Simplenote Just Got a Big Update

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Simplenote – one of the very best note taking apps for the iPad and iOS – got a big new update a couple of days back, to Version 3.1.0. Two of the biggest additions (for premium users only for now) are Dropbox sync and some basic support for lists.

Here’s the full list of what’s new in this new version:

This is a big update with lots of fixes and a couple new features:
Added option to lock the app with a passcode

Improved tags and sharing
– tags can now be added to a note via autocompletion
– you can tag people (email addresses), and the note will be shared with those people automatically
– you can add people to a tag to create a group tag
– notes with a group tag get shared with everyone in the group automatically
– tags can be renamed
– tag syncing is greatly improved

Dropbox syncing (premium only for now, configured through the web app)
Basic support for lists (premium only for now)
– easily turn any note into a list
– accessed in the note info screen
– list items can be edited inline
– list items can be rearranged by dragging
– list items can be crossed off by swiping
– lists are stored as plaintext for compatibility

– fixed an intermittent crash when the note list updates
– fixed slowdown when typing in larger notes
– fixed toolbar sometimes disappearing when using versions
– fixed not being able to use spaces in passwords
– word count now reports actual count rather than an estimate
– improved note list preview for notes that have a single paragraph of content
– removed redundancy in note list previews when viewing notes by tag
– fixed occasional display problems with note info
– fixed published notes erroneously disabling the sharing button

I upgraded to a premium account yesterday – partly because Dropbox sync is a feature that’s worth a lot to me, and also because I’ve got great use out of Simplenote for a long while now and feel more than happy supporting the developers. The upgrade to premium costs $19.99 per year, and you can see details on what that gets you on the app’s web page here:

Dropbox sync works like a charm and ‘just happens’ effortlessly – just as I’ve come to expect from both Simplenote and Dropbox. The list support is a nice little add as well.

Simplenote has been a favorite of mine for quite a while, but over recent months I find myself using it more and more – on my iPad and via its web app. As always, it’s great to see a favorite app continuing to improve.

You can find this latest version in the App Store now, and it’s a free and universal app (though some of the new features detailed above require a paid premium account, as mentioned).

Patrick Jordan

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