Bring All Your Notes Home with the New Importer

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added note importing to our desktop app for Windows, Linux, and macOS: now it’s super-easy to import notes from other services, including Evernote, so all your ideas and links and snippets are in one place.

Importing notes into the Linux App.

(A quick note, Mac users! To use the importer, make sure you’re using the Electron version of the app, available here. The standard version of the app available in the Mac App Store doesn’t support importing yet.)

To get started, select File → Import Notes from the app menu, then pick the type of notes you’ll be importing. The options are:

  • Evernote (.enex) exports
  • Simplenote (.json) exports
  • Plain text files (.txt)

(Not sure how to get your stuff out of Evernote? Here are the instructions on exporting.)

You can browse to the notes you want to import or drag and drop a file into the import window, and the app takes care of the rest. If you’re importing notes with Markdown and you’d like to keep them that way, check the Enable Markdown on all notes box and they’ll be automatically configured as a Markdown note in Simplenote.

This release also adds a lot of great enhancements and bug fixes. For more details, check out the release notes on GitHub.

We hope you enjoy this update, and happy noting (and importing!).

 – The Simplenote Team

Desktop App Updates: Find Your Focus

The latest update to the Simplenote Desktop Apps for Windows, Linux and macOS is a big one! Here’s what’s new:

Focus Mode

We’ve heard some amazing stories about writers that use Simplenote to create their content, drafting blog posts and even publishing a book created with the app. To make it even easier to have a distraction-free writing experience in Simplenote, we’ve added Focus Mode to all the Desktop apps. Turn it on, and it hides all the sidebars and makes the editor full-width, so you see nothing but the blank screen and the most basic tools.

The macOS app in Focus Mode.

Reading full-width notes can be a little tough depending on your screen size, but never fear: you can shorten the line length of your notes for easier note readability. Head to via the View ▸ Note Editor ▸ Line Length, and adjust the length until it’s comfortable.

Windows and Linux Updates

In addition to Focus Mode, the Windows and Linux apps got a spit-shine:

  • No mroe typos: they’ve got a spell-checker! (If you don’t care for spellcheck, you can disable it in the “Edit” menu.)
  • A new user setting lets you opt out of analytics sharing.
  • Exported note files (“File menu ▸ Export Notes”) are dated to reflect the last modified date of the note. (Thanks to @ianmorti for the improvement!)
  • Modification dates are now updated when you add or remove tags. (A tip of our collective hats to @hanhmchau for this one.)
  • “Font Size” is now called “Zoom,”  matching standard app conventions. And it’s easier to find — and therefore, to adjust — in the “View” menu. (Props, @gie3d!)

Download

Visit our homepage to start using Simplenote on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, or the web.

What’s Next?

Love Simplenote? Wish you didn’t have a bunch of older notes scattered across the other apps you tried before you discovered it? We’re focused on an importer to make it easy to bring notes from other apps to Simplenote — look for it in a future update!

A special thanks to all our open source contributors who help make Simplenote better. If you’d like to help, check out our developer page for links to all of our GitHub projects.

Happy Noting!
– The Simplenote Team

Privacy Policy Update

As part of our commitment to privacy and transparency, we’re updating our Privacy Policy for Simplenote.

“Your privacy is critically important to us.” These are the first words of our Privacy Policy, and words we live by when designing and building our products.

Starting on September 24, 2018, Simplenote will be covered in our Privacy Policy for the products and services from us, the folks at Automattic. No more fragmenting: We’re retiring Simplenote’s separate Privacy Policy — our privacy practices should be straightforward and easy to understand, so now you only have to understand one.

Here are some of the other updates you’ll see:

  • Our Privacy Policy includes real-world, concrete examples to give you a clearer picture of how we collect and use personal information.  
  • We provided more information, in the Choices section, about how you can limit and control the data that you provide to us when you use our services.
  • There’s also added information about your data protection and privacy rights, how long we keep information, and how we handle transfers of personal data outside the EU.

Our new Privacy Policy will take effect on September 24, 2018. We’re announcing the update now, to give you time to take a look at it.

If you continue to use our services on or after September 24, 2018 you acknowledge that your use will be subject to our new Privacy Policy.

And we’d love it if you follow us on privacy.blog for more information about privacy and transparency at Automattic.

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Although we updated the Privacy Policy, our core values remain unchanged: We strive to be fully transparent. We keep the data we have a reason to keep. We are thoughtful about how we collect, use, and share personal information. And your notes belong to you.

Happy noting!

Sign in with WordPress.com

There’s a new update available for all Simplenote apps! Now you can sign in with a WordPress.com account — one fewer password to remember.

To sign in with your WordPress.com username and password, tap on the “Sign in with WordPress.com” button at the Simplenote login screen:

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That’s it! Once you’ve authorized the connection to your WordPress.com account, you’ll be signed in to Simplenote. And if you’re new to Simplenote, we’ll create an account for you.

Connecting your WordPress.com account to Simplenote also enables us to add more integrations to enhance your WordPress publishing experience, including the ability to publish to your sites directly from Simplenote. Look for these features in future updates!

