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

Android Beta Now Open

Do you use Android and like to be on the cutting edge of note taking? Today we are opening a beta community on Google+ that will give you access to test new features of Simplenote.

Once you have been added to the community and opt-in to the beta, you will automatically receive the beta version via Google Play.

Our first beta adds a new feature: The ability to browse and restore history for your notes.

Click here to request to join the beta community: plus.google.com/…es/116092158120380558497

Thanks for your help, and happy holidays from the Simplenote team!

Publishing and List Assist in Latest Android Update

Howdy, note takers! We’re excited about the latest update to the Android app which includes some great new features:

Note Publishing

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.

info-panel-publish

List Assist

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.)

list-bullet-assist

What Else?

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!

Simplenote for Android

Our relaunch is now underway, starting with Simplenote for Android. You can download Simplenote on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Our new version for Android has the same focus on speed and efficiency as the existing iOS app.

If you’ve previously used Simplenote, you can now use all your notes on your Android phone or tablet. If you’re a new user, you can create an account right within the app.

A little twist

We’re trying something a little different. You don’t need an account to use Simplenote for Android. You can download it for free and use it locally right away. When you’re ready to backup your notes online and sync with other devices, you can create an account at any time.

Coming up next

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll complete the relaunch of Simplenote by releasing Simplenote for Mac, a redesigned Simplenote for web, and a completely rebuilt Simplenote for iOS 7. We’re really excited about our new family of apps, and can’t wait to show you what else we’ve been working on.

For app developers

In addition to the app, we’ve released a Simperium library for Android. Simperium is a service for seamless syncing across devices. It powers all the storage and networking in Simplenote and is available for any other app developer to use as well.

The new Simperium library for Android is open source and makes it really easy to add Simplenote-style syncing to your Android apps. It’s a bit like iCloud but works across iOS, Android, and the web.