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Showit App Updates - Change Log
Showit App Updates - Change Log

List of updates to the Showit web app

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Written by JT Pals
Updated over a week ago

See a Showit Updated message in the app?

Below are updates we'd like you to know about.

If you're not seeing a specific update listed then it just means our team was squashing a few small bugs or keeping things up-to-date.

May 10, 2024 - Color Picker & Improvements

  • New: The color picker modal now includes an eye dropper option.

  • New: You can now upload custom font files directly from the Fonts screen.

May 9, 2024 - Improvements

  • Fix: Social Grid was displaying posts even when missing an image file. Now those posts are not displayed.
    Fix: Some transitions were triggering twice. We've fired half of them so it'll only occur once per view.

May 1, 2024 - Improvements

  • Fix: Transition defaults were not always applying, what a bummer...but not anymore.

  • Fix: Split/Merge options were not working properly for page background setting

April 8, 2024 - Affiliate Payouts

  • Update: Referrals - If affiliate credits are present, a PayPal account can now be connected for payouts

April 8, 2024 - Improvements

  • Fix: Re-enabled Click Actions on Galleries

  • Fix: Color pickers was not showing in some situations

April 3, 2024 - Showit WP Plugin

  • Update: WP Plugin Version 3.8.5 - Minor platform improvements

March 25, 2024 - Twitter to X and Threads

  • Update: Replaced Twitter icons with X on Icon Widget

  • New: Added Threads icon on Icon Widget

February 29, 2024 - New Referral Affiliate Credits

  • New: Participants in our Referral Program can now earn Affiliate Credits when their balance of subscription credits is 12 months or greater. More details...

February 22, 2024 - Improvement

  • Improvement: Inline text that uses bold or italic version of Google fonts will now automatically load those font files even if not used anywhere else on the page.
    (No more hiding text just to load a font file)

January 30, 2024 - Improvements

  • Minor update to our Blog Setup request steps

  • Improvement: Special Paste now works as expected when copying merged values.

2023 Updates

December 21st, 2023 - New Split/Merge of Most Settings

  • New: Most object settings in the app will now individually appear be split between mobile and desktop (device icons appear if the are split) or merged to be the same between layouts.
    To Split or Merge: Hover over the setting and click on the ••• icons that appear on the right edge to Split the setting between mobile and desktop or to Merge the settings based upon the selected value (ie. "Merge from Desktop").

December 14th, 2023 - Automated DNS Configuration

  • New: We now support an automated DNS configuration option through a supporting provider (Entri). This is now available for anybody needing to configure their DNS for Showit. Read more...

November 24th, 2023 - Change to Split/Merge UI

  • Update: Change to how to Split/Merge values

October 31, 2023 - Basic Blog New Plugin Option

  • New: Adding the free version of Modula Image Gallery plugin (no support for Pro) for additional gallery options in a blog post.

October 10, 2023 - GIFs

  • Update: Adding size limit of GIF uploads (8MB)

August 15, 2023 - Site Canvas Sets

  • New: Site Canvas Sets allow you to group site canvases for use across your entire site.

  • New: Option to turn off publishing on a page. (Change takes effect on next Publish of site.)

  • Improvement: Canvas Views now appear as tabs as a better representation of how they are used by Showit.

  • Improvement: Canvases set as Wordpress > In Post Loop and Combine Views as Posts active, will now display all views within the builder.

  • Improvement: Canvases set as Wordpress > Posts View Lookup will now display all views at once in the builder.

  • Improvement: Previewing and publishing blog templates will now render Wordpress canvas views all visible at once, as they do in the app now.

June 6, 2023 - Updated Color Picker

  • Update: We've given our color picker throughout the app an upgrade.

June 2, 2023 - Contributor DNS Access

  • Update: Contributors can now access the DNS settings for the sites they are contributors on from their Account > My Profile.

  • Update: The Design Settings > Text Styles panel has been updated to support merged values between mobile/desktop. Merged values can be split by clicking on the setting Title.

  • Improvement: Preview option for Inline Links format with the Design Settings > Text Styles panel.

    *Eventually this interface update will be pushed all throughout the app.

May 10, 2023 - Global Blog Template

May 4, 2023 - Showit Core Plugin - 3.7.2

  • Pre-release: Support for upcoming Global Template feature.

  • New: Added a free in-app design Cartera by Showit. Released with an open license for designers to build from. Read more...

  • New: Adds support to load Custom Post Types into a Canvas set to Posts View Lookup. Read more...

