Try the New macOS Beta

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Today you can try out a new Simplenote beta for macOS that was built using Electron, the web technology we used for the Windows and Linux apps. If you’ve used these apps before, this version for macOS should feel right at home. We built this app from the ground up to support all the features that our mobile apps support, including publishing and Markdown.

If you’ve used our native macOS application in the past and have been missing some of the unsupported features like Markdown we encourage you to try this one out and let us know how it compares. The native app won’t go away any time soon, but we’re exploring the possibility of eventually replacing it with the Electron version.

Ready to try it out? Download now!

We’d appreciate any feedback you have on the beta. You can leave a comment on this post or file a new issue on GitHub.

Thanks and happy noting from the Simplenote team!

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

A new Simplenote for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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Major new versions of Simplenote are now available for iOS 7, Mac, and Android.

All new design

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.