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No More Ghosting
22 Nov, 2022

No more Ghosting

Default Inbox Decks

Every user can now set a default inbox deck: when creating a new card from the Hand or Milestones tab, this deck will be automatically pre-selected. You can pick your default inbox deck in the the top bar of an opened deck. Hovering over the button will also show you who else is currently using this deck as default inbox.

default inbox button

You might use this to default your cards towards a specific work deck that you tend to work in (e.g. the “Code” deck if you’re a programmer). Or you might use it to default your new cards towards a project inbox from where they are then moved into fitting decks.

Our goal is to make adding cards more convenient and less error-prone. Let us know what you think!

Manual Sorting Milestones

Milestones now support the “Manual” sorting order, which was previously restricted to decks only. We made this the default sort order for milestones.

Options for color-blind card colors

color blind color palette selection view

In order to improve Codecks’ accessibility, we’re introducing three new workflow state color palettes for users with Protanopia, Protanomaly and Deuteranopia. They can be selected from Mission Control > Your Profile. This is a per-user setting.

We also made some slight adjustments to the default palette, most notably unassigned cards have a brighter color than before.

More fixes and improvements

  • Quick Tips: When creating a new card, the template card text will now show a random quick tip on how to use Codecks.
  • Updated Icons: As we’re streamlining our design language, we’ve updated a few icons: the ones found in the side panel buttons of the card view, some milestone interactions and Due Dates.
  • Doc Card Improvements: Hero Cards consisting only of Doc Cards now get a dedicated Doc Hero Card look. Also Doc Cards (and Doc Hero Cards) are now handled correctly in milestones and don’t count towards the milestone’s progress. To find out more about Doc Cards make sure to check out the brand new entry on our Manual.
  • Creating a card with a milestone in a deck that isn’t allowed by that milestone’s project restrictions will now result in an error message.
  • We’ve renamed all occurrences of Card Status to Workflow state to be consistent.
  • Moving a journey step to a different deck removes its dependencies.
  • Fixed issue where you could not access cards of cloned projects.
  • Fixed issue where downgrading a user to observer in one org limited their access right in their other orgs.
  • Fixed crash when opening media library in a new organization.
  • Much stricter API validation of data passed to endpoints. If you pass a number where a string was expected, for example, you’ll receive an error message hinting at the wrong field and type.


A couple of updates from teams using Codecks:

  • Batty Rabbit released Link The Cubes on Steam
  • Megagon Industries launched a new free DLC for Lonely Mountains: Downhill titled Redmoor Falls
  • Torpor Games announced The Conformist, set in the same universe as their first game Suzerain (which is coming to mobile on December 8th)
The Doc is in
01 Nov, 2022

The Doc is in

Doc Cards

A lot of us are using Codecks to not only track tasks, but also game design documents and other reference material. With $-links and backlinks you can already build pretty complex wiki structures. To support this use case even more, we’re adding a new card type: Doc Cards.

Turn any card into a doc by clicking the new Doc icon on the bottom right side of an opened card (or use the bulk action bar to convert multiple cards in one step). A Doc Card is like a regular card but does not have workflow states, priority, or effort. This means no more accidentally setting document content to done and archiving it.

Say Hi to Doc cards

Notification Improvements

We’re currently conducting a lot of customer interviews to check in on how you use Codecks. One outcome has been that notifications can pile up a bit in certain situations. So we’re introducing a few changes:

  • Only the 15 latest notifications are shown in a single category. There’s a box showing the number of hidden notifications. To access these, dismiss the notifications above. This makes it so that you will never have hundreds of notifications pills overwhelming your screen.
  • You can now dismiss snoozing conversation notifications(!). These will return again after 3 work days if the underlying conversation is still inactive.
  • You’re no longer watching cards by default when creating them. The watch 👁 button has moved from the history panel to the bottom right of the opened card.

Further Improvement and Fixes

  • Done Pile: The done pile in your hand dashboard is now automatically cleared at the beginning of the week. Once you click on the done pile you will now see all recently done cards by you, grouped by week. It allows you to go as far back in history as you want and displays the amount of tracked time for that week.
  • Milestones: When editing a project-specific milestone, the project picker shows you how many cards are present of each project and warns you if you are about to remove a project (and thus its card) from that milestone.
  • Search: You can enter an id (including the $ prefix) to open that card directly.
  • Search: Fixed labels for saved searches which included “no decks”, “no projects” or “no milestones”.
  • Search: Browser’s back button now works when searching in the “Decks” tab and navigating between cards.
  • Bulk Select: Fixed crash in effort picker.
Permission to Manage
17 Oct, 2022

Permission to Manage

As your team grows, you will need finer user access control options. This release features a big extension of user role management.

