Emoji and Markdown Everywhere

Markdown is a lightweight, human-readable markup language used for formatting text. It’s a simple way to add things like bold, italics, links, lists, paragraphs, headers, and images in blocks of text. Previously, we used Markdown for board and card descriptions and member bios. We’re happy to announce that you can now also use Markdown support in card comments and checklist items. And, so you can can get really expressive, we’ve added emoji support! That means you can use real images for smilies and emoticons like , , and everywhere in Trello.

Emoji

Sometimes words just aren’t enough. Sometimes only a will do. Thankfully, you can now use emoji in card comments, checklist items, descriptions, and bios. The syntax is simple, just wrap an emoji name in colons, like so — :fireworks:. Trello will render it as . In comments and checklist items, it will autocomplete for you. So if you type :fir, a list of matching emoji will show up. Press enter or tab to add it to the field.

We’ve included the over 800 emoji in the Emoji Cheat Sheet, which you can use as a reference. Enjoy!

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Markdown

Markdown syntax is super simple. Here’s an example…

Add two lines to start a new paragraph.

 - This is a list.
 - You can make things **bold**
 - … or *italic* 
 - … or add [a link to Trello](https://trello.com)

You can check out the complete syntax here. We’ve extended it with a few concepts taken from GitHub-flavored Markdown. In strict Markdown, you can only add new paragraph with two new lines in your text. In Trello, you can add a line break with a single new line. We also create links for anything that looks link-y. So if trello.com appears in your text, it will get turned into a link without any formatting required.

We’ve also added a couple features to make the syntax more code-friendly. You can wrap your block of text in three backticks (```) to create a fenced code block. That means you don’t have to indent every line, which makes copying and pasting code much easier. You can also do multiple underscores in words meaning Trello won’t italicize characters in do_this_thing, for example.

Markdown features are limited in some fields where they don’t really make sense. In descriptions and bios, you can do pretty much everything. In card comments, you can’t do headers. In checklist items, you can’t do multi-line things like headers, lists, code blocks, or paragraphs.

We hope you dig it! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ and let us know what you think!

A Better Board View

After the launch of Business Class, the Trello team started making summer plans for our incoming interns. We’ve got some exciting stuff coming up which you can check out on our public Trello Development board. While designing, we realized the board view needed a few tweaks before we could move on. With a mountain of your feedback in mind, we took a step back and addressed some long-standing issues and made way for things going forward. Today, we’re launching a whole new board view.

The New Sidebar

The first thing you’ll notice is the new sidebar. It still shows your board members and activity, but there’s a new “Menu” button which expands to show three main sections: “Filter Cards”, “Archived Items”, and “Settings”. We wanted it to be easy to hide the sidebar so you can focus on your cards and lists, so we’ve made the toggle button more visible and added a new “w” keyboard shortcut so you can expand or collapse it quickly.

Board

The card filtering menu now shows up inside the sidebar instead of in a pop-over menu. That means you can browse your board while keeping the menu open. We’ve also added a filtering indicator that makes it more obvious when a filter is active, even when the sidebar is closed. You can quickly clear the filter by clicking the x in the filtering indicator, too. Of course, pressing “f” to open the filter menu and “x” to clear all filters still work.

Board Filter

The archive now loads in the sidebar so you can see the board and archived cards at the same time. But the new, cool thing is that you can drag and drop cards to and from the archive. We think a more visible and flexible archive could really alter your workflow.

New Board Archive

You’ll notice a handful of other look and feel improvements, too, like edge-to-edge boards, a friendlier color scheme, smooth animating transitions, and more natural dragging. We also focused on performance, so things should be much snappier. You may never notice, but that’s the point. The fewer hiccups, jarring transitions, and inconsistencies you see, the more you can focus on your cards and getting things done.

That sounds like a lot of new stuff, but nothing has really changed fundamentally. A Trello board is still a list of lists that you can use to organize anything with anyone. We just hope it’s easier to get around and feels nicer than ever. “You said this was all in advance of your summer plans, right?” That’s right. You can find out what we’re planning on our Trello Development board. Of course, we’ll be sure to let you know on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, too. Stay tuned!

Using Multiple Boards for a Super-Flexible Workflow

Trello can adapt to just about any workflow. You’re probably already using a workflow with a single board. Make any number of lists, and move cards from one list to another to show progress or movement. Simple enough.

Single Board Workflow

Using multiple boards, you can map out a larger workflow. For example, let’s say you have a shared “Product Development” board with a list called “Ideas.” As people add their ideas to the list, it might get so long that it’s difficult to understand at a glance. You can make a new “Product Ideas” board with lists named “New Ideas,” “Under Review,” and “Approved.” Now you have a separate workflow for your product ideas and you can instantly distinguish the ones that have been approved from the ones that have just been added. Moving cards from the “Product Ideas” board to the “Product Development” board is easy. Just click the “Move” button on the back of the card.

Multiple Board workflow - move card

Our friends at UserVoice took this to the next level by separating their workflow into several boards that feed into a single “Current Development” board:

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Image Source: How we use Trello & Google Docs to make UserVoice better every day

Moving Cards is Better than Ever

Up until recently, while moving cards between boards made for a better workflow, you lost a few things in the process. Moving cards just got much better:

  • Label colors stay. Now when you move a card from one board to another, it keeps its label colors. Just be careful if the label names are different on your boards; it copies the colors, not the names.
  • Card covers now stick. You used to lose card covers when moving a card between boards. Not anymore! You also keep card covers when copying an entire board.
  • Notice about member removal. This is mostly the same as before. When you move a card from one board to another, any card members who are not members of the destination board will be removed. We now make a note in the activity of the card to tell you who was removed. Pro tip: If you want to retain members when moving cards, add those members to the destination board before you move the card.

