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If you've been a long time Canvas user, you can catch up on all the changes and improvement that have been made right here!

August 12, 2022 (patch 4.1.4)

Marketing Pages: Header alignment is not centered (temporary bug fix)
Please read our documentation on how to fix the bug in your v4.1.0, v4.1.1, or v4.1.2 Base Template app.
Header appears above portal sidebar bug fix
Please read our documentation on how to fix the bug in your v4.1.3 Base Template app.

August 10, 2022 (patch 4.1.3)

Header bug fix
This patch fixes the bug that sometimes caused the header to be below other elements.
If your Base Template is on v4.1.0, v4.1.1, or v4.1.2, please read our documentation on how to fix the bug in your app.

August 9, 2022 (patch 4.1.2)

Bug fixes in system and admin reusables

August 4, 2022 (patch 4.1.1)

Base Template

Fully responsive admin page
The admin page is now fully responsive and mobile-friendly. The admin page and all associated admin/system reusable elements are now on Bubble's new responsive engine.
Users tab in the admin page
The user tab in the admin page has been converted to a reusable element called admin_section_users.
Easily change App Font
All Canvas styles now use Bubble's style variable for App Font. Please read our documentation here for more information.

July 6, 2022 (patch 4.1.0)

Header and footer reusable elements
The header and footer have been rebuilt from the ground up again with Bubble elements. We've updated both reusables to Bubble's new responsive engine so it easier for developers to customize them.
Renamed admin_datatype1 reusable element to admin_section_template
This admin section template has been updated to the new responsive engine as well.
Admin email template mail merge feature
Developers can now insert existing mail merge terms or add new terms in an email template directly from the template's email content fields. Please read our documentation for more information.
Allow admins to add any user type
Admins can now invite any user to the app by entering an email and indicating the user's role. An email will be sent to the user which will include a link to reset the user's password on the reset_pw page. Once the user has set his password, he will be redirected to the login page to login or complete any additional information.
Other updates
Plugin and bubble engine version 17 upgrades

May 17, 2022 (patch 4.0.2)

Footer links not working bug fix
This patch fixes the bug that caused the footer links to not be clickable.
If your Base Template is on v4.0.0 or v4.0.1, please read our documentation on how to fix the bug in your app.

May 9, 2022 (patch 4.0.1)

Cookies banner bug fix
This patch fixes the bug that caused the cookies permission banner to not close itself when clicking either 'Close' or 'I agree' buttons.
If your Base Template is on v4.0.0, please read our documentation on how to fix the bug in your app.

May 6, 2022 (release 4.0.0)

Base Template

New responsive engine
We've updated the Canvas Base Template to Bubble's new responsive engine. If your app is on version 4.0.0 or later, then any page or block that you add to you app with our chrome extension will be on the new responsive engine. We have kept the admin page, admin/system reusables, header, and footer on the old responsive engine for now. These will be converted in the next few months along with other UI updates we have planned for the template. To help with this transition to the new responsive engine, the Airdev team has created a free responsive tutorial template. This template file contains a series of exercises and tutorials about all of the new features in Bubble's new responsive engine and how to use them. If you prefer to use the Base Template on the old responsive engine, you can download our old template here. Speed and performance optimization We've removed redundant workflows throughout the template and restricted system workflows to trigger only when necessary and when certain conditions are met. These changes resulted in a 32% reduction in page load time and a 40% reduction in the admin page content load time.

Canvas library

New design library (004)
All assets have been updated to use Bubble's new responsive engine. We will continue to support 001-003 design libraries that are on the old responsive engine. If you want to use the 004 library, please make sure that you're Base Template is on v4.0.0 or later.
Paste groups in page templates (004)
Each page template will now come with recommended paste groups. For example, a dashboard/portal page will include recommended paste groups such as Group sidebar and Group main content. These will show up in the chrome extension as groups you can add blocks to.

