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Slack

By Slack Technologies, Inc. (Tiny Speck, Inc.)
Supported Devices : Mac OS

Release Notes

5/4/2017 | Version : 2.6.0 | Size : 66.4 MB
What's New
• We revamped video calls, making the experience more intuitive, and more attractive. As a bonus, they're more resource efficient and now let you change audio devices during a call. If that's the kind of thing you need to do.

Fixed
• We paved over a series of potholes that were strewn about the app, making crashes far less likely.
• Should you ever wish to say goodbye to one of your teams, a right-click > Remove from the sidebar will do the trick now more reliably than before.
• Switching teams using the numbered shortcuts is noticeably faster. We would say "37%" if we were forced to put a number on it. Fortunately, we aren't, and we won't.
• Opening a context menu won't freeze videos or gifs playing in the app.
• We dusted off the cobwebs in the app menu and composted a few menu items that weren't useful when signed into one team.
• The default window size is a smidgen larger. You won't notice, because your window will keep being the same size it's always been. That's just the way it is, and we don't want it to change.
• Our spellchecker would occasionally mark correctly spelled words as incorrect. It had ONE job. It now performs it.

3/13/2017 | Version : 2.5.2 | Size : 63.5 MB
Fixed
• We made the act of signing in more reliable for teams using SSO.
• For the times when Slack just... doesn't: try Help > Clear Cache and Restart. It has all the nougaty goodness of Reset App Data, without the stale aftertaste of losing your teams.

2/24/2017 | Version : 2.5.1 | Size : 63.5 MB
What's New
• The way we load teams you don't view often has been changed to reduce the app's carbon* footprint.

(*memory. When we say carbon, we mean memory. Let’s pretend it’s a comment on climate change things, shall we?)

• Folks consistently unable to load the app will now be greeted by a troubleshooting page that offers suggestions on making their situation better. (Spoiler: it's usually to do with over-zealous antivirus software).
• Those pasting text with style into a Post then finding their text to have "no style" can now Paste & Match Style under the Edit menu.
• You can see our Help Center documentation in – of all places – the Help menu. The almost over-intuitively named Open Help Center item will be your friend.

Fixed: Waking Slack after hibernation or a system crash occasionally found all your teams missing. Thank you for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience; it no longer should.
Fixed: Some bold explorers moved their user profile off of the default drive and started the app to find nothing but a cryptic error message. We weren't prepared for this boldness, but have since girded our loins. Fine, explorers: Set your profiles free.
Fixed: A rare bug where team icons shuffled out of formation in the sidebar. They're more stoic and sticky and as a bonus, rearranging them is smoother.
Fixed: Customers typing in languages that use IME composition (Korean, for example) will find that the message input is 82% stickier.

Description

Slack brings team communication and collaboration into one place so you can get more work done, whether you belong to a large enterprise or a small business. Check off your to-do list and move your projects forward by bringing the right people, conversations, tools, and information you need together. Slack is available on any device, so you can find and access your team and your work, whether you’re at your desk or on the go.

Use Slack to:
• Communicate with your team and organize your conversations by topics, projects, or anything else that matters to your work
• Message or call any person or group within your team
• Share and edit documents and collaborate with the right people all in Slack
• Integrate into your workflow, the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more
• Easily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files
• Customize your notifications so you stay focused on what matters

Scientifically proven (or at least rumored) to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. We hope you’ll give Slack a try.

Stop by and learn more at: https://slack.com/

Rankings

Overall :
#24 : Top Free Mac Applications

Categories :
#2 : Top Free Mac Applications [Business]

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Business , Productivity


Comments and Ratings for Slack

App working just fine (2.5.1)
3/5/2017 1:17:00 PM 5/5 By Zeyu$
It didn’t work before but it works great now after I switched users, I think there is some sort of glitch with the new 15in MacBook Pro.

Broken (2.5.1)
3/1/2017 12:24:00 PM 1/5 By LavendrUserAS
It’s not working at all. Reconnecting for ages. Yesterday it was really faulty as well. Wouldn’t upload images, and then uploaded multiple versions of those photos hours later. Please fix ASAP! Also, the file size is satanic. 66.6mb? Come on. No wonder it’s broken. Full of DEMONS.

