Mattermost 3.1: Apple Watch & notification upgrades, shortcuts, compact view and more
We’re on a roll!
Mattermost 3.1 is our 9th consecutive release made on the 16th of the month. Releasing monthly provides a stable, predictable process lets our community do its best work.
Our June release follows in that tradition with more compelling improvements: Notification upgrades to Apple Watch, phone, web and PC, a new compact view option, keyboard shortcuts, upgraded System Console, new OpenShift and CloudFoundry installers and so much more.
(Also, many thanks to GitLab for advice on starting this program, on monthly releases, growing community and in so many other ways.)
Now onto features:
Custom Alerts on Phone, Watch, Web & PC
Never miss a beat.
With a few simple settings, Mattermost can customize notifications across all your devices.
For example, after you’ve chosen your preferences, Mattermost notifications will intelligently appear across your Apple Watch and iPhone–and they even support emoji!
Specifically, when someone mentions you and you’re on your iPhone, you get the notification on your phone and not on your Apple Watch. When you put the phone in your pocket and someone mentions you again, it shows up on your watch, and not on your phone. It works like you expect by default.
Mobile push preferences
In 3.1, mobile notifications work like desktop notifications (rather than like email notifications in previous releases). From Account Settings > Notifications you can define whether you want mobile notifications for all activity, for just mentions and direct messages or if you want to disable them completely.
You can further customize your mention triggers to alert you on your first name, username, nick name and full name, and also on custom keywords you’d like to listen for across conversations.
It’s like having super human listening skills.
Keyboard shortcuts and channel switcher
For power users, Mattermost 3.1 offers keyboard shortcuts to help you move across the system without touching your mouse. New shortcuts include:
CTRL/CMD + K: Open channel switcher
Alt + Shift + Up/Down: Previous/Next channel or direct message with unread messages
Big thank you to everyone who discussed, voted on, and contributed to these features!
Compact View Display Option
Sometimes you want to see more on the screen at once. For those days, we now have a Compact View option from Account Settings > Display that reduces whitespace and hides image thumbnails so more posts can be seen at the same time.
Here are some examples of the Standard (above) and Compact (below) views for comparison.
Updated System Console
After a wide range of usability testing and user feedback, we’ve reorganized the System Console to make settings easier to find.
The community pours their time and energy into shipping powerful features for IT admins to enjoy, and if users can’t find and understand the feature, it’s as if it doesn’t exist.
For multi-lingual organizations, the System Administrator can now set multiple default languages for the server and the client, as well as limit the number of languages are available in Account Settings.
Webhook posts now support advanced formatting through the use of message attachments. Include author information, titles, images, and thumbnails to customize the look of your integration posts.
Minor improvements were also made to improve Slack Compatibility. For example, it is now possible to notify @channel by using <!channel> in the post text.