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Now Playing: MOV and GIF

Over the holiday break in the States this past weekend, we put together a little fun feature that many users requested. As of today, adding .gif or .mov to the end of a Public Page URL will create a file that plays back all of your work. Think of it as an early present.

We took some inspiration from GitHub’s secret URL extensions and adopted it to be our own. For us, the ability to play back work is paramount to the process of a design. Every once in awhile, we might as well have some fun with it. When adding the .mov extension to the end of a file, our robots go to work to create a QuickTime RLE-encoded video. The video size is determined by the largest canvas size in the revision history. Check out an example.

And for the GIF-lovers out there, you can also add .gif to the end of each Public Page URL. We’re staking our claim as the first company to productively use the animated GIF format. A word to the wise: the GIF format is limited to 256 colors, so your mileage may vary when producing GIFs with versions of complex documents or photos. You can see an example of the GIF in action here.

At their core, these are somewhat silly features. However, they let us really enjoy our work and show it off in a New and Interesting Way™. We hope you enjoy it. We’ve got some great stuff rounding out the rest of the year. Stay tuned for next week.

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