Search Is Getting… Searchier

We want you to be able to find your notes more easily so you can spend less time locating and more time note-taking. Enter: advanced search.

Download the latest version of Simplenote and you’ll be able to search your tags, search notes by tag or – if you’re a legendary note tagger – combine multiple tags in one search.

We’ll also be adding sorting options directly to search, so you can find that one note you made in February 2011, or maybe it was in April 2013 that you’re sure you used the word “astronauts” and contained something important.

To start using the new search features, make sure you’re running the latest version of the Simplenote app. Then just start searching and you’ll get tag suggestions based on what you type. Currently available on iOS and Android, if you don’t see the new search yet, keep your app updated – it will be with you soon!

Got feedback? Don’t hesitate to tell us what you think.

Get the App

New to Simplenote? It’s free, and you can download it here.

We hope you enjoy using Search, and happy noting!

– The Simplenote Team

How many tags do you have in Simplenote? Tell us in the comments. The person with the most tags gets to feel good about their exemplary organizational skills.

Simplenote is Back!

After a short hiatus, Simplenote is actively being developed again! We’ve been busy cleaning up the user interface, bringing old code up to date behind the scenes, and fixing some long-standing bugs. Check out the recent release notes below.

Android

  • Added search sorting by date created, date modified, and alphabetically with search history and suggestions.
  • Added a resizable note widget to view a note and open it in the app from the home screen.
  • Added an option to the Theme setting to follow the system day/night mode.
  • Updated dark theme with darker colors for less eye fatigue and better battery life.
  • Fixed multiple bugs with cursors for notes with checklists, syncing for deleting tags and emptying trash, and networking causing interface slowness.

Full Release Notes for Android

Electron (Linux/Windows/Web)

  • Added a sync indicator to show changes that haven’t yet been sent out to synchronize with the server and other devices.
  • Updated styling all around the app: icons, dark mode support, and various fixes.
  • Replaced the old web app at app.simplenote.com with the version deployed on the desktop.
  • Added tag suggestions while searching and tweaked the search results.
  • Fixed a nasty bug that caused note corruption when local and remote updates crossed paths.

Full Release Notes for Electron

iOS

  • Added Siri shortcuts allowing you to open the app, open existing notes, and create new notes directly from Siri.
  • Added new swipe actions available in the notes list: Pin and Share.
  • Updated the user interface for login/signup, notes list, and note editor.
  • Fixed a bug that affects tap detections over links.

Full Release Notes for iOS

macOS

  • Fixed multiple bugs with checklist icons, sizes, and fonts.
  • Fixed a bug causing the entire document to become linkified.

Full Release Note for macOS

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One particular bug was plaguing Simplenote for years: a specific set of circumstances in which seemingly harmless edits would crash the app or corrupt a note. This was more likely to affect notes written in certain languages with complex scripts and notes containing emojis. Representing human text is hard, but this should no longer cause you any trouble. Special thanks goes out to our users who write poetry in early dynastic cuneiform – you can now express yourselves again without issue.

Join the Android and iOS Beta Programs

Do you enjoy the Simplenote apps? (We sure hope so!) If you like exploring the latest features and wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with us, join our beta testing program!

We beta test each new update for two full weeks before releasing it. Although our team tests the apps extensively, your testing helps us find even more ways to improve, whether that’s fixing a bug or simplifying a screen. 

Ready to join in? Here’s how.

Get the beta apps

On your Android device, head to Simplenote in the Google Play Store, scroll down to the “Join the beta” section, and tap “Join” to opt in to the beta program. You’ll get the latest beta as an update in the Play Store.

On your iOS device, join the TestFlight beta program — open that link on your iOS device and follow the instructions on that page to opt in. You’ll get the latest beta in the TestFlight app.

In both cases, the beta app will come with details about what’s new or changed, so you know where to focus your testing.

Share your feedback

Once you have a beta version of the Simplenote app installed on your device, you’re ready to go. Use the app as you normally do, or push the limits of the changes in each release. Then, let us know when something goes wrong. You can submit feedback through the Google Play Store (Android) or TestFlight (iOS) — or contact us if you’d like more help.

Thank you

To all our passionate and loyal users, thank you! We’ve got some exciting ideas planned for the future of Simplenote and we can’t wait to share them with you. We’ll be posting release notes and new features on this blog, so stay tuned for more info.

We greatly appreciate all our open-source contributors as well! If you’re interesting in contributing to Simplenote, check out the repositories below.

– The Simplenote Team

A Better Way to Keep Track of Your Tasks? Check!

Simplenote is great for keeping your life organized without getting in your way. Now, it gives you a whole new way to stay on top of your tasks: Checklists! Here’s one in action:

Adding a checklist in the macOS app.

On our mobile apps, you’ll find a new button in the editor toolbar to add a checklist. On Desktop, head to Format → Insert Checklist. Nested Checklists are also supported, in case you need an extra level of organization.

A nested checklist in the iOS app.

Checklists are compatible with the GitHub task lists markdown syntax, so Markdown users will see their existing lists automatically transform to checkable lists in the app! You can see this in action by typing “- [ ]” in a note.

And as always, every update to your checklists will get synced with all of your devices, for free.

Collaborate on a Checklist

Did you know you can collaborate on a note with other Simplenote users? With checklists that becomes even more powerful — use shared notes to working with others on shopping lists, to-dos, and more. To share a note with another user, add their Simplenote account email address to the tags field of the note, or use the Sharing menu in the app.

Get the App

New to Simplenote? It’s free, and you can download it here.

We really hope you enjoy using Checklists, and happy noting!

– The Simplenote Team

Blogging with Simplenote

Simplenote is powered by Automattic, which also runs WordPress.com — so as you can imagine, we love blogging. I’ve written for a few different sites, some using WordPress and some not. No matter where I publish my posts, I have a great, consistent writing experience by drafting in Simplenote first.

I use Simplenote from the moment I think of an idea, by opening up a new note and adding a title. Later, I can check those notes and start writing more. Because it’s in Simplenote and synced to all my devices, I can do this from anywhere I happen to be!

If I think of a great opening line for a post while I’m out having coffee, I can open up Simplenote on my phone and jot that down. That way, it’s always waiting for me when I get back to my computer and ready to flesh things out.

If the site will take formatting and reproduce it, like the new WordPress Editor, I turn on Markdown to write the blog post. When I’m done, I copy the full text of the note. Pasting that into the editor preserves all the formatting and splits it into the appropriate blocks.

It will do this whether you copy the text from the Edit view showing the Markdown, or from the Preview option displaying the actual formatting. It’s like magic!

This saves some time, since I can type the formatting easily in Markdown while I’m taking my notes. It even loads the image from the URL provided in the image Markdown!

Some tips:

  • Add titles to your notes right away so you know where to look later.
  • Use Markdown to bold and italicize text, create headers, and add lists.
  • Focus mode on the desktop apps is a great way to write with less distraction (pictured in the gif above).
  • Publish the note from the Simplenote app to share it with a friend or editor first.

Do you have any tips for Blogging with Simplenote? What do you use Simplenote for?

Written in Simplenote, edited and posted with the new WordPress Editor

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