We’ve also snuck a new feature in to our Android app: the ability to view untagged notes. Tap on the new “Untagged Notes” row in the app drawer to see all your notes without tags, so you can get them organized.

We’d like to thank all our open source contributors, who make these releases possible. If you’d like to pitch in with development, check out the code in Automattic’s GitHub repo, and if you’re interested in translating the app, head to Simplenote’s GlotPress page.

Ready to download the updated app? There are links to each Simplenote app on the homepage.

Happy noting!
– The Simplenote Team

Simplenote is Now Available in the Windows Store

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We’re pleased to announce that Simplenote can now be downloaded directly from the Windows Store. Downloading from the Store will allow updates to the app to be delivered automatically.

The app can only be downloaded from the Windows Store if you are using Windows 10. Still on Windows 7 or 8? Don’t worry, you can still download the app from our releases page on GitHub.

Download from the Windows Store now at https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9NXQQ40LDW3X

Happy noting!
– The Simplenote Team

 

Markdown Support Added in Latest macOS App Update

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We’re excited to announce today that Simplenote for macOS 1.3 now supports Markdown. Also included is something new for a Simplenote app: the ability to see a live preview in the note editor of basic Markdown text formatting such as bold, italic, headings, etc:

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You can enable the markdown editor by clicking `Markdown formatted` in the note info panel. Tap the eye icon to preview your note as it would appear when published to the web.

We’ve also included a new About Screen in this release as well as numerous bug fixes. A special thanks to all of our open source contributors who helped out!

Need to download the app? Get it from the Mac App Store here.

Happy noting,
The Simplenote Team

Web Application Outage Details

Tuesday at about 4:50pm Pacific time our web application at app.simplenote.com went down, displaying a generic 404 error message. We discovered shortly after that Google Cloud Platform, which hosts the web application, had shut down the site due to a DMCA notice for allegedly infringing content that appeared in published notes. We worked with Google to rectify the issue as quickly as possible and they reinstated the app yesterday morning.

No data was lost during this outage. Thanks for your patience as we get everything up and running again! You may see some delays in sharing or publishing notes as the service gets back up to speed.

Happy noting,
The Simplenote Team

Big macOS App Update Available Now

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A new update of Simplenote for macOS is now available in the App Store! Here’s what’s new in version 1.2.0:

New Look

The app’s user interface has been updated to match the new design we implemented previously in the Windows and Linux apps. You’ll find a new toolbar at the top with some new buttons to toggle the tag drawer and share your notes. We’ve also moved the search bar from the bottom of the notes list to the toolbar at the top.

Improved Note Sharing

In the new toolbar you’ll see a new button that will allow for sharing your note to any other app on macOS that is compatible with text sharing:

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You’ll also find the ‘Publish to Web’ option there now, which will publish your note to simplenote.com and give you a handy shortlink for sharing.

Improved Search

Search is now more powerful than ever! We’ve matched up the behavior of searching your notes to the iOS app. Now you can search for multiple words in notes, regardless of their order.

More Changes

The update includes many minor bug fixes and improvements, including:

  • The app now uses the native macOS font, San Francisco.
  • Scroll positions are saved in the note editor per note and restored when loading the note again.
  • Fixed a crash when moving the app from a retina screen to a non-retina screen.

What’s Next?

The app is still missing Markdown support, so we are going to get that added in the next update.

Happy noting from the Simplenote team!

Windows and Linux App Update Now Available

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Today we’ve released a new update for the Simplenote Windows and Linux apps. Here’s what’s new in version 1.1.0:

  • You can now filter notes by tag in the search box, including multiple tags. For example, if you wanted to search for notes tagged ‘travel’ and ‘poetry’, you would enter ‘tag:travel tag:poetry’ in the search bar.
  • We’ve made some UI improvements to the app, including better support for running the app at smaller screen sizes and a new placeholder view that shows when there are no notes to display in the app.
  • Many performance and reliability updates.
  • A security fix related to cross-site scripting in the markdown preview.

The app should prompt to download the new version the next time you launch it. New to Simplenote? You can download the app here.

Some of you may be wondering about the status of the beta for macOS that we released earlier this year. We’ve decided to focus our development on the native app so that Simplenote can have the best experience on macOS. Stay tuned for more updates on that soon! If you still are interested in running the electron-based app on macOS, you can download it here.

Happy noting from the Simplenote team!

Try the New macOS Beta

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Today you can try out a new Simplenote beta for macOS that was built using Electron, the web technology we used for the Windows and Linux apps. If you’ve used these apps before, this version for macOS should feel right at home. We built this app from the ground up to support all the features that our mobile apps support, including publishing and Markdown.

If you’ve used our native macOS application in the past and have been missing some of the unsupported features like Markdown we encourage you to try this one out and let us know how it compares. The native app won’t go away any time soon, but we’re exploring the possibility of eventually replacing it with the Electron version.

Ready to try it out? Download now!

We’d appreciate any feedback you have on the beta. You can leave a comment on this post or file a new issue on GitHub.

Thanks and happy noting from the Simplenote team!