Releases
Every month, we release at least one update that contains either new features or improvements.
Sept 21, 2022 | 1.0.3

Block reordering, email notifications and a lot of fixes

This update allows moving blocks among each other. This allows you to build complete pages with tasks, shots, and assets. Each team member has the same view on the pages.

If you are mentioned in a comment and Anchorpoint is turned off, a notification email is sent. This option can be turned off in the Application Settings.

Many bugs in the Git integration have also been fixed. Among them were problems with file conflicts.

Also, any existing project can now be converted to a Git repository.

Overview

UX

  • Timeline entries are now grouped better
  • An animation is triggered when opening files
  • Signup in Anchorpoint is now easier
  • The trial version starts immediately when Anchorpoint is started for the first time
  • Git repositories can be created from any folder, even if files already exist

API

  • Workspace buttons allow triggering actions from the project list. So project independent actions can be started.

Fixes

  • Git: Cancel push without error message
  • Git: problems with existing Unreal Engine repositories
  • Git: pull is blocked when files are locked
  • Git: Anchorpoint detects that files are locked and gives a message
  • Git: Wrong username is shown in the commit entry
  • Focus problem in search box
  • Git: Progress indicator is displayed when a large commit is loaded
  • Git: Timeline does not update when a commit is pulled
  • Git: Branch is not displayed
  • Cloud Drive installation on macOS
  • Cloud Drive: files can be added correctly
  • Flickering when renaming cards
  • Copy & paste problems with colors and icons
  • Back navigation with keyboard does not work
  • Crash on first start of application
Aug 24, 2022 | 1.0.2

Performance, Cloud Drive and Git improvements

This update improves browsing performance, enables cloud drives to be mounted on macOS, and adds more Git features.

Performance improvements

Folder contents are now loaded faster. The flickering that occurred when refreshing the browser is now gone. Additionally, card views are loaded in a batch and no longer flicker when the folder is already displayed.

Cloud Drive updates

Connect Cloud Drive integration is now available on macOS. Cloud Drives are automatically mounted when Anchorpoint is started, if they were still active when Anchorpoint was closed.

Additionally, Azure Blob Storage and Wasabi can be used as cloud providers.

Git

The Git integration can display previous commit content and undo commits. The undone changes are displayed as Uncommitted Changes.

Additionally, .gitignore configurations for Godot, Unity and Unreal Engine can be created with one click.

If the hard disk is full, the Git cache can be cleared. All old file versions are removed from the hard disk. They can be downloaded again from the server if necessary.

Other fixes and improvements

  • Fixed issue on image sequence to video conversion when FFmpeg was not found
  • Fixed issue with clearing tags in grid view
  • Fixed calendar issue with picking the wrong date
  • Fixed filter field which was not loosing focus when clicking outside
  • Added Python hooks on app startup and app close
  • Added Python hook on project button
  • Fixed issue with missing validation on Workspace Actions
  • Fixed issue with duplicate folder and file entries on Rclone mounts
  • Added highlighting in Timeline, Cards, and Reviews when you are mentioned

Aug 06, 2022 | 1.0.1

Anchorpoint 1.0

With this release, we celebrate the end of the beta and the launch of version 1.0. After two years of development, we are happy to release version 1.0. This is the official end of the beta phase. Today Anchorpoint is used daily by motion graphics, animation, and game studios worldwide. None of this would have been possible without you beta testers. We thank you for all the bugs found, feedback and all the numerous conversations.

ACES support

Renderings finally look correct. The EXR preview now supports OCIO color profiles. This means that you can specify whether an EXR should be treated as sRGB, Linear or as e.g., ACEScg. Anchorpoint comes with a predefined OCIO configuration, and it is also possible to use your own configuration files. Renderers such as Redshift use their own configuration, which Anchorpoint can then read so that it can display the correct colors of the rendering. The configuration is stored at the project level. This means that if the project admin sets the configuration, it applies to everyone in that project.

Git Updates

The Git integration now supports branches. Via the dropdown in the timeline, you can:

  • Branches can be changed
  • Create new branches

Project management is now easier

An admin now has an overview of all projects in the Workspace Settings. There he can add and remove users in a dedicated tab in the workspace settings.

