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SnipNotes 2.9 for iOS and SnipNotes 1.5 for macOS are now available!

Today I’m happy to release the first big SnipNotes update in 2019. This update has been in the works for over three months and adds a whole bunch of new features to SnipNotes. It also improves on existing features and lays the groundwork for an eventful year 2019. Let’s get started! ūüėÉ

Note Actions (iOS)

Note Actions have been available since the introduction of SnipNotes 2.0 in 2016. While they proved to be very useful in many situations, their UI has always been a bit messy. The buttons were small and hard to press, the settings screen was cluttered. This all changes today: Note Actions have been completely overhauled.

You can now swipe both left and right on a note to access a total of six buttons. Four of them are static, but you can change their order in the settings menu:

  • Move note into trash
  • Pin note to the top of the list
  • Copy note into clipboard
  • Move note into archive (see below)

The remaining two buttons are dynamic:

  • The blue button shows an action depending on the content of your note. If you have saved an address for example, you can quickly open Maps to begin navigation.
  • The gray “More” button reveals a popover with additional actions for the note. These actions are available for all types of notes and allow you to quickly use your notes with other apps. For example, you can search a note with Google in Safari, put it into an email or open it in apps like Evernote, Bear, Drafts and Day One.

Both the content specific actions and the generic text actions can be configured in the settings menu. The settings UI should also be much easier to understand and use. ūüėä

Category and Note Icons (iOS, macOS)

One of SnipNotes’ biggest strengths has always been its¬†customizability. You can choose from a variety of theme colors,¬†customize many parts of the app with the¬†comprehensive settings menu and¬†select your own category icons. The latter part will get a lot more interesting with this update…

First of all, there are over 50 new category icons from a wide spectrum of topics like sports, events and travel. The icons have been organized into multiple sections to ensure a good overview.

Second, you can now also change the icon of your notes! Since the icon is no longer needed to trigger an action (remember the blue button), you can now easily replace it with something better suited to represent your note. All category icons are also available for your notes. They synchronize over iCloud and are always up to date on all your devices.

Note Archive (iOS, macOS)

There is a new archive for your completed notes. Notes in the archive disappear from your main list but are still synchronized with iCloud. Swipe right on a note to quickly move it into the archive.

Modify Note Dates (iOS, macOS)

You gain more control over the order of your notes. While there is no manual sorting yet, you can now change the creation date and modification date of a note. In addition, notes will only get marked as modified when you change their contents or the title.

Improved Undo (iOS)

Various note actions like delete, move, merge and archive will now display a status bar at the bottom of the screen, which you can use to undo the action. Of course, you can still undo actions “the classic way” by shaking your device.

Tip Jar (iOS)

Last but not least, there is now a tip jar in the settings menu. If you enjoy the app and want to support the future development of SnipNotes, I would appreciate a small tip. Thank you!

But that’s not all. There are a couple of improvements to existing features as well:

  • iOS
    • Added note actions for the following apps: Bear, Drafts 5, Day One, Todoist, Things 3, Ulysses, iA Writer, Waze and HERE We Go
    • The swipe actions are now also compatible with VoiceOver
  • macOS
    • You can now add images directly from your iOS devices: Click on the ‚ÄěNew Image” button and select ‚ÄěImport from iPhone or iPad‚ÄĚ. This functionality requires macOS Mojave
  • All platforms
    • ‚ÄěFavorite notes‚Äú have been renamed ‚ÄěPinned notes‚Äú. The star symbol has been removed. The note icon is now tinted instead
    • Added support for right-to-left languages

Thanks for reading this far! If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch with me.

Resolve issues with Apple Watch

This article describes troubleshooting steps for various issues related to Apple Watch.

Symptoms:

  • SnipNotes does not show up on my Apple Watch
  • In the settings menu on my iPhone, I see the message “Please install SnipNotes on your Apple Watch”

Troubleshooting:

Please open the Apple Watch – App on your iPhone and check if SnipNotes is listed in the section “Installed on Apple Watch”

  • If no: Please scroll down to the section “Available apps” and tap on the “Install” button next to SnipNotes
  • If yes: Tap on the “SnipNotes” row and disable the switch “Show app on Apple Watch”. Wait until the uninstallation¬†is complete and enable the switch again

If the issue persists after (re)installation, please restart your Apple Watch.

If SnipNotes is not listed in the Apple Watch – App at all, please tap on “General” => “Info” and make sure that you have installed at least version 4.0 of the operating system on your Apple Watch. You can update the software under “General” => “Software update” if required.

Symptoms:

  • I don’t see any notes on my Apple Watch
  • The notes on my Apple Watch are incomplete
  • Notes created on my watch do not show up on my iPhone

Troubleshooting:

Please try to reset the synchronization with your Apple Watch:

  1. Open SnipNotes on your iPhone and on your Apple Watch
  2. Open the settings menu in SnipNotes on your iPhone (cogwheel icon)
  3. Tap on the “Troubleshooting” row
  4. Tap on the “Reset” button in the “Apple Watch” section
  5. Keep SnipNotes on your Apple Watch active (Screen is turned on and the app is in the foreground) and wait until the spinning wheel disappears on your iPhone
  6. Tap on “Done” in the upper right corner of your iPhone

This process will re-transfer all notes from your iPhone to your Apple Watch. They should show up on your Apple Watch shortly after. Please note that only notes in the inbox are synchronized with your Apple Watch by default.

