Using Trello like a Pro: Part 3

A while ago, we asked on Twitter if you knew that Trello had a calendar feature. It turned out that, no, many of you did not know that. So, I wrote this post, our third installment of “Using Trello like a Pro”, in an effort to inform you, our good-looking, productive readers, about all the cool stuff in Trello that you may have missed. You can read the previous installments here…

Okay, now on to the good stuff.

Calendar, Card Aging, and Voting are power-ups you can use for free right now.

Power-Ups

We are dedicated to keeping the core Trello experience as simple as possible. If it’s not something that every project needs, like comments, checklists, and attachments, then it’s not going to be in core. But we still want to provide additional, niche features to those that need them. So we launched power-ups, board-level features that you can toggle on and off. There are currently three power-ups: Calendar, Card Aging, and Voting. To enable them, open up the board menu in the board sidebar and select “Power-Ups”. Read the launch blog post for more details.

You can create cards via email.

Email

That’s right! Open the sidebar menu, select “Settings”, then “Email Settings”. We’ll give you an email address that you can add to your address book with a nice, easy-to-remember name. Send that address an email and boom, a card will appear on your boards. You can read more about it in the original blog post.

Trello Gold and Business Class give you more out of Trello.

We have two paid products for your consideration! We created Business Class for organizations and businesses to provide additional administrative controls and features, like Google Apps integration, observers, and additional permissions. Read more about Business Class.

We created Trello Gold for individuals so you can support Trello and get extra bits of fun and functionality, like custom board backgrounds, larger attachments, and stickers. Read more about Trello Gold. Also, for every person you get to join Trello, you can get a month of Trello Gold for free, for up to 12 months. Check out your recommend page for ways to share Trello.

There are free board backgrounds and they are used on the boards page, in favicons, and everywhere.

Backgrounds

Did you know you can change your board background to any of six colors for free? It’s true! And with Trello Gold, you can upload your own or choose from many hand-selected photos and patterns. Open you board menu in the sidebar, select “Settings”, then select “Change background…”.

Board backgrounds are used in a lot of places, including the new boards page. Another cool thing: when you open a board in the browser, the favicon will change to match the board background.

Shortcuts are efficient. Try “J/K” on cards and the ever-important “B”.

Trello is filled with keyboard shortcuts which will have you Trellin‘ with unheard-of speed. They are all listed on this page, which you can bring up at any time by pressing “?”. I wanted to point out two new ones and an important one. If you are viewing a card, you can press “J” to open the next card in the list, and “K” to open the previous card. You should also know about “B”. Press it to open the boards drawer, where you can immediately start typing to filter boards, and press “enter” to open it. Neat!

You can re-order starred boards via drag and drop.

Try it! You can put your very most important board at the top of the list, making it even easier to access.

Space Taco

Taco is our mascot.

He is a siberian husky, not a fox or a wolf, and his name is Taco, not Roo. You may see him around the app introducing you to new features. He has been to outer space.


That’s all for today. Hopefully you are more of a pro now. Oh, there is also a Trello Resources board that is updated regularly with tons of usage examples, extensions, bookmarklets and more. Maybe you could star it? We’re always sharing tips on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

A Big Update for the iOS App

Trello for iOS 2.4 is out now, and it’s like holding a piece of the future in your hands. Move cards between boards, change your boards’ backgrounds, access your favorite boards faster than ever – there are even some improvements that don’t use the word board at all.

Move Cards

Move Card

Let’s start with the new interboard teleportation feature. Yesterday, moving a card from “2013 New Years Resolutions” to your “2014 Second Chances” board was an impossible dream. Today, it is a possible reality. You heard me right: 2.4 makes dreams come true.

Drag To Archive

Drag to Archive

Finally. Gone are the days of tap-tap-tapping just to get a single card out of your way. You’re gonna be archiving cards you aren’t even finished with – it’s that easy.