2022 Updates

December 20, 2022 - Background Settings Mobile/Desktop Merge

  • New: We've added for page/canvas/views background settings to now support merged values between mobile/desktop so it's easier to keep things in sync.

December 7, 2022 - Improvements & Fixes

  • Improvement: Better acknowledgement when copying links in the app.

  • Improvement: Domain setup wizard now gives copy dns option for users without a blog subscription.

  • Improvement: Share Design now shows copy icon option.

  • Fixed: No longer are selected layers getting deleted when you didn't intend it.

December 6, 2022 - Contributor Updates

  • New: Quick links to Design App and Blog Admin now found under Contributor Access details in your Account.

  • Update: Under Contributor details, when you click Blog Admin you'll receive instructions for how to access the user's blog admin as a contributor. more.

November 3-22, 2022 - Various Fixes

(republish required to apply)

  • Fix 11/3: Fixes link flashing when canvases are hidden.

  • Fix 11/7: SVGs stroke-width was accidentally getting filtered out on icon widget.

  • Fix 11/17: Fixes behavior of sticky on scroll canvases

  • Fix 11/22: Fixes sticky top placeholder sizing on window resize

November 1, 2022 - New Social Links

  • New: You can now set Social Links under Site Settings > Social and apply them throughout your design by setting a link as: Click Action > Social Link > (Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)

  • Fix: Grow with content works better

October 18, 2022 - Contributor Access for Blogs Updated

  • Contributors can now login to client blogs who are on the Basic Blog subscription plan.

  • Advanced Blogs can be accessed by having the client create a Wordpress user.

September 27, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Fade sliding issue

  • Fix: Issue selecting objects on the stage

  • Fix: Grow With Content canvases not properly growing

September 21, 2022 - Fix

  • Fix: Wiggling grow with content issues

September 15, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Fixed background jumpiness on mobile

  • Fix: Sliding gallery dots disappearing on swipe on iOS

  • Fix: Scroll to block click actions jumping on iOS

September 1, 2022 - Mobile Video Backgrounds

  • Mobile canvas backgrounds now support videos just like desktop

August 16, 2022 - Update

  • New: Updates most input values to display realtime changes on the design stage. (ie. Font Size, Position X/Y, Height/Width, Opacity, Border size, etc)

  • New: Mouse over an active input value and you can now scroll your mouse up/down to adjust value. Hold Shift while scrolling to change input to 10X increments or Opt/Alt while scrolling for 100X increments

  • Improvement: Add sliders to some settings for quick adjustment

August 16, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Special Paste desktop to mobile text no longer applies column settings.

August 15, 2022 - Rounded Corner Effects Update

  • New: Rounded corners can now be individually adjusted

  • Fix: Fixes dragging of layers switching content.

August 3, 2022 - Improvement

  • Improvement: Video backgrounds now display on tablets. Fallback is used when video load fails.

August 1, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Issue where parallax background is not selected on some sites

  • Fix: Inline links can now be cleared from link modal

July 28, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Improves parallax performance and eliminates “black bars” appearing during scrolls

  • Improvement: Limits zoom out to a reasonable size

July 26, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Alignment to Canvas tools were not working on layers that had visibility hidden on desktop or mobile.

  • Improvement: Social Grid ALT text now follows a similar format as Instagram with an improved prefix description for text reader accessibility but limited to 125 characters.

July 25, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Locked and non-visible layers no longer get moved by alignment & selection tools

  • Fix: Limit zoom out to visible size

  • Fix: Line width updates live on transform

July 21, 2022 - Gridlines, Guides, Snapping, & Improved Multi-Select Transform

  • New: Gridlines can now be turned on to help you lay out elements intentionally.

  • New: Smart guides can now be enabled to easily see alignment related the canvas and other elements.

  • New: Snapping can now now be enabled to quickly align elements to gridlines, canvas dimensions, and in relation to other elements. Toggle on/off with ⌘ + ; (Mac) or Ctrl + ; (Windows)

  • Improvement: When multiple elements are selected at the same time, the selection can now be scaled and rotated from any corner.

  • Improvement: Mobile device overlay has been redesigned to reflect modern devices

June 28, 2022 - Line Fix

  • Fix: Lines were not always rendering correctly if on hidden to start canvas.

June 14, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Inside drop shadow wasn't playing nice with object rounding. We've whipped it into shape.

June 8, 2022 - Gallery Preloading Limit

  • Raised limit of gallery preload from 10 to 50 images (default remains the same)

June 1, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: We now better support Cyrillic characters in form labels and fields

  • Fix: Fixed an Alt tag issue on galleries
    *Publish a site for these fixes to apply.

