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What's New In Showbie?

Keep up-to-date with the new features in Showbie!

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Written by Kenny Dickie
Updated over a week ago

We always strive to make Showbie better - read on for all the cool new features that have been released! 

This page contains release notes from January 2020 onwards. To learn more about the older versions, take a look at this guide instead

7.6 (2023-11-09)

  • New: We've added new functionality around archived classes for Pro users. Pro users can now:

  • Access and view content within archived classes without needing to restore them

  • Copy archived classes, folders, assignments, and documents into active classes

  • Download resources from archived classes

  • Add items from archived classes to student portfolios

  • A new banner will indicate if users are exploring archived classes

7.5.10 (2023-10-26)

  • Fixed: Issue with pinning/unpinning posts

  • Fixed: Memory issue causing Showbie app to crash.

  • Fixed: Issue where Socrative-linked classes weren't showing up properly.

  • Bug fixes and improvements

7.5.9 (2023-10-12)

  • New: Accessibility updates to make the app more equitable for users.

  • Added: Default alternate text for screen readers has been added for documents and e-pubs.

  • Colours have been adjusted as Showbie moves closer to becoming AA WCAG compliant.

  • The placeholder image has been removed to enhance clarity for screen readers.

  • Improved accessibility support for pinned and text notes in the document previewer.

  • Small accessibility fixes.

7.5.8 (2023-10-06)

  • New: We've implemented support for deep links to third-party apps.

  • Improved support for Icelandic locale.

  • Bug fixes and improvements

7.5.7 (2023-09-19)

  • Fixed: Issue where the grading tool disappeared in the document viewer..

7.5.6 (2023-09-15)

  • Bug fixes and improvements.

7.5.5 (2023-09-11)

  • Bug fixes and improvements.

7.5.4 (2023-09-06)


  • Support for Markdown bolding and italicizing in comments.

  • Bug fixes and improvements.

7.5.3 (2023-08-18)


  • Password requirements have been improved.

  • Bug fixes and improvements.

7.5.2 (2023-08-12)


  • We've added the Icelandic language.

  • More accessibility improvements.

7.5.1 (2023-07-25)


  • Improved compliance to high contrast accessibility mode.

  • Improved voice-over support for a Document previewer

  • More accessibility improvements throughout the app

7.5 (2023-07-25)


  • We've added Email confirmations for student and parent users.

  • Users can now resend the confirmation email during Sign-up.

  • The structure for My Info has been adjusted.

  • You can now resend the confirmation email in the Sign-in & Security menu if your account has not been confirmed yet.

7.4.9 (2023-05-25)


  • Black screen when using Airplay from a document.

  • Crash when renaming a Garageband file.

7.4.8 (2023-04-27)


  • We've added a feature allowing users to use Spotlight to search for files in a class discussion and shared folders.

  • We've added a feature where users can draw straight lines in documents.

  • Users can now view changes made by other users in the document previewer, as they happen.

  • Improved some internal analytics to help our team better support users.


  • Some bug fixes related to navigation in the app.

  • Some more bug fixes related to posting comments in the Gradebook.

7.4.7 (2023-04-11)

  • Fixed: Crash when teachers tried to open the differentiation menu.

  • Some accessibility bug fixes.

7.4.6 (2023-04-03)

  • Fixed: Crash when viewing the status of a document conversion.

  • Fixed: Crashes on other devices when receiving live updates.

7.4.5 (2023-03-24)

  • Fixed: Crash when a teacher attempted to change the profile picture of a student.

7.4.4 (2023-03-21)


  • Bug where grades were not updating in all places on the screen when a teacher added/revised them.

  • Bug where parents were not properly showing up in the Invite Parent student list.

  • Crash when choosing Open in New Window on a post.

  • Errors and hang-ups when uploading files from other apps.

7.4.3 (2023-02-21)


  • Users can now copy an assignment into a subfolder.

  • Users can now copy entire folders to another subfolder.

  • Users can now view the location of assignments within specific subfolders within the Assignment Overview.