If following these steps doesn’t solve your issue, please get in touch with me. I’m happy to help!

SnipNotes for iOS 12

In line with the release of iOS 12, I'm happy to announce a big update for SnipNotes, which takes advantage of the operating system's new features. This update focuses on the integration of Siri Shortcut, which lets you automate frequently used actions and trigger them with your voice.

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Siri Shortcuts

Important: This feature requires iOS 12 and SnipNotes version 2.8 or above.

You can use Siri on your iPhone or iPad to automate commonly used actions with shortcuts. A Siri shortcut is a custom voice command that you record to trigger a particular action in an app. SnipNotes allows you to create shortcuts for the following use cases:

Siri Shortcuts for Notes

At the bottom of a note, you’ll find the shortcuts button. This will open a menu with multiple options, inter alia:

  • Open Note with Siri:¬†You can record a voice command to open this note with Siri
  • Read Note/Show Image with Siri:¬†Siri can read text notes and show images, without having to open the app.¬†This is very useful when you‚Äôre using AirPods or a HomePod for example.

Siri Shortcuts for Categories

Open a category and tap on the list icon with the little plus symbol to open the create menu. This menu also allows you to create the following Siri Shortcuts:

  • Open Category with Siri:¬†You can record a voice command to open a category with Siri
  • Save Current Location:¬†Say this shortcut to Siri and it will save your current location in the chosen category
  • Save Clipboard:¬†Similar to “Save Current Location”, this shortcut will save the contents of your clipboard in SnipNotes without having to open the app

Siri will also suggest shortcuts for actions that you perform frequently on the lock screen, in Siri settings and on Apple Watch.

Try SnipNotes Before You Buy

I'm happy to announce a frequently requested change to the SnipNotes pricing model: The iOS app can now be downloaded and used completely free of charge for 7 days. After this period the app becomes read-only and must be unlocked with a one-time purchase. This change doesn't have any effect on existing users and is currently limited to the iOS version of SnipNotes. If proven successful, I will also introduce a free trial for the macOS version.

The SnipNotes Formatting Update has arrived!

Since its release in February of 2015, SnipNotes has evolved from a simple clipboard manager into a comprehensive note-taking app. The app has gained many new ways for adding and organizing notes. One part, however, has remained largely unchanged: SnipNotes was only able to store and display notes with plain text. That restriction gets finally lifted with this update.

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Text Formatting for Notes

Notice: These features require at least SnipNotes 2.7 for iOS or SnipNotes 1.3 for macOS.

You can style your notes with a variety of formatting options:

  • Bold and italic text
  • Underlined and strikethrough text
  • Headers
  • Text colors
  • Bullet lists

Use the buttons above the keyboard (iOS) or the toolbar buttons (macOS) to control formatting. Many formatting options can also be set with the keyboard (e.g.¬†‚Ćė + B for bold text).

Formatting can be applied to selected text as well as to the current cursor position.

Markdown

SnipNotes stores the formatted text in Markdown syntax. This means that you can also write notes in Markdown directly:

  • Bold Text: **Text**
  • Italic Text: *Text*
  • Underlined Text: _Text_
  • Strikethrough Text: –Text– (two dashes before and after the text)
  • Headlines: # Headline 1, ## Headline 2 etc. (6 levels are supported)
  • Colors: [#ff0000](My red text)
  • Bullet List:

* Level 1
** Level 2
*** Level 3

Please note that you can currently not combine multiple formatting options.

Backup and Restore Your Data

If you use iCloud synchronization, your notes are backup up automatically in iCloud and will be downloaded on the first launch of a new device.

In addition, you can use the backup functionality of your device to create a copy of SnipNotes’ data:

iOS

Back up your device as usual via iCloud or iTunes. This backup contains the data of all your installed apps, including SnipNotes.

macOS

Create a copy of SnipNotes’ data folders with Time Machine or another backup utility:

~/Library/Containers/de.lisczyk.felix.SnipNotesMacApp/

~/Library/Group Containers/7T8DYS43CJ.de.lisczyk.felix.SnipNotes/

The second path contains a subfolder “database”. The file “SnipNotes.realm” stores all your notes and can be viewed with the free tool¬†Realm Browser.

Notice: When you restore a local backup, you may have to reset the iCloud synchronization.

Better Notes

Since its humble beginnings as a simple clipboard for text snippets, SnipNotes has evolved into a comprehensive note-taking app and is chosen by more and more users as their primary notepad. One of¬†SnipNotes’ biggest remaining limitations is that notes can only contain plain text and no other elements. The next updates are aimed at filling this gap. Here is an overview of the current development plan. Continue reading