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Rewriting the File Page in Ember

Last week, we shipped a new version of the LayerVault File Page. It’s a 1-for-1 rewrite of the old File Page, but in a JavaScript framework called Ember. While the functionality remains almost identical to the old File Page, there are a few new features. You can now link deeply and consistently to different assets within a file, including individual pages. The speed and responsiveness also has received a huge boost as well. Although less measurable, the overall brittleness of the page is also reduced: many corner cases are correctly accounted for.

Obviously, the Big Rewrite is not something to be taken lightly. This post will go into the requirements for refactoring the File Page, and how we chose Ember to be the tool for the job. At the end of the process, our File page remains one of the most sophisticated pieces of front-end engineering within LayerVault and—I think—is one of the coolest things built with Ember to date. (You can see an example of the new File Page in action.)

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Introducing the Starter Plan

Today we’re announcing the LayerVault Starter Plan, an affordable way to get your team started using LayerVault. We’ve put together a plan that delivers the full power of LayerVault at an affordable price for small shops and startups. The LayerVault Starter plan is $19/month or $199/year.

The LayerVault Starter plan allows for 2 designers, 5 observers, 10 projects, and 250GB of storage. Whether you’re a small team with grander ambitions or a freelancer, this plan is a great way to get started with LayerVault. After all, some of our biggest customers were at one point just a team of two in a garage.

You can sign up for the LayerVault Starter plan by heading over to the pricing page.

Advanced Notification Settings

With today’s release, we’re excited to give teams more control over LayerVault’s various email and app notifications. A new Notifications tab is now available from your Account Settings.

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This Week: Videos, Speed, and More

It has been a busy week at LayerVault and the updates continue to roll out. We’ve released a number of features, bug fixes, speed enhancements, and video tutorials. Let’s review some of the highlights:

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Basecamp Integration

Basecamp is one of the leading project management services out there. It’s famously targeted at the “Fortune 5,000,000” according to its founders. It hardly needs an introduction.

Today, we’ve published a video showing off how LayerVault integrates with Basecamp. It’s now easier than ever to keep stakeholders in sync on LayerVault and Basecamp. See the help page for detailed instructions or watch the video below.

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GitHub Integration

Much of modern software is built using GitHub. We at LayerVault use GitHub to manage our code, and use our own product to manage our designs.

Using GitHub with LayerVault is common but undocumented, so we put together a video tutorial showing it off. There’s also now a useful help page that you can reference or send to your teammates.

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PSDs: Now With Layer Style Gradients

Both layer comps and assets in PSDs have been rendered for LayerVault using PSD.rb for a long time now. However, one big missing feature has been the lack of gradients created with layer styles.

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