TipNotes: Link Your Notes With Other Apps

“TipNotes” is a new series on this blog with useful tips & tricks on how to get the most out of SnipNotes.

SnipNotes allows you to create external links for your notes. You can use these links to quickly return to a specific note from another app.

  1. Open a note in SnipNotes
  2. Tap on the link icon at the bottom center of the screen
  3. Select “Generate External Link”
  4. Copy the link into your clipboard or share it with another app
  5. Paste the link into another note, your favorite task manager or any other app. Tap on it to quickly return to the note

Here is a quick demo of this procedure:

Pro Tip: SnipNotes uses an URL scheme to enable this kind of navigation between apps. You can use your own URL scheme to create new notes in SnipNotes and search for notes. Click here to learn more.

Sneak Peek: More Details on Your Notes

“Sneak Peek” is a new series on this blog where I give you a quick glimpse into upcoming features and other interesting stuff in and around SnipNotes.

Today’s Sneak Peek is about your notes list. In the next major update, SnipNotes will show you more details on your notes:

In addition to the note’s title, SnipNotes will preview the first lines of the note. If your note contains any images, the first image will appear as a little thumbnail on the right side. The notes list can now also show formatted text (bold, underlined, etc.) and bullet lists.

TipNotes: Autosave Your Clipboard

“TipNotes” is a new series on this blog with useful tips & tricks on how to get the most out of SnipNotes.

SnipNotes on iPad can become a powerful research companion with the following settings:

  • General => Save source of clipboard items: When you copy text from Safari, SnipNotes will automatically append the URL of the webpage to the note
  • Main App => Save clipboard content automatically: SnipNotes will automatically save the contents of your clipboard whenever the app is visible

Put SnipNotes side-by-side with another app (e.g. Safari) and start copying text or images. SnipNotes will automatically create a new note out of each clipping. 🎉 Every text note will have the URL of the webpage attached to the bottom.

Take a look at this video for a quick demo:

Sneak Peek: Notes with Text and Images

“Sneak Peek” is a new series on this blog where I give you a quick glimpse into upcoming features and other interesting stuff in and around SnipNotes.

Work on the next major SnipNotes update is well underway. Today I want to share with you a few early screenshots of a big new feature in this update: The ability to create notes with text and multiple images. 🎉

You will be able to add images to your existing text notes and add text to new image notes. Images can be loaded from your local device (camera, photo library, etc.), copied from a webpage or dragged in from another app. More details on this feature will follow. 😊

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! 😃

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. 😊

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 „New Image” button and select „Import from iPhone or iPad”. This functionality requires macOS Mojave
  • All platforms
    • „Favorite notes“ have been renamed „Pinned notes“. 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.

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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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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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