What's New

New updates and improvements to Make the Dot.
Bug Fixes

Bug Fixes

  • Zoom to Fit is now working on public boards either from the zoom menu or via keyboard shortcut Command / Control + 0
  • After opening and closing the Share popup, you can pan the canvas by holding down the spacebar on your keyboard
  • Eyedropper is now working on resized images
  • Undo/redoing color updates including changing either the color or the color name is working correctly now
  • Fixed a bug where some cards have been selected on the board and pressing Command / Control + A to select all didn't select everything on the board
  • When you have the Card Details or Comments opened and then proceed to hold down spacebar or mousewheel to pan the canvas, the Card Details or Comments would automatically close
  • The sign up onboarding form has now been improved where the Continue button is greyed out after clicking on it to prevent running into signup errors
  • Changing profile pictures for email/password accounts is now working correctly
  • After turning on the Text tool, we have now disabled clicking and drawing selection box to prevent error scenarios from happening. To create a new text, simply click anywhere on the canvas to start typing
  • Fixed a bug where the above error scenario used to happen, the newly saved text would shift in position
  • Fixed a bug to prevent accidental highlights across elements on the toolbars
  • Fixed a bug where when you create a text if you scroll elsewhere on the canvas, the text would vanish
  • Fixed a bug where after saving the first text, it would be unresponsive when you click on Text tool again to create the 2nd text
Fabric Library

This week we released a brand new fabric library - allowing you to look for supplier's fabrics, manage your own as well as add them to your board.

Features include:

  1. 1000+ built-in supplier fabrics - With over 160+ fabric types and 35+ pattern types for you to choose from. All fabrics are delivered to the US. Deadstock and recycled fabrics available.
  2. Buy direct or contact the supplier - We have listed the supplier's name and specific product website for you to directly buy from. Want to ask them questions? There's a Contact Supplier function right within the app.
  3. Filter, Sort & Search - Easily find what you're looking for using our filter, sort and search functions.
  4. Mange your own fabrics - For Pro members, you can member your own fabrics under your library.
  5. Use supplier's fabrics as a template - For Pro members, you can save the supplier fabrics you like to your own library. You can also use it as a template to build your own library.
Fabric library on Make the Dot
Auto Image Highlight from 'Save to Make the Dot'

Auto Image Highlight from 'Save to Make the Dot'

Image highlight via Save to Make the Dot

Today we released a new UX improvement to help you instantly find any images that you save via our Chrome Extension Save to Make the Dot.

Instead of sending the extension images to the same location on the board every time, they will now be placed underneath your existing cards on the board. Regardless of whether you have your board open when you're using the extension, new images will be highlighted and zoomed so it will be hassle-free when you use them to build your board. You've seen the highlight and no longer want it visible? Just click anywhere on the canvas and it will be gone.

Other bug fixes:

  • Copying and pasting email addresses to the Share popup is now working normally for inviting editors to the board
  • When using the Chrome extension, right-clicking on an image to 'Save to Make the Dot' is now correcting adding it to the extension panel
18 Little Big Updates

18 Little Big Updates

This week, we have just released a series of new updates - many of which were feature / design suggestions from you 💜

1. Card Rotation

Rotate images, colors and texts

Card Rotation

2. Multi-card resizing

All card types would resize proportionally. For text, the font size changes as you do multi-resize.

Multi-card resizing

3. Copy from any website, paste to upload

You can copy either text or image from any website, paste in Make the Dot to create a card

Copy from any website, paste to upload

4. Copy and paste across boards

Copy 1 or many cards from one board to another - across all card types with the layout retained

Copy and paste across boards

5. Keyboard Shortcuts ⌨️

On top of the existing copy/paste/duplicate and undo/redo shortcuts, we’ve added the followings:

  • Turn Text tool on/off
  • Turn Eyedropper on/off
  • Zoom to fitUp / down key to move card
  • Select all
  • Bring to front
  • Bring Forward
  • Send to Back
  • Send Backward
  • Hold shift to proportionally resize color cards
  • Holding Command/Ctrl to open board or main menu in new page

Full list of keyboard shortcuts can be found here.

6. Improvements 🎁

  • UX update: duplicated cards now appear slightly to the bottom right of the original cards, so you can tell that it’s been copied
  • UX update: when you activate Move, you can pan the canvas without accidentally dragging any of the images
  • UX update: we would automatically calculate the width of the selection frame for text. Text editor also comes with a predefined line break, so when you’re copying a large text, it’ll be easier to read the pasted text
  • Fix: copy Pantone code to color name
  • Fix: browser extension display issue on external websites
  • New loading animations

7. Changes to the Pro✨ Plan

  1. We’ve added a higher quality export level for Pro plan users and now exports from the free plan accounts will contain a watermark
  2. The image download feature is now a Pro Plan feature
  3. For new users, the card limit will be 60 cards. There are no changes to existing users' card limits.
Make the Dot Pro

Note: While GIF files are supported, we will no longer support webp fomat files.