May 31, 2022 - Fixes

  • Fix: Click Actions > Action > Gallery > Set Image now works as expected

  • Fix: Background images correctly sized on a mobile window height canvas.

  • Fix: Gallery images correctly sized on mobile window height canvas with vertical edge locking.

    *Publish a site for these fixes to apply.

May 12, 2022 - Locking & Keyboard Shortcuts

  • New: Lock layers/elements in the canvas layers list

New: Keyboard Shortcuts for drag to duplicate and resizing proportionally

May 2, 2022 - Canvas View Bug Fixes

  • Fix: Canvas Views transitions were forcing a reverse transition on loop even when that option was not selected.

  • Fix: Canvas View looping was always on, even if the setting was off.

April 19, 2022 - Strikethrough Text Format

  • New: Add Strikethrough format option to inline text editor menu.

  • Fix: Remove HTML from auto layer naming

April 4, 2022 - Gallery Bug Fix

  • Fix: Galleries on a hidden canvas/view with auto-play enabled would be playing the slideshow even when not visible. They now pause.

March 30, 2022 - Showit Wordpress Plugin 3.5.6 & 3.5.7

  • Fix: Resolves conflict with Showit Theme & Yoast on Wordpress 5.9

March 29, 2022 - Drop Shadows & Gradients

  • New: Drop Shadows now available under Effects settings

  • New: Gradient fill now available on rectangle, canvas background, page background settings.

February 10, 2022 - Text Lists

  • New: Text boxes now have in-line text list formatting option

January 25, 2022 - Embed Widget Update

  • Fix: Embed Code Widget now automatically expands down to display all content from the embed code (if the code supports it). It will now auto-expand a canvas set to Grow with Content.

January 24, 2022 - Contributor Access

  • New: Contributor Access allows you to share access to your account with another Showit user.

2021 Updates

November 29, 2021 - Social Grid Widget

  • New: Social Grid widget now available to display a live Instagram feed

November 18, 2021 - New Line Tool

November 3, 2021 - Language Tag & Fixes

  • Added language option for site and pages for SEO improvement

  • Fix: Excludes pagination show-on-first option from In Post Loop and Next Post Start

  • Fix: Fixes bug where resizing width adjusts height by 1 pixel and vice versa

  • Fix: Fixes bug where setting width or height to 0 breaks an element

September 23, 2021 - Rendering & Bug Fixes

  • Update: jQuery to 3.5.1 to match Wordpress

  • Fix: Loads fonts for h1, h2, h3 on blog templates for use within the blog content.

  • Fix: Issue where clicking rapidly on canvas navigation would cause surrounding text to highlight as if double clicked.

  • Fix: Issue where users could click canvas view navigation faster than views were transitioning, causing the view to go blank.

  • Fix: Removes 404 page/template from generated sitemap

  • Fix: Email contact fields now follow same styling as other contact fields

  • Removed: Rendering of legacy keywords meta tags as cleanup for removing the option from the design app

(Publish required for these changes to apply)

July 22, 2021 - Domain Setup Process Changes & Bug Fixes

  • Change: Domain Setup process no longer asks for registrar information as we transition to users adjusting their own DNS for security reasons.

  • Fix: "Hide canvas on pagination" is now available for "Home" blog templates.

July 8, 2021 - Blog Hide Canvas on Pagination

    • Available on blog templates like Post List and Category, to hide a canvas on additional pages

  • Fix: Selection bounding box was not always visible, now it is.

May 27, 2021 - Text Columns

  • New Feature: Text columns

    • Only available on Desktop layout

    • 2, 3, 4 columns available

    • Gap adjustable

    • When active, Overflow changes to Crop

    • Not available on Wordpress placeholders

  • Fix: Special Paste not keeping Letter Space settings

  • Fix: Page/Canvas import not keeping default values for text-transform and letter-spacing

May 13, 2021 - Interface Refinements

  • Default alphabetical ordering for fonts in Design Settings and dropdown menu.

  • Sorting and Searching Sites

  • Copy a page url from ••• menu in site list where domain is configured

  • Added character count indicator and expanded text area for SEO Site Title.

  • Removed SEO Keywords field (no longer used by search engines)

  • Adjusted Icon widget to better handle SVG code from Google Font Icons resource

March 3, 2021 - Google Analytics GA4 Update

  • We've added support for Google Analytics GA4 version
    (*Publish after any adjustments)

  • New option to exclude Google Analytics code on your blog templates, which is useful if you use a Wordpress plugin to add analytics code to your blog pages.

