Over the past few weeks we made significant updates to Linear's Slack integration. The most notable change is that you can now receive personal notifications through Slack in addition to getting them via push notifications, email and viewing them in your Inbox. Once enabled, Linear will appear under Apps in your Slack workspace sidebar and Linear notifications will show up there. This makes it faster to reply to comments on the issues you have subscribed to and to know when your teammates send emoji reactions to your comments. Other notification types include new issues assigned to you and alerts on urgent priorities.
Enable personal Slack notifications in your notification settings.
You can now upload custom emojis to Linear. Head over to you workspace's emoji settings to upload custom emojis in JPG, GIF, or PNG format. You also have the option to import custom emojis from Slack. In Linear, emoji serve both fun and functional purposes. 🎉
We now have a dedicated billing page that lets you update your billing information as well as browse invoices. As requested by many Linear users, we also let you update the email address associated with your billing account.
The billing page also displays any problems with your payment method and how to contact us if needed.
To simplify the issue view we designed the issue extensions (Github, Gitlab, and Sentry links) to take less space while keeping the same information.
We've arrived at a point where we feel that Linear is a true application, not a web page. We have keyboard shortcuts, contextual menus, no page loads, and realtime updates. To double down on the application-like behavior, we have removed pointer cursors from the entire application, except links to external resources.
At Linear, we want to do our part in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Starting today, 1% revenue from Linear subscriptions will go towards carbon removal. This happens through Stripe’s new climate initiative which you can read more on their blog.
You can now integrate Sentry with your Linear workspace. This integration has been requested by many Linear users who use Sentry to keep track of their application health and log errors.
The integration allows you to create or link a Linear issue from any Sentry error. It can be assigned to a team or teammate and with a label and priority set directly from Sentry. When the Linear issue is completed, the issue in Sentry gets resolved as well. Updating the assignee from Linear will also update it on the Sentry issue.
To start tracking your Sentry issues in Linear, connect Sentry in your workspace's integration settings.
We refreshed the design of the Labels and Workflow team settings views making it faster than ever to keep your team's labels and workflow statuses up to date. You can now add or edit labels and statuses directly while viewing the full list instead of being taken to a new view. Workflow status descriptions appear inline next to the status name making them easier to read.
ProTip: You can add custom colors to labels or workflow status icons by pressing the plus sign in the color picker and entering a hex code.
The contextual menu now keeps track of the mouse cursor position while you open sub-menus. We create a safe area between the cursor and mouse so that the sub-menu stays open as you navigate away from the main menu and toward any item in the selected sub-menu. See it in action!
We added new contextual menus to Linear. Now you can right click on any issue to change its properties or copy important information like the git branch name. Contextual menus work whether you're viewing a list, board or sub-issues list and make Linear faster for users who prefer to use their mouse. It's also a nice way to learn the most important keyboard shortcuts.
We also added contextual menus to other parts of the app: projects when viewing all projects, Inbox notifications and pull request links inside of issues. Right click to bring up their menus and take quick actions.
Two weeks ago we released new view options as a Linear preview. Since then we have improved the available preferences and added it to more views including the Backlog, projects and cycles. We're excited about this as it enabled many of our most requested features such as the ability to reorder issues in a list and select which fields you see on notifications in your Inbox. Starting today, view options are available for all Linear users and we'll keep adding new preferences over time.
We announced the preview of our issue auto-close feature a couple of weeks ago. Today we're announcing its sibling, auto-archive, and moving both features out of preview, so they're available for everyone.
An important part of the Linear method is the principle "Keep a manageable backlog". We think it's best to leverage sensible automation to help you stay more focused and efficient and to save you from having to manually comb through your backlog and tons of closed issues.
As you work hard and complete your cycles and issues, completed issues pile up. Our new auto-archive feature will scan your issues and automatically archive those that have been closed for several months. This process also ensures your client will keep running smoothly and fast.
Auto-close and auto-archive are now automatically enabled for all new teams. To try them out on your current team, navigate to Settings > Team > Workflow. There you'll be able to turn them on and configure the time and status to move the issues to.
We've added a new issue relation that lets you mark issues as a duplicate of another issue. You can mark an issue as duplicate using the command menu (md) or select "Mark as duplicate of" in the status drop-down of the issue details. When you mark an issue as a duplicate of another, Linear will automatically close the issue and add a relation between the two issues.
When your team grows, you usually start receiving several bug reports for the same root cause. Marking as duplicate lets you close duplicate reports, but still keep the relation to the closed issues handy in case they contain additional information that might come in handy when debugging the problem.
We added several improvements to new view options. While the feature is still in Linear Preview, you can turn it on for your workspace by selecting Enable: New view options from the command menu (CmdK).
