You can copy boards now. Finally.

To do so, click the “Options” button in the board sidebar and select “Copy Board”. Give your new board a name and you’re good to go.

How will this get used? You might use it for recurring projects like new client work or weekly chores. It’s also great for setting up new employees. It may work better than a stale PDF and is easier to set up than a wiki.

You’re also able to copy any public board. So if you see a particular board structure you like you can copy it. You’ll have the option to keep or leave off copies of the current cards in case you want to start anew.

We plan to add list, card, and checklist copying in the future. We just didn’t want to give ourselves too many bugs all at once.

Color Blind Mode

1 out of 10 people are color blind… is a statistic we’re pretty sure we heard one time. That makes card labels useless for a lot of people. We’ve added a color blind friendly mode to help. To enable, open the change label menu on a card and select “Enable Color Blind Friendly Mode” from the bottom. It should cover most common color vision deficiencies.

Updates to Card Subscribe

When we last spoke, we had just released card subscribe. We’ve since added some features to make it even better including a keyboard shortcut (“s”), a badge on the front of cards so you can quickly see what you’re subscribed to, and a subscribe action to the card menu. We’ve got more subscribe features planned.

Changing email address

Probably not our most exciting update, but an important one. You can now change the email address you use for logging in and receiving notifications. Visit https://trello.com/my/account and select “Change Email Address”.

As always, check out the Trello Development board to see what we’re working on next and to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

Introducing Subscribe. Get notifications for any card.

Previously, you only received notifications for things concerning you. When so-and-so commented on a card or invited you to a board, a little red square with the number of unread notifications popped up in the header to let you know. All your updates are kept in a tidy list that you can always come back to.

The problem was that lots of people wanted to get updates about other cards on the board. Important things tended to get quickly buried in the activity feed. Occasionally people would assign themselves to other cards just to get updates, making it difficult to see who was actually working on what.

There was obviously a problem here. We wanted to keep you up to date, but didn’t want to flood you with notifications about every card on every one of your boards. That would be too much.

Solution? Subscribe!

You can now subscribe to any card. When you subscribe, you get a notification about anything that happens to that card: when somebody comments, when somebody gets added, and when it ceremoniously gets moved to the done list. To subscribe, just click the subscribe button on the back of a card. If you see the green checkmark, you’ll get notifications.

 

You’ll be automatically subscribed when you join a card, just like before, but you’ll also have the option to unsubscribe and turn off notifications. You can also subscribe to cards on public boards to keep track of your favorite upcoming features, like, say, Templates and Copying on the Trello Development board. No need to check back or bookmark the board. When something happens, you’ll know.

That’s subscribe. We hope it keeps people more up to date and helps you keep track of the stuff you’re interested in. It’s live for everybody. Go try it out.

Announcing Announcements

Another thing… In the interest of keeping people informed about all the latest and greatest stuff in Trello, we’ve added an in-app announcement system. When we launch a new feature (like subscribe), we’ll send out an announcement. A little red mark over the ‘info’ button will show up, and you’ll get a short blurb about it when you click. There’s also a place for all recent announcements, in case you want a reminder.

For more more tips, tricks, and news, or to start a meaningful conversation (read: yell at us), you should follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

A new board menu and paying down design debt

In our excitement to get Trello out to you, our productive and good-looking users, we sometimes put things together quickly. We think done is better than perfect. But over time, and after enough slightly painful interactions, we have to stop making excuses and pay down the design debt we’ve accumulated. That’s why we tackled the troublesome board profile pages.

The what pages? Exactly. The board profile pages were those ill-conceived administrative pages that were used to do things like change the board description, change label titles, add members to the board, and view archived cards and lists. We shoehorned the interface from the back of the cards, which was an awkward fit for such simple interactions.

So we’ve gotten rid of those pages in favor of simple menus. Here’s what’s new.

Adding Members

When you clicked the add members button it showed a big page with a list of current members and organization members, with a search box haphazardly tacked on underneath. As much you may like seeing the faces of your pleasant and attractive coworkers, you were probably just trying to add somebody.

We’ve boiled it down to a simple popover. Search or add an email address, click, and they are invited. You can use the up and down arrow to navigate the list and press enter to select. It’s a bit easier than before where you had to search, add them to a list, and click the “Invite” button. If you’ve added your board to an organization, it will also list organization members. No need to look them up. There’s also an option to add all organization members at once.

We’ve also ditched the organization members page. To add members to an org, click the “Add Members” button beneath the list of current members on the org profile. That’s one fewer page you have to visit.

Visual Archive

The archive used to be just a list of text with cards names with the options to delete or re-open. It was kind of hard to make sense of it because the cards didn’t look anything like you remembered them. Now cards in the archive look like real cards, with the badges, members, and labels you remember. We call this the visual archive.

Board Settings

Nobody really likes fussing with settings, and far fewer like having to hunt for them. The board “profile” housed a hodgepodge of administrative stuff like the board description, a way to change permissions, and a way to change the organization of a board. Again, with that word “profile”… It’s now known as “Settings” and we’ve split it into five sections and actions: “Rename Board”, “Change Organization”, “Permissions”, “Board Description”, and “Layout”. We hope that’s more self-explanatory.

Board Description

You may or may not have been aware of the board description. It’s a place to describe your board in detail. Very useful for describing bigger goals or just what that one list means. Unfortunately, it was buried in the board profile, making it difficult to discover. Now there’s a button in the header that takes you directly to it. We hope the added visibility fosters better communication and collaboration and also synergy.

And more…

We’ve cleaned up a few other things like the menu for editing label titles and the “Recent Activity” dialog. We recognize there is more design debt around the app, but don’t worry, reader, we’ve got plans. Soon things will be done before you even touch a keyboard. After that, we’re just going to read your mind directly. You’ll be moving cards in your sleep. Stay tuned!