  • Fix: Small screens had trouble scrolling through some settings. We've made an adjustment to improve that.

February 24, 2021 - New Icons

  • New icons are now available in our Icon widget. (we've also removed some out of date options)

  • Some minor behind the scenes account updates as well.

February 18, 2021 - Updated Account Page

  • New link for account details at (formerly

  • Improved password requirements for security

  • Messages better support diacritic characters

January 13, 2021 - Blog Setup Wizard is Moving & Text Alignment Buttons

  • Blog Setup Wizard is now built-in to the Showit app under Site Settings > Blog. (deprecating option on on January 31, 2021)

  • Empty media library screen now includes better prompts for how to upload

  • Text alignment options changed from dropdown to buttons for ease of use

2020 Updates

August 20, 2020 - IG Browser Fix

  • Fix: Instagram in-app browser was not correctly rendering the mobile layout in some cases.

June 24, 2020 - Security Update

  • Disabled Page Advanced Settings in Trial mode because it was being exploited by malicious users.

Mar 4, 2020 - WordPress Theme Generator Updates

  • Added: CSS bottom-margin: 20px default for UL lists on a blog post/page

  • Fix: 'Post Title' blog placeholder no longer links when you're on that post/page

  • Showit Plugin (Advanced Blogs) updated to 3.2.0 with fixes

  • Changed featured image wrapper to an img tag for better sharing

(Require republish of site to apply)

  • Fixed: Deleted media files (images, pdf, etc) were still loading on sites. No longer.

Jan 7, 2020 - Facebook Browser Rendering Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with sites not rendering properly in the Facebook built-in browser. (Requires republish of site to apply)

2019 Updates

July 10, 2019 - Back to Page Link

  • New: Back to Page link at the top of a site canvas when you edit a Site Canvas from a page.

June 20, 2019 - Proportional Resize & Bug Fixes

  • Hold "shift" to click and drag proportionally.

  • Removed individual canvas view transition options which weren't functional.

  • Removed SEO Settings from blog templates which were never used.

April 3, 2019 - Bug Fixes

  • Fix for contact form settings not alway refreshing when clicking between form fields

  • Changes to our domain setup wizard to improve the workflow and guarantee information being submitted by users is correct.

Early 2019

  • Video players are now muted by default if set to Autoplay due to browser changes.

2018 Udpates

Many minor updates were released throughout 2018 including:

  • SSL support for all subscription levels

  • Updates to our Showit plugin on Wordpress

  • The original Showit Desktop service has been decommissioned

  • "Showit 5" branding is now transitioned to just "Showit"

2017 Updates

August 22, 2017 - Drag to Select

A small update went out today to help with selection of layers. You can now drag to select a group of layers at once.For users with a big object in the background of a canvas, try holding down Option/Alt and then drag and it'll omit that background object from the selection.

June 26, 2017 - Mobile Layout Assistance, Video Controls & More...

Mobile Layout Assistance

If you're customizing your website with new elements then you've probably realized how important it is to design your mobile and desktop layouts at the same time.  But if you forgot to work on both we do have a solution that will help get things to a better starting place for you to continue customizing your mobile layout. Read more about Mobile Layout Assistance...

Video Controls Update
Additional settings including Auto Play and Loop are now available in the video player widget controls.  Learn more about video controls...

Quick Replace Images
It's easier than ever to replace images in a design...simply double-click on an image or gallery and the media window will appear to select a new image(s).

Other Updates

  • Hover Options for Icons & Rectangles now apply

  • Toggle Canvas Guides & Mobile Overlay separately

  • Selected items are highlighted in both mobile and desktop layouts.

May 1, 2017 - Redirects, SEO & More

Our dev team has been working hard to optimize your sites for better page speed and SEO.

Easy 301 Redirects
You can setup redirects which is extremely helpful if you want to redirect visitors to your new page links when you launch on Showit. Read more about redirects...

Set a Share Image
You can now set a share image which will get picked up by social networks like Facebook when the page url is shared. Read more about Share Image...

Set a Favicon
You can now set a site wide favicon.  Learn more about favicons...

Canonical Links & Site Maps
We provided an SEO boost by automatically including Canonical URLs in the HTML code and auto-generating a sitemap file of your Showit pages. Now you can submit your sitemap to search engines so they're always updated on your pages.  Learn more about Sitemaps...

Other updates:

March 6, 2017 - Inline Text Formatting & HTML Tags

This update includes some great refinements on our text editor and the ability to adjust your HTML text tag for users optimizing their content for SEO.

