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January 26, 2023

Visual skins editor

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We just launched a new visual skins editor that allows you to edit your CommandBar theme more easily. It's an intuitive UI to change the look and feel of your Nudges, Questlists, and Bar.

Previously, we listed all theme attributes together, line-by-line. Now, for most styles, we highlight the section of the Bar or component that is being updated. Here's an example:

This should make it much easier for you to change your existing theme or add new ones. Note that there are also sections for Nudges and Questlists at the top. Let us know what you think.

September 25, 2022

Command next steps

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Part of the magic of CommandBar (if we do say so ourselves) is that we incorporate help content and actions into a single interface. You can watch a video about a setting and also toggle that setting from CommandBar.

We designed command "next steps" to connect commands like these together. While a user is on a command, record, or record action that uses rich content (e.g., a preview, a video, or a help document), they'll see related "next steps" in the top right.

For example, let's imagine a user is on a video command "How to invite users to your workspace". There are several natural next steps after watching this video: (a) "Invite teammate", (b) "Go to team management". By setting both commands as next steps, the user can easily select either action.

July 31, 2022

Video commands

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One of CommandBar's primary goals is to help users quickly find what they are looking for. Record previews and help doc integrations were built with this in mind. Video commands are the newest addition to the group. They give your users access to any video content you've published -- explainer videos, marketing content, or announcements from your leadership.

Playing the videos in-app reduces the chances your users will get lost in a Youtube rabbithole, and lets them watch a demo video side-by-side with their workspace.

We're excited to see how you choose to wield this new command type, whether for how-to guides, best practices, case studies, or something else!

July 21, 2022

Grid view

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Some content is easier for users to parse and use, when accompanied by an image. For any major category, whether a record or command, you can now render it as a "grid" and show each item as a card. All you need to do is choose what images to show!

June 19, 2022

Algolia integration

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A lot of CommandBar customers use us in conjunction with a backend search vendor.

For Algolia customers, we've added a simple way to connect CommandBar to Algolia, so users can search for data in an Algolia index through CommandBar. You can find the integration in the Dashboard.

In essence, our Algolia integration:

  • Validates that your Algolia API key has the correct settings to be used with CommandBar (has ACL enabled for search, browse, and listIndexes)
  • Creates a record for the different data types stored in your Algolia index
  • Produces a code snippet that can be pasted into your app to finish the process

Once the snippet is added, users will be able to query your index through CommandBar. Record settings can be edited through the Editor, as with any other records.

May 10, 2022

Fresh skin options

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One of the most joyous moments when unboxing your CommandBar is tweaking its style to look and feel native to your company's brand, but also make the bar look plan cool 😎

Experimenting with different styles can be tedious, so we've created a couple of defaults for you to try out. More on the way!