SnipNotes

Drag and Drop on iPad and iPhone

Important: This functionality requires an iPad or iPhone running iOS 11 and SnipNotes 2.6 or higher

Drag and Drop is an intuitive and fast way to interact with your notes. SnipNotes supports Drag and Drop in the following areas:

Import text and images (iPad only)

Put SnipNotes side-by-side with another app, e.g. Safari. Long-press on an image or a paragraph in the other app until it hovers under your finger. You can use another finger to select additional elements. Drag these objects onto the list of notes in SnipNotes and lift your finger. SnipNotes will create a new note for each element.

Export notes (iPad only)

Put SnipNotes side-by-side with another app, e.g. Apple Notes. Long-press on a note in the list until it hovers under your finger. You can use another finger to select additional notes. Drag these notes into the other app until you see a little plus icon. Lift your finger and your notes will be copied into the other app.

Move notes between categories

You can use Drag and Drop to quickly move multiple notes into another category or into the trash. Drag them onto the category icon in the upper left corner. Hold your finger for a second until the category picker opens up. Drop your notes onto a category to move your notes there.

Merge, share or delete notes

Instead of using the multi-select button in the lower left corner, you can access the same features with Drag and Drop. Start to drag a note and you will see a little arrow button in the upper right corner of the notes list. Select additional notes and drop them onto the arrow button. From there you can select to merge, share or delete them. For deleting your notes you can also drag them onto the trash button in the lower right corner of the screen and lift your finger.

Create Notes With Siri

Important: This feature requires SnipNotes version 2.6 or above.

You can use Siri on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch to create new notes, append text to existing notes and search for notes. Open Siri by long-pressing on the home button and try one of the following examples:

Create new notes

“Create a note in SnipNotes saying buy milk and cheese”

“Create a note called shopping list in SnipNotes saying tomatoes and cucumbers”

“Create a note in SnipNotes saying buy milk and cheese in shopping category”

Append text to existing notes

“Append milk to my note called shopping list in SnipNotes”

Search for notes

“Show me all my notes in SnipNotes”

“Show me notes I created last week in SnipNotes”

“Show me notes in SnipNotes that contain the word buy”

 

Important: You must include “in SnipNotes” in your requests. Otherwise, Siri talks to Apple Notes instead of SnipNotes.

Happy Birthday, SnipNotes!

Wow, it has been three years now since the first release of SnipNotes on the App Store. Most apps don’t survive that long, so I’m incredibly happy that SnipNotes is still around and getting better every year. Last year saw the release of SnipNotes for macOS. I learned a lot since then. Developing for and maintaining multiple platforms is a much bigger challenge than working on an iOS app alone. But I’m committed to moving the product forward on all platforms and plan to introduce some major and long requested features this year. Thank you for sticking with SnipNotes! A big new update will be available shortly.

SnipNotes Widget

The today view widget lets you access your notes and create new notes anytime, without leaving your current app.

Installation

  1. Swipe right on your home screen to show the today view
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on “Edit”
  3. Add the SnipNotes widget by tapping on the green plus button
  4. Tap on “Done” in the upper right corner to finish the procedure

Usage

You can access the widget as follows:

  1. Swipe to the right on your home screen
  2. While you have an app open, swipe down to reveal your notifications. Swipe to the right on an empty space

The widget consists of three areas:

  1. The upper area lets you save new notes: The left button saves the contents of your clipboard and the right button saves your current location by default
  2. Underneath you will find your notes. The widget does always display notes from your currently open category in the main app. New notes will also be saved in this category
  3. The bottom edge houses the control elements
    1. Tap on the folder icon (only visible in the expanded state) to switch to another category
    2. The right buttons let you quickly access the main app: Create a new note, dictate a note and take a picture with your camera (from right to left)

Tap on a note to reveal three actions. You will see an action that depends on the note’s content (e.g. call a phone number). In addition, you can copy the note into your clipboard and move it into the trash.

Configuration

The settings menu (section “Widget”) contains various settings that let you configure the widget to fit your needs.

  • Configure right button: If you don’t need to save your current location, you can assign another function to the right widget button. For example, you can use it to open the main app or clear the contents of your clipboard
  • Save clipboard content automatically: This setting will read the contents of your clipboard and save it automatically as a new note. Due to limitations in iOS, this feature doesn’t work in the background. The widget has to be visible.
  • Show clipboard content: Use this setting to hide the preview of your clipboard at the top edge of the widget
  • Show only favorite notes: You can mark notes as a favorite with the star icon. These notes will be pinned to the top of your list. If you enable this setting, the widget will only show notes which are marked as a favorite
  • Limit visible notes: In its compact mode, the widget will only show one note. Tap on “More” in the upper right corner to switch to the extended mode. This setting lets you control the number of notes which are visible in this extended mode

Tips & Tricks

  • Tap on the SnipNotes icon in the upper left corner to quickly open the main app

Protect Your Notes with a Passcode and Touch ID

Note: These features are currently only available in the iOS app.

