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Requires macOS Mojave (10.14.4) or newer

Sketch Beta 69 (106729) was released on

New in Sketch 69

  • Color Variables We’re excited to introduce this long-requested feature and one of the final building blocks for a comprehensive design system in Sketch. When you apply a Color Variable to a fill, border or anywhere you can apply solid colors, they’ll stay linked. If you edit a Color Variable, you’ll see that change reflected across every part of your document that uses it. Color Variables replace solid color presets and when you open a document we’ll automatically convert any existing color presets that belong to it. You’ll see the option to create a new Color Variable in the Color Popover. Read more about Color Variables.
  • Components View (Beta) The Components View is a new home for your document’s local Symbols, Text and Layer Styles, and Color Variables. By bringing them together and giving them the space they deserve, we’ve made it easier for you to keep them organized and adjust their properties. In other words, there’s finally a proper place to preview and edit your text and layer styles — and that’s just the start. Read more about the Components View.
  • Insert Window Alongside the Components View, we’re introducing a new, separate Insert Window that makes finding and inserting components faster than ever. It brings together all of the Symbols, Text and Layer Styles, and Color Variables from your enabled Libraries, and displays them with beautiful, big previews that make browsing easy. Simply press c on your keyboard to open it, start typing to search for the component you need, then drag and drop it onto your Canvas. Read more about the Insert Window.

What’s improved

  • We’ve added support for Color Variables to the Sketch JavaScript API, so if you’re building plugins or integrations, you can support it, too!
  • Re-ordering layers in grid arrangements, by dragging on their circular center handle, now works in a more natural way. Layers will shift around automatically to avoid adding an extra row or column.
  • When you use the Offset Path tool, we’ll temporarily show you an outline of the original path to give you a better sense of scale.
  • You can now use the Make Grid tool to reduce the size of existing grids.
  • We’ve added a new Feedback toolbar item that gives you a quick and convenient way to tell us what you think about our Beta releases. Whether you’ve got feedback on a new feature or want to report a bug, sending it to us is now only a click away.

What’s changed

  • We’ve adjusted our Android Artboard presets, fixing some viewport sizes and adding the latest Pixel and Galaxy devices.
  • When you drag layers, we now use a smarter approach to align them to pixels. This should keep layers aligned more in the way you’d expect, especially for lines.
  • As part of an industry-wide change with Figma and Adobe, we’ve renamed Symbol masters throughout the app. We now refer to a Symbol master as a Symbol Source.
  • There’s now an optional toolbar icon available for the Offset Path tool. We’ve also added it to the Tools item.
  • We’ve been tidying things up ready for a certain operating system update and have moved the controls for Offset Path (Layer > Path > Offset…). You’ll now see the controls in the Inspector instead of a sheet at the top of the Canvas whenever you use it.
  • You can now use the “Find and Replace Color…” sheet in the Edit menu to find and replace Color Variables.

What’s fixed

  • Fixes a crash that could occur if you were editing a bitmap layer and using the eyedropper tool.
  • Fixes a bug that caused some of the borders of an instance that had been previously rotated to not always show when fitting an Artboard to it.
  • Fixes a crash that could occur when pasting a layer with invalid text attributes from an old document or from a document that was created with a third-party app.
  • Fixes a bug that wouldn’t show the correct Library source in the Components Popover for Text or Layer Styles that were part of a Library that was duplicated.
  • Fixes a bug that caused high CPU usage when you were viewing layers with blurred shadows.
  • Fixes a bug that stopped color properties from showing in the Find and Replace Color sheet.
  • Fixes a bug that meant bitmaps would not always look sharp at lower zoom levels.
  • Fixes a bug that caused unexpected antialiasing differences on Symbol instances with clipping masks compared with detached versions of that Symbol.
  • Fixes a bug that could change the coordinates of a line when you adjusted the size of the Artboard it belonged to.
  • Fixes a bug that caused overrides to reset or be unavailable when you reopened some documents.
  • Fixes a bug that meant you could set a guide to -0, which felt a little odd, if we’re honest.
  • Fixes a bug that meant values in the Layout Settings sheet would not always display correctly when confirming, canceling or tabbing through the sheet fields.
  • Fixes a crash that could occur if you pressed the tab key in an empty value field while you were creating Custom Artboard Preset.
  • Fixes a bug where changing opacity of a Tint on a Symbol instance would not always work reliably.
  • Fixes various bugs affecting the Text on Path feature to make it more reliable.

Sending feedback

Giving us feedback makes a real difference. By telling us what you think, you'll be making things even better for over one million designers around the world. We read all of the feedback we receive and, where necessary, respond to help resolve issues and improve things.

To send feedback on a beta or report a bug, simply click on the Feedback button in the toolbar — or email beta@sketch.com with as much detail as possible.

Using the beta

Our pre-release beta builds can be unstable, so create a backup copy of your documents before opening them. It’s also worth knowing that documents you open in a beta build may become incompatible with stable release builds.

Finally, you’ll need an active license or subscription to try out the beta.