ndThread Update Notes




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ndThread Update Notes



  • Added support for slash commands. Typing a slash "/" at the beginning of the input will present Giphy integration. You can now search for GIFs and share them.

  • The list of direct messages can be sorted alphabetically or by most recent.

  • You can mention members of a thread who are presently online by entering “@here”.

  • New About panel added to the thread details including workspace name, matter ID, and more.

  • General performance enhancements



  • Added the Pin option. Any message or reply can be pinned for further reference.


  • This release allows the thread creator or an admin to remove an internal user from a thread or workspace via the Users list in a thread.


 18 March 2020

  • Added integration with CollabSpaces. When CollabSpaces are enabled, users can create Threads inside the CollabSpace, invite users from the CollabSpace to join a Thread, and view documents in the CollabSpace.
  • New "ndThread Admin" area in client's left navigation allows cabinet admins to administer Workspace Threads directly from client.
  • Simplified file upload - when adding a new file to a Thread, users only need to select a location. Users can click the Go To / "Open" icon to add additional metadata in the web.
  • Resolved an issue where ndThread would become unresponsive after internet connection loss.

 20 February 2019

  • Updated client to support DE datacenter

 16 December 2019

  • Visual enhancements to Direct Messages list view to make it easier to see who's participating
  • Improved handling when losing a connection or re-connecting to the internet 

 01 November 2019

  • Added "Unread Messages" indicator line when opening a thread or direct message, showing where your first unread message begins.
  • Instant preview of images when clicking on a thumbnails in a thread or direct message.
  • Updated styling of scrollbars.

 23 October 2019

  • Support for copying and pasting images into a thread, direct message or reply. 
  • Thumbnails will be displayed for every document and image that has been inserted into a thread or direct message. (Any file type that cannot be previewed will not show a thumbnail.)
  • Reactions can now be added to any message or reply. A user can add different reactions to each message and remove reactions they previously added.
  • The default avatar for users without a profile image is the user's initials.
  • Documents listed in the Documents page of a Workspace can be deleted, if the user has sufficient access rights.
  • The gear icon to configure and take action on a thread has been moved. It will no longer appear when hovering over the thread name in the list of threads but instead appears in the header bar for a thread.
  • Increased the performance loading messages in a thread.

16 August 2019

  • The "Upload Document" action is now available for reply messages.
  • Text can be made bold or italics using CTRL-b and CTRL-i, respectively. (On the Mac, Command-b an Command-i.)
  • When an image is added to a thread or direct message, a preview of the image is displayed during the profiling process.
  • Emojis are no longer rendered inside codeblocks.
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements.

24 July 2019

  • A user’s ability to manage how and when they are made aware of new activity in ndThread has been significantly enhanced.
    • A user can now mute both types of ndThread awareness: push notifications and unread indicators. (However, unread indicators for @mentions and direct messages cannot be suppressed.) When muting is applied, a user can configure only how push notifications will work for @mentions (and direct messages at the user-account level). Conversation preference settings are not relevant when muting is applied.
    • A user can configure awareness preferences at the workspace and thread levels, not only at the user-account level. This allows a user to set their account-wide default awareness preferences, but then override those settings for particular workspaces (in which case those preferences will apply by default to every thread in those workspaces) and for individual threads.
  • The conversation preferences have been moved to the same preferences dialog as push notifications.
  • In any of these locations: on the Documents page, when selecting a document to insert into a thread and when adding a new document, the contents of the workspace are shown in alphabetical order by default, with containers always listed first.
  • The external sharing indicator is shown for documents where applicable.
  • For listed documents, the “Edit” hover icon has been replaced with an “Open” icon. The Open icon which will open a new browser tab that displays the selected document in the NetDocuments web interface. From there the user can take any permissible action on the document.
  • Numerous bug fixes

27 June 2019

  • A new setting has been added (accessible from the new "Conversation Preferences" action on the main menu) that governs whether the user is made aware that conversations contain unread replies. By default, ndThread will always indicate when there are unread replies. By changing this setting a user will be shown that a conversation has unread replies only when the user is "participating" in the conversation.
  • A new checkbox icon will appear in the main thread pane for a conversation that contains unread replies. Clicking on this will mark the conversation as read. This icon is also accessible on mobile apps.
  • After a user types 3 characters in the message field, hint text will be displayed below the message field that describes how to add formatting to the message.
  • A user can choose to apply the optional "Dark Mode" styling using a toggle from the main menu.
  • Various bug fixes.
Desktop App 1.0.40

