It's Alive! - April 18th, 2022
⏰ The time has come
Desktop app is finally here (in beta form)! If you are late to the party, here is a quick video on where we want to take the desktop app during this beta period.
🚀 What's launching?
We are launching
Phase 1
of desktop app (check out all of the phases here for more information)
Phase 2, which involves local support, is pushed back into May. We will give a more firm date on those shortly.
📰 So, what's new?
  • You can now install mudstack like an application directly on Windows or Mac
  • Search, sort and filter UX has been updated to support more options in the future
  • Grid and list view for quicker file viewing
  • File details has now been added, single click on a file in the search view to view basic data, like file size, and add tags and/or libraries from this view
  • New tags and libraries ux for easier management
  • Download libraries! Grab libraries of files even faster than before.
  • New sidebar to make way for the local/cloud workflow coming in the upcoming releases
  • plus a bunch of other tiny improvements that will show themselves in subsequent phases
🐰 Bug Squashing
  • Unpinning libraries should not look like the matrix is trying to speak to you
  • Sorting with tags will no longer throw up the 🙅‍♀️ sign
  • Turns out notifications don't need to be shown twice... Or shown twice.
  • Editing tags will not try to reset your color back to blue, it now recognizes the other colors too!
  • Photoshop files show up to the thumbnail generation photo shoot on import
  • Library button doesn't stay behind the curtains when it was supposed to act
  • You know when you see something specific then it pops up
    . Going from libraries to files did that.
  • New tags do not die of stage fright after being created
Known Issues
With all that said, there are still some outstanding items we want you all to be aware of during launch so here is a catch-all list of things we will be continually whittling down as we move closer to full launch
  • Missing Pin to Start and Add to Desktop step
  • Embedded Login via Google is not user friendly.
  • Unable to copy password from password managers
Application Updates
  • On Mac, if the app is up to date, the popup doesn’t have a close window option, you will need to refresh the page or quit out to regain control
  • Cannot read entirety of changelog due to scrolling not taking user to bottom of changelog.
  • Cannot sort by file size, type, status
  • Sorting by date modified- new to old has some files listed out of order
  • Keyboard shortcuts are visible, but not functional yet. Will hide with a minor update shortly after launch.
File interactions
  • Right clicking files (Phase 2)
  • Click and Drag files (later Phase)
  • Wide images in grid view tend to overlap onto other images and icons.
  • File updating count not happening on upload
  • PDFs, WAVs, etc. don’t have icon until page load/refresh, should improve, low priority
  • Recently Used Libraries (later phase)
  • Add to library in the top bar is not clickable
  • On text wrap in library title, buttons do not maintain correct scale and padding
  • Filtering by library if you’re in a library will be hidden
  • Recently Used Tags (later phase)
  • New tags that have been just created do not appear in filters after being created. Must refresh page in order for them to appear in tag filter.
  • After clicking add tags to display tag list, the tag list does not have a scrolling mechanism, causing screen to shift down, creating a bit of a jarring experience. Adding scroll to the tags list will solve this issue.
  • Add to tags in the top bar is not clickable
  • Downloading will always zip up the file, and the name of the zip may look like gibberish
  • Upload progress has some ux challenges, will be improved in a later phase
  • Versions will be refactored in phase 4, they still function now, but are just the simplified version of what they will be
  • Will be removed from the platform, this will be changed into a file relationship system. For any files that do have attachments, they will be added as a regular file to the workspace they were a part of
Asset Detail
  • Cannot set custom frame rate for FPS during animation playback
  • Frame Rate controls not currently functioning, frame multiplier does function
  • Frame counter is not converting time properly from fbx
  • Workspace Setting formatting may be a little off, it is still entirely functional
Lastly, I want to take the time to shout out the community for helping guide us by answering all of our questions, testing (you know who you are out there!), and providing amazing feedback.
It begins! - March 18th, 2022
With desktop development well underway, we are ecstatic to show a look into the first major release. Introducing the reimagined asset viewer!
The new asset viewer is here!
With this new viewer, you get so much more room to view the model, more space to view activity, comments, and versions, plus more advanced viewport controls arriving soon!
If you want to get an early look into the desktop app, and help provide some feedback on the upcoming features, you can sign up here for the beta!