Chrome extension

UI/UX updates
We've revamped the way users would browse and add blocks to their apps with the extension. Users can now browse the full blocks catalog and easily add any block to their apps by selecting a paste group from the dropdown.
Add a block directly from the full blocks catalog view
Select a paste group from the dropdown to add the block to
Each page template will have different recommended paste groups. Users can also choose 'Current selected group', click on any group on the page, and add the block to the selected group.
New feature: Elements
Thanks to Bubble's new responsive engine, we are now able to support and launch this new Elements feature. Elements are small and foundation UI components that a user can add to any group on the page. These elements will make it easier for users to customize our page templates and blocks to fit their own unique needs.
Preview of elements

March 28, 2022 (patch 3.8.4)

Template rating popup

Modified the template rating popup UX in the admin portal to be dismissible.

February 15, 2022 (patch 3.8.3)

Plugin updates

Upgraded template plugins.

February 7, 2022 (patch 3.8.2)

Extension and bug fixes

Updated the install extension popup instructions in the admin page and changed the way to open the Canvas chrome extension (read more).

January 18, 2022 (patch 3.8.1)

Bug fixes

Fixed various known bugs in the template. If you are on an older version of the template, you can follow the instructions below to fix the following bugs in your app:
Unresponsive icon links in the header (affects apps on v3.8.0)
Unresponsive text external links in the footer (affects apps on v3.6.0 to v3.8.0)

December 21, 2021 (release 3.8.0)

Password strength checker

We have removed the ability for admin users to define password policy requirements from the admin portal as it leads to a bad sign up experience for end users. Furthermore, requiring passwords to meet very specific requirements does not always guarantee users will create strong passwords. For these reasons, we have replaced it with a password strength checker that utilizes Bubble's built-in password strength logic. The password strength checker will evaluate how strong a password is based on how easy it is for other people to guess it. Admins will be able to select the minimum acceptable password strength (very weak, weak, medium, strong, and very strong) that a user's password must meet. From an end user's perspective, the user can use any characters in his password as long as it meets the minimum acceptable strength requirement.

Header updates

Precreate header by saving navigation item HTML to the database Previously we were searching and assembling all the navigation items for the header on page load. In v3.8, we are now saving the navigation item's html to the database to optimize for speed and performance of the header.
Show User's first name next to User profile
This setting can be managed from the admin page under header / footer tab > general settings tab.
Add url parameters to internal pages Admins can now add url parameters to header links that navigate to an internal marketing page or an internal Bubble page.
Select any icon to open a built-in widget Admins can now select any icon to open the search, messages, notifications, and cart widgets.

Minor bug fixes

Fixed various known bugs in the template. If you are on an older version of the template, you can follow the instructions below to fix the following bugs in your app:

November 19, 2021 (patch 3.7.3)

Added a new option set for Navigation Widget Type These are used in the admin portal's header/footer tab to open built-in widgets (e.g. search, messages, notifications, and cart) from the header. Please do not edit or remove these.
2FA bug fix In previous v3.7 versions, a new admin user added from the admin portal will be prompted to go through 2FA, even if 2FA is not enabled. Resolved this issue by setting the user's date last verified field to Current date/time when a new admin user is added from the admin portal.
Initial run as admin load time Added notes to the HTML message elements on the /index and /page pages about the run as admin load time. We are currently seeing that the 'run as' functionality could take up to 90 seconds to 'run as admin' and redirect to the admin page (this only happens the first time you do this). Please note that this is a Bubble issue and we are currently actively investigating this with the Bubble team.

October 29, 2021 (patch 3.7.2)

Added the ability for admins to set each header's logo url from the admin page.
Loading screen element bug fix (Canvas UI elements plugin)
If your Base Template is on v3.7.1 or earlier, please read our documentation on how to fix the bug in your app.

