Hello, Saved Searches

Saved Searches

When we introduced the new search back in May, people from around the world were astonished by the speed and flexibility of Trello search. By that I mean it was no longer slow and broken. Some time passed. The cheering we heard in our heads calmed to an excited murmur. We stepped back and thought, “What else we can do with search?”

The new search operators with autocomplete are one of the nicest things in new search. With operators like “@me”, “-list:done”, “due:week”, and “-has:members”, you can create highly tailored lists for all kinds of purposes. You can answer, “What’s due this week which has no one assigned to it?” and “What do I need to do today?” and “What cards have stickers, covers, have ‘Garfield’ in the title and were edited in the last 24 hours?”.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could easily get back to searches you use frequently?

I think you know what I’m getting at.

You can now save searches. It’s easy: just start searching, maybe add an operator or two, then click the “Save This Search” link in the top right and give it a name. Now whenever you click the search box, your saved searches will be at the top. You can rearrange them by dragging and dropping and you can delete them at will.

This is a feature for people with Trello Gold and Business Class. We think it’s something people managing lots of cards and boards will find useful. Remember, you can get Trello Gold for free just by recommending Trello to people!

Now go find those cards.

Congratulations To Daniel Lew, Our Resident Google Developer Expert!

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Daniel Lew, one of our Android developers was recently named a Google Developer Expert.  There are only 20 Android GDEs in the world and only 3 in the United States! So needless to say, we were extremely impressed. I took a moment to ask him a few questions about the honor.

What exactly is a Google Developer Expert?

I feel like the GDE page has a much better answer than I can give. From https://developers.google.com/experts/

“The Google Developer Experts (GDE) title recognizes the outstanding developers who exhibit great expertise in one or more Google technologies and share it with the developer community. GDEs are gurus, mentors and evangelists; they create tutorials, code samples, and write books and blogs; they publish videos, drive community projects, and present at events large and small. These independent developers bring their real-world experience and knowledge working with Google technologies to developer communities worldwide.”

How did you become a Google Developer Expert?

First, there’s a nomination process. Some people from my local Google Developers Group (GDG) nominated me, which was flattering. Once nominated you compile a CV of your work with your Google technology specialization. This can include a wide variety of activities including software creation, community involvement and speaking engagements. Next, there are a couple of interviews – one with an existing GDE and one with a Googler. After I got approval from them I was in. The GDE tenure is only a year, though, so if I want to keep my GDE status I’ll have to keep working at it. I can’t just kick back and relax now!

What advice would you give to others who wanted to try to become GDEs?

Right now nominations are closed, but I’m sure that they’ll reopen at some future date. In the meantime, it’s important to learn your technology and share your knowledge. A GDE isn’t just an expert coder; they also have to be actively involved in the community, online and in person.

What are the perks? Is it worth the effort?

I’ve only been a GDE for a short time, so I can’t speak to many of its perks yet. There is one upcoming perk I’m looking forward to: invitations to the annual GDE summit and Google I/O. I look forward to both events because I like talking with passionate programmers who know a lot about their craft.

As for it being worth the effort, the actual application was fairly easy because I’ve had a long history with Android. All of the blogging, meetups and conferences I’ve done have been just for the fun of it so far and I would’ve done them either way, so I don’t really consider them effort for the sake of being a GDE.

Reply Via Email

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It’s really easy to keep everything organized in the Trello, but sometimes, instead of opening up the app, you just want to send a quick email reply to a notification in your inbox. With our redesigned notification emails, you can now do just that.

Email notifications now include links below each item with an option to reply to the notification. Click the link to start a reply email, write what you have to say into the body, click send, and watch as your email appears as a new comment on the card! If you need a cat gif to make your point, as most people do, just attach it to the email and Trello will upload it as an attachment on the card. Want to get notifications immediately so you can reply immediately? You can update your preferences to make sure you get email notifications the minute something happens on Trello.

That’s not all! Now whenever you send an email to a board, any replies to that email will now get added as comments to your card. You’ll see the whole conversation in Trello without having to switch back to email.

Email is a messy but necessary fact of life. We’re doing our best to seamlessly sync it back to Trello. We hope you like the improvements!

A Special Announcement: Trello Is Now Part Of Trello, Inc.

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We have some exciting news! Starting today Trello is its own company.

So far over 4.5 million people have signed up for Trello.  Every month, we have over 1 million active users on our site.  The iOS Trello app has been featured in the App Store and the Android app is a Google Play Editor’s Choice. But numbers and accolades don’t mean much compared to the tons of love we get from our users every single day.  Nothing is more thrilling than seeing people blog and tweet about Trello.  It’s been awesome for us to see such encouraging feedback.

The great thing about Trello is that you can use it to organize almost anything. Video game companies are publishing their roadmaps online using Trello.  City governments are using Trello to coordinate their open data.  People are onboarding new hires, tracking their applicants, renovating their homes, and managing their sales pipelines.  Classrooms are even answering the whimsical questions middle schoolers have about the world.  People use Trello in so many different ways.

We want to do even more.  We want 100 million people to experience Trello.  We want to add new features and make Trello faster.  We want to make everything on this board happen as quickly as possible.  And to do all of that, we need to hire more people and grow our company.

Trello started as a proud product of Fog Creek. Today, Trello is evolving to Trello Inc., a proud independent company.  This transition has allowed us to raise money from investors and accelerate our growth.

So how does this affect you, our faithful Trello users?  Don’t worry!  All the good stuff you’ve come to know and love about Trello will stay the same.  We are going to keep making Trello better so you can keep recommending it to your coworkers and friends. And now we’ll be able to do that faster.

Thank you for making this possible and for helping us spread Trello across the globe.  And please stay tuned. We have a lot more more to show you.

Yours truly,
Michael Pryor
CEO
Trello Inc.

ps. We are hiring!

pps. Read more about the background of how we got here on Joel On Software.

Trello On Your Wrist

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Yup, in our pursuit of being everywhere, Trello is now available on your wrist. Want to create cards without using your phone? You got it.  Want your watch to remind you when cards are due? Piece of cake. Want to reply to comments with just your voice? Not. A. Problem. To top it all off, you don’t even have to download anything. If you have an Android wearable, Trello for Android Wear will be installed automatically when you update to the latest version of Trello for Android.

Reply to comment notifications easily

Comment and mention notifications appear on the watch, and you can reply to them by voice.

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When someone comments on a card you’re subscribed to or mentions you in a comment, you’ll automatically get a notification on your Android wearable. Swipe to the left, hit reply, and start speaking. Your voice is transcribed to a comment by a gremlin in the watch and added to the card. Other users will get a notification of the comment, which will appear on their watch, and… that’s right, you can have a conversation on a Trello card from watch to watch.

Create cards on the go

You no longer have to take your phone out to create a card.

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When you say “take a note,” you’ll have the option of creating a Trello card. It’s as simple as dictating a new card name and picking a list!

Never miss a due date again

Another Trello Wear feature is reminders for cards that are due soon. Before cards you’re assigned to are due, Trello will automagically remind you about the due date. You can even open the card on your phone from your watch!

Update to the latest version of Trello for Android today from the Google Play Store. Welcome to the future.