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

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

 

Big macOS App Update Available Now

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A new update of Simplenote for macOS is now available in the App Store! Here’s what’s new in version 1.2.0:

New Look

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:

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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.

Improved Search

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.

More Changes

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.

What’s Next?

The app is still missing Markdown support, so we are going to get that added in the next update.

Happy noting from 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!

Markdown Added in Latest iOS App Update

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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!

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We’ve also received a great response to our recent open sourcing of the apps. Thanks to everyone who has been submitting issues and pull requests on GitHub.

Happy noting!

– 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.

Multitasking and Performance Improvements in Latest App Updates

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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):

iOS

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.

Download Simplenote for iOS

Android

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.

Download Simplenote for Android

OS X

In addition to many bug fixes, the OS X app has received a huge performance upgrade in the latest update. You can now work on very large notes without issue.

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What’s Next?

We hope you enjoy the latest Simplenote updates. We’re continuing to iterate on the app and have some great ideas stewing for the future. Be sure to follow us @simplenoteapp for the latest!