Slack Release Notes - macOS
- Sometimes if you changed networks, we used to rouse from sleep in a bit of a daze, greeting you with a blank screen. Now, we awaken bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Or at the very least, with your team displayed.
- Where, in rare cases, some external links didn't end up pointing to the right place when you clicked them, they now do.
- Video playback should now be much smoother, and nicer to your network.
- On certain keyboard layouts, hitting backspace didn't actually delete the last character, which was a surprise, but a surprise of the lesser kind - there is now one fewer lesser surprise.
- Unexplainably, context menus and spell-check stopped working in some teams. OK: we have an explanation but we'd rather not discuss it. It's embarrassing. Rest easy knowing that it's fixed here.
- We found – and cast out – the culprit behind high resource usage while the app's sitting idle.
- If you were experiencing issues making calls on macOS 10.10, you should no longer. Update and keep calling.
- We revamped video calls, making the experience more intuitive, and more attractive. As a bonus, they're more resource efficient and now let you change audio devices during a call. If that's the kind of thing you need to do.
- We paved over a series of potholes that were strewn about the app, making crashes far less likely.
- Should you ever wish to say goodbye to one of your teams, a right-click > Remove from the sidebar will do the trick now more reliably than before.
- Switching teams using the numbered shortcuts is noticeably faster. We would say "37%" if we were forced to put a number on it. Fortunately, we aren't, and we won't.
- Opening a context menu won't freeze videos or gifs playing in the app.
- We dusted off the cobwebs in the app menu and composted a few menu items that weren't useful when signed into one team.
- The default window size is a smidgen larger. You won't notice, because your window will keep being the same size it's always been. That's just the way it is, and we don't want it to change.
- Our spellchecker would occasionally mark correctly spelled words as incorrect. It had ONE job. It now performs it.
- We made the act of signing in more reliable for teams using SSO.
- For the times when Slack just... doesn't: try Help > Clear Cache and Restart. It has all the nougaty goodness of Reset App Data, without the stale aftertaste of losing your teams.
- The way we load teams you don’t view often has been changed to improve the memory footprint of the app. One day, it will be a pitter patter of tiny footprints. For now, it’s a tad slower, a little less hefty, and a lot more attractive. Think “brontosaurus in a nice hat.”
- Folks consistently unable to load the app will now be greeted by a troubleshooting page that offers suggestions on making their situation better. (Spoiler: it's usually to do with over-zealous antivirus software).
- Those pasting text with style into a Post then finding their text to have "no style" can now Paste & Match Style under the Edit menu.
- You can see our Help Center documentation in – of all places – the Help menu. The almost over-intuitively named Open Help Center item will be your friend.
- Fixed: Waking Slack after hibernation or a system crash occasionally found all your teams missing. Thank you for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience; it no longer should.
- Fixed: Some bold explorers moved their user profile off of the default drive and started the app to find nothing but a cryptic error message. We weren't prepared for this boldness, but have since girded our loins. Fine, explorers: Set your profiles free.
- Fixed: A rare bug where team icons shuffled out of formation in the sidebar. They're more stoic and sticky and as a bonus, rearranging them is smoother.
- Fixed: Customers typing in languages that use IME composition (Korean, for example) will find that the message input is 82% stickier.
- We discovered that removing a bunch of unnecessary processes improved app startup time. Who knew? Less really is more. Or at least, less is more-faster. Or should that be fewer? Whatever: It's better.
- We simplified the way we remember your teams and app settings. This shouldn't affect much, aside from some bugs wherein we forgot your teams or app settings, which are now fixed.
- For the savvy troubleshooter, a new tool: Help > Show Logs in Finder will package up some app diagnostic files, should you ever need them.
- You'll now receive an OS notification when you join or leave the beta program. Our apologies to the folks previously confounded by an perplexingly inoperable Join the beta button.
- Our zoom levels now match the Chrome browser, so you should feel right at home (so long as your home is Chrome).
- An infrequent crash when quitting the app has been dispatched.
- A slightly more frequent crash while checking for updates; eliminated.
- Signing out of teams from the right-click menu is 46.8% more reliable.
- And finally, if you had multiple displays, new windows (such as a call or a Post) would appear on the primary display instead of the display that Slack was on. Rather than submit this to a physics journal for peer review, we decided to fix it. All is as it should be.
- There was a small bug in Calls. We don’t think you saw it, but we fixed it anyway.
- Window zoom jumping back and forth? No longer–we locked it down and threw away the key.
- Contractions aren't causing spellcheck errors any longer, unless tehy're misspelled.
- We fixed a problem with idle timing that made you look inactive and unavailable when truth be told, you were quite busy and attentive. If you were receiving a few too many mobile notifications, this was the culprit.
- When typing in languages that require input composition, (Korean, for example!) switching between the input method editor and our app caused characters to go missing.
App Store only
- Oops, can you hear us now? Calls were momentarily broken, but we rerouted some cables, adjusted our frequencies, aaaand they're back.
- The lag when selecting misspelled words in the message input has been squashed.
- The app starts faster and switching channels or teams is a tad zippier too.
- If you're signed into more than one team, we've removed the titlebar from the window for a streamlined, high fashion look. We call it: Menumalist.
- There's a redesigned team sidebar with better support for light themes, and, as a bonus, a smooth scrolling action for those cosmopolitans signed into sooooooo many teams.
- Signing into a new team now gets the same pleasantly clear-eyed full screen treatment as our other dialogs.
- You're now able to approve deep links from other apps. And then, with a full heart (and a click of your magical computer arrow) open them.
- Should you ever need to, you can now use Help > Report Issue to send feedback or file a bug. It attaches your log files automatically, to make troubleshooting that much simpler. Can't lose.