Dark Theme Now Available for Mac App

Dark Theme for Mac

A few months ago, we launched new versions of our Android and iOS apps that included a dark theme. Today we’re happy to announce that the dark theme is also now available for the Mac app!

The dark theme really helps ease your eyes during those late-night writing sessions. To switch to the new theme, simply select ViewThemeDark 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!

– 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!

Syncing improvements and neat features to discover

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.
    iOS Passcode Setting
  • 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.”
      iOS note info
    • In OSX, click on the three dots in the top-right corner of the app for more options, and select “History.”
      OSX note info

    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.
      iOS note info

Stay tuned for more Simplenote news in the coming weeks!

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.