  • Subscription management, trial, free and team plan
  • Remove flickering from tag renaming
  • Remove flickering from file renaming
  • Reconnecting a project folder. If a project folder has been unlearned, Anchorpoint will still display the project without the folder. It can be reconnected afterwards.
  • Admins now only see the projects in the project list to which they have been added
  • Replace Thumbnail can be triggered using the shortcut “Shift+S”

July 27, 2022 | 0.9.700

Filter projects and lots of fixes

With this update, the project view can be opened with a shortcut. The search field can be used to filter by projects, so that you can find a project from the list faster. A participant can now also leave projects without the project owner having to remove him.

Git projects can be created faster using the "New" button. Existing Git repositories can now be opened in Anchorpoint.

Shortcuts

  • SHIFT+P opens the Project list
  • SHIFT+1 displays the Grid view
  • SHIFT+2 shows the List view
  • Plus/Minus allows scaling in the Grid view

New Icons

  • Image sequence
  • Version control
  • App icons like Unreal, Unity, Blender etc.

Other fixes and improvements

  • Virtual files (e.g., in Dropbox or OneDrive) have an explicit download button
  • Copy file path uses the correct slashes on Windows
  • User email can be copied to the clipboard
  • Fixed problem that was present when opening files on macOS
  • Template Actions now work on network drives
  • Projects can be created in the root directory (e.g., Z:\)
  • Anchorpoint detects missing project paths and tries to repair them
  • The application starts again after logout
  • Push notifications are shown again when members are added to a project
  • Placeholders are taken into account when selecting
  • Inactive members are filtered from the project list
  • Moving attribute columns contains animations
July 14, 2022 | Action

Convert images sequences to video

This action allows converting image sequences like EXR or PNG into small mp4 videos.
It is also possible to convert larger video files like MOV, AVI with ProRes or DNxHD into a proxy mp4 video. These videos can be used for reviews or dailies.

Just right-click on your sequence or video and select "Convert to Video".

You can also use the cogwheel to select settings like frame rate or location.

July 11, 2022 | v0.9.600

Git

With this update, we release a new version of Anchorpoint's Git integration.  The Git integration is a simple version control system designed for artists and compatible with any Git hosting provider.

Git in Anchorpoint includes easy one-click installation and full LFS support for large binaries. Above all, we focused on onboarding. Each artist only has to register once with their Git provider, and can then join the repositories assigned to them with just a few clicks. Take a look at this tutorial.

The Git integration contains

  • A one click installation, including the LFS module
  • Basic functions like commit, push, pull and revert
  • Auto Fetch, Anchorpoint checks every minute if there are new commits in the repository
  • The possibility to work with local repositories (without server)
  • A command line prompt for quick troubleshooting with a tech-savvy team member
  • Credential Management. Anchorpoint uses the official Git Credential Manager to store passwords. This way, you only have to log in to the hosting provider once.

Additionally, we have fixed the following bugs and added UX improvements

  • Attributes can be deleted directly from the entry
  • Open with: for each file, you can select the application with which it should be opened.
  • Drag&Drop images from supported web browsers and chat applications is implemented
  • BUG: The folder dialog can handle the selected folder
  • BUG: Files are displayed again on network drives
  • BUG: Template System: You can navigate to the template location again
  • BUG: Fixed creating attributes loses focus on the text
  • BUG: Copy works in the console
  • BUG: Fixed flickering in tag menu
  • BUG: Emails with two dots are supported
  • BUG: Icons which are set wrong on folders has been fixed

June 28, 2022 0.9.506

🪲Hotfix update

This update includes small additional fixes

  • Files in a mounted drive are displayed correctly again
  • Project Actions are executed correctly
  • Clicking on key frames in the video player jumps to the correct frame
June 27, 2022 0.9.505

✨UX improvements and lot of 🪲bug fixes

This update brings many fixes that you have posted in our Discord channel. With this update, we continue to focus on stability to make Anchorpoint production ready. It is a big step to the upcoming version 1.0. This update also includes several small improvements like:

  • One click solution to copy the current folder path to clipboard
  • Better UX for adding filters using a dedicated Attribute Filter button
  • Project icons You can set a custom icon for your project.
  • Selecting reviews moves the play head to the correct position
  • An option to set the date format in the application settings (Day/Month/Year, Month/Day/Year, Year/Month/Day, Written Date)
  • An option to disable the single click navigation on folders
  • An experimental version of a Time Tracking Attribute, which can be enabled in the application settings
May 24, 2022 | v0.9.303

Icons Everywhere

This update brings color to Anchorpoint. Folders and Cards (renamed from Tasks) can now be color coded and an icon can be set.