🤐 Quiet Improvements
  • Capturing some new data for an upcoming Audit History feature
🐜 Bug Fixes
  • Thumbnails generation knows what to do with its hands
  • Viewport shading is no longer maliciously compliant
  • Search API no longer double taps, good for zombies, bad for APIs
The Deep Breath Before The Plunge- January 26th, 2022
Greetings! While preparing for our desktop release, we've cleaned up a number of smaller bugs that needed to be squashed, made some visual improvements to optimize your mudstack experience, and have made additional improvements in preparation for other new features coming later in Q1 such as Annotations and our revamped asset viewer.
Bug Fixes
  • We fixed a bug in our model viewer that affected showing our grid and displaying/changing the size of models.
  • We've optimized the way we handle links so that they are desktop app friendly
  • The set current version button on the asset details page was not updating the version correctly when set from the activity section
  • Buttons and form elements have fully defined hover styles when you hover over them
  • We've created new icons for forthcoming features: (spoiler alert) annotations, updates to the media player, and improvements to the asset viewer
Reset the Clock! - January 19th, 2022
Welcome to the new year! With the new year comes a big desktop push, so a majority of our improvements will be getting us prepared for that. If you would like to be part of our test releases and feedback sessions for Desktop, head on over to our discord and send us a message!
🧨 Quirk Killing
  • Authentication updates that help users log in on desktop app are now in the app
  • Minor changes to the login page (it's the same, but different)
  • Sessions should last longer, so you can stay logged in
  • Password-less login is now code entry, rather than a link
  • Emails verification is code based now, too
🐜 Bug Fixes
  • Change request label should have the correct orange color
  • Turns out, PDFs may have more than 1 page! Now our app knows that as well.
  • The flyout menu for Edit Profile has the correct route now
  • Asset count actually knows how to add after someone uploads
  • Create workspace modal isn't shy anymore
  • Set thumbnail's camera batteries were replaced
  • The client had some confusion on what workspace it was in, so it now has a GPS
Mudstack - Month of the Backend - December 16, 2021
Hey everyone! This release is going to be a fairly quiet one, but also an important one. Check below to see what was done under the hood!
👀 Invisible Improvements
  • Some significant work went into improving code push processes and adding typescript into our application. This will give us faster turnaround, readability, and bug hunting as our app starts growing larger in size
🐜 Bug Fixes
  • Personal Account invitation limit messages should look like they were written by humans, and for humans
  • Switching to an account with no assets will now no longer look like you entered the white room in the Matrix
  • If you had multiple accounts, the notification count shouldn't be slow on the draw anymore
  • Uploading attachments now no longer make the entire page flinch and refresh
  • Asset settings should now let you know if you try to run away from unsaved changes
Mudstack - Navigation Improvements - November 30, 2021
Greetings! We have just released some significant improvements to our user experience and navigation revolving around the usage of accounts, workspaces and user profiles.
We’ve also cleaned up some bugs and some improvements on our backend.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
🧭 Navigation Improvement for Account/Workspace/User Profile
  • The old header has been removed! This was done to clean up the user experience of navigating your workspaces, invites and accounts with a cleaner sidebar menu.
  • New Account Menu/Workspace/Profile menu has been created to house any pending invitations to other workspaces, your user profile, the workspaces you’ve created, and your active account.
You have the power to...
  • edit your profile & manage your accounts all in one location
  • quickly create and access workspaces
  • receive notifications on pending invitations
🎥 Image Based Lighting in the 3D Viewer
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  • The asset viewer has been updated visually to help clearly visualize your asset from initial viewing with the shading mode automatically turned to shaded and with environmental lighting turned on
  • Environmental lighting can also be turned off and shading mode can still be changed
🐜 Bug Hunting
  • If a user doesn’t have permission to create a new workspace, the user could still see the option to create a workspace in the side bar menu. When they tried to click on the button, it would cause an error.
  • After a user updates a workspace’s image, the icon in the workspace selector was not syncing up instantaneously
  • Fixed a bug concerning a discrepancy in the number of licenses and the calculation of what is owed by the licensee
  • Fixed a bug that occurred when a user was on the workspace setting page. Choosing account settings from the navigation component would load the assets page.
  • If you viewed an asset, clicked attachments and then click activity, an error would state that the asset type is unsupported
  • Enterprise accounts don't show superfluous information, like an infinite user limit
  • We now load accounts in the correct order
  • Rigs with different joint orientations shouldn't look like monstrosities made manifest (we are still working through more edge cases, so if you see something, send a message out to us!)
mudstack - Growing Pains - November 4, 2021
Hey y'all! While we are prepping up for some larger releases in the coming months we have also resolved some requests from our community. Below is a synopsis of some of those changes.
