June 11, 2021

Editor improvements, better previews and more

Editor improvements

The biggest change this time around is our new editor. While it will feel very familiar to Kitemaker users, it's almost a complete re-write. With the new editor comes a bunch of improvements:

Formatting toolbar

Now when you select text in the editor, you'll be presented with a little hovering toolbar that will let you format your text.


Markdown links

Kitemaker's editor has always detected links, but now it's possible to use the [Link text](Link url) syntax to add new links.


Improved "/ menu"

Previously, users needed to be in an empty paragraph to use the / menu (i.e. the menu that pops up when you type /). Kitemaker will now let you use the / menu anywhere. Additionally, we've added a bunch of new aliases so you can type things like /h1 instead of /headline1. Finally, we've also added a /timestamp option, handy if you want to note the date/time of when you're adding something to a work item description.


Soft line breaks

One of our most requested features has been the ability to add soft line breaks. Now you can hold shift while pressing enter and get a soft break.

Better undos

Kitemaker's editor always tries to do the The Right Thing™ when it comes to things like recognizing markdown shortcuts. However, every once in a while, you don't really want **your words** to become bold. Now when you press cmd/ctrl+z the first time, the editor will just undo the styling, leaving your text unchanged.

Compatibility with Grammarly and the MacBook Pro touch bar

Our previous editor unfortunately didn't play very nicely with the native autocorrect/suggestions on macOS. Nor did it work with extensions like Grammarly. But that's all a thing of the past now!

Titles in work item mentions

When you mention another work item, we now show the full title in addition to the work item's ID, so you're not left guessing what that mentioned work item is.


And much more

From an improved experience embedding Figma designs, to much better accuracy when positioning drag-n-dropped files, we hope you find the new editor much nicer to work with. Even more importantly, this new editor sets up a bunch of exciting new features that we're looking forward to telling you about soon! If you experience any challenges with the new editor, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Better work item previews

Did you know that you can press and hold spacebar to get a preview of a work item without leaving the board? You can also use this spacebar trick in other places work items are referenced, such as in descriptions, comments and activities.


However, these previews have always been a bit of a challenge to use since they didn't have space for much content in them. We've overhauled the way we format these previews so you now get a much better look into what a particular work item contains.

Contacting us

We're always happy to hear any feedback you have. To reach us you can:

  • Send us an e-mail on hi@kitemaker.co
  • Contact us through the built-in chat by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner, or
  • Join our community Slack organization


Here are a number of other smaller improvements we've shipped since the last edition of the changelog:

  • Fixed a bug where users were accidentally taken to the top of the activity feed when closing a comment thread
  • The "breadcrumbs" at the top of the screen are now clickable
  • We improved the layout of the dialog for managing integrations
  • Fixed a bug where users mentioned in work item descriptions didn't get notifications
  • Added a "help & feedback" section to the side bar so that users can quickly jump to the Kitemaker Guide, join our Slack community or submit feedback