New Permission System

  • Staff users access can now be limited to specific projects. The old Guest role has been removed as Staff covers the same functionality now.
  • Staff users can be promoted to a new Producer role for specific projects. Producers may manage decks, milestones, project users and integrations. Think of this as a project-specific admin role. Producers are available on the Pro plan and can be added in a new section of the project settings called “User Access”.
  • Admins can now choose to limit the Staff role from creating and manage decks, milestones and journeys.
  • Access for projects can be set as Full Team or Limited. The Limited setting is available on the Pro plan. All organizations created before this release have access to this setting as well.
  • A new Owner role was introduced. There may only be one Owner and only they are able to close an organization.

Here is an overview of the most important permission changes:

Permission Matrix

To learn more about the user management system please read our manual.

How we’ve migrated the existing roles to the new system

  • All members with the new Staff role have the same project access as before. Guests have been automatically converted to the new Staff role.
  • The Admin user who has been member of the organization for the longest has been turned into an Owner.
  • Projects in which at least one team member did not have access have been set to Limited. All others have Full Team access.
  • The Staff role is set to Full Permissions, meaning they can still manage decks, milestones and journeys like before.

Further fixes and improvements

  • Multi Card Selection: Changed the selection icon so it looks less related to the done interaction.
  • User Reports: Email addresses from User Reports will be shown in the created card, so that you can easily follow-up in case you have questions. (It won’t be accessible for visitors of public projects of course!)
  • User Reports: Fixed CORS issue for User Reports in Unity WEBGL-based builds or other browser-based environments.
  • GitHub integration & others: Duplicate commits are no longer added to cards (e.g. when a branch was merged).
  • Bookmarking: Use . as shortcut for bookmarking cards. This shortcut can be applied when hovering over a minicard, when looking at a opened card and when using the multi-select feature. To view a list of all available shortcuts in your current screen press ? on your keyboard.
  • Tags: Personal tags using special characters now are highlighted properly within the card. Personal tags can consist of any (unicode) letter, -,_ and .
  • Card content: Card references ($123) followed by punctuation are now correctly recognised.
  • Milestone overview: Milestones containing public projects have been shown to all users (they were only able to see the cards of the public projects though). Now theses milestones are only shown if team members were given explicit access to at least one project.
  • Sub card overview: Moving or removing sub cards no longer removes filtered out sub cards from the Hero card.
  • Sub card overview: When clicking on the conversation bubble or the attachment icon in the sub card list, the card will show with the corresponding side panel opened.
  • Fixed a crash when opening the history panel of a Journey Step.
Reporting? Easy!
29 Aug, 2022

User Reporting (Beta)

Codecks Unity Plugin

This release introduces an easy way to get user feedback right from your game into Codecks! Thanks to automatic screenshots, savegame attachments and player text descriptions you can easily gather all the data that you need to fix those bugs or to analyze gameplay situations. Your players can optionally even leave their email and will automatically be notified by Codecks when you fix their issue.

For Unity games we’ve provided a ready-made asset which you can find on GitHub. It is also going to be available in the Unity Asset store as soon as the verification process is completed.

Non-Unity applications can use this feature as well by talking directly to the API. You can take a look at both the Manual Entry and the source code above to get started!

To set up user reports head to the Organization Settings and look for the User Report section. Here you’re able to add your applications and get your credentials. The settings also allow you to define in which deck cards should be created given their severity.

Since the integration is still in beta, we’d love to hear your opinions about it! You can share them on Discord or via email.


  • User Profile now opens in an overlay just like other settings. Profile settings have been re-structured into several sections.
  • User Profile allows to log out of all open sessions in the Password section.
  • Admins can change the subdomain of their organization via the Organization Settings.
  • Dropping a card into an opened sub card adds the dropped card to the same Hero card.
  • If opened card is in an hidden project, dependencies, child cards, hero cards and $-card references of this hidden project are still suggested.


  • The bookmark button now works properly when creating cards within a deck.
  • We fixed an issue where clicking on a conversation notification wouldn’t open the conversation panel.
  • We fixed a crash when a Hero card’s title referenced a sub card which lead to an infinite chain.
  • Respect deck default template (e.g. default owner or priority) when creating cards via sub cards panel.
  • Improved performance for creating thumbnails of animated gif or webp files.
  • Fixed an issue where removing a locking card resulted in removing all outgoing dependencies for that locking card.
  • Guests were able to see all public projects within the organization. Now they’ll only see it if they were given explicit access to it. (They of course can still access them via


Congratulations to the teams behind these four games that launched on Steam in the past month:

The Bigger, the Better
19 Jul, 2022

The Bigger, the Better

This month’s update includes various improvements that we’re sure you will all appreciate.

