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!

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

 

iOS, Android, and macOS Apps Now Open Source

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At Automattic, we have a saying:

We don’t make software for free, we make it for freedom

In this spirit, we are announcing today that all of the official Simplenote client apps are now Open Source Software under the GPLv2 license. In addition to the previously open sourced Electron app, you’ll now find the source code for the iOS, Android, and macOS applications on our GitHub page.

We love using Simplenote at Automattic and hope that we can build a great community of contributors from around the world to help make the apps even better.

You can download the source for the apps here:

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

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!

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.

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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.

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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!

Dark Theme Now Available for Mac App

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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

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.