Canonical has released Snapcraft version 2.18 for its Ubuntu platform. This new update is mainly aimed to improve the experience for creating Snap packages.
The major change that the version 2.18 of Snapcraft carries is the use of deb files as sources. This means that app developers can now use their previous deb files to create some new snaps.
Canonical has also brought several new fixes to Snapcraft tool through its latest update. For instance, the lifecycle for parts now delivers faster experience when calculating part dependencies. The snappy tool further consumes less time during its priming process and macaroons get refreshed each time you reach the store.
The newest version additionally includes some general fixes on the UX front and improves plugins like Make, Dump, Python and Nodejs.
You can experience the updated Snapcraft on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. There is a Snapcraft GUI 3.0 to provide you an easy installation.