2023 is wrapping up, but we couldn’t let the year end without another major Codecks update! This is our 8th major release this year.
Since their introduction in 2020 Hero cards have become a core component of Codecks and with we’re looking to make them even easier to handle.
We have a new global sidebar design which aims to improve two challenges:
The info toggle (right below the add-card button) lets you enable an info sidebar that is always shown when no card is currently opened. This reduces the occurrence of card reshuffling dramatically.
We use that space now to prominently display your beautiful milestone or deck description text. Use this area for nice lore text, rallying cries for your release milestone, or to document how this deck or milestone should be used by the team.
Additionally, we’ll show you a quick overview for all the cards in this context. And if you’re looking at a milestone, we even show you the card count progression over time.
We worked towards making Codecks even more playful and appealing to look at:
Our trusty Decky bot is great for collecting feedback and bug reports from your own Discord community.
We recently released a huge update for our free Steamy bot. Steamy allows you to post any new reviews of one or multiple Steam games to your discord server. This is great for showing your appreciation for good reviews and motivating your community to leave more.
All non-English reviews are now automatically translated to English for your convenience. Also, the bot now supports posting weekly summaries which shows how reviews have affected your overall rating in this week. To add Steamy to your discord server, simply navigate to this page: Install Steam Bot
/) in cards or descriptions no longer open a new tab.
We want to a moment to thank the participants of our first intimate Codecks Conf in November! We had a blast and hope to make this a recurring event. As a special treat, we showed some upcoming ideas and concepts that we’re currently investigating and even held a (totally not statistically representative) vote on which of these excited the participants the most.
The clear winner was our idea for a new vision tab, which allows you to create a type of skill tree for your game project. You can freely lay out the most important aspects of your game in a one-page format, allowing you to have a quick grasp of its overall progress.
We’ve already started implementation on this new big feature, and we’re excited to share more about it in the new year. This will literally be a game changer.
Thanks for everybody that supported us in 2023! We’re still a tiny team taking on the outdated juggernauts of the industry with the mission to create a better alternative for creative teams that need easy-to-understand, yet powerful tools.
If you want to help us on our quest, the best thing to do is to spread the word! We don’t have a marketing department, so we need your help to let the world know about Codecks. :)
Wishing you happy holidays and see you in 2024!
We love cards! But when you’re dealing with large decks containing several hundred cards (your bug deck 😭) sometimes a super-streamlined view that allows you to quickly scan lots of cards would be nice. That’s why we’re introducing Table View for our Pro Plan!
Find the new view option in the sort panel to the left. The table view supports all the swimlanes and drag’n’drop feature that you already love. Using the ⭐ button you can also set this view as the default view for decks.
This has been suggested on our lovely discord server by
Wattosan. Thank you!
We’re still a small scrappy startup taking on the old boring behemoths in the market. If you want to help us and share Codecks with your friends or colleagues, you can go to your organization settings and look for the “Refer a friend” section. Your friends will benefit from an awesome 10% discount for the first year.
m, the shown milestones will be filtered by the project the card belongs to.
alt-p to start or stop the current timer. (Suggested by
You ask, we deliver! Most of these new features in this release are the direct result of conversations with our discord community. 💜
The new Quick Settings panel allows you to change multiple card properties with just a few keystrokes. Trigger it by simply clicking the effort icon on any card and use the arrow keys to effortlessly update priority, effort, deck, milestone, or owner of a card.
Pending changes will be marked with a dot next to the property tab. Pressing return will commit your changes to the card. Pressing Esc closes the panel without any changes.
Oh, and you can even trigger this panel directly while writing card text by using the /slash command “Set Card Properties”.
A lot of Codecks users rely heavily on hero cards. We love them too! That’s why we’re improving workflows around hero cards by adding a new dedicated sorting order, which allows you to group cards by their hero card. 🤩
We have given the deck overview a remarkable face lift. Leaning even more into our playful card metaphor, decks will now have a depth depending on how many cards they contain.
This depth is taking completed and uncompleted cards into account. Also, the number of done cards within a deck is now proudly shown on the deck cover to help you understand where you’ve already made a lot of progress. The deck depth itself is rendered in two different shades to show the ratio between done and undone cards too.
And we’re finally adding a fan-favorite feature request.. drumroll you can now override the deck colors manually from the deck settings!
In addition to inviting team members via email, you can now also use a convenient invite link for your team. These can be created by organization admins from the user management screen.
p for editing effort and priority.
In our quest to enhance your writing experience, we’ve
completely rewritten our text editor. This allows us to bring you a bouquet of new features.
Our smarter completions for lists or block quotes will save you time, and the ability to indent with
shift + tab makes structuring your thoughts a lot easier. The new monospaced font offers more clarity in recognizing indentation levels, too. We’ve also added slash commands (type
/) and a floating action bar, to make our editor and markdown features more discoverable.
When crafting, reading, or editing your cards, why not do so without distractions? With our new full screen Focus Mode, that’s exactly what you can do. To make room for the new focus button on top of cards, we’ve shifted the card Id button to the lower left corner. Enjoy a zen-like experience as you work on your cards.
