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February 6, 2024

  • You can now add a button on comparison tables (both static and dynamic) that allows your customers to highlight attributes with differences. Highlighted background and text color can be configured in the comparison table editor.

This feature can be very useful if you have a lot of attributes, but few attributes that are actually different from product to product. Thanks to this feature, buyers can identify differences quicker.

You can learn more about this feature here.

February 4, 2024

  • The app block has now been translated to Arabic. The app now supports 18 languages. If you would like to have the app translated in your own language, please reach our support!
  • We made some cosmetics improvements to color swatches and dropdown selectors.

January 31, 2024

  • We have added support for native color swatches, introduced at Shopify Winter Editions 2024. Now, if you create an attribute that connect to a product option that is a swatch, the app will be able to properly display them as color swatches instead of a textual representation. The color name will still be set as a hidden text, so that it is still accessible to users with visual impairments.

January 24, 2024

  • Spec & Compare has earned the "Built for Shopify" status. This is the highest recognition for a Shopify app, indicating that the app meets all the Shopify best practices in terms of performance, user experience and usefulness. This has been only possible thanks to our customers' valuable feedbacks over the months!

December 21, 2023

  • We improved the performance even more! The (tiny) CSS is now loaded in a non-blocking way. This means that your page can render immediately, and do not have to wait to load our CSS anymore. Considering that specification and comparison tables are usually below the fold, this helps to reduce even more the (already minimal) performance impact.

  • We improved the way checkboxes (for dynamic comparison) are rendered. Checkboxes will now re-use the accent color of your theme instead of using the browser's blue default color. This minor change allows a better visual integration with your theme.

This will be the latest update in 2023! We would like to thank all the merchants who reached us with bugs and feature requests. This helped to bring the app to a whole new level. We have a few very exciting features that we plan to add to the app in 2024 to bring even more flexibility to the app. Stay tuned!

December 7, 2023

  • Comparison tables just got better! On product page comparison tables (or on landing pages), you can now limit the number of products visible at the same time, and allow your customers to change the products to compare with a product selector dropdown. This new feature allows you to compare a large number of products, while still keeping a compact table that requires minimal scrolling. This can be especially useful to create landing pages. You can find a demo of this new feature in our demo store. You can learn more about how to configure it in our documentation.

Please note that this feature is only available on static comparison tables added through a block. It is not available for dynamic comparisons (where the merchant select themselves the products on collection pages).

  • Thanks to this new feature, we have increased the number of compared products you can choose to 20 (previously 10).

December 2, 2023

  • We have done some cosmetics improvement to the dynamic comparison table.

November 16, 2023

  • You can now upload custom icons along your attributes names. This can be used to create more visual specification tables. You can see a demo of how it looks in our demo store.
  • We updated the documentation screenshots to use the new interface.

November 8, 2023

  • You can now use "Collection" as a condition for assigning automatically tables to product. For instance, you can now configure a table so that all products within the collection "Shirts" are assigned the table "Shirt".
  • Merchants with more than 100 metafield definitions can now connect them, by using a new search feature for metafield definitions.
  • New lines on "multi line text" specificiations are now be preserved in tables.

October 10, 2023

  • We added built-in integration for collection comparison for the following official themes: Amber, Monaco and Area.
  • Fixed various minor bugs in the product attributes editor.

September 16, 2023

  • We added built-in integration for collection comparison for the following official theme Tailor.

September 13, 2023

  • You can now move a specification table into a different DOM element (such as a tab or collapsible) by using the new parent target selector feature. Learn more.
  • Minor improvements to attributes referencing image metafields.

September 7, 2023

  • Dynamic comparison can now be used on search pages as well.
  • We added new settings in the dynamic comparison block, allowing you to control on which pages comparison is allowed. For instance, you can decide to only show dynamic comparison on collection and search pages, but not on home page.
  • When using or connecting a single line or multi-line text metafield that contains HTML code, the HTML code will now be rendered instead of being escaped.

August 28, 2023

  • We added built-in integration for collection comparison for the following official themes: Kairo, Woodstock, Above, Nostalgia, Unicorn.

August 17, 2023

  • The app design has been updated to match new Shopify user interface.

July 25, 2023

  • We have improved how ordered and unordered list appear when used in rich text metafield.
  • Connecting a "single line text" list metafield type to an attribute will now render as "one, two and three" (for instance) instead of using a bullet list. This change aligns with the behavior of the theme editor.

June 3, 2023

  • We improved accessibility when connecting a true/false metafield. A "Yes" or "No" text will now be announced to users with a screen reader, as a replacement of icons.

May 27, 2023

  • We improved user experience: the body is no longer scrollable when the dynamic comparison is open.

May 25, 2023

  • We improved accessibility when showing product rating as part of specifications and comparison tables.

May 23, 2023

  • We added built-in integration for collection comparison for the following official themes: Upscale, Zest, Beyond, Forge, Emerge, Maker, Sunrise, Grid.

May 20, 2023

  • We added built-in integration for collection comparison for the following official themes: Whisk, Kingdom, Viola, Highlight, Lorenza, Mr Parker, Champion, Avenue, Aurora, Capital, Retina, Expression, Editions, Mojave, Modular.

May 19, 2023

  • We reduced by 15% the amount of JavaScript loaded (4.1Kb => 3.5Kb) by optimizing how the app is loading its content.

May 16, 2023

  • We added support for referencing file metafield. This allows, for instance, to connect a user guide or any other PDF as a specification attribute.
  • We improved styling of URL metafield to better match the theme look and feel.

May 15, 2023

  • We added built-in integration for collection comparison for the following official themes: Athens, Split, Pursuit, Icon, Vision, Yuva, Fashionopolism, Minion, Sahara, Testament, Blockshop, Enterprise, Envy, Mode, Habitat, Spark, Fetch, Combine, North. If you are using a theme that is not pre-integrated, you can reach our support team.

May 9, 2023

  • We added a new feature allowing dynamic comparison of products on collection and product pages (Pro plan only).

May 1, 2023

  • Initial release of Spec & Compare in the Shopify app store.
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