7 June 2019

  • For Windows only: For clients that use Federated Identity, a new LoginRepoID registry key can be used by bypass the regular login page and take a user directly to the organization's login page. The value of the LoginRepoID key should be a client's repository ID (including the CA- prefix). This key can be added to either HKCU\Software\NetDocuments\ndThread or HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\NetDocuments\ndThread. The HKLM location will override the HKCU location. LoginRepoID is a REG_SZ type key.
  • The application will display a Certificate Trust Dialog box when a site is secured by a self-signed certificate, asking the user to approve the certificate. Once approved, the application will store the certificate in the application local storage and will not ask the user again. The certificate will be removed from local storage when it expires.
  • The sound that is made when a new desktop notification is displayed has been modified.


7 June 2019

  • Performance improvements relating to loading threads, the Conversations tab and the mobile apps.
  • Minor changes to the new Conversations feature, including: clicking on a notification related to a conversation reply will expand the conversation in the thread; clicking on the "Start Conversation" or "Reply" button will focus the cursor on the reply; clicking on the "View in Thread" button in the Conversation tab will display the conversation in the thread with all of the replies displayed; and the entire "Thread Details" button will be shown in orange when there are unread conversation replies, instead of a small orange dot.
  • Users are listed in alphabetical order by first name in the Users tab.


23 Apr 2019

  • Conversations can be created in all threads and direct messages. This feature allows users to reply to specific posts, which enables multiple conversations to take place in the same thread without overlapping.  Access the list of conversations in a thread or direct message from the new Conversations tab in the right pane.
  • With the cursor inside the message area, use the up arrow to edit the message above, if added by the same user.
  • The user's most recent emojis will appear at the top of top of the list of emojis.
  • Markdown support has been enhanced to allow formatting of text in messages (italics, bold, etc.).
  • When editing an existing message, the text editor works the same way as the editor for creating new messages, including support for @mentions. Hitting "Enter" will submit the changes.
  • @mention matching will match against the beginning of the names of users.  And the list of @mention users are shown alphabetically.
  • The color scheme has been modified to more closely match the NetDocuments web interface.
  • The mobile app now supports access to message actions by by pressing on the message.
  • When workspaces names are changed in NetDocuments, the updated names will appear in ndThread.
  • Clicking the user information at the top of the page will display the Users tab to the right, but will not close that pane.
  • Embedded links are handled differently. The size of the web image is increased, the "Go to Website" link is removed and the embedded content can be collapsed.
  • Added the ability to click the timestamp of a stitch component to toggle between normal and relative time.
  • Embedded document names are now truncated to 75 characters followed by an ellipses, with a tooltip that shows the entire filename.

Desktop App 1.0.38 (Windows)

4 April 2019

Enhanced the Windows version of the Desktop app in several ways:

  • Silent installation is now possible using this command:  ndThread-#.#.##.exe /S
  • Prevent the app from being added to the Windows auto run  (this only applies if used during the initial installation) by adding this registry setting: In Computer\ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ WOW6432Node\NetDocuments\ndThread, add "AutoRun" as a 32bit REG_DWORD with a value of "0".  Leaving out this registry setting or setting it to "1" will keep ndThread in the Windows auto run list.
  • Prevent an ndThread shortcut from being created (this only applies if used during the initial installation) by adding this registry setting: In Computer\ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ WOW6432Node\NetDocuments\ndThread, add "CreateUserShortCut" as a 32bit REG_DWORD with a value of "0". Leaving out this registry setting or setting it to "1" will create the shortcut.
  • Configure the default host that ndThread will connect to (US/Vault, EU or AU) by adding this registry setting: In Computer\ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ WOW6432Node\NetDocuments\ndThread, add "SelectedRegion" as a REG_SZ key with a value of "United States", "Europe" or "Australia".  This default host setting can be added after ndThread has been installed, but the user will need to Change Service (if they had logged in previously), quit the app and restart.


20 Feb 2019

  • The ability for an internal user with access to an ndThread workspace to remove any external user from (a) any individual public thread in that workspace or (b) the entire ndThread workspace and all of its threads.
  • The ability for an internal user who is a member of a private thread to add to or remove from that private thread any user who has access to the workspace.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance enhancements.

(On the AppStore and GooglePlay, the ndThread mobile apps will be numbered 1.5.0.)