October 11, 2021 (patch 3.7.1)

Resolved an issue where portal sidebar styles aren't visible to logged out users due to default privacy rules settings on the App settings data type. If your Base Template is on v3.7.0, please be sure to update the privacy rules settings to match the rules here.

October 7, 2021 (release 3.7.0)

Revised sign up/log in flow to include two factor authentication option

The sign up and log in flow has been completely revised an upgraded to provide a more modern experience as well as offer additional security features.

Email verification requires the user's app to be on a paid Bubble plan.

Two factor authentication

We are excited to now offer two factor authentication for your users! Two factor can be required for all the users in your application or you can allow each user to require it only for their account.
Two factor authentication requires a paid account with Twilio and Bubble

Password reset

The password reset functionality now resets the user's password and then sends them through the full login flow before allowing the user to access your application.

Portal pages color palette generator

The "Update your portal page sidebar styles" within the "Branding" tab of the admin portal has been updated so that you can generate a custom color palette for your portal pages based on a single base color. You can also adjust the modes of each sidebar type from "dark" to "light" mode within this popup.

UI updates

Account page

The UI on the account page has been redesigned to bring it in line with the functionality present throughout the rest of the Canvas template.

New toggles

We have replaced the toggle elements throughout the template with a new smaller toggle. Please make sure your Canvas UI elements plugin is on the latest version (Bubble editor > Plugins tab > Canvas UI elements > Currently installed version dropdown).

Admin portal > Settings tab > Password policy popup

Minor updates to the UI in the password policy popup to use the new Canvas toggles instead of checkboxes.

July 22, 2021 (patch 3.6.2)

Resolved an issue with the new header and footer elements where they would not be shown if the user was running an ad blocker in their browser. If your version of Canvas is 3.6.0 or 3.6.1, please see our forum post for how to resolve this issue here.

July 21, 2021 (patch 3.6.1)

Resolved an issue with the adding new pages from the extension where the header was not properly linking to the reusable element resulting in a 'deleted reusable element' error.
Resolved an issue with the with the LocalizeJS integration where it was not properly setting the selected language.
Updated the language selection popup for logged out users so that the language they select persists through the sign up process.

July 19, 2021 (release 3.6.0)

Create custom headers for multiple user types

The header has been rebuilt from the ground up and comes with a bunch of shiny new features.
  • Built entirely with html to speed up the loading time
  • Create or clone many different headers and show them only to specific user roles
  • Trigger Javascript function from any of the links or icons
  • Visually managed entirely from the Canvas admin portal

Reveal password functionality

Users can now choose to show or hide their passwords when entering their passwords in a password input field on the login, account, and reset_pw pages. This functionality helps users verify if they've entered their passwords correctly.

Developer mode

We've added a new Is developer? field to the User data type. Any user with an Admin role can enable developer mode in the admin portal under the Settings tab. Enabling developer mode will reveal advanced template settings that would require Bubble knowledge.

Changes to Website data type

The Website data type has been renamed to ⚙️ App settings as that seems to more accurately reflect the function it serves throughout the app. As a result, variables referring to this data type have also been renamed to var - ⚙️ App settings.

New data type to contain app wide variables

There has been some confusion with our users around what they are able to edit/update on the ⚙️ App settings object. To help remedy this we have created a new data type called App variables for you to use for anything that you need to reference throughout your application.
Simply add the fields you need and reference var - App variables on your pages to access data from this data type.

Core Canvas element indicators

We have added a gear icon (⚙️) before all reusable elements, data types, and field names that are core to the Canvas template. In general, these elements should not be edited unless you understand the impact changes will have on the template.

Email templates

Dynamic button text

You can now manage the button text for an email directly in the template! Simply check 'Include a button in this email' and you can define the button text directly from the admin portal.

Multi-language support

If you are setting up support for multiple languages in your app, you can now create email variants directly in the admin portal to support those languages.

Template folders

It's now much easier to keep your email templates organized! Use our new folder system to organize your templates into labeled folders to keep similar templates grouped together and easy to find.

