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A Transformative Month for Designers

Over the last two weeks, we put on Designer News meetups in 10 different cities in North America and Europe. I spoke with nearly every attendee, and came away impressed with the general optimism. Right now is an amazing time to be a designer. The month of October is going to make it even more exciting.

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Saying Goodbye to Our Founder, Allan Grinshtein

Today marks Allan Grinshtein’s last day at LayerVault. He will be moving on and we wish him the best of luck. Allan and I started writing the first lines of code that would make LayerVault over three years ago, and it’s been a great ride ever since.

Effectively immediately, I will be taking over the role of CEO within LayerVault. Losing a CEO is not an easy event, but we’re confident to say this process will not affect our customer experience whatsoever.

If you have any other questions, I’m always available at


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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