We’ll be back in a few weeks with a big feature — a Unity integration!

Increased File and Storage Limits

Users on the Pro and Plus plans can now attach much bigger files to their cards: the file limit has been increased to 250MB (previously it was 25MB)

Additionally, the maximum file storage for Pro users has doubled to 10GB.

Search Function

We made some adjustments to make searching through cards more efficient. The default search is now for “Content” which includes both the card’s content and the title. If you want to search only by title (excluding the content) use t: as prefix.

You can see the full list of search filters by selecting the question mark icon once the search field has been expanded.


  • The process of reaching the threshold as been relabelled as “promoting”
  • You can now manually promote a card via the ⚙️ button in Discord if you have the appropriate user permission

Hacknplan Importer

The Hacknplan importer we introduced in our previous update is now out of beta. We also added the option to skip importing closed boards.

The importer is available in your Organization Settings.

There’s more…

  • Hero Cards: Sub Card items now show conversation preview icon like Mini Cards do
  • Project tags: Added “Keep tag when moving card out of deck.” option to Auto Project Tags
  • Billing: Allow Organizations on the Plus plan to start a Pro trial
  • Lots of bug fixes


  • The LUAL Games team reached the Kickstarter funding goal for their project [I] doesn’t exist, the campaign is still running so make sure to check it out
  • The “one-of-a-kind roguelike deckbuilder / modular synthesizer hybrid” Slopper Johnson: Graviton Agent now has a Steam page, go wishlist it
The Trial
28 Jun, 2022

Pro Trial

Try the Pro plan 1 month for free

You’re now able to start a Pro subscription with a 1-month trial to try out all its features. You can cancel it anytime and will get a reminder email 7 days before the trial ends.

The trial can be activated from the Billing tab in the Organization Settings. Please note that only users with Admin role will be able to access this.

HacknPlan Importer

We’ve added a beta version of our HacknPlan importer. We’ve received an increased interest in people who wanted to switch over, so we’re making the process as simple as possible.

Here’s a list of features that are getting transferred to Codecks: project tags, attachments, owners (if they are present on Codecks), milestones, subtasks, user stories as hero cards, cover images, importance levels as priority, estimated cost as effort, due dates, dependencies.

The importer is available in your Organization Settings. Again, this is only accessible by users with Admin role.

Trello Importer

The Trello importer has been around for a while, but we’ve just made some adjustments to it:

  • Import due dates
  • Increased total upload limit from 100MB to 500MB
  • Fixed attachment uploads

Further improvements and fixes

Example of GitLab embed

  • Updated look of GitHub/BitBucket/GitLab messages in cards.
  • Added warning section to invoice mail if current top-up balance won’t cover the next invoice.
  • Locked Hero Cards inherit their locked dependency state to their sub cards.


We’ve just updated the Showcase section on our website to include more amazing games made with Codecks: Nivalis, Tentacular, We Stay Behind, INDUSTRIA, Kraken Academy!!, Hell Pie. Go have a look!

Improvement Day
24 May, 2022

We’re on a roll with our second update this month! Here’s a list of everything new:

  • You can ctrl / cmd + click on a Milestone icon to open the corresponding milestone view! How did we manage to live without this for so long?
  • The order of cards within swim lanes when sorting by creation date, update date or upvotes is now consistent.
  • The logic for picking a date range within the Time Tracking report date filter has been reworked.
  • Entering invalid payment data shows an error message again.
  • We’ve also spent some time creating an abstraction for the text editor so that we can experiment with an alternative implementation.

We recently shared some news on our upcoming pricing plan changes via e-mail and through our social channels. Small reminder about that: upgrade to our Pro plan before June 1st to benefit from the current cheaper price point for a full year.

new reaction section

We also have some improvements for our lovely Decky Discord bot:

  • Entries created via Slash Commands are now upvoted via emoji reactions. We felt that the button we’ve used before was a bit too sterile. Instead we’d like your community to pick their individual favourite reactions and allow to see who reacted to what. The new system counts any reaction as an upvote, different reactions by the same person still count as a single upvote of course. The total number of people who have upvoted are still shown within the upvote button.
  • The author of a Discord Slash Command gets automatically added to the conversation thread, in order to be notified if any comment gets posted in it. This also allows to stay in the loop when Decky posts further status updates in the thread.
  • Hitting the ⚙️ button on Discord shows a “Help” button explaining what the available options are.
  • Channel-agnostic Slash Commands can’t be used within threads anymore.