Inline Text Formatting
You can now easily add Bold, Italics or Links inside of a text box.  Double-click to bring up the formatting toolbar with these options. Links inside of a text box will automatically have the Inline Links styling applied to them. You can adjust this styling site-wide under the Design Settings or on an individual text box under Text Style settings.

HTML Text Tag
To optimize your page content for search engines we now also allow you to change the HTML tag associated with each text box.

Other Changes:

  • Label Changes
    -"Text Format" section renamed "Text Style" section"
    -Text Field" section renamed "Text Properties" section
    -"Next Posts Link" placeholder renamed "Older Posts Link"
    -"Previous Posts Link" placeholder renamed "Newer Posts Link"
    -"Next Post Link" placeholder renamed "Next Single Post Link"
    -"Previous Post Link" placeholder renamed "Previous Single Post Link"

  • "Top of Page" click action added

  • Mousing over layers will highlight object on stage

  • Missing fonts will now show "--Choose a font --" in font selector

  • Custom font names now only allow letters and spaces (no number or special characters)

  • Opacity was moved to Effects settings

  • Cleaner icons for the tiled gallery full screen view

  • Wordpress placeholders indicated when selected on stage

  • Prevented WordPress placeholders from having click actions or submit form applied and vice versa

2016 Updates

October 20, 2016 - Site Canvases & more

We just released one of our biggest updates since the launch of Showit 5 and we think you will love it! We've added the ability to create a canvas that can be shared across multiple pages of your site which is so great for navigation like headers and footers. It's called a Site Canvas.

Additionally, we've added the ability to add a canvas or page from a completely different site design directly into your existing site. Check out the video below for a quick overview of how to do it!

Other changes in this update:

  • New setting to allow scroll actions to trigger only once

  • New direct linking to a canvas view on a page

  • Linking inside a canvas for canvas views can now be set to use "This Canvas"

  • Drag & Drop reorder of pages

  • Links in preview work

  • Added "Cut" in addition to "Copy" and "Paste"

  • Site Canvas actions to trigger other site canvases on a page

  • Contact Forms now work per canvas and not an entire page

  • Contact Forms can now transition to another page

  • Required fields now get a red outline when a contact form is submitted if they aren't filled

  • Bug fixes to prevent large SVGs as icons

  • Canvas view background bug fixes

  • Disabled canvases and elements for both mobile and desktop are not included into the output page.

  • "Show Canvas" click or scroll actions will not make disabled desktop or mobile canvases visible.

July 25, 2016 - Media Folders

We've just added media folders to help keep all of your files organized.  Click on the Media button at the bottom of Showit to start organizing.

Pro Tips:

  • Shift-click to select a group of images in a row from the media library

  • Ctrl/Command-Click to select multiple images in any order

  • Option/Alt-Click to immediately add the image to the stage or if you're in the gallery manage images view it will directly add it to the image list.

Bug Fixes:

  • First image in a simple gallery loads sharper now

  • Fixed an issue with images not loading in Safari on a short page

  • Loop Images now works when unchecked.

July 15, 2016 - Tiled & Sliding Galleries

Two beautiful new galleries have recently been added to Showit 5.  It's a breeze to update your current gallery to one of the new formats by simply changing the Type under the Gallery Settings section.

  • Tiled Gallery

  • Sliding Gallery

May 13, 2016 - Manage domains & Sites

Today's updates will help you manage your domain, add +Sites, and manage all sites in your account.

Updates include:

  • Add +Site subdomains in Account > Manage DomainsSet your custom domain in Site Settings (including request domain setup by Showit)

  • Duplicate or Delete entire sites under Account > My Sites

May 11, 2016 - Launch of Showit 5

Today, Showit announces the public launch of its newest website design platform, Showit 5. Built as an HTML web app, Showit 5 includes never before seen features in a drag-and-drop web design application and includes side-by-side mobile and desktop design views and Showit’s game-changing simple WordPress integration. Built for professional photographers and creatives, Showit 5 allows users to build interactive and truly responsive websites that look beautiful on every device without knowing a single line of code.

“Showit 5 is the result of 10 years of experience creating tools for creative entrepreneurs. We started from scratch and built a future-facing web design platform for the mobile world.”
- Todd Watson, CEO

Showit 5 Introduces:

  • Side-by-side simultaneous mobile and desktop designer

  • Custom Canvas Views pioneered by Showit that enable elegant interactivity and big visual impact

  • Simple WordPress integration allowing users to design their WordPress blogs inside Showit.

Showit is a subscription-based software service with pricing options starting at $19 a month.

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