New updates and improvements to Shortwave

Search got a new upgrade 🔍

January 19

Search: Bring your search game to the next level with powerful new updates. Get better suggestions and immediate visual feedback regarding your queries with autocomplete and highlighting. New search terms and operators give you even more control to help you find what you’re looking for.

🚢 New Features Shipped
  • Ability to print messages from Shortwave via the message level ... dropdown menu
  • Ability to add non-image file attachments on iOS
  • Undo send has been graduated from an experiment and is now enabled for all Shortwave users
🐛 Fixes and Improvements
  • Multiple dark mode improvements were rolled out, providing a better experience for emails from major senders like AirBnB and GrubHub
  • Improved handling of whitespace in signatures
  • Fixed a bug causing emojis in signatures to display extra large
  • Fixed a bug where bundling was broken for snoozed threads when they reappeared in the inbox
  • Fixed a bug where closed time sections would incorrectly treat batched delivery threads as unsnoozed
  • Fixed a regression where clicking the inbox icon didn’t close the selected thread or bundle
  • Fixed a regression where renooze no longer appeared as a default in the snooze picker list
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Everything we shipped 🚢

January 3

2022 was a busy year for Shortwave: In the past year, our team of 13 has launched 101 features, made 754 improvements and merged 3,891 PRs. It’s been less than one year since we launched, and we’re just getting started.

Read all about what we did in 2022, and check out our past two weeks of improvements below.

⚙️ Product changes

  • Ability to reply directly to a specific message and / or sender in a thread with improved branching behavior and UI
  • Separated built-in and custom labels on the Labels page for improved navigability
  • Separated built-in and custom labels in the label picker to make label selection frictionless

🐛 Fixes and improvements

  • Fixed hover actions on 2-in-1 devices
  • Fixed a hover action bug on Android devices where threads would unintentionally pin
  • Fixed todo bundle preview text color that was incorrect on mobile PWA
  • Added dynamic "Loading..." screen text for large inboxes that take longer to load
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Inbox delivery, now on your schedule 📅

December 15, 2022

Batched delivery: Bundle your emails by label and set a delivery schedule to control when they enter your inbox. By batching non-urgent groups of related threads, you can limit distractions and context-switching in your inbox to focus on what matters.

🚢 New features

  • Added ability to configure bundle settings for senders, channels, and mailing lists
  • Updated the help center with new documentation and methodology on how to best use Shortwave

⚙️ Product changes

  • Revamped smart snooze time picker UI

🐛 Fixes and improvements

  • Ported NL input to mobile for smart snooze suggestions
  • Fixed a bug which caused push notifications to be sent while in Do Not Disturb mode
  • Fixed a bug where clicking to focus the search bar closed an open thread or bundle
  • Fixed a bug where swipe settings would sometimes reset on iOS
  • Updated iOS swipe settings image to include delete
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Search by contact, label, and more 🔍

December 1, 2022

Improved search: The search bar has been redesigned to make finding emails faster and more intuitive. You can now search for contacts, groups, labels, and mailing lists. Improved headers on search pages provide easy access to additional filters, settings, and compose.

🚢 New features

  • Added sent, drafts, spam, and trash pages to the updated sidebar on web
  • Updated navigation menu to include sent, drafts, favorites, and labels on iOS
  • Added Forums label
  • Added a "Last used" option to the smart snooze suggestions
  • Shortwave’s skip inbox filters now sync back to Gmail

⚙️ Product changes

  • Removed conversations from the sidebar for clearer navigation
  • Brought iOS search up to parity with web, supporting search for contacts, labels, and channels
  • Added ability to have multiple Gmail category labels per thread

🐛 Fixes and improvements

  • Fixed a bug where links to copied threads were invalid on iOS
  • Updated Cmd + Shift + c keyboard shortcut to focus the CC: field instead of TO:
  • Cleaned up label search results by hiding the repeated label in the thread previews
  • Removed the bundling label in thread previews inside the open bundle for more scannable bundles
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Top level action: delete 🗑️

November 17, 2022

Delete: Delete and bulk delete are now top level actions in Shortwave, and you can swipe to delete on iOS.

🚢 New Features Shipped

  • Natural language (e.g. “2 hr” or “next week”) can now be used to snooze threads on iOS
  • Set labels, senders, channels and mailing lists to skip your inbox
  • Stay up to date on new features in Shortwave with in-app feature announcements

⚙️ Product Changes

  • Threads now use the last message in the thread as preview text instead of the last unread message
  • Labels are now offered as suggestions in the “Add favorite” sidebar flow

🐛 Fixes and Improvements

  • Highlighting text in the first message of a subject-only thread prompts quote menu to appear on hover
  • Fixed push notifications for unsnoozed threads sometimes not sending
  • Fixed overlapping header and footer elements when viewing the app in mobile Safari or after being added to the iOS home screen
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Full screen compose and faster search 🏎️

November 3, 2022

Full Screen Compose: New message compose is now a full screen experience, delivering more focus when you need it.
Faster Search: We just shipped backend improvements making search 4x faster!

🚢 New Features

  • Newsletter built-in label now automatically applies to known newsletter senders
  • Ability to view and manage magic label senders for all labels
  • Click-to-copy subject lines
  • Link to changelog added in-app from help menu (?)
  • Launched as an official integration in Shift

⚙️ Product Changes

  • The top-most thread on every screen is now focused by default
  • After sending a message, the thread is focused rather than the compose box
  • Visual styling changes to the inbox including removing the “wave”, and changing the color of the top bar in dark mode
  • Hover cards include the gear icon to open the settings dialog

🐛 Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed issue with built-in labels sometimes not being auto-removed
  • Fixed safe areas on the iOS mobile web app so it looks correct on all iOS devices, including iPad
  • All inbox items now properly have drag handles
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