The “Detect Links” feature in Simplenote uses the built-in capability of iPhone OS 3.0 to automatically detect web addresses and other info in your notes, and convert these into tappable links. This feature will be disabled as of the next update. For those of you who rely on link detection, you’ll be able to re-enable it, but it will behave differently. We’d like to take a moment to explain all the details.
The short story is that Apple’s built-in text controls do not fully support our desired behavior. In particular, they don’t support the ability to tap-to-edit your text and detect links in your text simultaneously. The reason, presumably, is that tapping to edit, and tapping a link, are two potentially conflicting actions. (For the record, we don’t agree with this reason considering Apple’s own Notes app handles the potential conflict just fine).
Other apps get around this limitation by giving you extra, separate buttons for editing your note or toggling link detection. We don’t like extra buttons.
We had implemented a satisfactory workaround, but it didn’t strictly adhere to Apple’s API guidelines, so they requested we remove it. As a result, we had to implement a far less satisfactory workaround.
After the next update, if you choose to re-enable Detect Links, then the process of editing your note will change slightly. After you tap your note, it will start editing either at the top or bottom of the note depending on whether or not you had scrolled down. Thereafter, you can tap again to put the cursor exactly where you want it.
This is far from ideal, but it’s the only quick solution we could find that avoids adding another button to the interface. If you have another idea, please let us know. In the meantime we’ll do our best to find a better workaround for the long-term, and we’ll continue to seek a proper solution from Apple.