Please make sure to read the release notes before using this with your main work. Any saves you make are not backwards compatible with older Sketch versions.
Maybe im really missing something, but where are the release notes?
Release note is here: https://rink.hockeyapp.net/apps/0172d48cceec171249a8d850fb16276b
For your convenience I've listed the changes in the release notes. The bolded points are ones that I find the most useful:
WARNING: Sketch’s file format changed significantly, and the official version won’t be able to read these new files yet. As always; back up your files before using the beta
⁃ Sketch’s file format has changed; documents are now truly single files and can be safely emailed or shared via Dropbox and other services without having to zip them up first
⁃ Creating Masks has been made easier; the Mask-with-Shape button now accepts any combination of layers
⁃ Boolean op’ed shapes’ bounds now only include the visible area only, not the total bounds of all subpaths
⁃ Layer snapping has been made smarter, including better text snapping
⁃ You can now add ruler guides with a single-click on the rulers
⁃ Significant speed increases and file size reduction when using pattern fills
⁃ Hover the Rulers for a quick preview of your next guide. Ideal also for quickly checking if layers align etc
⁃ Fixes a bug where Opacity wouldn’t be rendered consistently between shapes and bitmaps
⁃ Rendering speed improvements
⁃ Fixes a bug where text editing could jump slightly when zoomed in some cases
⁃ You can drag/drop layers to the pages panel to quickly move objects between pages
⁃ Fixes a bug where Sketch could crash when a symbol name started with @
⁃ Improves integration with the system color picker for gradients
⁃ Cmd+Return can now be used to exit text editing mode
⁃ You can now reset the rulers by double-clicking the ruler intersection area
⁃ Improves the zoom tool on dark backgrounds
⁃ Significant speed improvements when the rulers are visible
⁃ Improves undo for renaming layers
⁃ Fixes a bug where renaming Symbols could cause a crash
⁃ Fixes a bug where dragging out an SVG slice could crash Sketch
⁃ The Scissors Tool now scales properly with zoom value
⁃ Fixes a bug where patterns wouldn’t be drawn in the shared styles preview
⁃ Fixes a bug where Angular gradients could be rendered at low resolution
⁃ Fixes a bug where adding a guide could place it on sub pixels
⁃ Fixes a bug where slices created for rotated objects could be one pixel off
⁃ Fixes a bug where point coordinates outside an artboard could be wrong
⁃ Due to popular request (no it wasn’t a bug), we’re making move Forward/Backward dumb again
⁃ You can now replace the contents of an image layer with a new image by going to Layer › Image › Replace
⁃ Restore an image to its original size by going to Layer › Image › Original Size
⁃ Fixes a bug where some documents could consume extraordinary amounts of CPU
⁃ Color and Gradient presets now display a checkered background when they’re transparent
⁃ Fixes a bug where creating a slice for a transparent layer could make the slice too big
⁃ Large patterns are now properly scaled to fit the small preset previews
⁃ Fixes a bug where deleting an artboard could leave its outline on the canvas in some cases
⁃ Fixes an issue where Gradient editing was confusing when started on a subpath
⁃ Fixes a bug where ‘Bring to Front’ on multiple layers could get their order mixed up
⁃ Fixes a bug where extra spaces wouldn’t get trimmed around slice names
⁃ Fixes a bug where moving layers off an artboard with the arrow keys would never actually remove them from the art board
⁃ Fixes a bug where inserting an artboard while you were in a rotated group could look funky
⁃ Fixes a bug where pasted text could be invisible at first
⁃ While inserting a layer you can now drag outside the canvas to make the view scroll
⁃ When changing guides in the preferences, the canvas now updates live to reflect the change
⁃ Moves Grid color settings to the grid settings sheet to make it more discoverable
⁃ Inserting points in vector mode on an existing line now also honours rounding preference
⁃ Fixes a bug in bitmap cropping
⁃ The templates folder can now be an alias or symlink
⁃ Fixes a bug where layer naming would go wrong
⁃ Vector point coordinates in the inspector now round to two decimals
⁃ Pages Panel has been redesigned and now fits as a permanent sidebar in the UI
⁃ When you resize an artboard from the top or the left, the content stays anchored in the canvas now instead of shifting left or up
⁃ Symbols and Text Styles menu can now be arbitrarily deeply nested by using / in their names
⁃ Fixes a bug where text layers wouldn’t render multiple fills
⁃ Shift-clicking on a vector point now deselects it if it was already selected
Please read release notes! Doesn't include release notes
The release notes show when you click to install on first launch.
Looks like many welcome fixes are on the way. I'll wait until a stable release, though. Sketch is buggy enough as is...
Sketch Beta is more like bugfixes for the stable version as it's a real "beta". Stable version has unacceptable bugs which make it unusable in some cases. I'm not going back to stable as long as they're bug fixing this way.
Not sure I'm understanding correctly—you're saying the beta versions are more stable than the stable version?
From what I've experienced with Sketch 3.x so far, yes.
Lack of snapping to text baselines (and other parts) is one of the reasons (besides the general bugginess) that has been keeping me away from even trying to switch to Sketch. I just tried this version and now guides at least try to snap to text but they seem to snap to completely random places. I guess they still need a bit of work.
Can anyone else confirm this bug, please?
Importing SVGs and editing the path does not "register" in the document history (i.e. cannot undo/redo any path edits)
You might want to send that to Bohemian Coding. This isn't Sketch support.
Oh my God, this isn't Sketch support?
This I know. I've already contacted support. I wanted to confirm with other Sketch users if it's a bug specific to my config, or if it affects everyone.
use it at your own risk
Been doing that with Sketch 3.0 :)
The reward has always been worth the risk… so far.
I totally agree!
Will it run in parallel to Sketch 3.0 or will it overwrite it?
If you're talking about the stable 3.0 release, it will run in parallel. It will overwrite previous beta installations though.
Thanks! Yes, that was what I was talking about :)
Really happy to see the file format changes. Checking it out.
Kind of a bummer it won't open older Sketch files. Can't even copy and paste old projects into it :(
Other than that, it feels great. Seems much faster.
If it's not opening old files that's definitely a bug. Can you share any of those non-opening files?
It's too bad they've completely forgotten about Fonts app :(
Serious. I was really excited about that and downloaded immediately. Totally unusable; crashes instantly and doesn't show any fonts. Might as well have lit a $10 bill on fire.
Testing this on my home machine (running Yosemite) and it appears to be significantly faster. Anyone else noticing any performance improvements?
It's so damn fast. I have 65 pages, 480 artboards, 22,000 layers in my test document. It screams.