Edit Board Backgrounds

Custom Backgrounds

Yeah, you have Trello Gold. You can take that sunset picture your friend said was “alright” and see it every time you open your favorite board. Or, if you’re still living in the ungilded dark ages, you can at least color code your boards.

Recent Boards

iPad users have been rolling in recent boards since day one, but they were hidden away in the Boards menu. Now they’re front and center, and iPhone users get to rock them too.

And More

There’s more than just features to look forward to. 2.4 is the Swahili word for “bug fixes,” and we didn’t choose the name lightly. Push notifications will hardly crash at all now. Cards no longer turn orange and fall off the screen every time you shake your phone. And remember how it was super confusing to add a new list in the iPhone app? Now it’s not. Progress.

You really have to experience it firsthand to appreciate what an improvement it is. And you can: 2.4 is live on the app store right now. Go get it!

Available on the App Store

We Made Getting Around Trello Lots Faster With Starred Boards, A New Boards Page, and More

We’ve been hard at work making Trello faster and easier to get around. We focused on a few major problems…

  • When you had a lot of boards, it was really hard to find the ones you care about.
  • The boards page–the page you see when you first log in–was pretty ugly visually underwhelming and had a bunch of stuff you didn’t need to see.
  • Switching between boards was hard because it involved a lot of clicks and scanning of lists, which made it tough for people who used multiple boards on a daily basis. Switching boards was also tough because…
  • Loading boards with lots of cards was slow. Like forgetaboutit slow.

So we’ve introduced a few new things to help you find your most important boards and make switching between boards really fast.

A New Boards Page

new-boards-page

The first thing you’ll notice when you log in is the new boards page. Previously, it was a big, long list of boards, which was hard to scan, and some account options, which you didn’t really need to see. We focused on the most important thing, which was finding and getting to your boards. Your boards page is now a large grid of boards, each using the background you can set in the settings tab.

Starred Boards

starred-boards

When you hover over a board on your boards page, you’ll notice a little star icon in the corner. Click it to star the board. Now it will always be at the top of your boards list. This means you can always find your most important boards without having to scan the entire list. You can star as many boards as you like. You can also drag-and-drop starred boards to reorder them, so you can have the board you really really care about at the top.

Boards Drawer

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The ”Boards” button in the top left now opens your new boards drawer. Boards in the drawer use board backgrounds, making them easy to find. You’ll notice that your starred boards are at the top, so it’s easy to switch between the ones you care most about. As you navigate to other boards, you’ll notice boards being added to the “Recent” list beneath your starred list. This way you won’t lose that important board you just visited. To make it even easier to switch boards, you can keep the drawer open as you navigate between boards by clicking the “Always keep this menu open.” link at the bottom of the drawer.

A Cleaner Look and Faster Loading Boards

You’ll notice that cards have a new look. We stripped many of the heavy styles from cards, which now look nice and clean. This also makes scrolling and displaying cards much faster and smoother. As you switch between boards, you’ll notice opening boards is almost instant now, even for boards with a lot of cards. Trello is faster because it’s now smarter about how it stores board data in your browser so it doesn’t have to download the data again.

As always, let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. And thanks so much to all the people who had early access to the new features and reported bugs and provided feedback. You made a big difference.

The all new Trello for Android with tablet support is here!

I am very excited to say that an all-new Trello for Android with full tablet support is now available on the Play Store!

We have redesigned every part of Trello for all your shiny Android devices. In addition to full tablet support, everything from dragging cards to adding check items is now chock-full of awesomeness. We have also added real-time updates so that when you’re working with others all changes will be synced in real time — no need to refresh!

Trello for Android

Head over to the Play Store and get it now! Give the app a spin and let us know what you think. Please note that Trello for Android requires an Android device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or better.

Amazon Kindle users — we haven’t forgotten about you! We are hard at work finishing up Trello for Kindle which will be available very soon. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest info first.

Not an Android user? We’ve got apps for iPhone and iPad too.