7.4.2 (2023-02-03)


  • Crash when some teachers created/updated grades.

  • Crash when navigating from portfolio to an assignment.

  • Crash when trying to change the destination of a post.

  • The issue where users would see a "500 service error" when creating multiple posts in Class Discussion / Groups.

7.4.1 (2023-02-01)


  • Introducing Showbie Labs: a new menu allowing users to view, select, and test out experimental features under development in the Showbie iOS app.

  • New in Showbie Labs: Straight-line Tool is a new annotation tool allowing teachers and students to easily create straight lines while using the pen tool in documents.

  • New in Showbie Labs: Live Annotations allows users to view changes to documents by other users as they happen, improving the visibility of revision and progression in assignments.

7.4 (2022-12-19)

  • New: Folders in Folders is here! Teachers can now create folders inside folders up to three levels deep, manage subfolder settings, and move folders to other locations inside a class.

  • Added: We’ve added a bulk action for Assignment Access Settings. Teachers can now set multiple assignment access levels to "hidden" in bulk.

  • Fixed: Assignment Sharing links being shared via AirDrop will automatically open the assignment import screen on the device receiving the link by AirDrop.

  • Fixed an issue with parent accounts.

  • Some other awesome bug fixes and improvements.

7.3.5 (2022-12-07)

  • What's new: Added an indicator on sign-up screen to indicate when a user is creating a user in a non-global region (eg. EU).

  • Improved onboarding flows.

  • Some other awesome bug fixes and improvements.

7.3.4 (2022-11-08)

  • What's new: fixed a rare crash that can occur when drawing with the ink or highlighter tools.

7.3.3 (2022-10-27)

  • Updated: additional error handling on sign up for teachers joining schools in a different region than they signed up in.

7.3.2 (2022-10-19)

  • Updated: additional error handling on sign-up for teachers joining schools in a different region than they signed up in.

7.3.1 (2022-10-12)

  • Updated: Additional error handling on sign-up for teachers joining schools in a different region than they signed up in.

  • New: we've improved assignment settings to provide additional flexibility to schedule activities, and to customize when and how assignments are shared with students

7.3 (2022-09-28)

  • New: we've improved assignment settings to provide additional flexibility to schedule activities, and to customize when and how assignments are shared with students

  • Changed: EngageNY content is no longer available in the app but can now be found at

7.2.5 (2022-09-12)

  • Improved the sign-up process for teachers signing up in different data regions.

  • Fixed an issue on iPhones where the keyboard would cover some text fields on sign-in/up.

7.2.4 (2022-09-02)

  • Fixed: improved the sign up process for students and parents signing up in different data regions

7.2.3 (2022-08-24)

  • Refreshed assignment settings UI.

7.2.2 (2022-08-03)

  • Refreshed assignment creation Ul. Other bug fixes and performance enhancements.

7.2.1 (2022-07-19)

  • Fixed issue with being unable to rename documents.

7.2 (2022-07-13)

  • Refreshed: we've updated the look and feel of some brand elements to offer a modern, refreshed, and streamlined user experience when signing in to the app.

  • Refreshed: we've refreshed the app icon to include our new

  • Improved: we've simplified the sign-up experience to help users get started faster and offer more flexibility to customise their user profile.

7.1.6 (2022-07-07)

  • Microsoft PowerPoint files are correctly uploaded as PPTX files instead of zip files

7.1.5 (2022-06-09)

  • Added support for importing Swift Playground apps and books

  • Fixed issue logging into a data region other than the global region with a username/email in a different case as

    the one that was signed up with

  • Fixed layout issue with the copy assignment button being obscured by the last destination in the list

  • Fixed layout issue with the copy post popover being compressed

7.1.4 (2022-05-30)

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

7.1.3 (2022-05-09)

  • This release enhances the Assignment Sharing feature by giving teachers greater flexibility to import shared assignments directly into class folders.

7.1.2 (2022-05-03)

  • Fixed crash occurring for some users running iOS 14.