LocalizeJS integration

Support for LocalizeJS is now a core function of the Canvas template!

June 7, 2021 (release 3.5.1)

New loading screen element

To use the loading screen element, you would need to first upgrade the Canvas UI Elements plugin version in your app to at least v1.4.0. The element allows you to display a loading animation while your page's elements and data are being loaded beneath. You will want to include this on every page where you want this behavior and have it be visible by default.
The element can be found under Visual elements. You can find details on how to set it up here.
The loading element is active on the Admin portal by default.

Deprecated the popup_reusable element

The popup_reusable element has been deprecated. The elements it housed were either not being used often, or are now available elsewhere:
  • popup_signup/login - available as a standalone reusable
  • HTML loader - replaced by the Loading screen element
  • messagePopup - not being used often and removed from the template

May 24, 2021 (release 3.5.0)

Added Postmark as an email provider

We’ve just released an update which allows seamless integration of Postmark into Canvas apps. Postmark is known for prioritizing deliverability and cutting down on spam sent from their service so that your emails are more likely to get into your users’ inboxes instead of landing in their spam boxes.
Enable Postmark on new Canvas apps via the flow seen under Emails & Alerts.
To enable this on older versions of canvas, please go to your Bubble editor and upgrade the plugin version for ‘Email for Canvas’ (the plugin used to be called SendGrid for Canvas, but we changed the name with this release).
There is backward compatibility with old Canvas apps which allows your existing SendGrid flow to keep working the same way it was working on the previous plugin version when you upgrade the SendGrid plugin. In older Canvas apps, setting up Postmark takes some extra effort, but is much easier than adding a new plugin to your app.
Note that Postmark is primarily used as a transactional email service, and that our Postmark integration requires some modifications to support marketing emails. Postmark also has more stringent requirements for email quality than SendGrid, primarily measured by the portion of spam reports received relative to the total number of messages sent.

Converted various things to reusable elements

In the admin page, we’ve converted some (more) things to reusable elements to make it easier to edit the functionality in just one place and to follow the build pattern we’ve used in the rest of the admin page.
The data type 1 tab content is now a reusable element called admin_datatype1, and it currently contains Dummy data. To use this with a new data object, you would clone this reusable and Group Nav 8 - Data type 1 content in the admin portal. You would replace admin_datatype1 in the new group with the new reusable
User filters in the admin portal is also now a reusable element called filters_users.

Added new UI to settings tab in the admin portal (e.g. sample single field and sample picklist)

Easily manage app-wide configurations
Example of updating a single field
Example of managing a simple picklist that is used throughout the app
For this, we’ve created a new reusable element called admin_options_settings .
You can now include app-wide settings here that can be easily managed from the front-end (e.g. single field or a picklist). For more information on how to use these, please read our documentation here.

Page Builder

New marketing page backgrounds We've added 6 new marketing page backgrounds to the page builder
New hero blocks We've added 10 new hero blocks to the page builder. You can mix and match these new hero blocks with other page builder blocks and create beautiful marketing pages

March 30, 2021 (release 3.4.0)

Base Template

All new styles (version 003)

We've revamped our entire library of styles and this Canvas update comes with more than 300 new Bubble styles! Most page elements now have access to at least three different styles with support for different font weights (regular, semibold, and bold).
The previous Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy pages have been deprecated. The content from both of these pages has been consolidated into a single legal page.

Log in page redesigned

We've made some minor design updates to the log in page to better align with the design of the marketing and index pages.

New Customizable Blocks

  • Page Flair Group This page-level group includes a collapsible image banner, title, description, and toggle tabs. This group should be used when you want to further customize a page.
  • Block Title Group Most blocks will now come with a title group that includes a title, dropdown, toggle tabs, description text, sort dropdown, filters, and a new button. This group should be used when you need to add a title group above a section of content.