🦶 One small step...
  • PSD Support
    is available! Any .psd files previously loaded into our system are now visible in the app
  • Tag Creation
    needed some glasses so it can auto focus on the input field
  • Asset uploads
    should no longer give users whiplash with our new upload flow
🎡 The squeaky wheel got the grease
  • We swear we can spell things porperly, well, except for that
  • You can now see all the users in a workspace, instead of the first few
  • Tutorial videos are now benevolent when you skip through parts of the video
  • You can now escape selection, with an actual key! The escape key to be precise
  • The welcome modal was popping up in unwelcome locations
mudstack - Official Launch - September 15, 2021
🛸 A new start
Better late than never they say! We officially launched mudstack exactly 1 month ago on Sept 15, and we're a little late in publishing this changelog. Going forward, we hope to be sharing more regularly and promptly what we've been up to. This changelog covers everything that was released during our official launch.
💅 New website
We updated our website with clearer messaging around the value proposition of mudstack— digital asset management, version control and collaboration for artists.
We also introduced our first pricing plans— Starter (free), Indie (from $15/user/month) and Enterprise.
🔍 Explore before signing up
We realized that a lot of people were hesitant to give us their email addresses to sign up before getting a better sense of what mudstack had to offer. It was a clear issue with our previous website but we wanted to remove as much friction as possible from the process of evaluating mudstack for a new user, which is pretty much everyone.
Now you can create a playground workspace with 1 click and get a very good sense of what mudstack has to offer. We haven't seen too many other examples of SaaS apps allowing this sort of experience before.
❓Better onboarding
Previously, when you signed in to mudstack, you got..... 🥁 drumroll please.... a terrible, blank experience.
Now, we give you a starter workspace with some assets. Each asset has some activity, so you can quickly get a sense of what information can be got from an asset on mudstack— it's version and change history, the discussions around the asset, the review approvals and change requests.
We also added in tutorial videos and checklists so you can start to feel comfortable in mudstack in minutes.
🛠 Overhauled UI
There was very little in the UI that was left untouched, as we took in feedback about usability issues and fixed tons of bugs— big and small.
🎛 Account management
For users on our paid plans, we now have roles and permissions in place so teams can better manage who should have access to specific content. With new viewer and external contractor roles, it's easy to invite internal and external collaborators and control what content they have access to. We also have the ability to create and manage multiple workspaces (and accounts), so you have full control over how you structure your teams.
It's been a long journey to get here and there's a long way to go! Thanks to everyone who's been with us so far and hope you'll stay and continue to get value out of mudstack!
New Release: Mudstack_Early_Access_2.0_Final_Final_Actual_029.fbx
We are super excited to share our new release with everyone!
This release has been a long time coming, and builds on months of feedback.
For this release, we completely overhauled our User Experience and Interfaces. We noticed that there were significant pains when it came to feature discovery, searching, tagging, managing versions and attachments, as well as just generally navigating through the app.
After spending hundreds of hours at the drawing board, we broke through with a completely new design for mudstack. We feel it is a massive improvement, and includes numerous requested features, such as:
Library Favoriting
Asset Favoriting
Filter Faceting
Image Viewer Controls (color channels, image size, filtering)
3D Viewer Controls (view mesh metadata i.e skeleton, normals, wireframe, uvs)
Ability to start and stop 3d animations
Improved Asset Details Navigation
Improved Library Navigation
Code/Script Viewer
and so much more....
We hope this release improves the experience for our users. We are really happy with it so far, and are excited for what's coming down the pipeline next (hint hint: notifications, task management, asset workflows).
Stay tuned for more updates,
Jordan and the mudstack team
New Image Preview Settings & Targa File Support
We are excited to announce that we now support Targa File previews.
Additionally, we have added a few pieces of functionality to Image Previews on the Details pages.
When hovering over an image, you will now see a Settings Icon. Clicking this icon will allow you to select preview settings for this asset. These settings do not yet persist, and will revert on refresh.
Using the new settings, you can manage the preview scale, image filtering(sampling), and isolate specific color channels in the image preview (R,G,B,A).
We look forward to gathering more feedback and continuing to improve on our asset preview experience.
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