While the next update for Simplenote awaits Apple’s approval, we’d like to share with you all the core changes we made to the app.
We’re very careful about making changes to Simplenote. We’ll never add new stuff just to make our feature list longer than someone else’s. Instead, we’re committed to keeping a laser sharp focus on what Simplenote does best: text notes.
You can now sort by modify date (the default), creation date, or alphabetically. Web syncing can be disabled if necessary. And if you’re reading or writing in bed, or hanging upside down from a tree, you can lock your current orientation so it doesn’t flip unexpectedly. We wouldn’t want to make assumptions about where you do your best work!
You can also change the number of preview lines in the notes list to anywhere from zero to five, and you can display an abbreviated modification (or creation) date.
Notes can now have web, phone, and email links that you can tap in order to launch the corresponding app. And you can now email notes from inside the app. These were by far the two most requested features for Simplenote.
Furthermore, our design conscious users will appreciate a number of subtle aesthetic improvements, including a new animated search bar, smoother page transitions, a standard trash icon, a standard colored area above the search bar, and better formatting.
A huge thanks to Nick Farina over at Spotlight Mobile for helping us with his keen eye (and even some code)! His involvement helped us really polish these aesthetic changes.
We made a couple of great speed improvements as well. The app loads even faster now. If you leave a note open before closing the app, it will appear almost instantly so you can start reading it right away. Your position in this note is remembered now, too. And we’ve improved search-as-you-type so you can find notes quickly even if you have hundreds of notes on an older, 1st-generation iPod touch.
Last, but not least, we addressed some unfortunate problems: we fixed some missed syncs by syncing when the app closes, we fixed the “+” button not appearing sometimes, we fixed a rare text overwrite that we missed the last time, and we fixed support for international time formats.
We hope you like these changes. As always, please let us know what you think so we can continue to improve the Simplenote experience. We have more to announce in the coming days!