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

All

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

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

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!

Windows and Linux App Update Now Available

An update is now available for the Windows and Linux app. Version 1.0.2 is a bug fix release that includes:

  • A fix for notes sometimes not syncing when the connection went offline.
  • Links now open in an external browser instead of an internal window.
  • Small design improvements.

The apps can be downloaded here. Want to help make Simplenote better? It is open source and accepting pull requests over at GitHub.

Happy noting!

– The Simplenote Team

Simplenote for Windows and Linux

Screenshot 2016-03-23 14.31.30Today 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.

Features

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.

Markdown

Simplenote for Windows and Linux supports Markdown. To get started with text formatting, check out the basics.

Enable Markdown

First, enable it globally by going to the toolbar menu and selecting PreferencesWritingEnable 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!

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Open Source

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.

Download Simplenote for Windows or Linux.