Previously, the onboarding progress was associated solely with an organization and was only visible to the organization’s owner. Now admins can also participate in most onboarding steps, making the process more inclusive. A cherry on top - if you complete onboarding steps in one organization, they will count as completed in other organizations too!
To ensure you have a seamless experience, we’ve made several key improvements:
alt+x shortcut to promptly dismiss conversation notifications for an opened card.
Enjoy these updates and let us know your thoughts. Your feedback fuels our improvements.
Can never get the card editor size perfect on your screen? Regular mode is too small, wide mode too wide? Now you can freely resize the card editor!
We have spent the last weeks completely revamping our whole text editor. The resizable window is just a first glimpse at the new capabilities that we’ll be sharing very soon cough focus mode cough.
Here are all the changes for this release:
You can now drag the container for an opened a card (or journey step) to your preferred width. 🤯 This width is remembered on your browser, so you can use different settings if you use Codecks across multiple computers with different displays.
We’ve improved the design of the buttons surrounding opened cards. Most importantly, we’ve unified the deck selection flow across card-editing and new-cards. The new deck selector will give quick access to recently used decks and allows you to jump to the full deck picker.
! opens a grid rather than a list. This allows for more and bigger images being shown.
esc goes back to edit mode rather than canceling the edit process.
ctrl/cmd + click to jump to move the selection to the correct line.
The calendar has gotten a big extension! It now offers an “Overview” button which allows you to inspect and compare high level stats over all your milestones.
You can reach the calendar via the expand icon at the top right of the timeline within the Milestones tab.
The overview offers to either use card count or effort as your metric. You’ll find the distribution of completed vs uncompleted work across priorities and owners.
This will be a big assistance in making milestones more comparable and thus more plannable.
To give new as well as existing users a chance to learn about the breadth of features, we’ve added a new onboarding system. Every organization owner has access to currently 70 steps divided into 16 chapters.
To make it more digestible we’ve included a small playful XP and level up mechanic. You can access it via the blue shield icon in the top right.
The progress for existing organizations has been mostly pre-filled so you don’t have to redo steps you know about already.
Hold onto your hats folks! We’re back from GDC and we bring you some exciting changes to Codecks!
We’ve made it easier than ever to jump onboard with our new CSV import functionality. Say goodbye to the headaches of switching between project management tools, because now you can import your projects straight from any tool that supports CSV exporting. You may of course also access our existing Trello and HacknPlan import tools.
And there’s more! Re-import a CSV that is based on an export of your Codecks cards, to update the data of these cards in place. This could be used to perform complex updates using spreadsheets.
The CSV Importer can be found in the Organization Settings. Make sure to check our Manual to learn more.
Now you can create a Codecks account using your Discord or Google login. No more wracking your brains to remember another set of login details - hooray!
We added a new help center section. Just click on the question mark icon next to the milestones tab in the header, and you’ll be whisked away to a wonderland of information. We’re talking manuals, our Discord community, status page, and more. It’s like a treasure trove of knowledge!
! in the card editor or comment section now shows more and bigger images.
ctrl/cmd+a for selecting all cards. It did not work as expected in some contexts.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s easier than ever to get on board with Codecks. See for yourself how magical project management can be! 🤩
Happy new year, dear Codecks users! We’re excited to see the games and projects you’ll be releasing in 2023. To help you with that, we have a biiig update ready for you to use.
When you have a lot of cards inside a milestone or deck, it can be hard to maintain a clear overview, even with the various sorting options that are already available. In this release, we’re adding “Zones”: they are custom card groups that you can add when you’re in the “Manual” sorting order. Zones are shared across the whole team.
A couple of example uses:
There are lots of other possible applications for this, and we’re curious to see what you’ll come up with. Let us know your favorite use case on our Discord server!
Zones can be managed by Owner, Admin, Producers and Staff users with Full permissions.
The new Pinned Milestone section in the Hand tab shows all cards assigned to you in the currently pinned milestone. This allows to see your upcoming milestone work without having to leave the Hand.
You can also easily drag’n’drop cards directly into the Your Hand area or reorder the cards as needed. Zones are supported here as well. The order will also be mirrored in the full Milestone view.
We plan to make Codecks even more playful in the future. In this update, we’re adding a new streak system to your done pile in the Your Hand area. Mark any of your cards as done during a week, and your streak counter will increase by one.
If you’re on the Plus or Pro plan, we automatically freeze your streak for you, and it is never reset to zero.
Hover over the flame to see your previous best streak. The counter will also be featured on your Open Decks page.
Submitting good feedback via our Discord Decky integration will now award you with Karma points and additional roles. Gain 1 point for each upvote reaction to your feedback, and 10 points for each feedback that gets marked as “done” by the developer.
Your karma is displayed next to your submitted feedback and can also be shown with new
/karma slash-command. As a reward, server admins may auto-assign custom roles to contributors that reach a certain Karma threshold.
Additionally, we’re adding the following features to Decky:
Workflow state updates section of a command. Use this to auto-add your server moderators to new feedback threads.
Are you a student based in Germany? Here’s an opportunity to work with us!