What's new in this version:
- Bug Fixes: We got so excited about your emoji we kept requesting them, particularly at the moment you switched channels. This caused all manner of slowness. We've since bottled our enthusiasm, and now request emoji exactly one (1) time
- 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.