Chrome Extension

Along with the new styles, we have added a brand new design library of all the Canvas pages and blocks. These elements will be used for all new Canvas templates.
If your app is on a version previous to v3.4.0 you can continue to add new pages & blocks from the extension and the elements added will be add with the style version your app is based on.
However, if you would like to take advantage of the new styles and elements, you will see a banner prompting you to import the new styles (003). Once you've imported the new styles you are able to toggle between the new design library and and the old design library to add new elements.

December 29, 2020 (release 3.0.0)

Admin Portal Redesigned

This Canvas update comes with host of new features as well as a full redesign of the admin portal. Be sure to check out the admin portal overview in the Getting Started section.

Page Builder

You can now create beautiful HTML marketing pages directly within the admin portal using the new Canvas Page Builder!

Chrome Extension

We have changed the way you add new Bubble pages to your application. You can now use the new Canvas Extension to add new Bubble pages & blocks directly within your editor.

Pages option set updated

We have made a couple key changes to the Pages option set.
  1. 1.
    The Pages option set has been renamed to Bubble Pages to differentiate it from the new Marketing pages feature
  2. 2.
    Previously we stored a list of Bubble Pages on the Role option set to define the pages a user was allowed to view. To simplify this, the Bubble Pages option now stores the list of Roles that can view that page enabling you to set a page's privacy status and define the roles that are allowed to view that page from the same place.

Fewer nested groups

We realize in the past that Canvas blocks contained a lot of extra groups nested within other groups. As of this release, we have rebuilt all the Canvas blocks to minimize the number of groups that are used while still maintaining a fully responsive template!

Send custom Sendgrid emails on a hobby plan

With a brand new Sendgrid plugin we have moved the default email functionality to the front end instead of the using backend workflows. This means you can now send emails through Sendgrid with our beautiful HTML template without being on a paid Bubble plan.
The backend email functionality is still available for more robust email setups and scheduling.
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August 12, 2022 (patch 4.1.4)
August 10, 2022 (patch 4.1.3)
August 9, 2022 (patch 4.1.2)
August 4, 2022 (patch 4.1.1)
Base Template
July 6, 2022 (patch 4.1.0)
May 17, 2022 (patch 4.0.2)
May 9, 2022 (patch 4.0.1)
May 6, 2022 (release 4.0.0)
Base Template
Canvas library
Chrome extension
March 28, 2022 (patch 3.8.4)
Template rating popup
February 15, 2022 (patch 3.8.3)
Plugin updates
February 7, 2022 (patch 3.8.2)
Extension and bug fixes
January 18, 2022 (patch 3.8.1)
Bug fixes
December 21, 2021 (release 3.8.0)
Password strength checker
Header updates
Minor bug fixes
November 19, 2021 (patch 3.7.3)
October 29, 2021 (patch 3.7.2)
October 11, 2021 (patch 3.7.1)
October 7, 2021 (release 3.7.0)
Revised sign up/log in flow to include two factor authentication option
Portal pages color palette generator
UI updates
July 22, 2021 (patch 3.6.2)
July 21, 2021 (patch 3.6.1)
July 19, 2021 (release 3.6.0)
Create custom headers for multiple user types
Reveal password functionality
Developer mode
Changes to Website data type
New data type to contain app wide variables
Core Canvas element indicators
Email templates
LocalizeJS integration
June 7, 2021 (release 3.5.1)
New loading screen element
Deprecated the popup_reusable element
May 24, 2021 (release 3.5.0)
Added Postmark as an email provider
Converted various things to reusable elements
Added new UI to settings tab in the admin portal (e.g. sample single field and sample picklist)
Page Builder
March 30, 2021 (release 3.4.0)
Base Template
Chrome Extension
December 29, 2020 (release 3.0.0)
Admin Portal Redesigned
Page Builder
Chrome Extension
Pages option set updated
Fewer nested groups
Send custom Sendgrid emails on a hobby plan