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In the coming weeks, we'll add better controls for many of Linear's views. Today we're introducing a new preview feature that lets you customize the layout, ordering, type and fields that are shown on issues. You can customize your view only or save your preference to make it the team's default view. Today the following options are available and we'll add more over time:
You can turn on View options for your workspace by selecting Enable: New view options from the command menu (Cmdk).
Searching in the command menu (Cmdk) will now also search through second-level actions and display them in the search results.
For example, if you search for "add label" it will show you the top-level "Add label..." action, but also include all the different labels that would have been displayed had you subsequently selected the "Add label..." action (e.g. "Add label Bug"). This also works when you search for text contained in a second-level action. For example, searching for "bug" will find the "Add label Bug" action.
You can now construct new issue URLs that prefill any of the properties for the new issue. This lets you create links that assign the newly created issues to a specific person, add labels or even provide a template for a user to fill out. For example, the query parameters in this link will create a new issue with the title and description filled out and the label "bug" assigned.
The supported query params are as follows:
It's common for backlogs to build up with issues that become irrelevant or will never get addressed. We're introducing issue auto-closing to automate the trouble of manually clearing stale issues. Once enabled, issues will be auto-closed and marked canceled if they haven't been updated after a certain time period.
You can turn on Auto-close for your workspace by selecting Enable: Issue auto-closing from the command menu (Cmdk). You'll configure the time period and applied status under Settings > Team > Workflow.
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We've made some big improvements to the filter command menu. When you open the filter menu (f) and select any of the content types you want to filter with, we now compute how many issues in your current view would match each value. This gives you a good overview of the number of issues that would be selected were you to apply that filter.
The filter command menu will now also hide any unmatched filter values under a sub-section.
Previously we would list all possible values regardless of whether they match any issues in the current view. For example, if you were looking at a project and wanted to filter against assignees, we would previously list all the users in your organization. Now the filter menu is much more useful and will display only the users that have assigned issues in the project.
The Search view and My Issues potentially display issues from multiple teams. Filters have great improvements across these pages, too. We now group issue statuses and labels across teams, so that if you search for a label called "Bug", we display issues from all teams that match the same label name. And you are now able to filter against all labels and issue statuses from all teams, instead of having to choose from labels and issue statuses of the last active team.
We're now proud owners of the linear.new domain which is an easy to remember way to create a new Linear issue. Just type it in any browser and we'll forward you to the new issue creation page as long as you're logged into your account.
By default, Linear generates two upcoming cycles if you have the feature enabled. This lets your team plan ahead by adding issues to future ones. If you're using relatively short cycles, you might want to increase the number of upcoming cycles available. Head over to your team settings to change how many upcoming cycles Linear creates. You can add up to 10 upcoming cycles.
Linear now has functionality to completely delete your workspace and all associated data. It's accessible to all workspace admins under the workspace settings page.
Project pages received a requested feature – completion graphs. These graphs show you the progress you're making towards completing the project.
You'll be able to see how your project scope has changed over time. The project completion graphs will also predict how long it will take to complete the project. The prediction is based on the velocity at which issues in the project are completed, where more recent weeks weigh more heavily than older weeks.
You can access them from the project details pane, which you can open from the toolbar or by pressing Command/Ctrli on the project page.
To make it easier to follow what has changed in Linear, we now show links to the latest changelog posts in the app sidebar. When there are new updates, the indicator will change color to Linear purple and you can quickly jump to the changelog post. You can also subscribe to changelog updates via email and Twitter.
We're excited to add a much requested feature which is both fun and useful: emoji reactions to comments. Now you don't need to send a comment to acknowledge a proposed solution, just select 👍 and the original comment author will be notified in their Inbox. The whole modern emoji set is available and anyone can join the party 🥳
✨ ProTip: To add emojis to issue descriptions, or to your own comments, just type
To make communicating shipped features or canceled bugs easier, we also added two new notifications: completed and canceled issues. Whenever an issue is moved to either status, subscribers are notified.
We're announcing Linear for general availability today. You can sign up yourself as can your team and there's no more need for an invite. We're also announcing pricing plans. Smaller teams can still use Linear for free without limits on users as long as your active issue count stays below 250.
Ps. We're looking for experienced TypeScript developers and product designers to join our team. Read more here.
We're excited to add support for GitLab. It lets you integrate Linear issues and merge requests with the same functionality as our existing GitHub integration:
You can connect Linear with GitLab.com or your self-hosted GitLab installation starting today.
Linear now has its own documentation site full of information on how to use the product better. We wanted to highlight the most common features and also expose less known ones in case you haven't found them yet. To step up your Linear knowledge, we list shortcuts and ProTips marked with ✨!
Linear's board views now have the ability to collapse rarely used columns. This might come in handy if your team mostly works out of a few columns and would like to hide less frequently used ones.
To hide a column, select "Hide" from the board column's menu. View or unhide hidden columns by scrolling to last column of the board (to the right). You can also drag issues into hidden columns.