TL;DR We are renaming Branches to Linked Docs. Linked docs work just like branches for comparing, merging, and managing your revisions but are also discoverable as standalone files.
Today our customers use version control in Almanac to collaborate with more transparency, organization, and structure than any other platform on the market.
We strive to give your documents as much power as git does with code. To further align with this vision, we're excited to roll out expanded capabilities for connected documents over the next few weeks.
Introducing 🔗 Linked Docs: an enhanced way to create related documents that can be seamlessly compared and merged later.
Unlike branches, Linked Docs are individual, separate files that function as normal documents. You can store them in any folder when you create them and share them separately. All existing branches will be converted to Linked Docs and show up in the same folder as the original doc.
With linked documents, you can still easily compare and merge them in one-click. Linked Docs are perfect for projects with big rounds revisions, like contracts, press releases, or technical specs, where you compare and combine many versions into a clean "vFinal."
When you copy a doc, you have the option to create a Linked Doc or an Unlinked doc, where the doc's previous history will be wiped so you can start from scratch.
Soon, we'll introduce the ability to create layers of in-line tracked changes for quick revisions and suggestions within the same doc. Watch this space for more. 🎵
When inspiration strikes, we want it to be as easy as possible to put pen to paper. This is why we introduced alamanac.io/write, a one-stop URL to put you directly into a new document whenever you need to get started writing quickly. Quick notes, meeting minutes, dream journal, anything you need to write is just a URL away!
Starting May 25, all legacy Almanac documents will be automatically upgraded to the latest and greatest Almanac editor.
The new editor brings new features galore: custom fonts and sizes, color boxes and gradients to make your text pop, and embedded views for tools like Airtable, Loom, and Canva.
These changes will only impact documents created before January 27th, 2022 that have not yet been manually upgraded. Note that your document version history will be reset with the upgrade. There is no action you need to take; the upgrade will be automatically applied.
Nothing says we love cybersecurity quite like passing a SOC 2 Type 2 compliance audit with the HIPAA Security Certification. 🎉
It’s not enough to say we’re careful with your data or that we care about your privacy. We now have the seal approval from our auditor who attests to the trustworthiness of our internal systems and organizational controls. Sleep easy with peace of mind that your privacy and data are safe at Almanac.
Blue check marks, anyone?
Your to-do list doesn't let up, and we're here to help you cruise through it. We're continuing to ship improvements to our new Tasks page and you can now drag and drop tasks within your list. You can also add custom sections to further organize your list into categories. Lists upon lists!
Make your workspace your own with customized document styles. We finished upgrading this workspace setting so it works with all docs using our new editor. Whether you're looking to apply your brand's style guidelines or simply update all headers to your favorite font and color - the power is yours! Purple Helvetica, anyone? No judgement.
If you're a workspace admin, you'll find this option in your workspace settings under the Document Styles tab. Here can set the default styling for normal text, titles, and headers for all docs in your workspace. The customizable properties include: font, size, style, weight, text decoration, color, background color, alignment, line height, padding, case.
Properties provide transparency and context on your docs, and you now have a place to manage workspace-wide properties in your Account Settings. In addition to the Almanac defaults, you can get as creative as you like making your own default properties for your workspace.
Workspace properties are available for everyone, but only admins can create, update, or delete them. As an example, you could create a default "Team" property that would be included on all docs, and make an optional "Nickname" property for folks to use if they choose. We're all for adding a little fun and personality to our docs! Learn more about Properties.
Your Almanac Inbox got a batch of updates to help you speed through notifications and tackle your action items.
As your team grows, so does the need to keep your docs and handbooks well organized. We released a new page to make it easier to access and organize handbooks in your workspace:
To make your workspace navigation more flexible, you can "Favorite" a Handbook and reorganize your Favorites via drag and drop to prioritize the docs or handbooks that you always want on hand. Learn more about Handbooks.
Can't remember the title of that doc you're looking for? Not a problem. Almanac indexes all content within your documents and prioritizes search results with the most relevant matches, so you can quickly find anything and everything in your workspace.
Super Admins now have more control and flexibility within your workspace, including the ability to:
We've made it easier for Almanac to fit right into your existing workflows with integrations to Slack and GitHub.
Streamline your notifications using the Almanac app for Slack. This makes it quick and easy to respond to activities in your workspace directly in Slack, including:
Learn more about how to Connect Almanac to Slack.
Connect Almanac with your GitHub organization so you can embed issues and pull requests within your docs for easy access. Once connected, you can simply type /embed and find the GitHub option, or use the Embed button in the Insert ribbon.
Learn more about how to Connect GitHub with Almanac.
Have feedback? Book a Session with our product team to share your top feature requests and get a sneak peak of upcoming features.
Is this doc a draft? Am I looking at the final version? Guess no more. We added a Document Status property so you can check the status of a doc in an instant. Take a look at your All Files page to see the new status column, or view the information panel on a specific doc.
By default, all docs will start with the "Draft" status. If you request a review, the status will automatically be updated to "In Review." If you request approval and get the official thumbs up, the status will change to "Approved." You can label docs as "Final" or "Deprecated" with the option to manually override the status at any time. Learn more about Properties.
Make your Almanac workspace your own by connecting a custom domain or subdomain. As a workspace admin, you can find this option in your settings under "General & Appearance."
Going the custom domain route assumes you've already bought a domain and know how to configure your DNS. If that's not the case, the simpler option is to set up a custom subdomain directly in Almanac. Learn more about Custom Domains and Subdomains.
Keep your docs easy to navigate with Toggle Blocks. Now you have the freedom to collapse content with as much or as little content, including lists, links, and other items. Find toggle blocks next to the list options in the Format toolbar or type /toggle for the shortcut. Learn more about Flexible Formatting.