Introducing Gabrielle Nelson, Graphic Design Intern

Hi, I’m Gabrielle, and for the past twenty-two years I have been designing my way through life. From my first finger paintings to the websites I have recently coded, the arts have always been my area of interest. Not only is being creative a hereditary trait, it is also my dream job.

I started out painting and drawing at a very young age before I became obsessed with writing at the age of nine. Writing continued being a hobby for me in addition to reading, watching movies, listening to music, and playing sports. It was not until high school that I developed an idea of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

With an interest in so many things such as photography, networking, writing and drawing, picking a career was quite challenging. There were so many things I wanted to focus on. However, when I finally sat down and thought about it, I realized that the field of advertising really encompassed everything I wanted to do. I also found a great passion for graphic design through making that choice and I believe that is what got me here today.

Graduating from Indiana University is one of my biggest life accomplishments because of how fulfilling my experience was. Not only did I leave college a different person, but I also left with a great amount of knowledge that I do not think I could have ever picked up from somewhere else. I also believe it has been the reason for countless other accomplishments that have occurred recently, such as the forming of my life plan and receiving an offer to intern with Code Together this summer.

Since I am currently planning my future now, I am not too certain what I will be doing after summer. However, I do know that I will continue immersing myself in the world of design and finding new ways to be creative.

Gabrielle has been interning with Code Together for three weeks doing graphic design work. We haven’t made her work live yet, but we think you’ll like what you see when it’s done!

The Latest on Our Codeversationalist Contest

You might be wondering where things stand with our Codeversationalist contest, so we’re here to give you an update! The nomination phase ends this Friday, May 3. If you haven’t gotten your nomination in yet, you can do so here—it takes less than a minute. After that, we’ll go into a round of voting. The voting phase will close next Friday, May 10. You’ll be able to vote for your top codeversationalist by simply visiting our contest page and clicking on your favorite. We’ll formally announce our Top 3 journalists and bloggers and Top 1 student blogger on May 14. Winners will receive a badge to place on their blog. Thanks to everyone who has nominated so far. Let’s get out the vote and make this a great inaugural year for the Creative Codeversationalist Contest!

Here are those dates again:

  • Nomination phase closes 5/3 (Nominate here)
  • Voting phase run from 5/4-5/10
  • Winners announced 5/14

Treaty vs. Google Drive—So What’s the Difference?

Since we rolled out the beta version of Treaty two weeks ago, we’ve already signed up a number of testers and have received some great feedback so far. But one question that has come up a few times is the difference between Treaty and Google Drive (previously known as Google Docs). After all, they both allow you to share and edit text and documents. However, as I touched on in last week’s post, Treaty integrates directly with our customers’ web applications, so that the application’s users don’t have to leave to work on their documents.

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Announcing Vim Keybindings for Squad!

After talking with many dedicated vim users, it became clear that vim compatibility was a vital feature for Squad. Fortunately, Code Mirror made it relatively easy to add vim keybindings within Squad.

To turn on vim mode, open the “Edit” menu in Squad, and scroll over the “Key Bindings” item. There, select “Vim” and you’ll be ready to go. Note that selecting vim mode in your workspace won’t affect the keybindings for anyone who joins you in the workspace; every participant can choose vim or normal keybindings.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Feel free to drop us an email at or tweet @squadedit to let us know what you think.

Major Update Includes Git Integration and Free Plan

Last week we launched a major update to Squad. In addition to the obvious visual update, we made significant upgrades to the way Squad works and what you can do with it. The biggest functionality upgrade is the addition of our Simple Git integration, which allows you to access your Git repositories via SSH and do basic Git operations right in your Squad window. To see what else we updated, just keep reading.

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Squad Announces Dropbox Integration!

Last week we added a great new feature: Dropbox integration. You can now edit your Dropbox files collaboratively, just like you edit local files and SFTP/FTP files.

To set up a Dropbox location, login to Squad and select “Add” in the File Browser. Select “Dropbox” from the Protocol list, and then name your connection (optional). You can specify a path if you wish, but this, too is optional. Once you click the “Add” button, you will probably see a message that says “Squad was unable to access your Dropbox account.” This is expected, since you must explicitly allow Squad to access your account. To do so, click the link that says “Click here to activate.” A new browser tab will take you to a Dropbox page that either asks you to log in (if you are not already logged in to Dropbox) and then asks you to click the “Allow” button, or simply shows the “Allow” button (if you are already logged in to Dropbox). Click “Allow” to activate access to your Dropbox account from Squad. You will see a page that confirms this authorization. Close that browser tab and return to Squad. Close the modal window that notified you of the lack of authorization, and click “Add” in the file browser again. Your Dropbox files will appear shortly.

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Workspaces are live!

This summer has been a big one for Squad feature releases, and today’s release is arguably the biggest step so far. We’ve made workspaces live, as well as adding a number of other productivity-boosting updates.

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Big Changes Today!

We’ve been working on some pretty serious changes here for the past month or so, and today we rolled out the first stage of our upgrades! These are mostly back-end changes to prepare for new features, but there are a few that you’ll notice right away.

Team Accounts are Open Again
We’ve opened up Team signups again, since we’ve added some new team-specific features and have more on the way.

New Look for Account Management
We’re making account management easier, especially for teams, so we’ve updated the interface where you can edit your contact and billing information.

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