Well, that was fast and unexpected. Apple approved Simplenote 2.5 before we even announced that we submitted it! We’re scrambling a bit over here, so please bear with us…
This version has a healthy list of improvements and fixes. When combined with all the changes in the last big update, we felt this warranted a version bump to 2.5. Here’s the complete list:
- faster scrolling performance of note list
- faster startup time
- much faster syncing
- added option to disable automatic links
- hide search bar by default
- added option to not hide search bar
- prompt new users to create an account
- added password confirmation field to account creation
- use standard network progress indicator
- removed custom network progress indicator
- improved appearance of 0-line note previews
- improved reliability of sync-on-close and sync-on-resume
- fixed date in note editor when sorting by creation
- fixed note list skipping when sorting by creation
- fixed some localization problems
- fixed some problems when viewing searched notes
- fixed rare crash when clearing search field
- fixed potential crash when the app closes
Astute Simplenote users (of which there seem to be many of you) will probably also notice a new little option that says “Show Ads.” Don’t fret! If you’ve paid for the app, then we’ll never force you to see ads on your device. That’s only fair. But you’re welcome to turn them on if you want. They’re nice, very unobtrusive, and they’ll help us, especially when you tap them and buy the corresponding app.
As you might have already seen, we’re also experimenting with ads in the web app as part of our ongoing quest to expand Simplenote. We’re not 100% happy with how the web ads are visually integrated yet, but this is something we’ll keep thinking about as we continue to experiment. Note that premium users can disable these.
The ads are offered by Fusion. They rock. We’ll have more news to announce about all this next week. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the update! Let us know if you spot any problems and we’ll get a fix out there. Very quickly, apparently.