Don’t Update - Picture upload broken (2.5.1)
2/28/2017 1:21:00 PM 2/5 By longsincelost2
Picture upload just hangs. This is a known bug and they are working to address.

Version 2.5.1 (2.5.1)
2/27/2017 1:25:00 AM 5/5 By MachineLearningMentor
Well, Slack has done it again. Superb product. I use slack everyday. In my team, we have two bot. I asked myself, we don’t even need one, much more two. Slack is interactive so it has made the bot lazy, they don’t have nothing to do. They just lay down and look at your face waiting for you to ask for their help, which they always wait in vain. With Slack you would to do things by yourself, and if you don’t know, you would like to found out by yourself. Either communicating or creating channels. Some of my team members know how to care for Slack done I do. It’s like, they have pimp their Slack. Some is more like, they have put rims in their Slack. Nonetheless, the bot surely notify me immediately when my invitation bounce. Slack, keep it coming.

Pretty Bloated (2.4.1)
2/12/2017 8:01:00 AM 2/5 By Drewbag4
Slack is ok for real time IM, but it has become incredibly bloated lately as they continue to bolt on features without thought to streamlining. For instance, I had slack open for a few days on my laptop only to discover it was consuming about 2GB of memory; pretty unacceptable.

What a pleasure! (2.4.1)
2/4/2017 8:44:00 AM 5/5 By chauqg
I’ve been using Slack for 1 ½ years. The elimination of so much debris i.e. texting, email, collaborative documents here and there makes this App a perfect basis for any team work regardless of team size. Then, add to its powerful base the ability to extend using external apps and even create your own, makes Slack quickly becomes the standard of group communications. Its editor’s ability to write/present code in various platforms is exceptional. Everything is archived forever and searchable! I have been in IT for 40+ years, I only wish we had a tool like Slack when I was leading teams doing system development. Great Work Guys/Gals - Keep It Up!

High battery consumption (2.4.1)
1/25/2017 7:26:00 PM 2/5 By BBTutb
The app works OK on the mac, however, it kills my battery. When Slack is running, it switches on the High Performance Graphics Card on my mac. The app itself is not graphics intensive at all, and there is no reason for it to use the high performance graphics card. Until Slack get that fixed, I don’t see it as a viable tool for me. I am not ready to trade hours of battery life for what it has to offer. Support is also lacking, as the Slack site only allows me to browse existing topics, there is no way to report a problem.

Now terrible for multi-lingual communications :-( (2.4.1)
1/18/2017 10:47:00 AM 2/5 By John in Paris
I like most things about Slack, but I hate the regression in the most recent versions! Changes to how spellchecking is done now mean that only my system language is spellchecked. Which is a pain when I spend more than half my time in Slack writing in another language. And on top of that, force-touch look up of words has now been deactivated. The first problem is a major blocker for me, the second is an exceptional lack of polish in an otherwise decent app. It’s been over two months since the change that created this bug and despite assurances that developers were working on a solution, it’s still as present as ever. A major flaw in a communications tool which makes it much harder to communicate. :-(

Slow, Memory Hog, Non-Native (2.4.1)
1/14/2017 4:57:00 PM 2/5 By Gryzor
The concept of Slack is awesome, some features are awesome, but I must be from another generation, for most of the decisions in terms of UX/UI are really against anything I’ve done in the past. I don’t even want to go too deep, I just find myself trapped in this app because my company uses it, but it’s a horrible Mac app, a mere thin web wrapper that violates probably 1/2 of the HIGs and pretends to be really funny with release notes. As a web app, it’s trapped in the world of a web engine, which are not necesarily very memory friendly. Keyboard shortcuts are hard/impossible to remap in many instances. It’s also relatively buggy from time to time, so things will really look broken (CSS?) and you have to close/reopen to fix it. It’s a fancy simplified modern IRC, but implemented like a bad webapp, in fact, you could likely use the web version and it would be the same experience, except for the lack of ability to “Cmd+tab” to slack. International Keyboard support broke months ago and no fix in the horizon. Typing ``` to enter code blocks is broken and a fourth ` appears. Reactions? Very important to have people add a parrot on drugs to my comment. Drag and drop and press shift to quickly upload? Works half of the time if you do it fast, and so you end up with the dialog and have to re-do it again or just not use quick upload because it’s a hassle. This used to work before, it got broken months ago, around the same time they broke English-US Intl keyboard. Their audio calls… they are appropriate, but if the audio interface is stereo with independent channels, it only sounds on one side, because… again, it’s a web-app and they are being lazy instead of doing what a native app would do. (For the record, other web-pseudo-native-apps have the same problem, but not all). Anyway, You’re probably gonna end up having to use this app anyway, because work (I mean, I don’t imagine anyone using this just to talk with friends), so welcome to the club. Additionally, in the latest update, they changed the “incoming call” window to appear on the main screen instead of the display where slack is, just because they believe this is a bug; I guess they don’t understand the concept of having more than one display. If I wanted your crappy HTTP call window to appear in front of what I’m doing, I would have kept slack there. Who in their right mind thought that having a pop-up in the middle of your screen was a good idea? I have my slack on a secondary display for a multitude of reasons, one is because I can’t have it uninstalled, but since I need it, then I put it aside so it doesn’t distract me from, you know, actual work. I disable notifications because I don’t like popups all over the place when I’m concentrated. I will check your silly messages when go back to slack, not when the other person wants.