7.1.1 (2022-05-02)

  • Pro features are more clear when navigating the Showbie app.

  • Established potential data loss issue when tapping the Save button on the screen recorder while dismissing the document previewer at the same time.

7.1 (2022-04-11)

  • NEW! We've introduced a checklist to improve the onboarding experience for new Showbie teachers. The onboarding checklist will better orient teachers to the essential workflow features of the app and help

    make their class set-up quick and painless.

7.0.9 (2022-04-05)

  • Users connecting via the EU data center can see the region they're logged into in the help menu.

7.0.8 (2022-03-29)

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

7.0.7 (2022-03-27)

  • Enabling login or sign up to regional data center when required.

7.0.5 (2022-03-18)

  • Fixed a crash at launch for devices running on iOS 14.

7.0.5 (2022-03-17)

  • Small improvements on the backend.

7.0.4 (2022-03-04)

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

7.0.3 (2022-03-03)

  • Fixed an issue regarding ink & highlighter annotations being inconsistent when zooming & panning.

7.0.1 (2022-03-02)

  • Minor bug fixes.

7.0 (2022-02-28)

  • NEW! Assignments can now be shared directly with teachers using an in-app generated link.

6.9.3 (2022-01-14)

  • Fixed an issue that would hide the class/assignment list when in portrait mode.

6.9.2 (2022-01-08)

  • NEW! Added sample class and assignment to new teacher accounts.

6.9.1 (2022-01-05)

  • Removed the yellow tooltips for new account sign ups.

6.9 (2021-12-13)

  • NEW! Shared Items are automatically selected when entering an assignment.

  • Well, well, well... how the turntables... No bug fixes on this one but a lot of improvements all wrapped up in a nice holiday present tucked neatly and cozily under the tree beside the glow of an evening fire on a snowy night.

6.8.2 - 6.8.4 (2021-11-22)

  • A few more bug fixes here that you can count on one hand while sipping your morning coffee or tea in the other.

6.8.1 (2021-11-04)

  • A whole slew of bugs and issues fixed in this version that would be longer than your Sunday newspaper if listed here.

6.8 (2021-10-18)

6.7.2 (2021-09-30)

  • Fixed an issue related to using a Magic Trackpad in conjunction with the Socrative integration.

6.7.1 (2021-09-10)

  • Fixed an issue where password protected PDFs could not be opened in the document viewer.

  • Fixed an issue where parents could only see one class if they're connected to one student only.

6.7 (2021-09-01)

  • NEW! Assignment overview allows you to stay updated with assignments at a glance. Learn more here.

6.6 (2021-07-28)

  • NEW! Just like in class discussions, you can now pin posts in assignments and groups.

  • Fixed a few bugs in groups related to archiving and restoring and managing group members.

6.5.8 (2021-07-15)

  • Fixed a bug related to annotations not saving if swiping between pages too quickly.

6.5.7 (2021-06-28)

  • Small improvements related to annotations.

6.5.6 (2021-06-25)

  • Small improvements on the backend.

6.5.5 (2021-06-21)

  • Additional MDM settings added regarding sharing options.

  • Fixed a bug where tapping the Done button twice quickly in the document previewer wouldn't save annotations.

6.5.4 (2021-06-18)

  • Fixed a crash when moving assignments from folders to classes.

  • Fixed a bug where long pinned comments were not scrollable.

  • Fixed a bug with assignment locks and annotations not being saved properly.

6.5.3 (2021-06-14)

  • Few backend improvements for a smoother app experience.

6.5.3 (2021-06-12)

  • Fixed an issue with annotations not being saved properly.

6.5.2 (2021-06-08)

  • Fixed a couple issues related to GarageBand and EPUB files.

6.5.1 (2021-06-03)

  • NEW! Activity history notifications now collect similar notifications together.

  • Fixed a crash that would occur when large amounts of text are entered in a text box.

6.5 (2021-05-28)

  • NEW! Annotations are now available in compact screen sizes.