Important: if you’re still using the old version of Decky (the one using ”!” for commands), please make sure to migrate to the new Slash Command before June 30th: legacy Discord Commands and Card Creators features will stop working after this date. Selecting the “Migrate” button from the Discord Integration panel (under Organization Settings) will give you all the necessary information for a smooth and quick transition.


A quick news roundup from teams using Codecks:

  • Megagon Industries released Misty Peaks, a new free DLC for Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Maschinen-Mensch also have a new DLC for their game Curious Expedition 2 out now, titled Shores of Taishi
  • Beholder 3 by Paintbucket Games is out as well
  • After launching on Steam last year, Kraken Academy!! by Happy Broccoli Games is now available on Switch, Xbox One & GamePass
  • Godsbane by Project Hyperdrive moved towards a free-to-play model
  • Good Company by Chasing Carrots is leaving Early Access on June 21st
  • Out There: Oceans of Time by Mi-Clos Studio is releasing on May 26th
04 May, 2022

Due Dates

due card

This has been our number one feature request for quite some time, now it’s finally here: Due Dates! You can now assign individual due dates to any card to make sure that you never forget about a deadline again.

Due dates are fully integrated into various Codecks systems:

  • Find all your and your team’s due cards from the Hand via a new tab
  • Get notified about all due cards on the day they become due
  • Use the new timeline view to see all your due cards next to your organization’s milestones
  • Group your cards by due date and search for them
  • Use our bulk action bar to set the due date for multiple cards at once
  • You have to be on the Pro plan to use due dates

Find out more about Due Dates in the Manual or in this video:

Video explaining due dates

Multi-Dimensional Card Sorting

secondary sort order

Our sorting system has received some long-requested improvements to become truly stellar:

  • Use ctrl/cmd + click to add additional sorting criteria and have more control of the exact sorting that you want to use
  • Cards within swimlanes are now sorted by the primary sorting order (before they were always sorted by priority)
  • You can now order by card title as well
  • Use the compact mode toggle to skip the grouping and see all the cards right next to each other.

As before, your sorting preferences are stored on a deck and on a milestone level.

We’ve also created a manual entry and a video for you to enjoy:

Video explaining sorting

Further updates

  • Media library: The file overview now supports large files collections with more than 3000 files.
  • Decky: Images uploaded via slash commands are now hosted on our servers as Discord tended to be unreliable here. No more “unavailable images”!
  • Decky: Discord user mentions are now shown correctly in Codecks card messages.
  • Time tracking: allow input such as 1.5h or 2 hours 20 mins when entering custom times.
  • Hand Overlay: The Hand overlay will always show a tab for your own hand too.
  • Images: support for animated webp images
  • Conversation Panel: Comment field now only auto-focus when a new thread is being started by the user
Decky 2.0!
18 Mar, 2022

new interface

The first version of Decky has been released almost 3 years ago. Since that time, Discord has added a lot of features: replies, threads and most recently slash commands. For our new update we’ve redesigned Decky to use the full power of Discord. We’ve also added new customization options and unique features. Our goal for Decky is to provide the best Discord community management experience in the world for both, you and your audience.

We’re on Product Hunt!

Product Hunt is like a reddit for tech products and we’ve submitted Decky there. If you have a Product Hunt account make sure to check it out and say hello! <3

  • Create Slash Commands via Decky

    Rather than looking for pseudo commands like !bug within messages, you can now create slash commands via the Decky Settings. Being a first-class citizen in the discord ecosystem, slash commands come with improved discoverability and UX for your audience compared to the old commands.

  • Thread support

    Each feedback message created by your audience will automatically set up a dedicated thread. This helps keeping follow-up conversations tidy. Codecks automatically syncs the full conversation within your card, so once you’re ready to work on it, all the relevant information is already present.

embedded threads

  • Richer Status Updates

    Both, the original message and the leaderboard entries can be annotated with progress updates. This way your audience gets automatically updated if you make relevant changes. By default these are “Threshold reached”, “Card started” and “Card done”. Pro users can also enable annotations for “Card seen”, “Assigned to dev”, “Assigned to milestone” and “Moved to hand” to provide your audience with even more real-time insights. When the card status changes you may now send message updates to a channel or the specific thread.

  • And there’s more

    • Decky adds a /leaderboards slash command: allowing you and your audience to see a private leaderboard for the time frame of your choice.
    • Allow anyone to add private feedback: Hitting the ⚙️ button of a message allows anyone with the configured role to send you private feedback. This will be visible as conversation on your card. Replying on Codecks will send the user a DM via Discord.
    • Allow moderators to deactivate feedback. If a user has the configured role, hitting the ⚙️ button will allow them to deactivate the message. Once they’ve entered a reason, the message will be marked as deactivated: further upvotes are prevented, it won’t show up in leaderboards and the associated card will be archived.
    • We’ve completely revamped the settings section for Decky to be easier to navigate and understand.