Introducing Trello Gold: Board Backgrounds, Stickers, and More…

TrelloGoldLogo

We built Trello for everybody and we want everybody to use it. That means you get unlimited boards, members, organizations, and everything you’ll ever need for free. We don’t want to put essential things behind a paywall. At the same time, we need to finance our growing coffee habits. So… we believe the people who love and get the most out of Trello will be happy to pay. We think that boils down to two groups of people: businesses and super fans.

We introduced Business Class for businesses who want additional administrative control for their organizations. Today we’re announcing the launch of Trello Gold for people who love Trello and want to support their favorite app. You’ll get extra bits of fun and functionality for your support.

Trello Gold is $5 per month or $45 per year. We’ll also give a free month of Trello Gold for every person you get to join Trello, for up to 12 months.

Learn more and sign up at trello.com/gold, or read on to see what’s included!

Board Backgrounds

backgrounds

Board backgrounds give boards personality while making it easier to distinguish between boards. Everyone will be able to change their board background to any of the six standard colors. With Trello Gold, you can choose from nine stunning, hand-picked backgrounds, or upload your own. With custom backgrounds, the image goes edge to edge and the header and lists will go slightly transparent so your background really shines.

Board backgrounds are an oft-requested feature, so we hope you love them. To change your board background, go to “Settings” in the sidebar board menu and select “Change Background…”. That’s where you can upload backgrounds, too.

Larger File Uploads

With Trello Gold, you’ll get larger file uploads, up to 250MB from the standard 10MB. That means animated GIFs that are 25 times as long.

Stickers

sticker

Stickers are a fun, visual way to communicate sentiment and status about things in your project, which is what Trello is about. They are little images that go on the front of cards, almost like reusable card covers. You’ll get a standard set of 12 for free. With Trello Gold you get two additional packs which were hand-drawn at Trello HQ: the Taco pack, featuring our very own spokes-husky, and the Pete the Computer pack, featuring a friendly computer that you are going to love. You can also upload your own.

We’re having a lot of fun with them internally. A card for a server crasher is perfectly accentuated by a data pete and broken pete sticker. A card for the Trello Gold launch is perfectly accentuated with a gold trophy Taco, although yes, that is a somewhat rare situation. And you can upload your own meaning there are endless possibilities.

To start sticking, click “Stickers” in the menu in the board sidebar and drag the stickers onto cards. You can also upload stickers from that pane.

Custom Emoji

Upload Emoji

Trello features over 800 emoji that you can use in comments, checklist items, descriptions, and elsewhere. But maybe we don’t have the superhero emoji that you really need. With Trello Gold, you can upload your own emoji. Just click the menu button to the bottom right of the comment box on the back of the card and select “Upload Emoji…”. You can name so it can be used for autocomplete later.


You’ll also get a special crown for your avatar so everybody knows how awesome you are. Sound cool? Go to trello.com/gold to learn more and sign up…

“WAIT I HAVE QUESTIONS”

Okay.

“How do I get people to join Trello so I can get Trello Gold for free?” There are a lot of ways. You can invite them to boards and organizations. You can share a special link with your Twitter followers or email it to friends, family, and coworkers. Visit your recommend page at trello.com/recommend to get the link and see all the ways to share. You’ll also see all the people you’ve got to join Trello, which is pretty neat. If you make that number go up, you win.

“What does Trello Gold mean for Business Class?” Nothing. They work independently. Trello Gold is for fans and Business Class is for organizations. People with Trello Gold will be able to change the backgrounds and add premium stickers to any board, including one in a Business Class organization.

“Can people without Trello Gold see my stickers and backgrounds and custom emoji?” Yes, everyone has the same view of the board. Only people with Trello Gold will be able to add premium and custom stickers and backgrounds, though.

“What about the mobile apps?” Trello Gold features like board backgrounds and stickers are not currently in the mobile apps, but they are coming soon.

“How do I sign up again?” Visit trello.com/gold.

“How do I get updates in the future?” Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

“Is this the end of the blog post?” Yes.