Sleep Mode

This week, we have just released a new Sleep Mode on the browser extension for you to control the display of the Save Button that appears on top of images. This would be handy when you're not actively doing research.

Sleep Mode on Save to Make the Dot chrome extension

When the Save Button is hidden, the extension will still be installed and you can still save images by right-clicking on an image to add it to the panel or use the Save in Bulk option.

We have also improved the extension installation experience.

Save to Make the Dot - Sleep Mode Demo
Chrome Extension Improvements

This week we're releasing a range of improvements across the chrome extension as well as performance upgrade and bug fixes.

Chrome Extension Improvements

  • When you collapse the side panel, you can now drag the icon around as you continue to select images across web pages. This will provide more flexibility when you save references at scale.
Dragging the collapsed Make the Dot extension icon across the screen
  • When you save images, the side panel would now auto close
Auto closing the side panel after you save images to board
  • When you create new boards from the extension, hitting Enter after entering the board name would automatically save the images to that board, saving you 1 click.
  • To avoid confusion, when you select the extension icon from the extension menu on a web page that has no images, it will now open the side panel or redirect you to the log in page as opposed to having no response.
  • After you navigate to the Settings tab in the extension and close the side panel, you'll be redirected back to the main page the next time you open the panel as opposed to being stuck on the Settings page.

Other Improvements on the Web App

  • We have added placeholder cards when you upload images that will show you the upload progress. It is also easier for you to know where they're located as they are getting loaded.
  • We've added a loading animation and progress bar when you first load a board such that once the board is fully loaded, your experience would be smoother.
  • Performance improvement for selecting and deselecting cards, and using Eyedropper to create color cards

🐞 Bug Fixes

  • When you upload multiple images and when they finish loading, all the images are now being correctly selected such that you can immediately rearrange them
  • Board thumbnails would previously disappeared after you rename a board from the main menu. This has now been resolved.
  • Closing the Support Chat previously would bring you to a different part of the canvas. This has now been fixed.
  • When you upload a file that is not currently supported, the rest of the images would be correctly uploaded as opposed to the whole batch failing. New notification message has also been added to highlight the impacted file(s).
Bug Fixes & Improvements

💖 Improvements

  • Improved loading performance of the Pantone library - it's now loading much faster either during your search / when you convert color from Hex/RGB
  • Improved performance for the Share popup modal
  • Improvement of export preview generation as well as added progress bar for the download
  • We've added the feedback survey link to the app which you can find here 👇🏼
Help menu on Make the Dot
Feedback Survey Link

Other than feedback survey, you can also suggest or vote on new features by clicking Help > Chat with support > Suggest or vote for a feature directly within the app

Suggest or vote for a feature on Make the Dot

🐞 Bug Fixes

  • We fixed the issue with downloading images on mac which previously prevented you from viewing the downloaded files properly. It is now behaving correctly across single and multiple image downloads.
Download your imported images on Make the Dot
  • Zooming issues have been fixed where previously when you zoom from 10%, the display would be zoomed into the top left corner of the canvas. This is now behaving correctly to zoom into the center part of the canvas across all methods of zoom - top right zoom menu with zoom % options, + / - zoom icons, keyboard shortcuts and pinching on trackpad to zoom
  • Zoom to Fit option is now behaving correctly on public boards
  • We also resolved an issue with text editing where previously when you update a duplicated text card, the edited text wasn't saved properly
  • We also fixed an issue on the browser extension where the Save button would incorrectly appear in areas when there were no image on some specific websites

Zoom to Fit

Zoom to fit

This week we released a new Zoom to Fit feature to allow you to easily find the content on your board.

Whenever you refresh your board, by default, we will also display this "zoom to fit" view.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed undo/redo issues on text cards
  • Fixed zoom input field issue where the percentage of zoom and the value entered did not match
  • Fixed text card issue where you couldn't highlight specific text
  • Turning on public shared link from the main menu is now working fine
  • Fixed profile picture update issues where consecutive updates were not saved properly
  • Fixed UI issues on the pricing plan page for mobile
Spread Out

Spread Out and New Pricing Plan

  • New spread out function which gives you one-click layout organization when you select multiple cards. Read more on the different card actions you can do.
  • We have also just released a new free plan without any time limit and a new paid tier. Read more details here.
Multiplayer Canvas

Make the Dot 2.0 - Multiplayer Canvas

We have upgraded the previous canvas with this new infinite canvas to allow for more whitespace to ideate. It also comes with the following capabilities:

  • Multiplayer - invited users who have been added to the board can edit simultaneously and see each other's presence
  • Zooming in and out of the canvas via trackpad, mouse, keyboard shortcut and button option
  • Panning and scrolling the canvas
  • Resizing card
  • Undo and redo previous actions
  • Selection and multi-selection with a corresponding contextual menu for additional functionalities
  • Copy and pasting cards via keyboard shortcut and contextual menu
  • Change the order of the card - bring to front, bring forward, send to back and send backward
  • Improved text editing with more font options