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Weekly update: 2017 week #16

This is our weekly update for the 16th week of 2017.


Improved

  • New help center that can be searched. We’ll keep improving the it so you can find answers to common questions faster, as well as cutting support volume in order to spend more time on development.
  • New option to unindent in-place. If you don’t want an item to be moved to the bottom when getting unindented, turn on this option under Settings – Preferences – Control. Note that indenting will still affect its children; this setting only affects unindenting.
  • [iOS closed beta] Moved the toolbar to right above the keyboard, consistent with the Android app. This way it’s easier to access and it doesn’t block any text. This will be included in the upcoming iOS public release.
  • [Security] Changing password will now log out all other sessions.
  • [Mobile] Read Mode state is now saved, so you can stay in Read Mode after refreshing (coming to mobile apps soon).

Fixed

  • [UI/minor] Fixed clicking will paste duplicates after dragging to convert document into item.
  • [UI/date] Fixed not being able to tell which date is selected when hovering the selected date, due to the very light background color.

P.S. We’ll be on semi-vacation for the next few weeks, so we might be a bit less responsive. Just FYI in advance!

Weekly update: 2017 week #15

This is our weekly update for the 15th week of 2017.


Improved

  • Added “Show all…” option to Move Item so you can see all results. This is especially useful if you have many items with identical names.
  • Included folder path in both in Link Suggestion and Move Item, so you can distinguish documents with the same name.

Fixed

  • [UI/minor] Fixed “…” not shown on Mac and iOS when showing the first line of note.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed can’t select multiple items in public read-only documents.
  • [UI/mobile] Fixed can’t tell whether file pane or document pane is active on mobile.
  • [UI/print] Fixed print result is black under dark theme.
  • [UI/print] Fixed vertical line in print result.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed feedback submit button is not visible on phones with relatively small screens.

Weekly update: 2017 week #14

This is our weekly update for the 14th week of 2017.


Improved

  • When moving an item, 5 most recent destinations will be shown when no search term is entered.
  • Now when you click on items that contain formatting like named links, images, or dates, your cursor will land in the corresponding position in the plain text underneath. Before, the cursor lands in the same physical position, which is not necessarily the corresponding position.

Fixed

  • [UI/search] Fixed re-focus on the Dynalist window would scroll back to previous place when you try to jump to the next occurrence with the browser default search.
  • [UI/search] Fixed only the last date is matched during search when multiple dates are in a item.
  • [Android app] Fixed Android app getting stuck (it keeps refreshing) when logging out.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed loading screen tips getting stuck when refreshing a Search Everywhere page.

Weekly update: 2017 week #13

This is our weekly update for the 13th week of 2017.


Improved

  • Created time of an item now shows up when you hover over the bullet point, along with the last edited time.
  • You can also search for items created in a certain time range using the “created:” search operator, very similar to how “edited:” works.

Fixed

  • [UI/search] Fixed Alt+Click cannot remove tag while searching.
  • [Desktop/Linux] Fixed Alt+Shift would change the layout and open menu on desktop Linux (Alt+Shift is used to switch between keyboard layouts).

Weekly update: 2017 week #12

This is our weekly update for the 12th week of 2017.


Improved

  • We added loading screen tips. Now, when Dynalist loads, you can learn some handy tricks to better use Dynalist.
  • Better keyboard shortcuts for Mac users. Now Cmd and Ctrl are considered two separate keys when customizing shortcuts, plus color label shortcuts uses Ctrl+Shift+1~6 rather than Cmd+Shift+1~6, so that applying color label 3 and 4 doesn’t conflict with the system shortcut to take screenshots.

Fixed

  • [UI] Fixed cannot drag to rearrange bookmarks.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed can’t use Esc to exit document search.

Weekly update: 2017 week #11

This is our weekly update for the 11th week of 2017.


Features

  • Auto-complete tags across all documents. To enable this, check the “Auto-complete tags from other documents” option under Settings – Preferences – Control. There’s no need to refresh the page for this option to take effect. (Web only; coming to all platforms soon)
  • Drag document to convert to item. Before, you could drag an item to the file pane but not the other way around. Now you can drag things both ways, and it’s easier than ever to organize your Dynalist structure.

Improved

  • Now you can tell which items are directly checked off and which ones are checked off via their parents (i.e. the check-off action was performed on the parent, not the item itself). Checked off items will be have strike-through text style AND look faded, whereas those checked off via parent will only be faded.
  • “Notifications” is now changed to “What’s new” to avoid confusion. Many of you asked why notifications for dates won’t appear there 🙁

Fixed

  • [Date] Fixed custom date format was not properly used in Search Everywhere results.
  • [Mobile/UI] Fixed extra space between items that have sub-items (fixed in 1.0.16).
  • [UI/minor] Made all Settings tabs the same height so it doesn’t “jump” when you switch between tabs.
  • [UI/minor] Removed “Re-sync to Google Calendar” option in the main menu since it’s no longer needed.

Weekly update: 2017 week #10

Last week we made lots of improvements:

Feature

  • New Pro setting: custom date format. You can find it under Settings – Preferences – Date.

