Introducing Canvas

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Today I’m excited to introduce Canvas. Canvas is notes for teams of nerds. It’s already getting used by dozens of teams to take notes, work on new product features, send out investor updates, and even create police reports in one crazy instance.

As anyone who’s ever contemplated working on a text editor knows, ‘thar be dragons’. We’ve spent the past year creating a solid foundation and striking new ground into creating the best developer focused editing experience. For the public beta, we focused on 4 areas:

  • Start with the writing. It’s the best way to clarify thought. Getting words down is the start to any good product. Canvas makes you and your words shine.
  • Focused on flow. No preview, we’ll fold the markdown instead. Minimal chrome. Markdown shortcuts to keep your hands flying.
  • Absurdly easy sharing. URLs are magic. Start up a meeting, share the URL in Slack, and your entire team is instantly in.
  • Hackable. Make it easy to integrate into your workflows and systems. No lock in. Create structure where there wasn’t any before.

We’re only just beginning, and want your feedback. Over the coming year we’re working on making Canvas into a true workbench. For me, this means embedding content from all over, making Canvas a live view into your GitHub and Trello workflows. I’m excited to hear how you want Canvas to evolve.

So far my only regret is the missing support of Firefox (of which today Mozilla has released the version 47.0) … and I’ll write about that to the author as soon as I’ll hit that publish button here!

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