The changing leaves outside make for a good reminder to take a breath, and reflect on the pile of progress from Amplenote's past 8 weeks. 🍃🍂
The feedback and enthusiasm we've received lately from our community (via Discord, Reddit and Youtube) has left us brimming with inspiration. Consequently, our dev velocity continues at an all-time high, as evidenced by the completion of five more top-voted user requests. Especially after adding our Supporter Voting Board last month, it has been satisfying to see customer happiness incrementally grow with each new release. But, along with the "top-requested features," we've also added quite a few unrequested features (rainbow text anyone?) that we hope you will find worth a damn?
New, improved, & noteworthy since September 🚀
Tables v1: Live for Founders 🏆 Top-requested user feature
Quick Task Lookup 🏆 Top-requested user feature
Add a New Task from Anywhere, Instantly 🏆 Top-requested user feature
Bulk Edit Notes 🏆 Top-requested user feature
Multi-Language Integrated Code Editor (IDE) 🏆 Top-requested user feature
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The Tables help page gives a screenshot-rich tour of the different ways that you can use this new feature. Here's some of the content that table cells can currently accommodate:
Bold / italics /
Numbered lists too
Links and Rich Footnotes
Images with captions and alignment
(^ If you were editing the note this blog post comes from, this would be a live code editor)
Even though tables v1 is officially available only to Founder subscribers (it's still rough around the edges and we still need our Founders help with testing), we've been invigorated to see how many users have already exhibited creative ways to make magic out of the v1 table implementation. One good example is our updated help documentation for how we incorporate user suggestions. Here is a list of the features that are already available for tables, and here are the features planned to launch later this month.
We've been proud that since Amplenote's earliest days, we've proven that our mobile app Quick Task Bar allows adding new tasks in (literally) seconds (usually about 2 or 3 of them). This is super important to us because the "Capture" step of GTD is often fleeting, and making a user wait extra seconds to enter their idea can substantially reduce the chances that idea gets recorded at all. 😞
As of this month, the Quick Task Bar got a lot more powerful:
Some of the new options available within Quick Task add on mobile
Allow adding image or video to help remember specific details that sparked your idea
When choosing the note destination for the task, a search box is now available (helps drop tasks into notes that you don't use very often)
Natural language processing of dates text found while typing in the task description
Possible to link to other notes while entering a quick capture task
Most all other ! commands that work in the normal editor now work in the Quick Add input ✨
As with before, if you visit a note, it will become the default note target of the Task Quick Add box, so you don't need to actually click into the note (so you don't have to meddle with cursor position). Just enter your idea into Quick Task Bar and it'll slide into the note for your later review.
Say hello to what might soon become one of your most-used Amplenote features. 👋 Quick Task Lookup, or "Task Search," is pretty what it sounds like. Whereas in the past, we have offered Quick Open as a way to rapidly open notes, tags, or View Modes (Jots, Notes, Tasks, Calendar) -- now you can make those same kind of quick searches while looking for a task in any past note you created.
Use Task Quick Open to find every past mention of some words across every note that matches your Note Reference filter (icon in upper right, unused in this screenshot)
There are many possible use cases where Task Quick Lookup will improve your productivity. The most obvious is to use it to check whether you already created a task, to avoid creating duplicates. Note that Task Quick Lookup not only shows currently open tasks -- it also shows hidden tasks and completed tasks. If you want to revive those past tasks, or get started on a task that is currently hidden, no problem. Click on the checkbox to the left of the task to choose options for it. Or, if you simply click the task, we'll take you to the task's original note, with your cursor positioned in the task and ready for action. ✅
In the screenshot above, you might notice there is a first option in the list to create a new task. One of the most common ad hoc requests we've heard on our Discord (and people who email Bill) is that people want a fast way to add a new task at the moment it strikes them. On mobile, this is already handled by the aforementioned Quick Bar, which is constantly available upon opening the app. But on desktop, we didn't previously have a single, fast place you could visit to capture a new idea (unless you downloaded Amplecap, which has offered this feature for awhile).
Now, the first option in the Task Quick Lookup is to add a new task if there is no existing task for the idea you've had. You can control where the task gets added by clicking the plus sign to its left:
Depending on what View Mode you're in, you'll get different options on where to add the new task. If you're in Tasks or Calendar mode, the default note destination is whichever note you had opened most recently before you opened your Task list or Calendar
Our #5 highest voted task on the public voting board is now live! 🚀 People have repeatedly told us they want a fast way to operate on lots of notes at the same time. Our new Bulk Edit help page elaborates on the many options now available to act on notes en masse:
Adding a project tag to a set of notes is one way to use Bulk Note Editing. Other initial options include "delete" "archive," or "download" a specific set of notes. Especially powerful when combined with a search query that limits the set of bulk operated notes to some query
Just hover on the icon for a note, and you'll observe it will now become a selectable checkbox. After you have selected one note, other notes you click will be added to your selection (so you don't have to precisely position your mouse to make each note selection).
