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.
Hello, Simplenoters! New updates are now available for iOS, Android and OS X.
Here’s what’s new in each app (in addition to a spiffy new app icon):
We’ve fine-tuned the app for iOS 9: Simplenote now allows multitasking on supported iPads using both Slide Over and Split View modes. Multitasking is a very handy way to get information copied to and from Simplenote quickly! We also greatly improved the performance of the app when working with large notes and added support for additional languages.
The Android update includes many tweaks to the Material Design-based theme of the app. You’ll now see more native components throughout the app which gives it an even cleaner look. The light theme is also looking better than ever with a new white toolbar. We also tweaked the tablet layout by moving the create post button to the list while viewing in landscape, so it doesn’t get in the way of the note editor.
The dark theme really helps ease your eyes during those late-night writing sessions. To switch to the new theme, simply select View → Theme → Dark from the top menu. Note: you must be running OS X Yosemite or higher to use the dark theme.
You can get the new update on the Mac App Store. Enjoy the update!
Howdy, note takers! We’re excited about the latest update to the Android app which includes some great new features:
Got a note that you want to share easily with others? You can now use the new info panel to publish a note to the web. Just tap the i icon when viewing a note, then tap Publish. Within seconds you’ll be able to share a link to get the word out.
Do you make a lot of lists in Simplenote? We sure do. That’s why we added List Assist, which makes it a lot easier to create lists by inserting bullets/numbering after you start creating a list. (Tip: Allowed characters are *, –, and +.) (The star, minus, and plus symbols.)
You’ll see that we added a note word count to the new info panel. You’re welcome! The update also includes some bug fixes, including a fix for searching on Android 4.0 devices.
Up next, we’re looking at adding a widget as well as Android Wear support. Stay tuned!
In other news, we were excited to see Simplenote on The Verge’s “Best Note-Taking Apps” list for both Android and iPhone. Hooray!
Recently we released an update to the iOS app. Unfortunately this update had a bug which caused users to be signed out of their accounts once they upgraded. In addition, if you had any changes that hadn’t been saved yet to our servers, those changes were likely lost. We’re very sorry about this and are working on a process to prevent this from happening again.
Because we haven’t had an issue with accounts since we introduced them in 2010, some users either don’t remember their original account or have a typo in their email address. If you’re having trouble signing back in to your account or don’t remember what email address you used, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be happy to help.
Since the beginning of February we’ve released new builds for OSX (1.0.6), iOS (4.0.5), and Android (1.1.2), improving syncing and fixing bugs on our apps. Now your notes will sync even more seamlessly than before, and with fewer performance issues.
With the improved apps released, what better time to explore some of their neat features? We know you love the simplicity of the note-taking experience, but each of the following three can enhance it even more:
Add an extra layer of security to your iOS app. Did you know that you can add a passcode to protect your notes? Go to the app’s settings, click on “Passcode,” and set your 4-digit PIN.
Track and restore earlier versions of notes. On the iOS and OSX apps, you can easily go through previous versions of your notes to track any changes you’ve introduced. You can also restore a note to an earlier version.
In iOS, click on the information button from any post, then choose “History.”
In OSX, click on the three dots in the top-right corner of the app for more options, and select “History.”
In both cases, an easy-to-use slider will appear, letting you navigate through your note’s different versions.
Pin your most important notes to the top of the list. If you have a long list of notes, or when a time-sensitive task is approaching, highlight the notes that matter most by pinning them to the top — they’ll be impossible to ignore.
In iOS, pin a note by hitting the information button, then choose “Pin to Top,” and press “Done.”
In OSX, click on the three dots in the top-right corner of the app for more options, and choose “Pin to Top.”
In Android, while viewing the note, tap the circle in the upper right to pin.
Stay tuned for more Simplenote news in the coming weeks!
In the few weeks since we relaunched Simplenote, usage has been skyrocketing. We’ve enjoyed some great press coverage across the web, along with strong user ratings and top 5 rankings.
A few problems remain, and we’re working hard to fix them. In particular, some people have reported unexplained note deletions, particularly from the Mac app. We’ve submitted possible fixes, and we’re preparing a solution that recovers these notes. This’ll be ready soon, and we’ll update this post when it’s ready.
Meanwhile, it’s taking a bit longer than we hoped to release the new Simplenote web app to everyone. We’re continuing to identify and fix some pesky layout issues with different browser versions.
Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about Simplenote. We’ll keep working to clean up these remaining issues, and then take a look at some of the top feature requests we’re seeing.
Update: A Simplenote Mac update is now live. Please update to this version. If you were affected by unexplained note deletions, and you’d like to access a backup of your account, you can sign in here and choose Download .zip from your account menu. All your notes (including those deleted in the past month) will start downloading as a .zip file. This is a manual process for now. We’re also working on a way to restore the affected notes automatically.
When we first used iOS 7, we knew it would set new expectations for great apps — not just on iPhone and iPad, but across all platforms, including desktop and the web. We’ve redesigned Simplenote based on the principles we think are most important:
Focus on content. We wanted your thoughts and ideas to be front and center. The user interface has only what it needs, and otherwise stays out of your way.
Sense of place. Going from here to there inside an app should always leave you with a feeling of whereness. Where did I come from? Where am I going? Where did I end up? We paid careful attention to structure, placement, and animations to help maintain a sense of where you are at all times.
Harmony. The redesign is borderline stark, but there’s a lot going on to bring it all together: thoughtful typography, careful attention to spacing and grids, consistency where it matters, and a balance of subtlety and emphasis to help direct your attention.
Coming up next
In the coming weeks we’ll release minor updates and go into more detail about our design and development process. We hope you enjoy these new versions in the meantime.