fewer lesser surprise
- Fixed: Unexplainably, context menus and spell-check stopped working in some teams. OK: we have an explanation but we'd rather not discuss it. It's embarrassing. Rest easy knowing that it's fixed here
- Fixed: We found – and cast out – the culprit behind high resource usage while the app's sitting idle
- Fixed: If you were experiencing issues making calls on macOS 10.10, you should no longer. Update and keep calling
- We revamped video calls, making the experience more intuitive, and more attractive. As a bonus, they're more resource efficient and now let you change audio devices during a call. If that's the kind of thing you need to do
- We paved over a series of potholes that were strewn about the app, making crashes far less likely
- Should you ever wish to say goodbye to one of your teams, a right-click > Remove from the sidebar will do the trick now more reliably than before
- Switching teams using the numbered shortcuts is noticeably faster. We would say "37%" if we were forced to put a number on it. Fortunately, we aren't, and we won't
- Opening a context menu won't freeze videos or gifs playing in the app
- We dusted off the cobwebs in the app menu and composted a few menu items that weren't useful when signed into one team
- The default window size is a smidgen larger. You won't notice, because your window will keep being the same size it's always been. That's just the way it is, and we don't want it to change
- Our spellchecker would occasionally mark correctly spelled words as incorrect. It had ONE job. It now performs it
- We made the act of signing in more reliable for teams using SSO.
- It transpired that folks who downloaded our installer from slack.com were added to the beta program. If you wanted to be in the beta, you would have said so.
- A crash on startup for Linux customers with a non-English keyboard has been dispatched with a flea in its ear. Because that's just not cricket.
- For the times when Slack just... doesn't: try Help > Clear Cache and Restart. It has all the nougaty goodness of Reset App Data, without the stale aftertaste of losing your teams.
- The way we load teams you don't view often has been changed to reduce the app's memory footprint
- Folks consistently unable to load the app will now be greeted by a troubleshooting page that offers suggestions on making their situation better. (Spoiler: it's usually to do with over-zealous antivirus software)
- Those pasting text with style into a Post then finding their text to have "no style" can now Paste & Match Style under the Edit menu
- You can see our Help Center documentation in – of all places – the Help menu. The almost over-intuitively named Open Help Center item will be your friend
- Waking Slack after hibernation or a system crash occasionally found all your teams missing. Thank you for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience; it no longer should
- Some bold explorers moved their user profile off of the default drive and started the app to find nothing but a cryptic error message. We weren't prepared for this boldness, but have since girded our loins. Fine, explorers: Set your profiles free
- A rare bug where team icons shuffled out of formation in the sidebar. They're more stoic and sticky and as a bonus, rearranging them is smoother
- Customers typing in languages that use IME composition (Korean, for example) will find that the message input is 82% stickier
- The shades of gray in our menu bar were so 1992 — they didn't match any of our outfits. So: we went shopping for a new window frame. This one matches your theme, and comes with a free hamburger menu!
- We discovered that removing a bunch of unnecessary processes improved app startup time. Who knew? Less really is more. Or at least, less is more-faster. Or should that be fewer? Whatever: It's better
- We simplified the way we remember your teams and app settings. This shouldn't affect much, aside from some bugs wherein we forgot your teams or app settings, which are now fixed
- For the savvy troubleshooter, a new tool: Help > Show Logs in Explorer will package up some app diagnostic files, should you ever need them
- Our zoom levels now match the Chrome browser, so you should feel right at home (so long as your home is Chrome)
- An infrequent crash when quitting the app has been dispatched
- A slightly more frequent crash while checking for updates; eliminated
- Signing out of teams from the right-click menu is 46.8% more reliable
- And finally, if you had multiple displays, new windows (such as a call or a Post) would appear on the primary display instead of the display that Slack was on. Rather than submit this to a physics journal for peer review, we decided to fix it. All is as it should be
- There was a small bug in Calls. We don’t think you saw it, but we fixed it anyway
- Fixed Window zoom jumping back and forth? No longer–we locked it down and threw away the key
- Contractions aren't causing spellcheck errors any longer, unless tehy're misspelled
- We fixed a problem with idle timing that made you look inactive and unavailable when truth be told, you were quite busy and attentive. If you were receiving a few too many mobile notifications, this was the culprit
- When typing in languages that require input composition, (Korean, for example!) switching between the input method editor and our app caused characters to go missing
- Summer is over and that means no more beach balls! ...Get it? Well then, how about this: the app starts a bit faster and switching channels or teams is a bit zippier.
- If you're signed into more than one team, we've removed the titlebar from the window for a streamlined, modern look. High fashion.
- A redesigned team sidebar with better support for light themes, and, as a bonus, it scrolls if you're signed into too many teams (you cosmopolitan!)
- Signing into a new team gets the same full-screen treatment as our other dialogs, because your 8th team could be just as important as your 1st.
- You're now able to approve (and then, with a lighthearted click, open) deep links from other apps.
- Use Help > Report Issue to send feedback or file a bug. It attaches your log files automatically, to make troubleshooting that much simpler.