Placid changelog
Placid changelog

A new dashboard 👀

We added a little in-app dashboard that helps you monitor your image generation. It shows you:

  • How many images you generated in the last 30 days to give you an impression of your usage - especially if you use a lot of set-and-forget automations
  • How many images are currently queued
  • An estimate of how long it will take to generate the queued images
  • A more detailed activity log of the last 24 hours to help you debug

We kept things minimal for now and are looking forward to hearing what you think about it ✌️

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WordPress plugin API functions ⚙️

We repeatedly get requests from WordPress users who want to further customize our plugin. So we had a few undocumented functions up our sleeves for a while that we tested with those who asked. (Yes, talking with us sometimes unlocks easter eggs!)

Now they're officially documented:

Stability & performance improvements 🧘‍♂️

In the last weeks we worked a lot on server stability and render time improvement for our image generation API. We'll continue working on this, obviously – but we've made some major steps forward and feel like patting ourselves on the back.

Sorry, no flashy features to show you here: These things are best if they are invisible 😉

Zapier v1.1.0 📦️

We published a new version of our Zapier app! This version offers additional support for long and complex Zapier flows.

Previously, if you needed to handle a lot of data for your Placid images, Zapier would sometimes say "nah" and give you a timeout before we got to generating your image. Now you can send the image to a queue and retrieve it via its ID later.

No timeouts, no problems 😎

If you use v1.0.0 of our integration, you can update without worrying. There are no breaking changes.

Transparent canvas support 🖼️

As per popular request, you can now set your template's canvas to transparent! 🎉 Doing this makes us deliver PNG files automatically.

Edit your templates to activate this canvas setting. Have fun with this – we're sure this will power a lot of creative use cases 👀

Placid for Webflow: Support for reference fields ↗️

You can now map reference fields from your Webflow collections to elements in your Placid templates. This gives you access to all of the fields of the referenced items as well. Fieldception! 🤓

This makes the mapping even more flexible, and supports clean content modeling in Webflow.

Airtable automation scripts 😮

We worked on making Airtable automations more convenient for you and your customers! We now offer two nifty scripts:

▶️ Start automations within Airtable

Add a button inside of your Airtable base that starts all Placid actions to generate all your images.

🔄 Auto-updating automation

Using the new awesome Airtable automations, we can now regenerate your images automatically as soon as you edit a record. This script starts all Placid actions and overwrites existing images for the edited record.

Not going to lie, seeing the images update in real-time is super satisfying to watch. Please try it out and tell us what you think!

Find customized scripts for these actions in your project settings ✌️

REST API: Hide elements & poll status updates 🔄

Our REST API got some nice additions to offer more flexibility 🤸

  • It supports setting a hide flag to hide certain layers on the fly (to dynamically show or hide promo CTAs for example!)
  • We now offer a polling_url endpoint that you can GET poll for status updates

Head over to our documentation to see how to use these features!

Preset designs for Instagram stories & feed images 🎨

We added a bunch of new image templates for Instagram story images and square feed images (f.ex. for Facebook)!

If you create a new template, the canvas sizes for these images are also among the default settings, so you don't have to set them up manually.

Introducing Placid for Ghost 👻

We are stoked about our new nocode integration! Now you can easily automate the social card images for your Ghost publication.

Placid now connects to the Ghost API and updates the social card images of your content automatically.

  • ✨ Generate Facebook- and Twitter card images for the posts and pages in your Ghost publication
  • ✍️ Use your content in your images: Headlines, images, tags, author infos
  • ⚙️ Nocode setup using native Ghost settings
  • ⏱️ Create and update images whenever you hit publish
  • 🛡️ Non-destructive automations make sure to not override your existing share images (unless you want us to)
  • 👁️ Preview your images directly in Ghost

Our friends at Ghost published an official integration guide, if you want to read more.