Read More

Cards aren’t the only thing you can move between boards. Check out these articles on our help site for more ways to help Trello fit your workflow:

Keep an eye on the Trello Development board to know what we’re working on this summer.

Introducing Trello Business Class!

Trello is used by thousands of businesses every day. As Trello becomes an essential tool in these organizations, you’ve asked for more power over your boards and data. Today we are enabling that extra control with the launch of Trello Business Class.

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What’s in the box? All the power of a Trello organization plus extra features like Google Apps integration, extra administrative controls for boards and members, one-click bulk data export, and a new, view-only observer role.

Go upgrade your organization to Business Class now!

Or check out some of the features first…

Google Apps integration

With Business Class, you can connect your Trello organization to your business’s Google Apps account. On the Members page, you’ll see who in your organization has an account. If they aren’t in the organization yet, you will be able to add them with a single click. Since there are no member limits, you never have to worry about paying more for each new member.

Administrative controls

Business Class gives administrators more control over your organization. A few of the features include…

  • Choose which email domains can be invited to your organization. For example, if you only want Trello users with a fogcreek.com email address to join your organization, you can configure that on your “Organization Settings” page.
  • You are also able to restrict board visibility, so that, for example, you can prohibit the creation of public or private boards in your org.
  • As an organization admin, you are able to see and edit all organization boards, even if you are not on the board. You are also be able to see all private boards in your organization.

Bulk data export

We’ll bundle all of your organization data and make it available with just one click. You can choose to include attachments or just have a link to them. The data will be in JSON format with the attachments in their native format.

Observers

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Observers are board members that can view the board, vote, and comment, but are not able to edit, move, or create cards. The addition of observers lets you share private organization boards without sacrificing control. It’s ideal for freelancers or contractors that don’t need or shouldn’t have full control of the board.

Better member control and visibility

With the new Members page, you get more insight into member activity. You are able to see when a member was last active in the organization and which boards they are on. You are able to see what organization cards they are assigned to.

You also have the ability to deactivate members. This means they will lose access to boards in the organization, but other organization members will still see the members in a faded state on their boards and cards. This is useful for divvying up tasks after a member leaves an organization.

Trello Organization Members Page

Trello is still free. As before and as always, you still have access to unlimited boards and organizations with an unlimited number of members with your free Trello account, with or without Business Class. Business Class provides organizations the extra administrative control they need at a simple and reasonable price.

Okay, that’s just about everything! Now go upgrade your organization!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, and let us know what you think!

Using Trello like a Pro: Part 2

Previously on “Using Trello like a Pro”, we talked about some of the under-the-surface features that make using Trello super fast. We didn’t even come close to exhausting all the cool stuff you can do and since we’ve added a bunch more, we decided to continue the series. This is our second installment. Also check out the later installment Using Trello like a Pro: Part 3.


New and expanded shortcuts

We’ve added the “t” shortcut to edit the card title and the “e” shortcut to edit the card description. Neat, but a cooler thing is that you can hover over a card, press either one, and the card will open up then begin editing the chosen field. This makes changing the title or description one quick key press instead of a mouse hunt.

Edit Shortcut

Another trick we added: when composing a card, you can hold down “shift” and press “enter” to create and open a card immediately. This is much nicer than hitting enter, closing the composer, and clicking the card to open it.

We’ve also added the “j” and “k” shortcuts to select the card above or below the current card. They do the same thing as the up and down arrows; they just fit more people’s expectations. Press “enter” with a card selected to open it. Here’s an old but relevant trick: you can press “n” while hovering over any card to open the card composer right below the selected card.

As always, you can hit “escape” to close and cancel any editable fields, pop-over menus, or dialog windows that are open. You should be using that a lot. And another small change: we’ve switched the change members shortcut from “a” to “m”, because “m” for members seems easier to remember, don’t you think? “a” will continue to work for a while, but we plan to remove it. Here’s the complete list of shortcuts. Press “?” to bring them up at any time.

Shortcuts Pane

Submit multiple cards and checklist items

Adding multiple cards or checklist items can be a pain. If you’re coming from a spreadsheet or word document with a list of items, there’s an elaborate song and dance you’ve got to do to turn them into Trello cards. Select Text, copy, switch apps, paste, enter, switch apps, select text, copy… Ugh.

Well, that problem is no more! Now when you want to add multiple items, you can copy a spreadsheet column or list separated by new lines from a word processor, paste into the card composer or add checklist item field, and hit submit. It will create a new card or checklist item for each line in the list. This won’t interfere with the quick and easy press-enter-to-create-a-card method; it will only work when pasting text. It’s a little time-saver that’s there when you need it.

Multi-card submit

Checklist updates

It turns out people use checklists quite a bit, so we added a few things to make them more flexible. First, you can now reorder checklists. Just click and drag them. You can also drag checklist items between checklists now, in case you want to move all your items over to your co-worker Aaron’s checklist. For example. Also checklists now initially appear in the order you created them, instead of alphabetically, an order which we admit never made any sense.

That’s it. I hope you like all the new stuff and that you learned a thing or two. Let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.