Weekly update: 2017 week #2

The second week of 2017 was mainly a week of catching up:


  • Recently we have been extensively refactoring. Entropy inevitably increases and things get messy, so we need to spend time putting things back to place to shake off some dead weight from time to time, just like how we need to thoroughly clean our house once in a while. This would allow us develop things faster in the future, reduce unpredictable bugs, and sometimes get surprise performance gains.


  • New move item option: you can now choose where to move your item, the beginning or the end of the destination parent. This option is in Settings – Preferences – Move item.
  • [UI/minor] The deletion confirmation now shows “folder” or “document” rather than the generic “file”.


  • A bunch of minor bugs crept in after the refactor. We fixed some and are in the processing of fixing more. It’s unfortunate but we believe it’s worth it in the long term.

That’s it guys, until next time!

Weekly update: 2017 week #1

It’s the first week of 2017 already! This weekly update is probably our simplest in history:


  • Color labels. Now you can add colors to items! For more details, see this post.
  • Move items anywhere. Use this to move items to anywhere in your Dynalist. For more details, see this post.


  • Added color label search. The syntax is in the format of “color:red”. It’s also in the search tips that pop up when you open search.

That’s it for this week, until next time!

Easily moving items anywhere

Another heavily requested feature is here: moving items anywhere!

When editing an item, you can use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+M (customizable) to invoke this popup to move the current item. It also works for multiple items.

If you’re not a fan of shortcuts, you can also find the “Move to…” option in the item menu.

Hope you guys like it. Cheers!

Adding colors to your list: color labels

Many of you visual thinkers have been asking us to add colors to Dynalist, and now here it is!

It’s really simple to use: open the item menu and click on the color you want. Click on the same color to remove it.

Even faster, you can use Ctrl+Shift+1~6 to apply color labels. Ctrl+Shift+` (grave accent) will remove the color.

As usual, with Dynalist Pro you can customize these shortcuts to your liking.

We plan to offer customization of the colors sometime in the future. If you need that really badly though, do let us know.

Enjoy the colors and we wish you a happy and colorful New Year! 🙂

Weekly update: 2016 week #52

Hi guys! This is the last weekly update from 2016, the next will be from 2017!

Without further ado:


  • Two heavily requested features are in their final stages, and we’re super excited to release them either later this week or next week. You’re welcome to guess which features they are! 🙂


  • New release notification. Now you receive dismissible notification when a new version is available, so it’s easier to stay up-to-date.


  • [UX] Fixed page doesn’t scroll when necessary when using the Up or Down keys.
  • [Copy paste] Fixed cannot paste into document title.
  • [Mobile/UI] Fixed cannot open the “More options” menu on Android mobile web.
  • [Mobile/UI] Fixed tapping the current pane name (“Files” or “Bookmarks”) in the left pane would hide everything.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed “Expand all” is displayed in the node menu of the document when “Collapse all” should’ve been displayed.

That’s it guys, stay tuned for the next feature releases, and we’ll see you next week! Happy New Year!

Weekly update: 2016 week #51

Happy holidays! We hope you all had a great one! 😀

As usual, here’s from last week:


  • [Mobile] File menu is now accessible on mobile! You can make changes to documents, folders, and bookmarks by tapping on the “Down” arrow button next to each document or file.
  • [Sharing/minor] Removed option to delete the owner him/herself.


  • Limited-time Christmas theme. The color theme is from last year, but because the interface of Dynalist changed a lot, we spent some time tweaking it for the current layout.
  • Promotion system. We didn’t have a promotion system before this Christmas sale, so that needed to be built too. If you didn’t know, until January 5, 2017 you can use the code XMAS16 to get 50% off your purchase (one-time only).


  • [UI/formatting] Fixed bug where if the previous sibling has long Markdown, you could not drag or edit the item without “un-rendering” its previous silbing.

This week will be the last week of 2016, and the next weekly update will be posted in 2017 (I know, unbelievable, right?). See you then!

Year in review 2016 + 50% off sale

2016 flew by pretty fast. Looking back, we did do a bunch of things though.

Major product changes include:

  • Search everywhere
  • Tag autocomplete
  • Bookmarks
  • File upload (image upload came first)
  • Internal links
  • Toggle visibility of note
  • Numbered list
  • Date support
  • Sepia theme
  • Desktop apps (Windows, macOS, Linux)
  • Read mode on mobile
  • Android app enters closed beta

Major non-product changes include:

  • Referral program
  • Help center
  • Community forum

All this plus god-knows-how-many minor improvements and fixes. Oh, and 30 weekly updates (we started doing that mid-year).

But seriously, we couldn’t have possibly done this without you guys. You guys are the ones who actually use Dynalist every day and send us feedback. We use Dynalist for everything ourselves too, but we alone could never accomplish the things above.