  • Improvements made to Whereby video chat rooms.

  • Fixed a bug related to group navigation.

6.4.8 (2021-05-19)

  • NEW! Need your students to break out and team up? You can now set up breakout groups in video chat for smaller, more collaborative sessions.

  • Class discussion notifications in the activity center are now grouped up into a single entry.

  • Polish, Portuguese, and Italian are now supported languages.

6.4.7 (2021-04-22)

  • Fixed a bug that would cause a crash when using the search function.

6.4.6 (2021-04-15)

  • Small improvements on the back end.

6.4.5 (2021-03-31)

  • NEW! Added the ability to edit "About You" information in the teacher profile menu.

  • Fixed minor bugs related to assignment scheduling and quick marking.

6.4.4 (2021-03-17)

  • NEW! Added a new step in the teacher creation page to learn more "About You".

  • Fixed a bug where importing a file from Explain Everything would result in an error message.

6.4.3 (2021-02-24)

  • Activity centre filters is now supported and persists across platforms.

6.4.2 (2021-02-17)

  • Fixed an issue with files not being viewable in their original file format (if different from PDF)

  • Small improvements to notifications

6.4.1 (2021-02-09)

  • Fixed an issue where following a notification in the activity center doesn't take you to the location.

  • General improvements made to iOS 14 functionality

6.4 (2021-02-01)

  • NEW! iOS 14+ iPads now have a fresh, new sidebar allowing you to navigate between classes quickly.

  • NEW! QR codes can now be generated for students in bulk.

  • Improvements to video formats so that it's more reliable no matter the video format.

  • Hazir! Turkish is now a supported language. Showbie is officially pentadecalingual.

  • Fixed an issue that would result in telephone numbers being actionable in PDFs.

  • Pinned voice notes and comments got into a sticky situation where they couldn’t be expanded. This has now been fixed so they’re less shy about showing everything.

  • During screen recording, the picture-in-picture window will now show to the front of your screen after presenting a document.

  • Pausing a screen recording multiple times would fail the recording and not be recoverable. We know how hard you work for these so this is now fixed to allow you to show others how to draw the rest of the owl.

  • And more bug fixes!

6.3.9 (2020-12-08)

  • Fixed an issue where the side panel button would disappear in portrait mode while in an assignment.

6.3.8 (2020-12-07)

  • I knew you were treble when you walked in... New music staff templates can now be created through the New Document feature.

  • I swear iso-this before... Isometric grids can now be created through the New Document feature.

  • Activity Center now updates every 30 seconds so you can stay up-to-date with what's happening in Showbie - anything faster than that is 2 fast 2 furious.

6.3.7 (2020-11-17)

  • Fixed a bug related to pinned comments and voice notes not being moveable when the panning tool is selected.

6.3.6 (2020-11-13)

  • Fixed an issue where text on a PDF file could not be selectable to be read out loud using accessibility options.

  • Fixed an issue where editing student information through the class members list would cause a crash.

  • Fixed an issue where creating a blank new document would sometimes create the incorrect template.

6.3.5 (2020-11-07)

  • Fixed an issue where assignments could not be selected as a location when exporting to Showbie.

6.3.4 (2020-11-03)

  • Videos can now be renamed in the editor just before uploading.

  • Activity center message for when a students leaves a class now available.

  • Notification settings for toggling push and email notifications for class and group join requests and when a student leaves a class are now available.

  • Slashes are now allowed in new document filenames.

6.3.3 (2020-10-23)

  • Fixed an issue related to grades breaking the activity center

6.3.2 (2020-10-21)

  • Fixed an issue where Pro users could not upload files larger than 25 MB

6.3.1 (2020-10-16)

  • Fixed an issue with the app crashing on older devices.

6.3 (2020-10-09)

  • NEW! Activity Center is now available; so much room for activities! The Activity Center keeps all your notifications in one place so you don't miss anything. Learn more here.

  • NEW! Implemented multi-window support on iOS 13+ because two is better than one (main app and document viewer only).

