Metro Retro release notes
Metro Retro release notes

Import & export, plus slapping - v2.44 (06/08/21)

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This release is packed with new features and updates!

The updates range from extremely productive (import and export) to the lighter side of teamwork (slapping).


  1. You can now reveal sticky notes one-by-one by clicking the red/green icon at the top of a sticky note. Tip - There must be a 'meeting' enabled to do this.

  2. Drop .csv files or paste a table into your board, and map the data against sticky notes, zones, and groups. Use this to import backlog items and run prioritization exercises, or to visualise data sets (like customer feedback). Watch the release video from 07:40 for a quick demo.

  3. Export your board content to .csv, table, markdown, or JSON. Select the objects you want to export and choose your columns. Tip - use HTML table to paste directly into Confluence.

  4. Font Settings - turn off handwriting fonts, making sticky notes easier to read.

  5. Mouse settings - Metro Retro tries to guess which device you’re using, but doesn't always get it right. You can now choose between mouse and trackpad settings.

  6. Slapping settings - Slapping is back! To slap someone, hold the space bar and fling your cursor through their avatar to send them flying (with bonus sound effects). If you find slaps annoying, disable them in the user settings.

  7. Lock layout - a new option in the right-click menu. Use 'Lock layout' to lock only your board layout objects - zones, text, images and shapes.

  8. Import v1 boards - you can now import all your lovingly-created v1 boards into your team space. Click the workspace name to find the option in the dropdown menu. Tip - the sticky notes in v2 are 25% bigger, so they may be a little squashed together compared to v1. Watch the release video from 02:40 for a quick guide.


  1. Pasting behaviour has improved. Depending on your camera position, objects will either be pasted on top of the originals, or in the center of your camera view. Cloning behaviour (Alt + arrow key on a selected object) has also been improved.

  2. Now, the first time you enter a board your camera position will be set to show all the board content. Previously you were zoomed in to the center of the board.

  3. Now the person that copy/pastes or clones stickies will become the creator of the new stickies.

  4. Ctrl + A now selects everything on the board. A command has also been added to the right-click menu.

  5. ‘Select other’ - new option in right-click menu. If you select an object and use this command, it will select everything of the same type on the board.

  6. SSO improvement - Admins can now set a property to allow or block entry by people not in their SSO provider's list.

  7. On smaller screens the toolbar now re-sizes to fit.

  8. We’ve made boards faster to load.

Bug fixes

  1. Fixed issues with copy and paste in Firefox.

  2. Non-Latin characters weren’t being hidden in private sticky notes.

  3. Fixed a number of usability issues with text, shapes and the floating toolbars.

Board building & SSO - v2.43 (18/06/21)

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  • Added a context menu to the editor.
  • Improved locking behavior. ALT key no longer required, locked objects can be selected with a single click and unlocked to edit. When in meeting mode, only facilitators can unlock.
  • Added auto scroll when moving an object to the edge of the screen.
  • Added support for Single Sign-On (via SAML2). Please speak to use if you would like to set this up for your account.
  • Fixed bug with field length when renaming a board.
  • Fixed various styling issues.

Meeting mode & experimental features - v2.42 (06/05/21)

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  • Freestyle Mode now available as a faster and easier meeting setup alternative.
  • Reworked in-meeting UI to enable quicker adjustments.
  • Renamed "Phases" to "Activities" because we think it's less sterile.
  • Added visibility indicators to stickies so you can see what is hidden/visible.
  • Transforming shapes now supports mirroring (resizing negatively).
  • Improved transformation net (made it thinner and drop nodes when no space).
  • [Experimental] Added Stopwatch element (see video).
  • [Experimental] Added TaskCard element (see video).
  • Various small bugs and UI tweaks.

Usability improvements - v2.41 (16/04/21)

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  • Fixed bug with users editing box showing out of position sometimes.
  • Zones now do not respond to mouse interactions unless over an edge or the title area.
  • Added shortcuts for tools.
  • Active tool is now highlighted in toolbox.
  • Text tool font size now defaults to sane value based on zoom level.
  • Shape tool now remembers previous selections settings unless a new shape is selected.
  • You can paste sticky notes from notepad again.
  • Marker tool has been improved (now shows drawing progress).
  • Token support for regular emoji has been improved (linked to Reaction tool).
  • Fixed a lot of bugs related to nested scaling of elements (resizing parent and child, resizing across parent boundaries).
  • Fixed issue with copy pasting SVG images (you can now copy SVG and paste from Figma).
  • Fixed issue dragging images from web pages into boards (you should be able to drag/drop from Google Images now).

Spotlight & voting upgrades - v2.40 (31/03/21)

Hi all, sorry this release was delayed a week due to stuff. The next one should be more timely.

  • Added Spotlight (click on entries in the participant list to activate):


  • Added voting on Topics.
  • Added voting ranks/medals overlay (with support for view by Topic):


  • Fixed Clone Board failing when on Recent view.
  • Fixed some other small issues with Recent view.
  • Fixed some Safari issues with certain scrollable UI (e.g. templates).
  • Tool cursors now don't bug out and disappear randomly.

v2.39 (11/03/21)

  • Fixed dumb bug with invite links appearing valid but really they were expired (sorry everyone).
  • Improved account invite system so you can restrict links and auto add to workspaces.
  • Added ability to edit current meeting when using meeting creator.
  • Added ability to set welcome message and lock meeting (and board) until facilitator is ready.
  • Added ability re-order / delete meeting phases.
  • Fixed various bugs with meeting timer.
  • Tweaked editor loading sequence.

v2.38 (02/03/21)

  • Fixed z-ordering getting messed up sometimes when copy pasting.
  • Fixed crash when pressing backspace while editing zone emoji.
  • Fixed crash related to re-ordering of objects from different parents.

v2.37 (25/02/21)

  • Added scrollbars to Workspace Browser (oops).
  • Added user icon/counter to Stickies and Index Cards.
  • Workspace description is now visible and editable.
  • Fixed some bugs with the Meeting system.

v2.36 (24/02/21)

  • Added "pinning" to workspaces & folders so you can keep certain boards at the top of the list.


  • Added missing drop down to list view.

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  • Added basic connection stability check that detects if connection to server is lost. This is quite basic at the moment, will be improved in the future.

v2.35 (23/02/21)

  • Updated look and feel of the dashboard UI.
  • Added grid mode to workspace view.
  • Made list mode functional on workspace view.

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  • Added filter to workspace view (filters on label & id).
  • Added invite user button to members list in workspace view.