In addition, the settings have been changed so that members can be managed in the entire workspace.

  • Members can be added and removed
  • Members can be temporarily deactivated
  • You can assign roles to members so that they can also create projects
  • Subscription settings can be viewed
  • If a project is created, all members of the workspace can be added at once.

Other changes

  • The default view for folders and files can now be defined
  • Developer settings (console, Python modules, documentation) are now in the action settings

Python Updates

  • Attribute change triggers are now possible. With the change of an Attribute, an action can be triggered.
  • New Drive and Drive contextmenu Actions. Actions can now be triggered for creating new drives and via the drive contextmenu
May 05, 2022 0.9.300

✳️ Attribute filtering

With this update, flexible filters can be applied to attributes. You can sort your footage, organize task lists or just hide unnecessary folders. The following options are possible:

  • Add various attributes filters on top of each other
  • Set rules like “include” or “exclude”
  • Filter by the active user, so that everyone sees only the tasks they are assigned to, for example
  • Date filters allow options like “today”, “this month” or “next month”.
  • A “Hide” option allows to quickly hide selected tasks, folders or files
  • The quick filter is accessible via the “Ctrl-F” shortcut

April 15, 2022 0.9.203

Better Action distribution and performance updates

This update includes a better activation and distribution of Actions for end users and technical directors, who write their own Actions.

🚄 Better performance

  • Attributes are loading faster in the browser
  • A tile view in the folder display
  • Folders and files are displayed faster when browsing

⚙️ Action activation and distribution

  • Actions can be easily activated and deactivated via the Actions menu
  • Actions can be imported directly via a GitHub link or a folder
  • Actions are bundled in packages. Each package can be provided with an icon, description and tutorial. The source code can be viewed and modified directly from the action.
  • Actions support event callbacks so that you don’t have to modify the action source directly
  • Each action has their own settings script that can be registered to adjust the behavior of an action
  • Actions can be activated on “New” buttons in folders and files
  • Action dialogs allow description text and hiding of parameters

Check out the Action Documentation for more info

⚙️ Example Actions

  • Create new file and folder structures from templates
  • Render thumbnails for Blender using Eevee
  • Map (mount) folders as drives to avoid issues with absolute file paths
  • Coding templates and utilities

Other improvements

  • Problems with Cinema 4D and Maya when starting from Anchorpoint have been fixed
  • The project join workflow has been improved. The path to the project is shared among the team so that your teammates don’t have to re-enter the path.
  • Fixed issues with network drive handling
  • Fixed issues with shortcuts (e.g. space)
  • Fixed crashing issues in the tour

March 31, 2022 0.9.200

Bug fixes and better onboarding

With this update we want to make it easier for new users to get started with Anchorpoint.

💰 An option to buy Anchorpoint

We also need to earn money :) You have the opportunity to support us and get a 30% discount. Just click on the Buy button in the application.

📦 Demo content

Take a look at an example project to see how tasks, attributes, versions and reviews can be used. We kept the size small, so you can download it quickly and get started.

✔️ Interactive tour

To make Anchorpoint easier to explore, markers are displayed on specific buttons, each playing a short explainer video on how a feature works.

Other improvements

  • Receive a notification when you are added to a project
  • Hold SHIFT to drop and move files into Anchorpoint
  • Create your own avatar

March 17, 2022 0.9.109

Global Attributes and updated Review Tools

With this update, all attributes are global instead of local.

⚠️ Previous attributes are no longer available and must be recreated. Sorry for this inconvenience. This is the last time we will make a system change without migration.