  • NEW! Handoff between iOS and the web app is now supported allowing users to continue working on the web app from where they left off on iOS. For those times when you need to relocate to a coffee shop for the aesthetic.

  • Fixed an issue related to where using the assignment lock and quick marking would disable annotations.

6.2.2 (2020-09-14)

  • Fixed an issue related to making a copy of differentiated content.

6.2.1 (2020-09-13)

  • NEW! Pro Plus pricing tier added. Learn more here.

  • NEW! Differentiation setting added to allow files to be "Shared with No One". Learn more here.

  • Fixed an issue where assignments could not have a backdated due date.

6.2 (2020-09-02)

  • NEW! Record Screen feature now available to all users via the + menu in assignments, class discussions, and groups.

6.1.2 (2020-08-31)

  • Fixed an issue where following an iOS push notifications doesn't take you to the location in the app.

6.1.1 (2020-08-20)

  • Fixed a bug where class codes would sometimes disappear when editing class settings.

6.1 (2020-07-16)

6.0.2 (2020-07-10)

  • NEW! Teachers can now use an "Approve All" button in the class members list to approve all pending student requests to join

  • NEW! In addition to the class settings Open and By Approval, the class setting can now be set to Closed so that no new members can join

  • Fixed a bug where annotations are not loaded on pages after quickly scrolling between pages

  • Fixed a bug related to adding/removing portfolio items while using the quick marking feature

6.0 - 6.0.1 (2020-06-12)

5.5.6 (2020-05-21)

  • Fixed issues related to exporting videos and compact screens

5.5.5 (2020-05-16)

  • NEW! Video editor has been improved to allow trimming and re-encoding when taking a video with the camera or selecting a single video from the Photo Library

5.5.4 (2020-05-01)

  • Fixed an issue where the wrench icon in certain places don't show up

  • Fixed issues related to pinning/unpinning and clearing all posts in class discussions

  • PDF forms are now properly disabled

5.5.3 (2020-04-25)

5.5.2 (2020-04-21)

  • Fixed issues related to quick marking where some annotation tools are non-functioning

  • Slow motion videos are properly uploaded

5.5.1 (2020-04-14)

  • Fixed an issue that restored the "Save Video" option on iOS devices

5.5 (2020-04-08)

  • NEW! Teachers can now clear class discussion posts

  • Improvements made to the reordering handle in Shared Items so that it doesn't open the context menu when held

5.4.3 (2020-04-03)

  • Improvements made to the PDF previewer

  • Improvements to video previewing

  • Cache cleaned up to keep storage usage to a minimum

5.4.2 (2020-03-23)

  • Improvements to better support MDMs

5.4.1 (2020-03-18)

  • Fixed an issue related to teachers suddenly waiting for co-teacher approval in their classes

  • Changes made to live events to ensure they work smoothly

5.4 (2020-03-11)

  • NEW! Teachers can generate sign-in QR codes for their students

  • NEW! Students can now sign-in using QR codes

5.3.2 (2020-02-28)

  • Improved Class Members functionality on compact screens

  • Fixed issues related to the assignment icons

  • Fixed crash related to ePubs created by Book Creator

5.3.1 (2020-02-21)

  • Class Members is now available from the top level of the Class Settings menu.

  • Class Members changed to split students and teachers into separate areas.

5.3 (2020-02-12)

  • NEW!  Uploads now finish in the background so you can use the app while waiting for uploads to finish

  • NEW!  iOS 13 only - context menus have been added so you can tap and hold on a class, assignment, folder, group, or post to see a list of available shortcuts

  • Improvements made to the file previewer 

  • Improvements with VoiceOver support for a more streamlined navigating experience

5.2.2 (2020-01-16)

  • Improvements made to the support chat widget in-app

5.2.1 (2020-01-03)

  • Fixed an issue where teachers are unable to access the "All Assignments" tab

  • Page navigation and Quick Marking are disabled when adding a pinned comment or pinned voice note

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