Board and List Subscribe, Desktop Notification Updates, Edit Comments, and More!

Subscribing to a card lets you get notifications as if you were added to it. When we launched it back in May, people loved it. The biggest feedback we received was that people wanted the ability to subscribe to whole boards and individual lists. We admit we were a bit hesitant — that’s a lot of notifications, at least for us. But there are some cases where it makes sense. Sit back and imagine…

Let’s say you are on a Trello board shared by two other roommates. It’s filled with household tasks, upcoming bills and rent, grocery needs, etc. There’s not much activity so you want to know about everything that’s going on. Subscribing to every card would be a… chore, so you subscribe to the whole board. But you find that you don’t really need to know that Steve finished washing the dishes. You really only need to know about what to do next, so you just subscribe to the “New” list. Next thing you know, you’re out grocery shopping and hey look, you get a push notification on your iPhone or Android device. “Get butter” was added to the list. You pick up a dozen boxes and return home where everyone thanks you profusely.

Anyway, you get the idea. (Also you might want to cut back on the butter…)

We’re excited to announce the launch of board and list subscribe. We can’t guarantee that it will make you the hero of your household, but we hope you find it useful. How does it work? To subscribe to a board, just click the “Options” button, then select “Subscribe”. To subscribe to a list, click the menu button in the list header, and select “Subscribe”. Now you can sit back and see changes without having to click through to every board.

Desktop Notifications Updates

We’ve also expanded the functionality of desktop notifications, the small notification boxes that pop up on your desktop. You’ll get notifications for everything — all cards, boards, and lists to which you are subscribed — not just comments for the board you are viewing. We’ve also added support for Safari 6 on Mountain Lion. They will show up in Notification Center, so long as you have a browser window open. To enable desktop notifications, click the “Notifications” button in the header and select “Allow Desktop Notifications”.

Desktop notifications are available for Google Chrome (Windows and OSX) and Safari 6 on OSX 10.8, but as soon as other browsers add support, we’ll add support. We want to make sure you never miss a beat.

Edit Comments

We’ve also added the oft-requested ability to edit comments. Now you can fix a typo or add a clarification without having to delete and add a new comment. Just click the “Edit” button at the bottom of the comment and you’ll start editing in place. Typos be gone!

New Board Tricks

Hey, we’re not done! We’ve added some new interactions that will save you a bit of time (and head-scratching). You’ve always been able to collapse the board sidebar, but to do so you had to fight a few menus. Now you can click the right side of the board to toggle the sidebar. If you want to hide specific sections in the sidebar, like “Members” or “Activity”, now you can just click the title. If you’ve got lots of lists, you can click the left side of the board to open the “List Guide”, a list of lists which helps you jump to lists.

Don’t forget about Trello’s “old” tricks! You can…

  • Double click anywhere on a board to add a list. Trello will figure out the position based on where you clicked.
  • Drag a board to scroll horizontally. Beats using the scrollbar.
  • Drag members from the sidebar to cards to add them. Easier than going through menus.
  • Use one of the many keyboard shortcuts. Use “?” to bring them up if you need a reminder.

There. Now you’re a pro.

What’s next for us? Find out on the Trello Development board. For more updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

60 thoughts on “Board and List Subscribe, Desktop Notification Updates, Edit Comments, and More!

  1. Nice update. Really awesome stuff you guys are doing here, Keep it up with the new features!

  2. Thank you for these! The only thing on my wishlist is for more label options. Possibly the ability to create as many labels as you want, and a color wheel. Maybe an advanced tab?

    Though Trello promotes simplicity, I could see it never being added – but for our board at the agency, it’d come in super handy!

    Thanks for these updates!!! :)

    • Yes and no; some shortcuts only work with english keyboards, [?] being one of them. I reported this in june (Case FC2308233), but no further response in the matter.

      The problem in their scripts is that they refer to keys rather than the characters themself. To get around the issue until they decide to fix it you can look at an english keyboard layout and figure out how to reach the keys. For example:

      [,] acts like []
      [‘] acts like [?]

      Hope that helps!

      • Weird! They striped out some of my example text. Here it is in english.

        comma acts like less than (move left)

        period acts like more than (move right)

  3. Awesome, love the collapsing sidebar shortcut. Making the best collaborative web application even better must be a lot of fun for you guys. :)

    Now if only I could do away with all this Arial! I want that sweet typeface on used for the Board titles in the testimonials on the actual live application. (I know there’s great reasons why not to load the web font, but it’d look amazing!)

  4. I tried to subscribe to a list but my option isn’t there…do I need to log out and then log back in again? All the other things look great!