🏷️ Global Attributes

  • Attributes of any kind (meta data, file names, custom attributes) can be sorted among each other and shown or hidden.
  • Added attributes can be used in different locations

🖌️ Review Updates

  • Drawings on images and videos are synchronized instantaneously. Comments are no longer required.
  • New Shorctus for video playback
  • SHIFT+Space: Play
  • SHIFT+Left: Previous frame
  • SHIFT+Right: Next frame
  • CTRL+Right: Last frame
  • CTRL+Left: First frame
  • ALT+Right: Next keyframe
  • ALT+Left: Previous keyframe
  • Reviews on videos now support keyframes. Animation sequences can be drawn on videos.
  • Onion Skinning option for animation feedback

February 28, 2022 0.9.107

Instant Refresh, Mentions and Push Notifications

This update brings important project management features. Team members can now be notified and the task system has been further improved.

💬 Notifications

  • Use @mentions to notify your team members. This works in any comment field.
  • Anchorpoint shows where you have been mentioned.
  • Every change that your team member makes (changing attributes, modifying tasks) will appear instantaneously on your screen.

⭐ Task updates

  • Tasks now have favorites
  • Drag&Drop on task entries is now possible
  • Tasks have a screenshot tool to quickly attach images to a task

🎨 UX improvements

  • Paste from Clipboard creates a file in the browser
  • The Welcome / Home Page shows an extensive feature overview
  • Background options (white, grey, black, transparent) are available in Preview

February 10, 2022 0.9.106

Manage projects with Anchorpoint

📝 Files in Tasks

  • You can now drag files into tasklists.
  • Files outside the project are automatically copied into the project
  • New versions are shown automatically
  • Reviews are shown automatically

⏲️ Timeline updates

  • Attributes are shown in the timeline
  • Entries are grouped to provide a better overview
  • Reviews are shown directly in the timeline

🎨 UX improvements

  • Icons look better
  • Tag menu improvements
  • Compact mode supports Task Activity

January 25, 2022 0.9.105

Timeline, Shortcuts, and Python

This update ships with many great features:

  • The Timeline shows recent activity of your Project (Reviews, Tasks, Comments)
  • Shortcuts are shown in the Anchorpoint Browser
  • A preference to disable autoplay videos and GIFs in the browser or preview page
  • A first version of the Cinema 4D plugin, introducing a simple way to write your own plugins
  • Many enhancements to the Python API:
  • A simpler way to work with Visual Studio Code
  • Progress reporting
  • Templates

January 12, 2022 0.9.104

Task System and Version Control Enhancements

Happy new year 🥳 🥳 🥳

We are starting the new year with some great improvements:

  • Create a new version of your file and open it with a single click
  • Start discussions on your tasks with your teammates 👩‍💻 👨‍💻
  • A User Attribute to tag users on files, folders and tasks
  • Update to Python 3.9

December 13, 2021 0.9.101

New UI and Tasklists

🌺 Anchorpoint should not feel so heavy. So we have completely adapted the interface again. The preview page is undocked (like in the macOS Finder) and can be closed via space.

📝 We finally have tasklists (or TODO lists ;) ) You can now create tasklists in every folder and assign attributes to them.

Here again an overview

  • The Delete Files popup can be turned off in the preferences
  • Autoplay of videos can be turned off in the preferences as well
  • The scrolling state is saved
  • The video position is saved
  • Projects can now be created directly from the project list
  • Colors, layouts and spacing in the UI have been adjusted
  • The Compact Mode can be turned on and off with Tab
  • In Compact Mode Anchorpoint can be pinned and stays always on top
  • The preview page is opened and closed with Space
  • Versions and comments load faster
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Tasklists can be created in folders
  • Tasklists can be checked by users
  • Attributes show who has checked a task and when
  • Attributes can be added to tasklists
  • Attributes work on sequence entries

Actions

  • DCCs can be started via actions with dedicated enviroment variables
  • Actions can be deactivated
  • Actions work on multiselection
  • Settings (credentials, custom paths to DCCs) entered by the user are stored in a settings store accessible via Python

November 27, 2021 0.9.100

Python updates, offline mode and other little fixes

This update focuses on the Python API. It is now much easier to build user interfaces with Python. A console and automatic reloading of scripts makes Python development much faster.

