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.
A new update of Simplenote for macOS is now available in the App Store! Here’s what’s new in version 1.2.0:
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:
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.
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.
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.
The app is still missing Markdown support, so we are going to get that added in the next update.
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.
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.
Today we’re excited to announce that Markdown support has been added to the latest update of Simplenote for iOS.
To enable Markdown for a note, just tap on the ‘Markdown’ button in the note info panel. You can then swipe on the note editor to view the Markdown preview. Once you’ve enabled Markdown for a note, all new notes you create in the future will have it enabled by default. We hope you enjoy this handy new feature!
We don’t make software for free, we make it for freedom
In this spirit, we are announcing today that all of the official Simplenote client apps are now Open Source Software under the GPLv2 license. In addition to the previously open sourced Electron app, you’ll now find the source code for the iOS, Android, and macOS applications on our GitHub page.
We love using Simplenote at Automattic and hope that we can build a great community of contributors from around the world to help make the apps even better.
Today we welcome two new apps into the Simplenote family. Simplenote first started on iOS and has expanded to include Android, Mac OS X, and now Windows and Linux. Visit our downloads page and try them out. Just like all Simplenote apps, they are completely free.
We’ve included all the features you’ve come to rely on. If we missed something, let us know.
History: drag the History slider to view previous versions.
Collaboration: share your note with others and allow them to edit.
Publishing: make your note public with its own URL.
Tags: organize your notes effectively with tags.
Pinning: pin notes right from the note list so they’re easy to find.
First, enable it globally by going to the toolbar menu and selecting Preferences → Writing → Enable Markdown. Next, enable it on your note by selecting the Info panel icon and toggle the Markdown setting. Now, you’re ready to edit and preview Markdown!
For the first time in Simplenote’s history, we’re open sourcing the Windows and Linux apps on GitHub! You can peek at the code, or if you’re a developer, you can contribute to the project. The app is built with React and runs on Electron.
If you run into any issues with Simplenote for Windows or Linux, please contact us.