    • (this is why editing comments is important, I left a comment above and clearly forgot to say something so I’m adding another)*

      A guy higher up on this thread asked for a COLOR WHEEL…. don’t do it!!! I’m color blind, the 5 colors (with labels to indicate which color it’s supposed to be) is more than enough! Keep it simple please!

  5. Great updates! We’ve been waiting for the ability to edit comments. Thanks for the great application. Finally practicing all those excellent GTD methods with consistency now that I have this app.

    • Is it already enabled? To find out, see “Preferences…” > “Advanced” > “Privacy – Content Settings” > “Notifications” > “Manage exceptions…”

  6. TRELLO is AWESOME!!!! <3 it!!!!
    You guys & Gals ROCK!! Trello has made such a difference in my life and business. I've put all my publishing projects, design clients, personal To-Do's and even our wedding plan in Trello.- It's truly a lifesaver – I can't say thank you enough for making something the way my mind works.

    p.s. ~ My Fiancée says Trello is my girlfriend, I talk about her so much. hahaha
    But secretly she likes her too. ;)

  7. Adding on to Mike Lowther’s comment, I would love to be able to upload images to be used as reusable labels. I currently use images sized to 32px high as labels, but it’s annoying to have to constantly find them on my machine and reupload them to cards.

  8. Trello has made a huge difference for my team of designers.
    It’s created an open and fun community around the whole project and increased collaboration. Everybody can see who’s working on what & how they themselves are contributing to the final product. Workmates love using Trello & are excited when new feature notifications pop up. I love reading about who & how other people are using it also. Keep up the brilliant work.

  9. Everyday that i use Trello, it becomes my favorite and single datebook. Nice job!

  10. Thanks for the Comment edit option! I can see myself using that a lot!

    Isn’t it great that kanban wasn’t patented? We wouldn’t have Trello otherwise.

  11. Congratulations, Trello is a great tool! Keep it simple and cool, please. IMHO Trello needs one more feature: tags created by the user, for a better search and group experience… Thanks a lot for your brilliant work :)

  12. Very nice features, thanks a lot. Is adding swim lanes in your feature roadmap? Also, I second the motion to add more label customizations.

  13. Didn’t know about the clever “?” shortcut. Nice one!

    And Thank you for allowing us to hide the sidebar! I can really do with the space

  14. Great update!

    And one request – could you please put the “Share/export” button back to the card directly? I have to get the link to the card quite often, so going to “More” menu each time is not too handy.
    Or maybe make a card icon a link?

  15. I have to say, out of the updates I’ve experienced in the 3 months or so I’ve been using Trello heavily, this one is my FAVORITE! I LOVE being able to edit comments and subscribe to Boards!

    Also noticed you exposed the ‘link to this card’ box upon clicking ‘more’ on the sidebar of a card… brilliant! That makes the process sooo much more fluid. Thanks!! :D

    On that note, it would be amazing to get some kind of card linking functionality inside of a card, since it’s something I do so often. One way would be to use a drop down interface similar to the ‘move’ functionality. Anther (slightly sexier) approach would be to auto-fill/search similar to the @mention, but with a different hash tag, maybe the # sign. This second method would work best if it was more like a search than simple auto-complete.

    Great Job Trello Peeps!! You guys rock!! (seriously)

  16. No, don’t cut down on the butter! We should all cut down on sugar and starch, increase our butter/cream/fatty meats/vegies! And eggs, lots of eggs! You know it good for you!

  17. are comment edits provided over the API as well? – i.e. am I able to receive actions when some edited a comment in Trello?

  18. Thanks for the nice features.
    Just a suggestion it is a bit hard to hide and display the right pane the way it is now . You can just put a hide/display button ( similar to window minimize / maximize ) on the right of the gray bay just under the profile photo, Clicking a button will be way simpler to use.

  19. Gorgeous work guys! I have migrated all my stuff in trello and Im feeling very confident in my schedules now :))

  20. Great updates.
    Re the right panel open/close… maybe add an arrow button on the top right for the user to click on.?
    In the animation you have shown, your furthermost list is a short one. When this is full length, it’s very fidgety to open/close.

  21. Can you make labels dragable the same way you can attach members by dragging them to item. The question is from where you can drag the labels, maybe some popup, similar to the one where you edit label subscriptions?

  22. Love the keyboard shortcuts. Want more!

    In particular, I would love to be able to perform this workflow without touching the mouse:

    1. Move to a card
    2. Open it
    3. Create or edit the description
    4. Close the card and do the same thing to another one.

    As far as I can tell, step 3 is impossible. I suggest adding the ability to focus each button or link on the open card using TAB and then activate it with ENTER.

  23. You folks are doing a great job! Fab product! Just gets better and better!

    A quick question about subscribing to cards: is there any way to disable auto-subscribe when adding a member to a card?