Simplenote, full speed ahead!

We’ve decided to focus full time on Simplenote. Henceforth, we’re elevating Simplenote from its humble status as one of several side projects to the lofty position of core product and service.

This has several implications. Administratively, and less importantly, we founded a new company. Simplenote is now brought to you by Simperium (@simperium on Twitter). So when you see the name Simperium here and there, don’t worry: we’re the same people.

More interestingly, we can now give Simplenote our full attention. But we’ll be careful. It’s called Simplenote for a reason, right? We won’t add new features or user interface elements unless they survive a rigorous gauntlet of checks and balances.

On the other hand, we do believe there’s a lot of room for innovation in the realm of productivity apps, and we’re excited to start exploring that in earnest. Our goal is to push boundaries while preserving simplicity. Our greatest reward has been hearing all the ways Simplenote improves people’s lives. We want more of that.

A huge thanks to everyone who uses Simplenote. Your support and encouragement are inspiring.

Mike and Fred 

18 thoughts on “Simplenote, full speed ahead!

  1. Glad to hear it. I hope the venture goes really well! I was interested to see that Apple have included notes syncing in iOS 4, and my first thought was "it’ll suck compared to Simplenote, I’m turning that off" πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on the new company. I love simple note. It is a great product. Look forward to the future.

  3. Stoked to see what you cook up – Simplenote has replaced more robust GTD programs for me. Why? Because it’s freakin’ easy. I use it on the iPhone, and it quickly and painlessly syncs.Are nested notes or folders possibly looked at for the future? πŸ˜‰

  4. Congratulations! Simplenote is wonderful, and I’m happy to hear that you plan to keep it simple. πŸ™‚ The only feature I can say I’d like to see is archiving of notes. Some notes are only temporal (planning a party, Christmas gift lists, things to remember to pack for a trip, etc) so I don’t want them in my every day list of notes, but I’d like to be able to go back to them when planning the next trip, and so on, and maybe restore from the archive. That’s it. That’s the only other feature I need for Simplenote to be 100% of what I need. Thanks for a great product and service!

  5. Congratulations! I’m happy you now will receive a scheduled reimbursement for your coding efforts. I however, am apprehensive of the acquisition or new direction and anticipate some changes will be pushed to "enhance" the app leading to the dreaded "software bloat". The beauty of the app is in its name. Please don’t change a thing! Thank you for your efforts and look forward to new projects!Warm Regards,Chad

  6. Thanks everyone for your encouragement. To answer some of your questions, we do intend to keep it simple, but there will definitely be some changes, too. We look forward to hearing your feedback about them.Nested notes/folders won’t be coming in the near future, but we’ll evaluate this again after the next major release.Archiving is an interesting idea!

  7. Great to hear. I love the syncing smoothness of Simplenote. It still puts the new over the air syncing of Notes to shame. But, two areas I would love to see some improvement in are launchtime and style. Both, for me, lag behind Apple’s Notes app. Launch time is dramatically longer than Notes with the same notes in it, even under the new version with over the air syncing. For style, love it or hate it, Notes does have visual distinctiveness. Simplenote, on the other hand, looks like a page in Mail. How about some simple style changes? Even font alternatives or something like tool bar color that match the simplenote icon blue (instead of the default Apple subtle blue) would be great. I’m not suggesting anything over the top here (it is ‘simple’ note) just a little more visual style to go with the amazing functionality.

  8. @Scott: We’ll take another look at the startup time. I have a feeling this took a step back with a recent update. It’s fast, but not blazing. As for the style…we agree. As you pointed out, we have to be careful with this. You’ll probably see a bit more styling in the iPad version first, where there’s more room to play. Even then, it’ll be fairly subtle. We’ll see how it goes!

  9. @cloudmike: Great! I will look forward to the coming updates.PS. another reason I love Simplenote is how quickly you guys respond to questions and comments. Thanks.

  10. Would love to see: Folders/sub folders for notes (or a robust tagging system). Once I have a lot of notes it’s a little unmanageable. The ability to bold or highlight certain lines so they stand out. Notes to be time/date stamped in the web app like they are in the iPhone appDesktop Mac app that supported the above. Then I would be living in note Nirvana! πŸ˜‰

  11. LOVE Simplenote!!! Great design and support. I just started using it and have one quick question/suggestion:Is it possible to have SImplenote sync with Mac OS X’s native Mail.app notes so they would appear in the Mail program like notes written with the native IOS4 note app?I ask because Mail is the one app I’m sure to open when I get home from work and having Simplenote pop up in my inbox would be awesome!Once again love the product !!!

  12. I’d second the question from strangegeek:"Is it possible to have SImplenote sync with Mac OS X’s native Mail.app notes so they would appear in the Mail program like notes written with the native IOS4 note app?"That would be outstanding.

  13. Ability to archive, please! Or a "front page" pane. All notes searchable as-is but we can throw them out of the front page pane when we don't need them in our face.That would be all I need (and for Notational Velocity to look more like the website! – but they're a third party, right?).

  14. Hi,Great Program. I use it on my PC and Android Phone all the time. Two features, which I miss very much are:1. Merging instead of syncing featureand2. Archiving/Backup of Notes.Any plans about these features.Thanks