Kosmik 1.6 is here, full of amazing new features and, most importantly, the public release of our web app! Keep reading to see what’s new.
For all you Windows, Linux or ChromeOS users. We chose the iPad as the first platform to build Kosmik, because that’s where a spatial interface really comes alive. Since then we’ve added a Mac app and now a web application to finally make Kosmik available to anyone that uses a computer.
To access it, go to play.kosmik.app. For now, you need a Kosmik account to use it, but we will to open it to everyone soon!
Huge props to our PWA team (Ben, Quentin, Nico and Naoufel), who have been working on this for many months! Very happy we can finally spotlight all their hard work 💜
Now that the web app is available, you can publish your universes and share a link your your friends, colleagues, family or clients. Anyone will be able to access it on the web, and if they are Kosmik users, they can even access it on their mac or iPad apps.
When you publish a universe, Kosmik will create an unencrypted branch of your universe so that anyone can see it. You can then keep working on your private branch without it affecting the public version. And when you’re ready, you can merge both branches so that everyone gets the newest version.
To do this, you first have to publish your universe by clicking on its name, and then on publish. Then, use the “antenna” icon to manage the published universe: from there you can copy the public link, view the public branch, update it, and unpublish it.
Why do we love this feature? You can now use Kosmik as a true publisher. A place where you can create and then share your work, and update it when needed.
This is just the beginning. In future versions, we want to let you “live copy” content between universes, publish re-used content, and even subscribe to other people’s universes.
Who doesn’t love shortcuts? We added a few new ones so that you can fly around your canvas! To create items, just press one key:
Another (new) handy shortcut: if you want to deselect an item, just press ESC. This is useful in case you want to zoom out of the whole canvas, or if you want to use one of the shortcuts above.
We recently released the connectors, and we are very happy to give them a fresh new look and functionality in this version. Here’s what’s new:
Connectors in Kosmik offer a simple and fast way to structure information, build associations between items and ideas, and create a visual representation of your mind. To draw a link between Kosmik items, just select an item, use one of the four handles to drag a connector and drop it anywhere in another item. The two will be connected.
We improved our pin mode, which you can use to navigate around the canvas while at the same time focusing on one item. We added a smoother extract function, so that you can now extract text and content from images, PDFs and websites much more easily and faster. Plus, our text notes are looking smarter than ever, with their new background colour.
A few bugs were reported by our lovely beta users, so this update focuses on bug fixes quality of life improvements.
Quality-of-life improvements, containers, and dialog boxes.
We made some optimizations of UI and UX, including a "start universe", which shows you a quick guide of Kosmik and a few example items, and a redesign of the side dock and sidebar. Plus, now there's finally an option to reset your password (you can always keep it private if you prefer, but please don't lose it!).