You can also click a note, hold shift, and click another note far away in the list, which will select all of the notes between those two endpoints. 🔮
With more than 50 votes on the public leaderboard, and position #7 on the Supporter Voting board, it was becoming clear that the Amplenote Founders aren't the only 🤓 that write code in Amplenote. So, what the hell -- we put a multi-language parsing, auto-token completing, fully functional code editor in every note:
As of initial launch, the code editor can recognize and apply syntax highlighting to the following languages:
C/C++ and C#
To explicitly set the language of your code, mention one of the languages in that list in the first line of your code block (e.g., if you're writing HTML the first line of your code block might be
<-- html -->. The editor block will perform a non-case-sensitive search and if it discovers the name of a programming language in the list above, it will start using that language for the syntax highlighting for your block. After you have prescribed which language to use, that language will be "remembered" unless/until you specify some other language on the first line of the code block.
Code block highlighting works in Rich Footnotes and in locked notes. It does not yet apply to code blocks in published notes, unless the code block resides inside a Rich Footnote.
Since we were already taking time to develop code block formatting that would specially color the text contained within, we figured it would also be fun to add a few "easter egg" languages that you can specify for your code block. They're called
rainbow5. If you mention one of those languages on the first line of your code-block you'll have a playful way to create colorful blocks of text that let you achieve your desired aesthetic.
// rainbow3 Unlike the standard integrated code editor formatting, the rainbow-based languages will show up even in published notes, so they're a great option if you're writing a blog or help page where you want to write something that gets noticed
Along with the rainbow-based language specification, you can also set
plain as your code block language if you want to get the boring code block behavior of dark text on a light gray background. 🥱
After you have specified the language, you can delete it from the first line.
As of our next mobile update (circa November 11), when you open the app, you'll now find a set of shortcut buttons that jump straight to whatever your current tier of the Idea Execution Funnel (jots/note/tasks/calendar). Previously, this might've required 2-3 taps. We hope these big new icons can shave a couple seconds off the time between "open mobile app" and "resume progress."
A common sentiment we hear from new customers that haven't convinced all of their friends/colleagues to adopt Amplenote (yet..... 😉) is that there have been some annoying inconsistencies in how text gets copied and pasted between Gmail and Amplenote. Particularly aggravating to this author was how selecting multiple paragraphs from Amplenote and pasting them into Gmail resulted in gaps between the paragraphs that couldn't be removed, and were inconsistent with Gmail's non-pasted text. Other problems included that pasting bullets with multiple indent levels from Google Docs was generally ignored, and any large text from Gmail or Google/Word Docs would be ignored, which standard-sized text pasted into Amplenote where headers should have been.
As of early October, all of these situations have been either fixed or significantly improved. As noted above, you can also paste tables from almost any app into Amplenote now, which opens a slew of possibilities for those who use Amplenote to share reports with colleagues.
You can create/join meeting links in external events straight from Amplenote.
It's now possible to access the popup text formatting option when selecting multiple list items
Supporter Voting Board. As mentioned in the previous blog post, this is the latest & greatest way to let the Amplenote team know what's important to you. We pay close attention to this board to ensure that we are doing our best to accommodate the Founders and Boosters who help to drive Amplenote ever-closer to break-even profitability
Amplenote Longevity Pledge. Since users still occasionally email us with reasonable questions about how they can trust we're in this for the long haul, we dedicated a help page to describe four pledges that we make to our users to improve peace-of-mind. We want to be clear that we'll take every possible step to keep Amplenote available for decades to come
New & interesting user profile questions, plus the opportunity to earn Supporter Feature votes by completing your user profile
New "Videographer" badge awarded to those who create videos that help explain Amplenote to the world
Continued improvements to tables. Calendar events whose coloring reflects the category of event (syncing in event colors from your existing Gmail or Outlook calendar when available), rather than everything being colored gray. Task Quick Open on mobile. Whatever else we can squeeze in among the top 10 most-voted features of the public and supporter voting board.
Thank you for your continued support building Amplenote to its potential! 🙏