Deprecating Discord Commands and Card Creators

Decky’s new Slash commands cover all the functionality of the previous Discord Commands and Card Creators. We’re also realizing that Discord pushes its bot eco system to move towards slash commands and its interactions via recent API changes.

We’ve therefore made the decision to deprecate the previous interaction patterns. This means that legacy Commands an Card Creators will no longer be supported after June 30th, 2022.

While Card Creators are fairly trivial to replace with the new Slash Commands, we’ve provided a migration functionality for your commands. This ensures that feedback created with the old command can still be interacted with. If you have questions or concerns feel free to get in touch with us!

Further Improvements

  • Discord attachments are used as cover images on cards
  • Fixed issue when duplicating multiple sub cards of the same hero card

We’re excited for you to try this new version and let us know your feedback!

All Hands on Decky
07 Feb, 2022

Our Discord bot Decky is now installed on more than 1,000 servers and has processed over 100,000 upvotes. For the start of 2022 we’re setting out to make Decky even better. We want to make it the BEST tool for tracking your Discord community feedback in a playful and efficient way. To reach that goal we’re making some big improvements.

Sample Leaderboard

The first thing we noticed is that leader boards can grow stale, which defeats their purpose. That’s why we’re adding new sorting options that allow you to sort leader boards by recent upvotes, instead of overall upvotes. This will shift the focus of leader boards towards what’s going on right now, similar to how Reddit works. While we were at it, we also reworked their appearance to be more readable.

This is just the first change of more that will be happening in the next couple of weeks.

Decky improvements

  • Leaderboards now allow you to only consider recent upvotes
    new Leaderboard option
  • Permission checks when setting up Decky
  • Give feedback if a direct message to a user can’t be sent due to their Discord privacy settings

Find out more about Decky in the Manual.

Further improvements

  • We now accept SEPA payments
  • You can specify that your Open Deck contains adult content, in which case visitors will need to verify they’re 18+
  • Added button to download all card attachments as a zip file
  • Conversation participant suggestions are now more relevant, based on past conversation partners in the current project
  • Added search option “Private cards”
  • Bookmarks previously disappeared when the card got archived — we’ve removed this behaviour so you’re not accidentally loosing easy access to these cards
Your Upvote, Your Voice
14 Jan, 2022

The latest Codecks update is now live — here’s what changed!

Upvote anywhere

Codecks gives you great project tracking, making sure that your production ship sails fast. Feedback from your community makes sure that your production is not only fast but also working towards the right direction. That’s what makes community building so instrumental for a lot of us.

upvotes from community team and discord

We believe that combining project management and community building is the next step for modern teams:

  • Your community members can now upvote cards not only on Discord, but also on your Open Decks page.
  • A new stats dashboard makes it easier to see new upvotes and your most popular cards. It also allows you to quickly see how many fans are visiting your open decks and signing up to receive email updates from your open decks. The upvote statistics can be accessed from the Hand tab by selecting the potion icon on the left.
  • Your own team members can now also join in on the fun and upvote cards inside your project (can be enabled/disabled for each project individually). A potential use case is to signal group agreement regarding game design ideas.
  • To upvote a card look for the potion icon on top of the opened card.

upvote stats screen

You can enable upvotes for your team or the community within the project settings:

project settings screen

Find out more about Open Decks on the Manual.

Subscription updates

We’ve reworked our subscription engine to be easier to understand and to bill more accurately. Here’s what changed:

  • You pay at the beginning of a billing cycle and not at the end of it. (Existing subscriptions won’t be charged twice of course).
  • No more “pay later” option and you’re on a recurring payment cycle by default.
  • Adding and removing users to your Pro plan will now be pro-rated. This means that if you add a user halfway through the billing cycle, you’re only going to pay half the price for them. Pro-rated invoice items are being added to the invoice for the next billing cycle.

Ready to go Pro? All info on our Pricing page.

More improvement and fixes

  • Rather than working with opacity to highlight the opened mini card, it now receives a green glow. This ensures a much better readability for non-opened card.
  • Dependencies and Project Clone feature are now out of Beta. Since the Beta phase has been working smoothly for both features, no further changes have been made, so consider them stable now.
  • Esc key can be used for most sub views such as the sort panel, activity, metrics, etc.
  • Fix dragging and dropping files for Safari.
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