  • Python console
  • Python api updates for simple gui building
  • Action examples on GitHub
  • Full offline functionality (you can edit metadata when being offline)
  • Horizontal scrolling in list
  • Easier attribute editing in grid view
  • A pinned app icon does not create a new instance of Anchorpoint
  • Support for alpha channel in videos

November 08, 2021 0.9.6

Bug fixing and addressing UX issues

👪 User Account and Workspace Management is implemented

You can log in and out now. You can give your workspace a name and invite other users to the workspace. If they don’t have an anchorpoint account, they will get an invitation email.

  • Open in New Tab is available everywhere
  • New folder creation has been improved
  • Comments show an edited state
  • A lot of fixes regarding UNICODE issues on macOS
  • The preview shows the fullres image
  • Project invites are highlighted with a badge

October 29, 2021 0.9.5

The new Anchorpoint

This update includes:

🔢 Version Control for incremental saves

🖌️ Drawing and commenting on versions

🏅 A lot of UX improvements

This is the first update after a major rebuild of Anchorpoint. Version control is possible with incremental saves and allows collaboration on shared drives such as Dropbox etc. The first iteration of feedback tools is also available.

Git functionality is disabled for now and will be added back in a later update.

November 8, 2021 0.9.60

Bugfixes

This update includes:

🐛 Critical bug fixes:

  • Fixed bug that deletes project entry in workspace when loading of project failed with error
  • Fixed two import bugs on pushing and restoring files

September 10, 2021 0.9.58

Bugfixes

This update includes:

🐛 Many bug fixes, most importantly:

  • Fix a bug when switching branches
  • Fix git ignore for Unreal Engine 5
  • Some fixes for drag and drop behaviour

August 25, 2021 0.9.57

Wrapped Attributes

This update includes:

🌮 Attribute Cells can be wrapped so that longer content is displayed in multiple lines

✏️ Adjusted the UI lingo to be closer to git terminology

🐛 Many bug fixes, most importantly:

  • Add git ignore files through the action context menu did not work on Windows
  • Pushing to a public git repository with no write access did not show an appropriate error message

July 24, 2021 0.9.54

Audio, Video, … and Snakes

This update includes

🎵 Audio previews in the browser

📺 Video previews in the browser

🐍 First iteration of the Anchorpoint Action System

🐛 Lots of fixes

June 21, 2021 0.9.50

Collaborate in a team using GitHub & be more lazy with auto generated publishing messages

This update includes

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Anchorpoint works with GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket and Azure Devops. Work in a team using these hosting providers to version your projects!

🤖 Automatic messages → All version messages are optional now. If you don’t write anything, Anchorpoint will generate an automatic message for you

☑️ A checkbox attribute

July 13, 2021 0.9.53

More previews, a date picker and demo content

This update includes

🖼️ Display of native previews from macOS Finder or Windows Explorer

📅 A Date Attribute

⛔ The possibility to delete Workspaces

📚 Demo content shipped with Anchorpoint (You can view everything without downloading the content at all)

June 12, 2021 0.9.49

More Attributes & UX Improvements

⏱️ The Time Tracking Attribute allows to measure time on a task. It can be added to any file or folder. It logs time based on the date.

🔗 The Link allows to paste hyperlinks which can be opened with a single click

📁 Drag&Drop got improved when moving multiple files and folders

🗜️ List Rows adjust themselves based on the Attribute content (e.g. Textfield and Multiple Choice Tag)

🐛 Fixed multiple crashes and freezes

June 2, 2021 0.9.46

Attribute System & Proper Multiselection

🏷️ Tags, notes and ratings can now be created on files and folders. What you see on the Anchorpoint website can now finally be done in the app.

📁 Copy&Cut and Paste as well as Drag&Drop works on multiple files.

🖼️ Additionally, browsing performance has been improved. Images are now displayed faster.

May 25, 2021 0.9.45

Image sequences and a rename folder command

Anchorpoint is able to display image sequences automatically. Sequences can be expanded and collapsed and can detect missing images within the sequence. Finally it is possible to rename folders in Anchorpoint. Large LUT data can now be versioned without problems.