April 14, 2019

Why you need release notes?

What is Release Notes?

Release notes are documents which are originally created by and for team member and project manager to keep track with project progress. Gradually, release notes have been being used as published tool to let user know what is new with the product.

Why do you need to have release notes?

Normally, release notes play those roles:

  • Informing users of new features.

  • Telling users that we care about their report and are working on them.

  • Educating people about your product.

  • Celebrating the work and effort of your developer

  1. Informing users of new features.

    This is the original and basic goal when a team sets up their release notes. Updating release notes regularly will answer your client's question "What exactly this team working on?" Or "Are they still working on the app?" Release notes also helps your users to know what to expect from your product in the future. Or for potential customer, they will have an overview about your product roadmap.

    It's also a good tool for your team to keep track with the product development.

2. Telling users that we care about their report and are working on them.

What is more scarier than receiving a lots bad feedback or review? It's no one cares about your product. When a customer 's willing to spend their time to report about product's problem that means they really care and love your product.

Don't waste their love.

Let them know that you do care about their feedback and you are working your best to fix those.

And the fastest way is to update your release notes.

3. Educating people about your product.

You may feel weird about this because I just mentioned above that user shouldn't need to read your release notes to know how to use your product. But in case your product is too complicated and have various new features: try using release notes as your "manual guide" version. So your user won't have to ask your Customer Service staff. Lessen the labour cost, more time for your product runway. ;)

4. Celebrating the work and effort of your developer

I like to call the release notes as the hall of fame for the developers in the team. Release notes will mark every work they've done and completed. Reading throughout the release notes will encourage them to be more productivity in order to be able to make more new features.

But more than that, in an era where everything published on the Internet can be a source of leads, release notes should not be ignored. Release notes can be treated as a marketing document which will give your potential clients the overview about what features your product offers. Which leads to:

5. Marketing and Branding asset

Listing out the feature will also help when people search for a specific function they wish a product will provide. Everyone know that their product place on the first Google result page will have such a big effect on their sale and marketing.

Creating and updating a release notes is not that difficult, your team can easily use a tool to update it whenever there is new thing about your product.

It will be helpful for your organic SEO which we all know is a great asset in long run.

Why you should use noting.io as your release notes generating tool:

At noting.io, we understand the importance of release notes and want to help other team can easily establish their own release notes page.

That's why we made the editor of noting.io simple and support various kinds of edit style so everyone in team

Many product companies already come up with excellent release notes. Don't let yourselves fall behind.

March 10, 2019

Top 5 Free Release Notes Tools

Release notes are documents generated along with software products. They are used to be managed by developers to update the development progress for the rest of the team. These days, they are also used as public documents to update their customers whenever there is a new feature released or a bug fixed.

Why would you need to publish your release notes?

  • Create a marketing channel to reach out to potential customers

  • Increase customer engagement by letting them know what we have done and what to expect

  • Increase trust by showing the consistency and speed of product development

  • Single source of truth for product announcements

Read more → Why you need a public release notes?

To help you determines the right tool for you to create release notes for your product, we've come up with a list of the best 5 release notes making tools.

Noting.io

Pricing: Free

  • Clean, simple and lightweight

  • Can also use for Docs, Blogs, etc

  • Embedded noting.io release notes into your site

  • Friendly with both tech and non-tech user

  • SEO friendly, so your audience can easily find your product on Google or Duck Duck go depends on how important they consider their data (jk!)

  • Support Markdown & Custom Domain

  • No need for installation

  • It's still in beta, therefore, it's still lacking integrations such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack, GitHub...

Releasenotes.io

Pricing: starts at 14$/month with 14 days trial.

  • Simple, clean and easy to use content editing which allows you to create, edit, publish release notes

  • The content editor is divided into the different part so you can easily add new content according to their needs

  • All release notes will be updated on your releasenotes.io personal page

  • Integrating with Slack so your team can update release notes directly from Slack

  • SEO Friendly

  • Editing experience is not good

Github Release Note function

https://github.com/github-tools/github-release-notes

Pricing: Free

  • Good fit if your team uses Github as the code management tool

  • Automate the process of creating release notes

  • Pure release notes used by the developer so it may not be good for SEO and Support

  • Not friendly with non-tech user

Ghost

https://ghost.org/

Pricing: Start from 29$/month, open source app

Ghost is not totally a release notes tool, it's open source content editor app which is curated for people who write a lot or for the company have a need of writing and publishing. Coincidently, those are what a release notes needs. So we can use Ghost as release notes manager.

  • Clean and simple content editor which is easy to use for both tech and non-tech people.

  • Have various features: SEO support, theme support..

  • Can be integrated via many third-party apps: Zapier,

  • Available in various platform: Application, web, mobile app

  • SEO friendly

Jira Release Note function

https://confluence.atlassian.com/adminjiraserver071/creating-release-notes-802592502.html

Pricing: come with Jira

  • If your team is using Jira as a project management tool then you can use function Release Notes of Jira to create release notes.

  • Good fit for the team using Jira

  • Automate creating release notes process

  • Not friendly with non-tech user

  • Not SEO-friendly

Noting.io BETA