You can protect your notes from unauthorized access with a passcode and Touch ID. Open SnipNotes and tap on the cogwheel icon in the lower right corner to open the settings menu. Select the items “Main App” => “Passcode / Touch ID” and turn on the switch named “Enable passcode / Touch ID”. Enter your desired passcode twice. Afterwards, you can choose between two modes:

  • Request passcode on every launch: Use this mode to protect all your notes. Your passcode will be requested on every launch of the app and when it returns from the background.
  • Request passcode only for certain categories: Use this mode if only some of your notes contain sensitive information. You can select for each category individually if the passcode should be requested. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Devices with a Touch ID sensor will prompt you to use your finger for authentication. Tap on “Cancel” to use your passcode instead.

If you forgot your passcode you can authenticate with your fingerprint and disable the passcode. On older devices without Touch ID, you have to delete and reinstall the app to reset the passcode.

Delete and Restore Notes

If you don’t need a note anymore, you can move it into the trash. This can be accomplished in multiple ways:

iOS

  • Open a note and tap on the trash icon in the lower right corner
  • In the list of notes, swipe to the left on a note and tap on the trash icon
  • 3D Touch on a note, swipe upwards and tap on “Delete note”
  • In the list of notes, tap on the multi-select icon in the lower left corner, select one or more notes and tap on the arrow in the upper right corner. Tap on “Move to trash”
  • In the widget, tap on a note and select the trash icon

macOS

  • Open a note and tap on the trash icon in the symbol bar
  • Select a note and press the delete button on your keyboard
  • Right-click on a note and select “Delete”
  • Drag a note and drop it into the trash in the left column
  • In the menu bar, click on “Edit” => “Delete entry”
  • If you own a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Select a note and tap the trash icon on your Touch Bar

The note won’t be deleted permanently but moved into the trash instead. Notes inside the trash are only available locally on your device and vanish from other devices.

You can open the trash via the category menu and restore or permanently delete the note from there:

iOS

  1. In the list of notes, tap on the folder icon in the upper left corner to open the category picker
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on “Open trash”
  3. Swipe left or right on the note and select “Restore” or “Delete”

You can also delete all notes in the trash at once by tapping on the trash icon.

macOS

  1. Click on “Trash” in the left column
  2. Select a note and
    1. click on the cross button to permanently delete the note
    2. click on the checkmark button to restore the note. Alternatively, you can also drag the note into a category or the inbox

Click on the trash button to delete all notes in the trash at once.

SnipNotes 2.5 for iOS and SnipNotes 1.1 for macOS released

I'm happy to report that two new updates have just been released on the App Store.

SnipNotes 1.1 for macOS is the first major update since the initial release in late June. This new version adds a few features that didn't make it into the initial release like printing, the ability to export multiple notes and support for the SnipNotes URL scheme.

SnipNotes 2.5 for iOS contains many internal improvements like automatic saving and adds several user requested features. You can now protect individual categories with a passcode or Touch ID, control which view is shown on startup and export notes as text files to various cloud services and other apps.

You can learn more about both updates in this blog post.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch with me directly.

Search Notes

SnipNotes offers two ways to search through your notes:

In-App search

  • SnipNotes for iOS: Open the list of notes and tap on the search bar at the top of the screen. If you cannot see the search bar, drag the list down with your finger until the bar becomes visible.
  • SnipNotes for macOS: Click on the search field in the upper right corner of the app.

Enter a search term and the list will be filtered to show only notes that match your criteria.

The search will only act on notes in your current category. To search through all your notes, go to the category “All notes” first.

Home screen search (iOS only)

You can search through your notes right from the iOS home screen. Drag down the home screen to reveal the search bar. Enter a search term and matching notes from SnipNotes will appear among the search results. Tap on a result to show the note in SnipNotes. Some results will also show quick actions, e.g. a button to call a phone number or to start navigation to an address.

What’s Next for SnipNotes

A major milestone has been achieved with the release of SnipNotes for macOS. Since then I’ve been working to enhance many aspects of the app and make stability improvements. Today I want to share my progress so far and what you can expect in the next updates for both iOS and macOS.

You can try out these features today by signing up for the beta test.

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