Pretty useful with one major flaw.. (2.4.1)
1/12/2017 11:07:00 AM 2/5 By donothitken
No hyperlinks to a local server. I freelance in an industry that creates a lot of media. We constantly need to send each other links to movies, audio, and illustrations on a shared local server. With Slack I can send the file, but not a link. This makes it a lot harder to locate shared recourses. Of course I can tell them what folder its in and they can navigate there in the finder, but on large jobs with complicated folder structures, its a huge pain. Slack is awesome, these people are smart, but as long as I need to use Messages to send hyperlinks, thats what I will use for comunication with the team.

Best Patch Notes Ever (2.4.1)
1/11/2017 7:16:00 AM 5/5 By Captn Rio
Apart from having the best patch notes of any program/game i’ve ever used, this App is great. Never had any issues with it. It keeps my Inbox clean with the much quicker response times. And it saves me from having to run down the hall to ask a co-worker a quick question.

broken after latest release (2.3.4)
1/10/2017 9:10:00 AM 3/5 By amand4su3
I haven’t had an issue with the app until the last release. Now I can’t see the last message posted in a group channel.

Useless feature (2.3.4)
1/5/2017 12:41:00 AM 2/5 By !g1ft
I dont need a video call with no desktop sharing. Is it still work tool?

Constant bugs (2.3.4)
12/27/2016 7:42:00 PM 2/5 By nerdthomas
This used to be a solid app, but lately every release seems to introduce more bugs than it fixes. The latest is the new message indicators that don’t go away even when there is nothing unread. Also the inability to remove a team that you were previously logged into.

Lacking Customization (2.3.4)
12/22/2016 5:24:00 PM 1/5 By sglist
I can apply a theme to the left nav, so why not the chat window? At least let me choose my own font, and background color.

Settles a what? (2.3.4)
12/17/2016 2:24:00 PM 5/5 By zeussjunk
If only all race conditions causing inconsistencies could be this easily settled.

Odd frustrations and bugs (2.3.3)
12/13/2016 10:05:00 AM 2/5 By Gabeabrams
The concept of the app is okay. Unfortunately, there are some nagging issues: 1. For those who have shortcuts specified in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts, those shortcuts perform erratically (perhaps because the app isn’t natively integrated with the OS). Example: if you have a shortcut for “ll”, then you will never be able to type “I’ll” as you can everywhere else in the OS because contractions are considered one word. It seems that contracts are considered two words in Slack (why?!). 2. There is no in-app way of adding the slack channels you’re using. Every time you install this app (iOS, Mac, etc), you need to manually request links to add each channel you’re using.

The last two versions have text resizing bug (2.3.2)
12/1/2016 10:28:00 AM 1/5 By justin_vynyl
This recent bug is quite obnoxious! It keeps randomly resizing the text on the screen to a huge size, then when I zoom out, it zooms out to a tiny size, which makes me zoom back in again. This sounds like a trivial thing, but it makes conversations jump up while I’m trying to read them and then loses my place completely. This has been happening every couple of minutes for me for weeks now, so I’ve gone to using the web app for now (which has its own limitations).

Could replace email (2.3.2)
11/21/2016 6:28:00 PM 5/5 By Resonancestudio
I use slack for multiple teams, I have several businesses and email used to be such a drag. No More! Thanks to slack, all of my business communications are organized and sleek and in one place. Not to mention all of the integrations with ifttt, google products and many more! Thanks Team Slack! Keep up the good work!

