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• Communicate with your team and organize your conversations by topics, projects, or anything else that matters to your work
• Message or call any person or group within your team
• Share and edit documents and collaborate with the right people all in Slack
• Integrate into your workflow, the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more
• Easily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files
• Customize your notifications so you stay focused on what matters
Scientifically proven (or at least rumored) to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. We hope you’ll give Slack a try.
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• When uploading a photo, pictures that you’ve marked as favorites in the Apple Photos app will now include a small heart in the upload preview. Clear UIs, full hearts, can’t lose.
• Fixed: Ironically, tapping the “+” icon was not displaying the full list of workflow commands in a channel. Because, in fact, additional commands were needed. Should have been a minus sign, perhaps.
• Fixed: The email icon was missing from emails forwarded to a Slack channel. In case you couldn’t tell from all the Re: Re: Re:s and inspirational email signatures, we’ve added back the icon just to be safe.
• Fixed: Trying to share or save Photoshop files previously resulted in a download error. If you took a screenshot of that error and Photoshopped it into a nice congratulatory message, you still wouldn’t have been able to download the Photoshop file, and we’re not sure why we’re suggesting that now.
• Fixed: If Slack was set to use the in-app browser, attempting to open a link that was inside a file preview didn’t do anything. The browser and previewer could not be in the same place at the same time, like Batman and Bruce Wayne or Mrs. Doubtfire and the guy who pretended to be Mrs. Doubtfire.
• Fixed: The Mentions & Reactions tab will now correctly distinguish between @mentions of your name and uses of your keywords, meaning you’ll no longer see “[person] mentioned you” when a teammate posts about tacos. Unless your display name is @tacos. Who are we to judge?
Ratings and Reviews
Years into transforming the workplace, Slack continues to be as essential to teams as ever. Chatting with your colleagues in dedicated channels is at the core of this productivity powerhouse, but don’t snooze on its direct messaging tools, app integrations, and world-famous emoji support. If you need to gather the team for that one final push, you’ll want to do it in Slack.
Good except for notifications
Overall the app works quite well. Some things are big misses for me though, especially notifications. Putting a lot of detail in hopes it is read by developers as I do want to love the app.
Searching for users when trying to start a DM doesn’t prioritize users you’ve talked to before. I work at a company with thousands of employees, so if I search for someone with a common first name and I don’t know their last name, I have to go through a list of 30 people when I’ve talked to them before and I’d expect them to just come up first.
Messages you read on web or on the app don’t dismiss notifications. I have to go dismiss them all one at a time even though the app should know I’ve read them. Big failing for me compared to something like FB messenger which will know to clear them.
There are no different snooze settings for different days of the week. I don’t work 7 days a week. Why would I want the same snooze settings?
There is no granularity on getting alerts for channels besides give me everything all the time, and give me nothing. If a conversation is happening I want to know about it, but I also don’t want my phone to completely blow up with 50 notifications beeping at me in 10 minutes. It would be much less distracting / annoying to group the messages and notify on configurable intervals
Lastly, if I get a message while snoozed I am not told about it once the snooze ends. This can lead to me not noticing a message for days
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for iPad
The recent iPad App update misses the mark quite considerably. In some ways, it is almost as if Slack doesn’t understand its users. No longer easy to see all unread messages in one place - which was a feature I regularly requested for the desktop app. Now, the iPad app has been turned to be quite bland. Seems like the “Dark Mode” folks won the design argument; as the new app no longer supports the desktop or web app color themes; which now makes the iPad app incredibly difficult to know at a glance which team you’re viewing. Also frustrating are the 3 or so “Unread Direct Messages” you can see, when you tap “Show All” it takes you to the “Direct Messages” sidebar that sorts in its own way, with unreads strewn about. Also, Direct message addresses are much harder to read; too much text all clumped together. Unfortunate for the iPad app, Slack has taken a once very useful version (preferred as a second screen in some cases over the desktop app) and made it into a giant iPhone app. The iPhone app now also suffers from this Direct Message unread messages “Show All” problem. The only way to return some of the missing sort and see all DMs on the iPad app is to select the sort option of “by recent” but it does not group unreads. 7 years using Slack, and this is by far the most disappointing iPad app “upgrade.” Repackage the desktop app for the iPad and call it “Slack Pro” for iPad Pro users who use their iPad in place of a laptop.
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