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

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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

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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

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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.

The New Trello iOS App

After months of goofing off and stalling our project manager, we’ve finally released the new version of the Trello iOS app. If you’re using an iPhone, you can look forward to a fancy new zoom feature, a redesigned card view, realtime updates, and less crashing than ever before. I hope.

This is our biggest release since the iPad app, so I’m not about to type up everything we’ve done, but almost every aspect of the app has been improved in one way or another. Enhanced checklists, better notification handling, offline card create… don’t even get me started on the sidebar! Check it out in the App Store now, and watch the video above for a quick preview while the update downloads.

Available on the App Store

Create Cards via Email

Using email as a productivity tool quickly turns into a mess. Hunting down email threads, cc’ing the right people, gauging the importance of a message, tagging… It’s impossible to keep up. Trello is pretty easy, though. You can see where something is in the process and who’s working on it, all at a single glance. But for a long time, the only way to really get emails into Trello was to copy and paste them, a painfully slow and error-prone process. Our newest feature removes that hurdle. That’s right, you can now email cards to your Trello boards!

How It Works

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We’ve done all the set up for you. Just open up one of your boards and open “Email Settings…” in the Settings section in the sidebar. Copy the email address, send an email, and watch the card show up on your board! The subject of the email will become the title and the body will become the description. Cards sent to the email address will be sent to the bottom of the first list by default, but if you want to change that, open “Email Settings…” and change the default from there. You’ll be able to change the list and position within the list. We‘ll also look for these…

  • Any @mentions of board members in the subject (or on their own line in the body) are stripped out and that person will be assigned to the card. If you include anyone’s email address in either the To or CC field of the email, that will also assign them to the card.
  • We will attach on any attachments you have to the card so that nothing gets lost.
  • For any hashtags we find, we look for any labels with either the number (1-6, based on keyboard shortcuts), color, or name of the label. If we find any of these hashtags in the subject, they will be stripped out and the label will be applied.

We recommend you add the email address to your contacts list with a useful name to make it easy to add more cards in the future. Click “Email me this address” in the “Email settings” pane to do that easily.

Onward

This has been one of our most-requested features for a while now and I am personally excited to see it released. There are thousands of ways to use email to board: hand out an address to RSVP to a party, keep track of job applicants, upload customer feedback, or add stuff to your regular ol’ to-do list… the list goes on. Got an interesting use case? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

Introducing Power-Ups: Calendar, Card Aging, and More

We get a lot of feature requests. A whole lot. Some of them are even pretty good. But there’s no way we can fit them all in Trello without ruining the simple, core experience we work really hard to maintain. That’s why we’re happy to announce the launch of power-ups.

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Power-ups are board-level features that you can enable and disable to provide extra functionality. Power-ups will be disabled by default, keeping your experience as clean as possible. To see all available power-ups, click the button in the board menu sidebar. From there, you can enable or disable specific power-ups for the current board.

There are three power-ups available for launch: calendar, card aging, and voting.

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Calendar

As a list-based task manager, Trello lends itself naturally to date-oriented tasks and projects. Trello has always included due dates, but the calendar power-up adds a full-fledged calendar view of your cards, as well an iCalendar feed.

Some things you can do with the calendar power-up:

  • Quickly switch between week and month modes for a more specific or a broader view of cards
  • Drag and drop cards between calendar days to quickly change their due date
  • Click to expand calendar days for a roomier display of cards
  • Export an iCalendar feed of cards with due dates to your favorite calendar client

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Card Aging

Card aging helps you see cards on a board that haven’t been touched in a while. When enabled, cards will visibly age with inactivity. There are two modes: “Regular” and “Pirate”. In regular mode, cards become progressively more transparent and “fade out” the longer they remain untouched. In pirate mode, cards will tear, yellow, and crack like an old pirate map.

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Voting

“Wait, voting? Doesn’t Trello already have that?” Yes. Voting can be an incredibly useful feature, but in the real world the majority of boards don’t use it. So to keep things simple, voting has been converted from a core feature into an optional power-up. Voting functionality and privacy settings are the same as before.

We hope you like them. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ and let us know what you think.

Webhooks Are Here!

We’re happy to announce the launch of webhooks in our developer API! Webhooks provide a way for apps to be notified when there is a change to a user’s board, card, list, or any other model. This is perfect for developers working on third party apps that need data to be in sync.

Why We Need ’em

There are a number of third party apps that either use Trello as their backend or have Trello integrated as part of a larger product. With our current API set up, third party apps need to constantly poll for updates in order to stay in sync, even if there isn’t anything new. For some third party apps, that’s a Trello request every few seconds per user they manage.

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As you can imagine, this is super demanding on both Trello and the third-party app’s servers. With webhooks, we monitor specific models like cards and boards and only send an update to the user when somebody performs an action, like moving a card or adding a comment. There’s no needless polling and our servers can sleep a little more peacefully.

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Get Started

If you want to play around with webhooks, we’ve got a basic how-to in our API documentation which you can read here. It’s not exactly “plug and play”, but we hope you find it useful once you set it up. Happy developing!

Got questions about webhooks? Let us know on the webhooks card on our Trello Development Board or ask away on Twitter.