Text size changes (2.3.2)
11/19/2016 10:04:00 PM 3/5 By Neo1010
I’ve had this issue with the prior version and just updated to the latest and it’s still present. The text size will randomly get bigger if you try to set it to a higher resolution. Basically the same issue as apstewart reports in another review. The app functions fine, but the constant switching of text resolution is very annoying. Fix that my review would be 5 stars.

Automatic refresh resizes text (2.3.2)
11/18/2016 9:02:00 PM 1/5 By apstewart
I have the text size in Slack set to one size smaller than default. Every so often in the last two versions, the app just randomly refreshes and the text size goes back to normal (too large). I hit Cmd- once and the text goes tiny, so I hit Cmd+ once and it goes back to the size I want it to be (one size smaller than Cmd0 ). When this app has an already absurd amount of whitespace, I really don’t want the text to be so large and waste even more space with useless emptiness. Other than this recent hiccup, the app works fine.

Fixed my zoom issue (2.3.2)
11/18/2016 4:27:00 PM 5/5 By ArticuCrystal
Had an issue with zoom, reached out to support who were super-fast in responding back with this latest version. Issue fixed!

Bank white screen (2.3.1)
11/16/2016 6:02:00 PM 1/5 By Cowboykid8
Newest update gives a blank white screen, I am back to opening slack via web browser :(

Doesn’t work with Corporate networks (2.3.1)
11/7/2016 1:28:00 AM 2/5 By refuse_bg
My company uses Zscaler for web browser protection. The new app is really just a web browser. With the browser blocker (We have to log in once for our browser), Slack doesn’t work. in 2.3.1 it just shows a white screen, never getting further than displaying a white screen. When I go to their website and download 2.3.0 I have to approve each and every group. Takes several tries to get every group open, then it will work, until the zscaler timeout, at which time i have to start agin. Seems like they changed their proxy and display methods, and are not corporate friendly anymore.

Misspelling a word completely freezes the UI (2.3.1)
11/4/2016 11:27:00 PM 1/5 By Aidenf77
Please provide a link to previous version. This one is broken, still. You said you fixed the “can’t select a misspelled word issue,” I had to download 2.3.1 through Mac App Store to get the fix. It didn’t fix the ˜1-2 second lag, however, whenever I accidentally misspell a word; which is often. Your QA people must be impeccable typists/spellers.

Offline Indicator Not Working Properly (2.3.1)
11/4/2016 11:01:00 PM 1/5 By FlydogAZ
Shows users offline unless the Slack window is active and in the foreground.

Resource hog (2.3.1)
11/3/2016 6:12:00 PM 1/5 By f1xedgear
Ever since the new version 2.3.0 when the app switched to Electron framework, the app uses at least twice the amount of memory. I'm signed into just 2 teams and RAM use is averaging 1GB for slack alone. It's a great service and I know they are working on this, but a native application is really the only choice if they are serious about fixing this...

Now terrible for multi-lingual communications (2.3.1)
11/3/2016 3:03:00 PM 2/5 By John in Paris
I like most things about Slack, but I hate the regression in the latest version! Changes to how spellchecking is done now mean that only my system language is spellchecked. Which is a pain when I spend more than half my time in Slack writing in another language. And on top of that, force-touch look up of words has now been deactivated. The first problem is a major blocker for me, the second is an exceptional lack of polish in an otherwise decent app.

Sluggish sometimes and STILL missing dark theme (2.3.1)
11/3/2016 5:11:00 AM 3/5 By wo0kie847
Sluggish at times, especially when posting large snippets of code. Kind of annoying: if you try to paste a large snippet of code within the triple backticks to format it, it will create a snippet, but leave the backticks in the snippet, requiring further edits to remove them; it should automatically do this. Also, why is there STILL no fully dark theme? It’s kind of ridiculous considering HipChat has had that for like… forever now…….

New Version continously crashes (2.3.1)
11/1/2016 4:40:00 PM 1/5 By BoldMidtownLifestyle
I love Slack, but the new version continuously crashes. When I attempt to connect to my domain, it immediately crashes. It works through my Web Browser and the previous version, but updating broke it. Please fix it.


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