8 Jan 2019

  • A comment bubble icon will be displayed for every document that has comments added to the official version, with the number of comments displayed. When previewing a document, the version selector will show the comment bubble icon for each version if it contains comments.
  • When another user is typing a post for a thread or direct message, a note to that effect will be shown to other members of the thread or direct message. 
  • The Join Workspaces dialog will automatically show up to 25 of a user's recent workspaces to make it easy for the user to find workspaces they want to join.
  • Multiple join and leave activity for the same thread in the same period of time will be shown as a single post.
  • When an internal user joins a workspace and is added to every public thread in that workspace, a user-joined post will be added to every thread.
  • Numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Desktop App 1.0.32

30 Nov 2018

  • Added support for a new registry key (Windows) and plist key (Mac) that will stop the desktop application from checking for updates and therefore the user will not be notified.  The key is called "CheckForUpdates". 
  • This key will not be added by the application but instead must be added manually by a user or through automation.  On Windows this registry setting (a DWORD) must be added at:  HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\NetDocuments\ndThread. On the Mac, this setting must be added to the /Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/ com.netdocuments.ndthread.plist file. A value of 0 will suppress notifications and a value of 1 will display them.  If there is no such key, notifications will be enabled.  
  • If the key is configured not to check for updates, the user may still click on "Check for Updates" and it will show the user the currently installed version of the application and the most recent version (if different), to allow the user to determine that an update is available.  However, the user will not be able to update the software on their own.


16 Nov 2018

  • Various changes to the messages that appear when a user joins or leaves a thread.  The content of those messages has been changed to be more informative.  Those messages cannot be edited or deleted.
  • Clicking on a document comment inside the document will scroll to that comment in the right pane.
  • When looking up users to create a direct message, invite users to a workspace or invite users to a thread, the up and down arrows can be used to scroll through the matches and the "Enter" key used to select a user.
  • Threads that have been shared externally will include the "ExtMan" icon in the list of threads.
  • Viewing the first-time user tour will now be tracked by user, not by ndThread device. 
  • Improved performance
  • Numerous tweaks and bug fixes that are not listed above


19 Oct 2018

  • An optional THREADS tab can be enabled for workspaces in the main NetDocuments web interface, where the threads for a particular workspace can be accessed without going to the stand-alone ndThread interface.  Contact Support about enabling the settings to make that possible.
  • The repository selector has been enhanced to indicate to the user when they have unread messages in other repositories (besides the currently selected repository).
  • Hover text has been added to thread message and document actions.
  • The search and search results now appear in a popup dialog.
  • Emails sent by ndThread use consistent headers so they can be “rolled up” in email clients that support this feature.
  • There are also numerous tweaks, bug fixes and performance enhancements that are not listed above.


24 Sept 2018

  • External users can be given access to ndThread content. If external users are members of the cabinet where direct messages are stored, then internal users can initiate direct messages that include external users. Also, if external users have access to a NetDocuments workspace, they can be invited to the ndThread workspace and given access to and participate in threads. Note that external users must always be invited to workspaces and threads by an internal user; they cannot self-join. External users can also access document annotations.  Internal users are warned when external users have access to content.
    • In those rare cases where a user has access to multiple NetDocuments repositories that has ndThread enable, the user will see a repository selector, to allow them to limit the thread and direct message content to a single repository.  All workspace and user lookups and searches performed will also be limited to the selected repository.
  • Individual workspace threads and direct messages can manually be exported to CSV or PDF.
  • The ability to delete a thread (limited to the thread creator or a Cabinet Administrator). The Team thread cannot be deleted.
  • The ability to rename a thread (limited to the thread creator or a Cabinet Administrator). The Team thread cannot be renamed.
  • When the user does not have an internet connection, access to ndThread is blocked ensure that there is no loss of data. The user is informed that they do not have an internet connection.
  • Notification preferences have been updated to provide an option for email notifications not to be suppressed when the related message has been accessed.
  • The business rules for when notifications are suppressed, based on the ndThread application being opened, have been softened, so that notifications are less likely to be suppressed.
  • The message shown when a document is added or referenced in a thread has been updated.
  • In the list of direct messages, where we show the last message, the list indicates whether the last message came from you or another user.

Desktop App 1.0.23

3 July 2018

  • Add auto start feature to desktop application, so that when the computer is restarted, the application automatically restarts


27 June 2018 

  • In user lookups, users are displayed with their avatar and email addresses.

  • Users can remove their avatar.

  • Links to documents and messages can be copied to the clipboard by clicking a button.

  • Added indicator in document preview if the user is viewing an unofficial version.

  • If a version is locked, show a lock icon next to the document in the Documents page, in a document reference in a thread, and in the document preview.

  • Miscellaneous bug fixes


7 June 2018

  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

  • Miscellaneous UI improvements