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By Tony Mobily
Monday, November 21, 2011 - 20:31

Writeboards support in Apollo!

Writeboards are one of the most exciting features in Apollo this year. As you probably guessed, we use Apollo internally to coordinate Apollo's development and tasks. Writeboards were one of those features that was meant to be developed "slowly", without hurry, as they were quite involved in terms of UI and development.

AS soon as they were available as betas, something predictable but not-so-unexpected happened: we started using them; and no, they weren't polished, tested and fully functional. And yet, some projects' details started getting stored in them, as everybody found them immensely userful.

Needless to say, we put extra resources into developing them, and released for you writeboards:

As you can see, writeboards fit very nicely into the whole Apollo scheme of things: if you used Apollo's messages, then you also know how to use writeboards.

When you create one, you have a nice, big textarea where you can type information about your project:

The formatting guide is always there on the right, for when you forget how you applied that particular formatting in Markdown. (Oh yes, the writeboards use Markdown as their formatting style).

Just like comments and messages, you can mark them as "private"; unlike anything else in Apollo, you can decide if you are creating a new revision, or if you want to simply overwrite the previous one:

Notifications work the same as they do with messages; however, users get notified both if there is a comment, or if a writeboard is modified.

I am sure you will enjoy writeboard as much as our team did. We can finally celebrate and use a finished and tested feature, while working on our Apollo writeboards.


8 comments so far

Joshua Freeney's picture

Joshua Freeney

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 19:42


Really cool stuff! Keep up the good work.

Colin's picture


Tue, 11/29/2011 - 12:47


I love you guys for using markdown. Thank you thank you. I always love when habits I already have get to be used other places.

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Tony Mobily

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 13:01



We love Markdown too!


Ben's picture


Wed, 11/30/2011 - 02:09


Great new feature. I just noticed that hitting enter at the end of a line doesn't create a line break, everything runs on as if it's a paragraph. Is this expected behavior?

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Tony Mobily

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 09:54


Hi Ben,

You need to press enter twice (that is: leave an empty line) in order to create a proper paragraph! This is what Markdown does...

Little Markdown secret: to have just a line break, put two empty spaces at the end of the line, and *then* press enter :D


Ben's picture


Thu, 12/01/2011 - 09:21


Aha! Thanks. May be nice to add that one to the Formatting guide as many people using the writeboards may have no idea what Markdown is.

David's picture


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 23:20



I just wanted to let you know that I was in the process of emailing you guys to let you know that not having writeboards was a deal breaker for my company. How did I come to this understanding? Your FAQ section: I only noticed that you do have them by quickly looking through your blog before sending the email.

Opps. You might want to correct that.

That aside, I'm glad to see that you now in fact have them. It has brought the idea of switching from BC to Apollo back on the table.


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Tony Mobily

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 09:22


Hi David,

I fixed the FAQ. Apollo's being developed very quickly, and sometimes the documentation is not quite in sync with the program!

I am glad to hear you are considering Apollo again -- let us know if you need anything!