Thank you guys for the criticism, the motivational notes, and the elaborate suggestions. We love you guys!

As a gift from us, we’re offering a 50% discount off Dynalist Pro until January 5, 2017. Use the code XMAS16 when checking out or go here.

Now that it’s almost 2017, we want to keep you in the loop about what to look forward to in the new year. Big direction wise, we’re focusing on these four (in order of importance):

  1. Mobile. This includes releasing the mobile apps, bridging the functionality gap between desktop and mobile, and adding mobile-specific enhancements.
  2. Collaboration. This includes things like true real-time collaboration, comments, and revision history. Whatever that makes Dynalist work better for teams.
  3. Automation. API and possible integrations.
  4. Capture. This includes adding items by sending in emails, browser clipper extension, and possibly a widget for the Android app.

Of course, our priorities are always changing, but at least this is where we see things are going right now. We hope to still have you around in the new year!

Weekly update: 2016 week #50

Happy holidays guys! This is the weekly update for week #50. We have more holiday surprises in store for you guys tomorrow and the day after, stay tuned! 😉

Here’s what’s new from last week:


  • [Mobile] Search Everywhere is now available on mobile web! When searching, tap on the “globe” icon to switch to the global mode. In the global mode, tap the “document” icon to go back to the document mode.
  • [Desktop app] The upload manager is now available on the desktop apps as well.
  • [Desktop app] The zoom level is now saved and restored when you restart the app.
  • [Export] Heading 1,2, and 3 are now exported properly in the formatted version.


  • [Sync performance] Fixed moving or copying a large amount of items at once will cause “Can’t sync” and get stuck like that. We found out it was due to a configuration on our server. It happened pretty rarely, only when you move at least thousands of items at once.
  • [UI/selection] Fixed dragging to select sometimes doesn’t “stick” when you’re dealing with items that contain Markdown.
  • [UI/performance] Fixed typing Enter to create new item while searching feels extremely slow in some cases.
  • [Keyboard] Fixed Shift+Up/Down doesn’t have browser default behavior in a multi-line item.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed show note icon showing up in Search Everywhere results.

That’s it guys, happy holidays, stay warm, and stay tuned for our surprises later this week!

Weekly update: 2016 week #49

As usual:


  • Android closed beta: the beta has started. We’re going to add more enhancements to it to make it as close to desktop in terms of features, usability, and efficiency. Right now it’s more about testing that it’s stable (doesn’t crash) and works offline.
  • iOS app development: we’re very closed to an internal usable alpha! The iOS environment is less forgiving than Android, so we’ll probably spend more time making it stable. This is an update for our iOS users—we haven’t forgotten about you guys!


  • Simple upload manager: web only for now. We’ll soon release it to the desktop apps. It allows you to view and delete you uploads. We plan to add more info to the list later: the time when you uploaded it and whether it’s publicly accessible. You can access it in the main menu.


  • [UI/visibility] Fixed child elements are not showing up in rare edge cases.
  • [File upload] Fixed when dragging a single file to upload in Safari, Dynalist mistakenly thinks you’re dropping multiple files.
  • [Android web/UI] Fixed when tapping outside to stop editing, the blue pin doesn’t disappear on Android.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed checked item and note visibility settings getting cropped if you have the shortcut help pane open.

Till next time!

Weekly update: 2016 week #48

Biggest news from last week: our Mac and Linux apps are now available for public beta! Go to our download page to get them.

Here are the other things we worked on:


  • Android closed beta is starting very soon. We’ll add beta testers a batch at a time to ensure stability. Those who have signed up for the closed beta should start hearing from us during these next few weeks!


  • [Windows Desktop] Made sure our Windows app installer works for 32-bit machines.
  • [Usability] Fixed cannot insert internal links in the middle of an item.
  • [Import/paste] When pasting, links are now automatically converted to Markdown links. Before, links were pasted as plain text.
  • [Desktop] Added “About” popup in desktop so you can see your current version and if a newer version is available.
  • [iOS web] Made dates easier to tap on for Safari on iOS.


  • [Usability] Fixed bug where clicking on two tags one after the other breaks search because there’s no space between them.
  • [Mobile/usability] Fixed parent items that only have hidden children (for example all children are checked off) will still have a expand/collapse icon on the right on mobile.
  • [Usability/search] Fixed tags like “@project(test)” are not recognized partially.
  • [Usability] Fixed not being able to select multiple items when you start selecting from the note field.
  • [Import/paste] Fixed extra lines when pasting from OneNote and other sources.
  • [Usability] Fixed clicking outside the selection of multiple items will not clear it sometimes.

That’s it, see you next week!