Leaving Alpha

In late 2017, we quietly launched Snap.as. At the time, it was simply meant to fill a gap for Write.as users that wanted to add visuals to their blogs. But it also hinted at the direction we were headed as a company: toward a suite of focused and interconnected tools.

Since then, we've started building other parts of our suite, with Submit.as for submission management and Draft.as for version control. In this process, we've slowly worked out the best protocols and designs for making our suite of creative tools a reality. Now we're finally turning our focus back to Snap.as, bringing it up-to-date with our lessons learned and out of its “alpha” status. Here's what you can keep an eye out for in the coming months.

First, we've actually already launched Snap.as v2! It's running on modern infrastructure and includes upgrades like a Content Delivery Network (CDN). It's been restructured and integrated with our Write.as deployment process, so it's ready for rapid improvements this quarter.

With v2 launched, we've already started putting brand new users on it — if you started using Snap.as on or after October 6, you'll already be on the new system! But for our many existing Snap.as users, we'll soon migrate you over. Everything will remain the same for you — the Snap.as URLs you're using in blog posts, the add-on functionality you might've purchased, and of course your photos. But there will be some minor downtime on the uploading / photo management side while we migrate everyone's photos and data (your photos will remain online throughout the process).

We'll keep you updated both on Twitter and the fediverse about this — keep an eye out for that in the next week or two.

In the meantime, check out our roadmap for Snap.as and let us know what you'd like to see most! We'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback over on the forum.