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A Big List of Small Improvements Including Box.com and OneDrive Integration. No Joke.

Today is April Fools’ Day and we don’t have any pranks for you. We love a good gag as much as the next team, but you know, you probably wanted to get some stuff done today and seeing a pack of huskies frolic across the screen won’t help. Okay, that sounds kind of great now that I’m thinking about it… Ugh. This is how bad ideas are born.

Anyway, we didn’t do that. Instead, we spent our time making a bunch of updates that we think you’ll find useful. Let’s dig in!

You can easily add Box.com and OneDrive attachments.

Trello file attachments options

Maybe you saw our Dropbox and Google Drive file attachment integrations and thought to yourself, “Oh great. I use Box.com or Microsoft OneDrive formerly known as SkyDrive, so lots of good that does me. *sniffle*” You throw your pen across the room, put your head on your desk, and everyone in your office looks over at you wondering what’s wrong. Cheer up, my productive and good-looking reader! Now we’ve got those integrations, too! Just open a card, click “Attachment”, select your service of choice, pick some files, and voilà. Added. You did good!

You can toggle sections in the now-wider boards drawer.

expand and collapse

We’ve heard lots of angry shouting requests for a way to turn off the recent boards section in the boards drawer, a.k.a. that sidebar on the left with all your boards that we introduced with the new boards page. It got in the way for lots of you, especially if you only have a few boards. Now you can expand or collapse any of those sections like recent boards, starred boards or team boards. Just click the + or - next to the title of the section. Hopefully it keeps you focused.

We also made the boards drawer a little bit wider to accommodate longer board titles. Hope that helps!

You can add any link as an attachment. GitHub, Kiln, FogBugz, and Trello links are extra special.

known-services

Trello file attachments are easier than ever. Drag a link from the address bar in your browser (or anywhere) and drop it onto your card and Trello will dutifully store it as an attachment. You can also add a link by opening a card, clicking “Attachment” and pasting in the link, if that’s your thing.

You can add any ol’ link, but we dress up the links for select services by giving them a special icon and the name of the page instead of just the URL. Those special types of links include Trello cards, Trello boards, FogBugz cases, Kiln commits, Kiln code reviews, GitHub commits, GitHub issues, and GitHub pull requests. You’ll also notice that if you link one of these things in a comment or card description, it will nicely format it and give it a title and icon. Try it! It’s nice! We hope to add other services soon.

And for April Fools’s Day, those special links sparkle and bounce around and stuff…

No, not really.

Attachments are listed vertically and much clearer.

When we launched the new card back, we listed your attachments in a grid with big previews. It looked nice, but it had a lot of problems. One big problem was that it truncated attachment names. If you had a long title, the only way to get the full title was to hover and wait for the tooltip. Plus, you could only see actions (like make cover and delete) when you hovered, making them hard to find. To make it worse, those buttons showed up as icons, which might as well have been alien hieroglyphs since the icons didn’t mean the same thing to everyone. The view worked well if you had a large majority of image attachments, but a lot of the time it felt like cramming a square peg in a round hole.

Now we list the attachments vertically. This makes space for the full name of the attachment. No more cutting off names. Instead of alien hieroglyphs, we opted for clearly labeled text for the actions. They are also visible at all times so it’s obvious what you can do with an attachment. Finally, the “open in a new tab” link has been replaced with a download link. Opening in a new tab didn’t really make sense because you could just use the new attachment viewer to view it. There were two ways to view attachments and no way to download, which lots of people needed. I hope it works better. Thanks for all the feedback. We definitely heard you!

Card covers keep the aspect ratio.

coverama

Have you ever added a tall image to a card and found the cropping for the cover to be… inadequate? Well now it keeps the aspect ratio of the original image. If you have a tall image, the cover will be tall, too. For most people and images, we think it’s a much better fit. You don’t have to worry about how it’s going to be cropped and get to see more of the image.


That’s all. I hope we added something you like! Be careful out there today. It’s a minefield of gags. As always, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ to get the latest updates.