Improved

  • Front-end speed optimization. We first reduced the number of elements on the page by about 24%, and then we rewrote much of the front-end structures to make things faster. To see things in action, see a screen recording from before and after the optimization. Pay attention to how fast the menu icons on the left of the bullet point reacts, and how fast typing has become. This test document contains 8,303 items that are deeply nested and fully expanded. The initial load still takes time to build and place the elements, but after everything gets loaded huge documents are now much more usable than before. This is on the web version only right now; it will come to all available platforms shortly.
  • Improved move item/internal link search. Now items that match the search term more closely and that are in the same document will appear higher up in the search results.

Fixed

  • [Copy paste] Fixed multiple rows get pasted from Microsoft Excel into Dynalist as a single item.
  • [Search] Fixed exact search terms (marked with quotation marks) being case-insensitive. They should be case-sensitive.
  • [Google sign-in] Added helpful error message when Google sign-in fails. We recently found out that the issue happens when you have your “Block third-party cookies and site data” setting enabled. Adding Dynalist to the whitelist solves the problem.
  • [Export] Made “Download HTML file” and “Download OPML file” follow the “Export visible items only” setting.
  • [UI/minor] Made checkboxes appear when printing the page.

That’s it, more goodies are coming next week!

Weekly update: 2017 week #9

Hello and welcome to March! Here’s the latest news from us:

Ongoing

  • Good progress on updating changes in real-time. This both makes collaboration faster and reduces server load, so we prioritized this for providing a more reliable service.
  • Great process on frontend performance optimization. We’ve identified a core cause behind the lag for large documents, and we’re rewriting lots of our frontend code to do things the new way. This would make loading and scrolling much faster for huge documents.

Improved

  • Added link to the destination item in the success popup when moving items. That way, you can easily go where you’ve moved the item, to check it out or do other things.
  • As part of the server reliability initiative, we added a request exponential back-off system. This means if the server is briefly unavailable, the clients won’t “spam” the server at a fixed frequency so hard that the server has trouble restarting. From past experience, this would shorten downtime if sh*t does happen.

Fixed

  • [UI/minor] Fixed document titles not displaying in Search Everywhere results.
  • [Gcal] Fixed the link in the description field always points back to the document but not the particular item.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed the “Zoom in” options showing “Bookmark this list” after zooming in. It did not change what happens when you choose that option; only the tooltip text is wrong.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed cannot open Dropbox/Google Drive/Google Calendar authorization links on the desktop app.

We’ve also updated our changelog to reflect our latest focus, namely Dynalist Capture extension and API (alpha). So excited to get our hands on them!

Weekly update: 2017 week #8

Last week:

Ongoing

  • We investigated the blank screen problem that’s sometimes encountered when opening the desktop app. We found two things that could cause the problem. One of them is fixed, and we added more information for the second one (we didn’t fix it since it seems highly unlikely to happen at all). The fix was released in 1.0.21, but because we didn’t know exactly how it’s caused, we’re not calling it fixed. If you continue to see an entirely blank screen after updating to 1.0.21 or newer, please let us know and we’ll do more investigation.
  • We investigated the document disappearance problem on the desktop app. It’s pretty rare, and the symptom is that when you add documents while offline, documents seem to disappear from the desktop app while it’s still available on the web version. It should be fixed now, we apologize for the inconvenience to anyone who ran into the problem in the past!
  • We started to investigate the slowness on mobile apps when loading relatively large documents (1,000+ items). Currently, the problem is worse in the iOS app, since it’s using a less optimized browser for technical reasons. Closed beta testers may find it much slower than the Safari web version. Hopefully we’ll make progress this coming week to shave off loading and rendering time to benefit the performance on all platforms.

Feature

  • The Android app is now available for public beta! You can get it here.

Fixed

  • [Mobile/iOS] Fixed cannot copy paste on iOS Safari.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed cannot select formatted text in read only mode.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed sometimes note is displayed twice when just exited the search mode.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed cannot edit numbered list on mobile. Before, when you tap on the numbered list item, it will toggle its collapsed state.

This week and next week will mostly be used to catch up on bugs and performance optimization. We pushed off lots of things while building Google calendar integration, and now it’s time to squash some bugs.

After that, we’ll update our changelog and roadmap to reflect our most up-to-date focus. Stay tuned!

Weekly update: 2017 week #7

After finishing up with polishing Google Calendar integration, now it’s time to catch up on bugs and improvements:

Ongoing

  • We’re continuing the investigation on the blank screen problem with desktop apps, as well as beta mobile app crash when opening a large document. So far, we’ve got no luck reproducing either problem, so if you know any additional details as to how to make the the problem happen consistently, it would help tremendously! Don’t hesitate to shoot us a note about any findings you’ve got. Thanks in advance!

Improved

  • [Reliability] We set up monitoring for a few key metrics on the server. This will let us know about anything abnormal with the server, before it eventually leads to downtime. Hopefully this will prevent incidents like what happened last Wednesday in the future.
  • [Date/UI] Now you can remove a date quickly by clicking it while holding Alt.

Fixed

  • [Gcal] Fixed date off by one for timezones in the UTC +1 to UTC +14 range (looks like “you’ll run into at least one timezone-related bug when doing any time-related stuff” is very true).
  • [UI/minor] Fixed date picker opens when tapping on a date in Read Mode on mobile.
  • [UI/minor] Fix main menu cannot be opened after being closed.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed misaligned bullet points under compact list density setting on mobile.

That’s it, see you next week!