Boords Changelog

A record of new features, fixes, and improvements
Shot list view
New

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Sometimes you want to quickly flick through your storyboard and see everything at a glance. We understand. To make this easier, we’ve added a shot list view to Boords!

Now you can view your storyboards as a table, tab through fields, view your comments and update frame statuses in a new compact format. With a quick glimpse, you can see which frames need updates and highlight the frames that are still waiting for feedback.

Simply click “Shot list view” on any storyboard to view it as a shot list and you’re off to the races!

 
Storyboard templates
New

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Storyboards aren’t one size fits all. People use storyboards for many different reasons - to map out a marketing video, to design an e-learning course and even to write a novel.

With this in mind, we’ve created some pre-made storyboard starter templates for films, video, UX, and more. They include custom fields and a structure specific to each category (you can still edit the fields and structure; the template is just a starting point!).

When you create a new storyboard, select your Template from the dropdown menu.

Spend less time setting up the fields while learning your industry’s best practices for storyboarding. It’s a win-win all round! We’ve also created an accompanying guide for each template. Check ‘em out here.

 
Google Slides integration
New

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We’ve launched a new ‘Google Slides’ export option! Gone are the days of screenshotting PDFs. Now you can download your storyboard as perfectly formatted PNGs, ready to drop into your next Slides presentation. Plus, you can now edit fonts, colour, layout and more with our improved export tool.

Want to learn more? Check out this blog post!

 
Perfect PDFs
Improvement

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Our PDF exporter got a facelift! Starting today, you can choose from dozens of fonts, change font size and colour, and even change the background colour of your storyboard PDFs. There’s a new live preview too, so you can see your changes in real-time.

 
Animatic timeline zoom
Improvement

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We’re pleased to announce that animatic timelines are now zoomable!

When you’re looking at your animatic timeline, sometimes you want detail—and sometimes you want the big picture. Now, you can zoom in for the nitty-gritty, and zoom out for a wider look.

This new zoomability (it’s definitely a word) makes it much easier to work with big or densely-spaced animatics. From now on, your perfect zoom level is just a sliiide away.

Timeline zoom is now available on all Boords plans. Just open one of your storyboards and click ‘Play’. Happy zooming!

 
Custom note fields are here!
New

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You asked. We listened. We’re over the moon to announce that custom note fields are now available on all storyboards! Here’s everything you need to know.

You can now add up to five custom note fields to your storyboard—and they’re no longer restricted to just voiceover and action. So if you want to add notes about sound, lighting, or anything else, go wild.

The fun doesn’t stop there. You can also pick your own icons and names for each field—and those custom note fields display in the edit view, on PDFs, and in the shareable view. Let the good times roll.

How do you use custom note fields? Easy.

  • Customise note fields by clicking on the new settings icon on the storyboard edit view
  • Add up to five custom note fields – just check the visibility icon next to each field
  • Choose custom icons from the dropdown menu
  • Customise your field names (keep it clean)

If you’re the curious type, you might be wondering why we built this feature. People use storyboards in lots of different ways in the creative process. Which means that your storyboard creator needs to be flexible enough for any project that you throw at it.

Thanks to custom note fields, if you ever want to add extra information to your storyboards — like multiple voiceover languages, or camera direction notes — you’ve now got the space to do that. The only limit… is your imagination (cue inspirational music).

Custom note fields are available right now. Head over to your account to try it out, and be sure to let us know what you think.

 
Straight-up satisfying
Improvement

Need to give some structure to your storyboard frames? You can now draw ruler-straight lines by holding ‘shift’ in the Boords Frame Editor. It even snaps to a vertical and horizontal grid. Satisfying.

 
Flippin' Fantastic
New

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Creating a mirrored image used to mean that you’d have to draw the image again from scratch. Well, not anymore!

Now you can flip images horizontally or vertically from within the Image Editor, saving you heaps of time and effort.

 
Onion skin FTW
New

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The Boords Image Editor now has ‘onion skin’ mode! It lets you see the previous image under the current frame, so tracing is a breeze.

Use it by clicking the icon in the image editor toolbar. There’s a keyboard shortcut, too; just press option-shift-o to toggle onion skin mode on or off.

 
Undo-achiever
Improvement

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Starting today, you can easily roll back changes to your storyboard with our new Undo feature! Before, deleting frames from your storyboard meant they were gone forever. Now, you can undo & redo to your heart’s content, safe in the knowledge your changes are reversible.

This feature doesn’t just apply to deleting frames - oh, no. You can also roll back changes to text, ordering, frame grouping, and more. Your storyboarding workflow will be smoother than ever.

Open up any of your storyboards to see undo & redo in action. You’ll find the icons in your storyboard edit toolbar. Naturally, there are keyboard shortcuts, too; use command-z to undo, and command-shift-z to redo.

Happy change-making!

 
Integrations
New

Storyboards are just one part of the pre-production process, and every team uses different software tools to get their work done. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of the Boords Zapier integration! Use it to connect your storyboards to the 1,000+ apps on Zapier and become a pre-production maestro.

 
Introducing the Boords Community
New

Community

Every so often, a Boords user will reach out to us to share an interesting insight that they’ve found. It could be an E-Learning company who are using Boords to help bridge the gap between their technical and non-technical team members. It could be a team who’ve found a new way of using a certain feature, or a freelance artist simply sharing one of their storyboards with us.

We love hearing these stories and believe that other Boords users would really benefit from hearing them too. So, for this reason we’re thrilled to introduce you to the Boords Community!

The Community is a place where you can join together with other creatives to chat. What you discuss needn’t be just Boords-related either. Are you looking for advice on how to jump-start your freelance career? Ask the community! Need some tips on streamlining your workflow? Fire away!

Join the Community

The Boords team will also be jumping in regularly to keep you in the loop with any updates that have happened and to share some of our insider tips & tricks with you.

Do you have any tips that you think others would appreciate knowing? Go ahead and join the discussion – we’d love to hear from you!

 
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